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31 Oct 2004 - 10:39:44 PM
[Note: This is a rock climbing post. If you're not into climbing, you may as well just skip it.] The weather's been great in Seattle the past couple days, and today I went rock climbing outside at Exit 38. I didn't think I'd get to go climbing outside again this year, so this was a nice bonus. Got a bit of a late start, though, so we only got four climbs in at Overhaul Wall. Warmed up on Siamese Dream (5.9), then finally climbed Rhino Relief (10a) -- I've been trying to figure that one out for a while, actually; three's a charm for figuring out where the route actually goes. RR would've been nicer in the summer, though, when the rock wouldn't have been so cold. Oh well. Then another 10a, Toying with my Affections, which I didn't much care for. I managed to wedge myself into a very, very short off-width -- going right at that point might have been more comfortable. Finished the afternoon off with Sheltered Upbringing (10b), which was very nice except for the water on the last ledge before the anchors -- I reached up and got a handful of slime, which made me lose the redpoint. Very fun route, though. Oh yeah, Happy Halloween!
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29 Oct 2004 - 1:03:27 PM
I went by Wide World Books and Maps last night to do a little fact-checking, and, as it turned out, a presentation on Argentina by Wayne Bernhardson started. He's the author of Moon's Argentina Handbook, and he gave a pretty cool slide show. Now I want to go to Argentina. And Chile. And... well, you get the idea. I need to go to South America.
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27 Oct 2004 - 11:57:18 PM
Saw that Team America: World Police movie this evening instead of watching the lunar eclipse. I've got mixed feelings about the South Park tv show -- the few episodes I've seen have been a mixed bag -- but I thought the South Park movie was great. So I had some high hopes for this one. And, yeah, it's really funny. Marionettes do make everything funnier. The politics of the movie seem to be the main thing reviewers have been wondering about, but I won't go there. A puppet movie by the makers of South Park isn't where I look for thoughtful political messages. It's just a total farce. In fact, if you stick through to the end of the credits, you'll find out that terrorism is actually an alien plot to take over the world.

Team America: World Police gets: *** (out of 4)

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25 Oct 2004 - 11:32:50 PM
I often forget that people I don't know read my blog sometimes. Now that I think about it, actually, I often forget that people who I do know read my blog sometimes. Anyway, it's probably not a bad idea to reintroduce myself every now and then and explain a few things. So: Hi, I'm Rob, and this is my blog, cleverly titled the roblog! There. That should clear things up.

Right. This book of mine I've been trying to finish for far too long now is about my trip to India, with a few related travel stories from earlier trips thrown in to pad word count, basically. Today I scribbled out another three and a half pages, which is very good for me. It's the first scribbling I've done on the book in about a year, and yes, I'm very happy with this new start. It makes me think that I just might indeed finish this whole thing by the end of 2004. That would make me exceedingly happy, and it would also be a good reason for me to throw a big party.


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24 Oct 2004 - 3:12:40 PM
I've reached milestone 1 in my most recent plan to Complete The Book, and I'm a week early! I just finished typing in (with a little editing here and there) everything I'd already scribbled out, which I think is about 80% of the book. The next milestone is to scribble out the last 20%, which may take me a while. I'd optimistically set that milestone for the end of November. I hope I can make that one; the extra week will certainly help.
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17 Oct 2004 - 2:39:34 PM
Before I forget, I saw The Motorcycle Diaries a week or so ago. Hard to say what I thought of it. It serves its ideology in carefully measured doses, but it's beautifully filmed. It gives a great feel for South America, and makes me want to finally go travel there. It's an interesting contrast with the last movie I saw, actually, Hero. They're both politically-slanted with lots of beautiful cimenatography. Of the two, Hero was definitely prettier, but I preferred the political agenda in The Motorcycle Diaries. So there you go.

The Motorcycle Diaries gets: **1/2 (out of 4)

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11 Oct 2004 - 9:22:27 PM
Today I was going head up to Index and climb with Sim, but, well, the morning was going a little slowly, and it was foggy and cool. So, rather than numb our hands on cold rock, we went on a bike ride, instead, the maiden voyage for the bike I bought from a friend a month or so ago. It was my first time biking in Seattle, actually. We went from Capitol Hill to West Seattle, where we had lunch and cruised by the lighthouse, and then up to Ballard via the locks. About a 28 mile trip for me. Not bad. I'll have to do more of this biking thing.
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4 Oct 2004 - 10:49:51 PM
I went in to do some more volunteer work at the Democratic campaign office today, and I met Cam Kerry, John Kerry's brother. That was pretty cool. He's in town to host a vice-presidential debate watching event tomorrow at the Timberline. As I shook his hand, though, I was kicking myself for wearing my Slacker t-shirt (it sports a drawing of a guy kicking back on a couch with a beer in one hand and a tv remote in the other, with the word "Slacker" underneath). I'm sure that made a great impression.
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3 Oct 2004 - 1:03:18 PM
There's been a lot of media attention on Mt. St. Helens the past couple of days, but it doesn't seem all that different from other news. It's just more hot air spewed out by some false saint.
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