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27 Aug 2003 - 4:34:14 PM
My climbing luck is starting to turn around. Last weekend, Sim and I went up to Black Peak (8970'), for my second attempt and his first at climbing it. The weather this time was perfect, and we actually made it to the top. Went up the northeast ridge, which has a bunch of loose rock, but also some pretty fun climbing, mostly in the very exposed, airy sections. There were a few parts of the ridge where it was about three feet or so wide with several hundred foot drop offs on either side. Pretty sweet. It was my first alpine lead, and we did more fixed belays than simul-climbing, so it took us way longer than we thought it would to summit. Got back to our camp on Sunday just as it was getting dark, so we stayed another night and hiked out Monday morning. Anyway, here's a picture of Black Peak from early Sunday morning (the peak actually looks black in afternoon light...). The northeast ridge is the one on the right.

Black Peak
Black Peak, from Wing Lake
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26 Aug 2003 - 11:48:44 PM
This morning at work, there was a bit of excitement: the General Lee was parked across the street! I happened to have my digital camera with me, so I'm able to share this experience with the world. The General looked like a do-it-yourself job, and several co-workers wondered whether the doors were welded shut. While I watched, the owner, who looked more like one of these guys than either Bo or Luke, walked up to his labor of love, and casually opened the car door. Ah well, maybe when he loses a few pounds he'll break out the welding torch.

The General Lee
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20 Aug 2003 - 5:47:58 PM
There's a new restaurant on Broadway. Any bets on how long it'll last? It's a Nepali/Indian place called Annapurna, located underneath the 24-hour Kinko's at Denny, and I checked it out last night. Pretty good, I thought, although they don't serve momos, yet. Apparently the momo-making machine isn't cheap, so they'll have to wait a little while before they get one. The decor kind of reminded me of a really clean backpacker restaurant in Kathmandu -- low ceiling and spartan -- which I liked, but it's not a place to go if you want atmosphere. The samosas were excellent, and the butter masala dish was decent (not as flavorful as I expected it to be). I'll go back, though, because the food's not bad and when I sit there I feel like I'm out backpacking around the world again.
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14 Aug 2003 - 1:50:34 PM
My blog's been a cavalcade of links recently, hasn't it? Well, here's another one: The Programmer or Serial Killer? Quiz! I did pretty well: 8/10.
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12 Aug 2003 - 6:25:31 PM
Well, I haven't had any outdoorsy posts in a while, mainly because I haven't done too many exciting outdoorsy things lately. The last interesting thing I did was a hike to Lake Ann a couple weeks back. Very, very pretty, with lovely views of Mt. Baker and Mt. Shuksan. In the same vein of my pictures of Mt. Stuart -- an impressive mountain that I've attempted to climb but didn't get very far -- here's one of Mt. Baker, which I attempted in June 2002 (but didn't get very far...). I hope this trend doesn't continue, so I can start posting pictures of mountains I've actually summited. That would be much more agreeable to me.

Mt. Baker, from the trail to Lake Ann
Mt. Baker, from the trail to Lake Ann
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11 Aug 2003 - 1:26:08 PM
Sometimes I don't post very often to the roblog. At first I thought the reason was not enough interesting stuff happened to me, but now I realize that it may have been because of Blogger's Block. I like that diagnosis much more, and I now know how to overcome it! I feel so... empowered.
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7 Aug 2003 - 3:12:04 PM
If you want to see a handful of the folks I work with at Apex, check out this oddly entertaining chicken quiz. Requires some version of Flash. One of the guys is the dev lead, another is the test lead. I'm not in there at all. Nope. Not me. Do I sound bitter? Hmph.
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7 Aug 2003 - 1:17:53 PM
Arr, matey! Enough with the pirate posts. Time for some gangsta rap, G. Specifically, for all you Vada hatas, Star Wars Gangsta Rap. Aww yeah. Check it.
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6 Aug 2003 - 4:33:00 PM
I found out that my pirate name is Red Roger Kidd. I like it. My pirate description is: "Passion is a big part of your life, which makes sense for a pirate. Even though you're not always the traditional swaggering gallant, your steadiness and planning make you a fine, reliable pirate. Arr!" So I guess I'd be one of those pirates you can depend on, which is nice to know.
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5 Aug 2003 - 2:43:25 PM
Saw that Pirates of the Caribbean movie over the weekend. I thought it was fun. It moved along well enough, was consistently entertaining, and it had a cool cursed monkey in it. Unfortunately, I left while the credits were still rolling, and I just found out today that if you sit through till the end, you're rewarded with a bonus monkey scene. Ah well. There was one niggling detail that kind of irked me early on, actually: When Johnny Depp throws his manacled hands over the rope and slides down using the chain link connecting the cuffs, well, it's just not physically possible to get a hand on each side of the rope without detaching something first. Ah well. Otherwise it's a great popcorn movie. One of the trailers before the movie was disturbing, though: The Haunted Mansion. How many more Disney rides will they turn into movies? I dread the day we see a full-length Captain EO.

Pirates of the Caribbean gets: :-):-):-) (out of 4)

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