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And in case people are wondering, my trip was:

  • 5:40 am - 9:40 am: Drive up to the Yosemite main gates, go in, and talk to the rangers about an available "high altitude" hike of 5-6 miles, since the Tioga Pass road was closed so I couldn't go with my original plans. They suggested Ostrander Lake up by Glacier Point. It looked a LOT longer than 5-6 miles on the map, but I figured what the hey? I could always turn around.
  • 9:40 am - 10:40 am: Drive to the trailhead. Altitude: 7000'.
  • 10:45 am: Hit the trailhead and learn that it's 6.2 miles ONE WAY. Turning around is now pretty much a requirement, not an option. But whatever
  • 10:45 am - 11:30 am: Made fantastic time through some beautiful hiking. I swear it's one of the nicest trails I've seen in Yosemite. Big meadows, mostly-level ground, overflowing streams, and an occasional patch of snow
  • 11:30 am - 12:15 pm: Met a nice group of rangers doing avalanche clearing, chatted with them a bit, but I was already starting to feel the altitude (I was wearing a 30-pound pack), and then I hit the seriously steep part of the trail
  • Somewhere around 12:15 pm: My heart started racing, I had pain in my lungs, and my vision started going dark. Classic altitude sickness. Crap!
  • As I told the rangers on the way down: "Youth is having the luxury of making stupid decisions, knowing your body will most likely recover. Maturity is having the wisdom to know you're getting older and your body isn't going to recover as quickly."
    Even though I had overnight gear, I did the rangers the favor of NOT collapsing on their trail and headed back down
  • 1:45 pm - 2:30 pm: Toodled around in the car, taking pictures of waterfalls, streams, greenery, and all the other marvelous signs of a decently wet year. Very pleasant!
  • 2:30 pm - 7:00 pm: Drove home

  • So yeah, all in all, 10 hours of driving for 3 hours of hiking. But it was a wonderful experience, a great 50th birthday, and well worth it!

    (And now I know I have to get in MUCH better shape for our August trip. Marin hill with a 60-pound pack, here I come!

    EDIT: And yes, I have seen people hiking naked in Yosemite. Or at least nearly naked.


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    Ya see son, the backpack slows em down!


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    When I was thirteen my cousin and I happened upon a couple shagging by a waterfall. It wasn't as glamorous as X-art would have you believe.

    But we stayed anyway.


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    Happy First day of summer!!!!


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    I hadn't noticed it was summer. I thought someone had just turned the oven on.


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    captain yesterday wrote:

    Welcome to my world!

    Facebook not allowed.

    takes over captain yesterdays world

    DEATH TO FACEBOOK


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    NobodysHome wrote:

    Y'know, just when you think you're done with family drama...

    NobodysWife sent out her annual announcement that she won't be coming.
    NOT A SINGLE MEMBER OF MY FAMILY EVEN ACKNOWLEDGED SHE'D SENT IT.

    No polite, "Oh, I'm sorry, we'll miss you." No, "Oh, that's too bad."

    Just a continuing back-and-forth among all of them about how it's going to be hot (Ashland is supposed to be 103-105 over the weekend), and they're going golfing (presumably since they know it's something neither me nor the kids do.)

    I swear, it really is reaching the point where I have to ask, "Is it really worth getting my kids together with their cousins if their parents are such unbelievable a**hats?"

    We already shifted the trip to once per two years. If nothing changes, I doubt we'll go.

    On the cheerful side, I've decided to turn off my "politeness inhibitor" for the trip. If they bother to ask why NobodysWife isn't there, I'll tell them. If they don't, we really really know we're done with them.

    don't worry. I will keep your wife company while you are away. prepares hacked version of ffx2 with lulu replacing paine


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    captain yesterday wrote:

    It's been a week since I stabbed myself in the face with my car door.

    Which is not as exciting as stabbing a Hawthorne thorn through my toe, or stabbing a bookshelf into my arm or my wedding ring into my finger, or a sod nail through my finger.

    But whatever, it wasn't my birthday. :-)

    I must say I always thought bookshelves did bludgeoning damage, but maybe yours has javelins sticking out of the sides or summat.

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    When they collapse suddenly with many books anything can be turned into piercing damage with the right angles and trajectory.

    So I guess I stabbed myself with science!!


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    captain yesterday wrote:

    When I was thirteen my cousin and I happened upon a couple shagging by a waterfall. It wasn't as glamorous as X-art would have you believe.

    But we stayed anyway.

    When I was 11 or thereabouts, I saw two people ponking in a car, in the middle of a car park, in the middle of the day. Nobody seemed to mind very much, so I suppose they had a valid parking ticket.

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    Cap'n Yesterday Divided by Zero wrote:

    When they collapse suddenly with many books anything can be turned into piercing damage with the right angles and trajectory.

    So I guess I stabbed myself with science!!

    Adventurer's Armory 2 has rules for dis.


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    I don't get player companions anymore.

    I'll just make them up as I stab myself. :-)

    Silver Crusade

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    Hurray for inspiration!


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    NobodysHome wrote:
    lisamarlene wrote:
    Tequila Sunrise wrote:
    NobodysHome wrote:

    EDIT: But yeah, I have to admit, even *I* was a bit shocked at the wizard's, "I take the +1 icy burst light mace! I take the +3 glamered chainmail! Now, are the negatives worth the positives?"

    There wasn't even a, "Who might be better suited to these?", just, "I take them first, then see whether it's worth using them, and then and only then offer them up to anyone else."
    The problem is, everyone at the table was tired, so he got away with it, and only the next day when we were discussing the game did the magnitude of the hoarding come to light...

    Whingy Wizard is a child, clearly.

    ...Right?

    If by "a child" you mean "pushing 48", then yes.

    And in the light of a day in the mountains, maybe I didn't explain it well.

    He did indeed immediately claim both items. He then asked whether he could use the mace. When I informed him that he, unfortunately, did not have familiarity with it, he dutifully returned it to the group inventory.
    The chainmail was far odder, as he was bound and determined to make it work some way, but that goes hand-in-hand the the aforementioned "terrified of death" style of play.

    So the issue he causes is that he very diligently asks everyone else, "Does anyone need this item?"
    If no hands goes up, he asks, "Can I possibly use this item?"

    The difference is fundamental, and rapidly irritates other players who are losing thousands of gold pieces of their shares to, "I might possibly use this someday."

    EDIT: *My* biggest issue with it is that it's an issue neither Whingy nor Shiro will back down from -- they went at it so hard and angrily during GothBard's Second Darkness campaign that it contributed to her decision to drop it. (There were other, more serious factors, but it was indeed a stressor for her.)
    So I get to look forward to being asked to mediate something that, fundamentally, shouldn't be in the GM's hands....

    Sounds like your group would benefit from a formal loot-distribution agreement. Or a replacement player or two. Perhaps hit up a local summer camp or high school to up the maturity level?


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    Off to the zoo!


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    A lot of high schoolers at the zoo, which means it smells more like pot then poop.


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    captain yesterday wrote:
    A lot of high schoolers at the zoo, which means it smells more like pot then poop.

    poop-pot-rie?


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    Oh no, they aren't being subtle, so you can't even smell the animal poop.

    I'm pretty sure the North American Porcupine has a contact high.


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    BUSTED!!

    A magnitude 3.3 quake hit just 2 miles north of me while I was shopping at the corner store. It was one of those short, "Did a truck just hit the building, or was that an earthquake?" quakes.

    So as all the staff and other shoppers ran out of the building to look around, I just kept shopping, along with the two little girls their mom had left in the store. (I gave them a reassuring smile, but today is flying pig pants day, so I'm not sure how reassuring I am.) And it's not like she ran off without them. She said, "You two stay in here while I check outside," THEN ran off without them...

    The mom walked back in, looked at me, and said, "Yep. Spot the native Californian. An earthquake hits, and he just goes right on picking out his tomatoes."

    Yes, I have my priorities straight.


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    Cap'n Yesterday's Summer Dreams wrote:
    Happy First day of summer!!!!

    this is my half birthday.

    I am at the weakest I have ever been.

    But no worries.

    I will grow stronger with each passing day.


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    Freehold DM wrote:
    Cap'n Yesterday's Summer Dreams wrote:
    Happy First day of summer!!!!

    this is my half birthday.

    I am at the weakest I have ever been.

    But no worries.

    I will grow stronger with each passing day.

    Ah, wait 'til you turn 50. Then you get to look forward to, "I grow weaker with each passing day."

    It's less fun. But you get to complain more, so there's that!


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    I'm not there yet, though not from a lack of stabbing myself.


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    The sad thing is, if you just switch the stitches to the other side and this isn't too far from how I look now. :-)

    The plus side, i've already been cast as a villain for three Bond films and two Captain America movies.


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    And since you're all brilliant, devious, and evil...
    Anybody wanna help me out here?


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    Put in my opinion. :)


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    The General, trying to get the kids to break out of their sudden bout of negativity, points out a volunteer tree growing from a crack in the sidewalk. "Look Tiny T-Rex, a tree!"

    Tiny T-Rex, standing over the tiny little tree "it's probably just poison ivy"


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    NobodysHome wrote:

    And since you're all brilliant, devious, and evil...

    Anybody wanna help me out here?

    Since you didn't warn me not to, I read and posted. It's like Tourette's, honestly.


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    One of my best friends in high school has Tourette's syndrome.

    Super awesome guy. :-)

    Edit: turns out he's on Twitter. And a pastor. :-)


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    You know you've found good hiking boots when you've been home for almost two hours and you're just now realizing you should probably take them off at some point.


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    Rosita the Riveter wrote:
    You know you've found good hiking boots when you've been home for almost two hours and you're just now realizing you should probably take them off at some point.

    *envy*


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    Alcohol is pretty good solvent. It can dissolve marriages, friendships, careers...


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    A man walks into a liquor store and says "I'd like 15 liters of wine, please." The shop owner asks "Do you have a container for it?" The man replies "You're looking at him."


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    Stupid work internet. Took me 3 tries to post that last one.


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    The future, the present, and the past walk into a bar. Then things got tense.

    (I may have posted this one before, I'm not sure)


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    I'm not an alcoholic. Alcoholics need a drink, and I already have one.


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    For me, "clean and sober" means I've just taken a shower and am heading for the bar.


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    A good rule of thumb for aged liquors: The alcohol should be older than the woman (or man) you are sleeping with.


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    The difference between men and pigs is that pigs don't turn into men when they drink.


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    In my youth, I would drink any brand of beer put in front of me. Now I'm older, Budweiser.


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    The preceding alcohol related jokes were brought to you by a man who does not drink.


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    I got a new app for my phone. You type in what you ate today, and it tells you what exercises you need to do in order to burn off the calories. I think I may have overloaded it, though. For instance, I entered in what I had for lunch, and it called an ambulance.


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    gran rey de los mono wrote:
    Stupid work internet. Took me 3 tries to post that last one.

    I am not sure if I get the punchline.


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    I eat my tacos over another tortilla. That way if any filling falls out, BOOM another taco.


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    The dinner I was cooking for my family was meant to be a surprise, but the fire trucks ruined it.


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    Any salad can be a Caesar salad if you just stab it enough times.


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    Called my wife to ask what she was "burning up for dinner". Turns out the answer was all my stuff.


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    I burned my Hawaiian pizza. I guess I should have cooked it on aloha temperature.


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    A donkey fell into a bowl of sugar. Now that's one sweet ass.


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    People are a lot less judgmental if you say you ate an "avocado salad" instead of a "bowl of guacamole".


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    The worst part about being a birthday cake must be that you are set on fire, and then eaten by the hero who saved you.

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