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30 Jun 2003 - 2:13:43 PM
I've been putting off mentioning that I saw Bend It Like Beckham for a couple weeks now. It's not that I've been reluctant to say I saw this movie, but that I saw it and liked it. Sure, it has an extremely formulaic plot, but it's funny and upbeat, and there's lots of cute soccer women running around in shorts. Something for both the girls and the guys.

Bend It Like Beckham gets: :-):-):-) (out of 4)

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27 Jun 2003 - 1:52:06 PM
A very quick post. Since I posted the Brothers trip report, the roblog has been deluged with hits from people searching for goat pictures. So, to appease the masses, here's a picture of the rather taciturn mountain goat we saw. A glissade chute passed nearby it, but I think it would've been more amusing if the goat had been lounging in the chute itself and a descending climber had come barreling down, slamming feet first into the goat -- I wonder what sort of sound it would have made. Another good reason for not wearing crampons while glissading, I guess.

Mountain Goat, in repose
Mountain Goat, in repose
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24 Jun 2003 - 6:02:46 PM
Another busy weekend. On Saturday, in addition to all the exciting thing I did during the day (see previous post), I attended W & C's Summer Solstice Party and mingled with Seattle's best, brightest, and most attractive. Fortunately for me, W is a big fan of my blog, and that's how I was able to secure one of the highly sought after invitations. It's true that being a world-famous blogger is hard work, but, increasingly, it does have its advantages. Thanks, WJ!

On Sunday, after five hours of sleep, I headed out to Frenchman Coulee for a day of rock climbing. My shoulder injury seems to be mostly healed, fortunately, but the two or three months of not climbing certainly took its toll. I was able to lead up to 5.9 with no problem, but the 10a lead I tried... well, it wasn't pretty. I did eventually make it to the anchors, but only after much flailing. Sigh. Nonetheless, it was a good day of climbing. I got in four leads and two top-ropes (one of which was a 10c). Plus, it was partly cloudy, which kept the temperature mostly reasonable, with only a few really hot stretches.

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21 Jun 2003 - 7:45:23 PM
I didn't expect to do this. Really. I was just going to wait and borrow it from a friend. But I went into a store to buy a little scrub brush, and there was a table set up right at the entrance with about five or six copies left of the new Harry Potter book -- on sale for $17.99. I couldn't help myself. As I checked out, two women got in line behind me, and they were also buying the book. I've had this odd, warm feeling since then. It's like everyone is buying this book today, and as I walked down the street to buy a bottle of shampoo, I passed by a guy sitting outside Coffee Messiah reading it. I just had to smile.
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20 Jun 2003 - 3:24:09 PM
Saw The Italian Job last Sunday. I haven't seen the original, but I'd like to. Maybe I'll put it on my Netflix queue -- at the rate I'm going, it'll arrive in the mail sometime early next year. Anyway, I had the weird feeling that a bunch of studio execs looked at the success of the Ocean's 11 re-make, banged their fists on their desks, and ordered, "Get me a modernized 60's heist movie, on the double!" I haven't the original Ocean's 11, either, but it's supposedly not very good, unlike the original Italian Job. I don't know what that has to do with anything, really, but thought I'd throw it out there just because. Right. I liked The Italian Job. It's fun to watch, and you don't have to think too hard about it. It holds together well and is pretty hip, although you never do find out what the dog story is with Mos Def's character. The slow, dialogue-driven scenes weren't great, but fortunately those were kept to a minimum. Just kick back and enjoy the ride, basically.

The Italian Job gets: :-):-):-) (out of 4)

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18 Jun 2003 - 11:45:43 PM
I'll try to avoid duplicating that last post, even though it made Bill and, presumably, countless others feel so superior. Right. Last Saturday, Kathy and I climbed up Esmeralda Peak (6765'). The trailhead started at the DeRoux campground, which looked like a pretty nice campground, actually, and made us wonder why there was absolutely nobody there. The campgrounds we'd passed on the way up were mostly full -- you'd think someone would drive the extra couple of miles to get some solitude. Odd. I half-expected Rod Serling to step out from behind a tree and say, "They thought they were heading out for a pleasant day-hike. A fun scramble up Esmeralda Peak. But really they had just started down the trail to... the Twilight Zone."

Anyway, we were the only ones on the trail, and the only ones on the summit, which is a rarity around here. We found one of those ubiquitous Mountaineers summit registers, signed it, and scanned through the names, looking for any we recognized. No luck. The register was dated 1986, and was just over half full -- Esmeralda Peak doesn't get much traffic, apparently, except for huge groups of Mountaineers who scramble up every year. Peggy Goldman's 75 Scrambles in Washington lists Esmeralda, but it didn't look like the number of peak baggers had increased in the past two years since the book was published, interestingly enough. On a side note, during my quick perusal, I didn't see Peggy Goldman's name in the register... (That would explain why the route description says to leave the trail and start scrambling "at the last switchback" instead of "at the switchback with the enormous boulder.")

The weather was mostly great, but big gray clouds frequently scooted by and blocked the sun. The view of Mt. Stuart was just plain incredible. See picture below. Snow conditions: There were trail-obscuring patches of snow in the flat, shady area around 4900' and above 6000' (give or take a few hundred feet). The rest of the trail was all snow-free, except at some point after we left it but before Gallagher Lake (maybe 5600') the snow started in again, basically covering most of the lake basin.

On our way down, we finally ran into other people, a group of four casual day-hikers on their way to Gallagher Lake. I didn't think to mention that the lake was still mostly frozen over. Oh well. Back at the car, I was glad to see that I had not, in fact, left my headlights on.

Mount Stuart
Mount Stuart, as seen from Esmeralda Peak
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12 Jun 2003 - 4:39:23 PM
Well, it's been so long since my last post that I've pretty much forgotten everything that's happened since then. It was really hot here in Seattle, I remember that. Then I think I went on a hike. And I went climbing at Exit 38 once or twice. Yeah, it's starting to come back to me now. Granite Mountain, along I-90, was the hike. Great views and all that. Yeah, wow, what day is it? Huh.
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5 Jun 2003 - 11:42:49 AM
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4 Jun 2003 - 10:40:41 AM
I just saw one the funniest headlines I've read in a long time on the Yahoo! home page: Barry Manilow walks into wall, breaks nose. The news folks there must have had a good laugh coming up with that line.
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3 Jun 2003 - 5:47:47 PM
Right, right. Still playing catch-up. So, The Matrix Reloaded. Saw it last week, and, well, it was full of action and stuff. Lots of fight and chase scenes. All the Zion parts didn't really engage me, either. It felt like there wasn't really much of a point to the sequel except to make money. The rogue programs idea was pretty cool, but most of the movie just felt like it was going through the motions. Oh well. I'll see the third one when it comes out, just to see how it all ends, but I'll try to catch a matinee showing, I think.

The Matrix Reloaded gets: :-):-) (out of 4)

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