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29 Mar 2004 - 2:21:48 PM
Joshua Tree, CA

Well, I'm checking email at the Beatnik Cafe, after five days of hanging out in the Park. Didn't do much climbing, unfortunately, because I rolled my ankle pretty badly the first morning out. The swelling's all gone, but it's still a little tender. Pretty disappointing way to spend a climbing trip. Oh well. I did get up The Bong, Upper Right Ski Slope, and Overhang Bypass, though. Now I gotta go drive back to Seattle...

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22 Mar 2004 - 11:30:45 PM
San Francisco, CA

Well, just one more long day of driving to go. Going down the norcal coast along 1 (and some other roads) took a lot longer than I thought it would. So no rest day in SF for me. Oh well. On a sad note, however, I realized today that I left my cheap, beat-up MEC cap in Shelter Cove when I had lunch at the Chart House. As I put it on the seat next to me, I remember thinking I better not forget it. And then I did. So if you happen to swing by Shelter Cove and want a free cap in not the best shape, swing by the Chart House and tell them you left it there -- it's beige with black venting on the sides and peeling reflective trim on the visor. Just be sure to wash it first...

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21 Mar 2004 - 10:10:27 PM
Mendocino, CA

Well, I'm staying at a fancy-shmancy inn that offers free internet access to guests, and so I'm exploiting that particular fringe benefit. I've been doing so much flippin' driving since Friday morning, and it won't be over with, for the most part, until Wednesday when I reach Joshua Tree. On the plus side, I've made it to some pretty interesting places and seen three new lighthouses, including the prettiest one I've seen in some time, Point Cabrillo. Tomorrow should yield visits to three new lighthouses and a re-visit to Point Reyes, which should be open to visitors, unlike last time I went. But yeah, it'll be nice to hang out in Joshua Tree for five days and not drive.

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19 Mar 2004 - 8:17:53 AM
On the road again...

I'm leaving today on a two week road trip down through California. First part will be the northern coast to check out some lighthouses I haven't yet seen, and the second will be rock climbing in Joshua Tree. Then driving like crazy back to Seattle to see American Music Club at the Croc, if the show's not sold out. I'll do my best to update the roblog during the trip.

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18 Mar 2004 - 8:27:08 PM
A quick post to let the world know that Kathy and I finally saw Mystic River last weekend. Pretty grim movie. The acting, of course, was great -- Sean Penn and Tim Robbins certainly earned their Oscars. I would've preferred if the movie had ended with Sean Penn walking down the street. The last bits with Sean Penn's wife and the parade just felt odd. But yeah, if you haven't seen it, it's definitely worth checking out -- I think the dvd will be out soon.

Mystic River gets: ***1/2 (out of 4)

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10 Mar 2004 - 3:00:32 PM
A climbing post. I received my REI dividend yesterday and am looking forward to picking up a few cams with it. Woo hoo! More gear! I will also be receiving a free copy of the new Exit 32 Rock Climbing Guide, just in time for the beginning of this year's climbing season. I found a typo on the site last year, and the author is thanking me with the free book. Pretty sweet deal, although I feel obligated to find more bugs on the site now.
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8 Mar 2004 - 2:38:58 PM
They found Spalding Gray's body this past weekend. It was generally assumed he'd committed suicide when he was reported missing almost two months ago, but I had some small amount of hope that he'd turn up alive somewhere. Sigh. I'd seen Spalding Gray three times, all in Seattle -- "It's a Slippery Slope," "Morning, Noon, and Night" (or something like that), and, most recently, a free-form "Interviewing the Audience" at Bumbershoot (Sept 2001, I think). At the last one, he limped out on stage on crutches, much to the surprise of the audience, and spent the first 20 or so minutes telling the story of his recent car accident in Ireland. Towards the end of it, he said his daughter asked him, "Daddy, are you old now?" I've never forgotten that line.
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7 Mar 2004 - 3:04:24 PM
I went snowboarding again, this time up at Snoqualmie Pass. This time I tried the regular binding and ended up hating it. I'm just goofy, no way around it. After switching back, things went a little better, and after a few runs, I was able to link up three or four turns before gracelessly falling down. At least there was a lot of new, soft (although wet and heavy) snow to lighten the impact. I still have to learn how to get off the lift without falling. Oh well. Maybe someday. Of the two ski resorts I went to in the past week, I have to say that I liked Stevens Pass better.
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1 Mar 2004 - 4:17:30 PM
I'm so flippin' tired and sore today. Spent Saturday snowshoeing at Mt. Rainier, then went to a party that night, followed by snowboarding for the very first time at Stevens Pass on Sunday. My brother's in town, too. So, yeah, busy busy busy.

The roblog is two years old, which I think is odd. How did that happen? The posts seem to be mostly outdoorsy or movie ratings these days. Not sure if that's a bad thing or not. They sure don't inspire people to leave comments, though.

Oh, I did pretty well with the Oscar picks this year: 20/24. I think that's the best I've ever done, actually, although Return of the King made it a little easier than usual.

Right, that's it for now. Happy March, everybody.

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