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Mar 19, 2015 - My Birthday Present!

19th of March- who said "beware the ides of March"? Well the 71 st. Birthday dawned, and for the first time in my memory my mom didn't call at 10 after 8 to sing "Happy Birthday" to me. Elsie, my magnificient mother passed away last June. I knew the 19th would be a bitter-sweet day for me. I knew today would be a low tide in the early afternoon, and not another one for a couple of months. Joe Brennan and I would do the second ascent of the Young Boy of Hoy, off the coast near Pigeon Point Lighthouse. It was a magnificient day. joe and I...

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Mar 17, 2015 - HOME- for awhile

Home today. Nothing like home, psychologically, physically and emotionally. One of the great side benefits from travelling is your greater appreciation of home, friends,weather, knowing just how to do things with least amount of "friction". Get sorted out today, need to renew my,license, relax and see if I lost anything. This MAY be the first trip where I havent lost anything- certainly not weight! Checked and I gained 5 lbs. on the trip. Great since I ate everything in sight and LOTS of pasta. I want to thank all,of you who kept up with my...

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Mar 16, 2015 - Maximum Friction

I ALWAYS REFER to the unexpected delays that add to the time necessary to get something done or accomplished as friction.Little, or not so little things that slow you down, or even call for a "plan B", made up on the fly. Maximum friction on the return leg of my flight- London to San Francisco. Actually very surprised Im making it home today. Really thought I have another day living in the airport. The usual little things: keep getting into the wrong side of the car and wondering who has stolen the steering wheel. Insisted that three people...

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Mar 15, 2015 - Bob kicks Butt!

The long anticipated Climber's Club Annual Meeting has come and went. I'm delighted to report that Bob's film was enthusiastically received. Th e energy from the audience was palpable. There is a bit of a push back to,these photo shopped films and Terry's intro had the perfect pitch. "This is a Trad flim" and,people came unglued , for Bob's and Alans film on the Salathe. It was the perfect audience for both films. About. 115 climbers, average age about 50 or so. Bob was treated royally which pleased us to no end. I was tickled to see how,he...

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Mar 14, 2015 - Johnny Thorogood

Well, i'm going pub to pub and having friends meet me there.. The Knatchbull Arms is the name of this pub. Im the,only one there except for an older gentleman drinking hard cider. He looks very interesting so I go up and introduce myself and ask if I can sit and chat. Wow! John came there in '41 from London during the Blitz- and stayed. He lived with gypsies in the country, hunted, fished all,over the area. This region is very rural, like Pescadero, and John worked in this very pub and has been associated with it for 75 years. He was...

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Mar 11, 2015 - Throwing in The Towel

Last night on the way home I saw 3 wild boar on the dirt road leading to Junes house. Pretty big at maybe 100 lbs. or more. Saw the tusks on a couple and when i turned the car around they ran.Great sighting. Finished a few more projects for June, sticking door and caulked the rain gutter. Im in Fiumicino/ Leonardo da Vinci Airport waiting for the. Easyjet flight. Looooong walk out here to the final terminal, and of course they walk you thru every shop imaginable. Cant wait to get to the pub outside Tony's house and get a pint of...

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Mar 10, 2015 - Joan Baez and June

Made the concert last night-barely. June got messed up on the time and was off 2 hours. When I finally alerted her it was 8:30. I sort of figured she had just given up and gone back to much needed sleep. As they say in England," I knocked her up", and when she saw she has miread the time she became possessed. We were only a littlr late, but I can tell you it was a white- knuckle. I paraphrased Don Whillans, a long passed climbing buddy, " The concert will be here next year, just make sure you are", only he said mountain. The venue was...

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Mar 10, 2015 - Border Collie's the CEO

I noticed the only dogs taking care of the sheep are the big, white Maremanos. They are incredibly dutiful and very stand- offish, but really dedicated to their work. But I do notice that whenever the farmer is walking the field, he has at his side a border collie, and Ive seen that dog make a quick round of the sheep and come back to the farmer. It never stays with the sheep. Farmer told June the Border collie was the CEO of the ranch and the Maremanos, and him, just work for the Collie. Incredibly smart and resourceful,but a tad...

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Mar 9, 2015 - Right Under My Nose!

Today I went to have lunch at Terrazza sul Lago, the restaurant Stefano's brother, Alessandro owns. It is in the ancient Commune Piazza of Anguillara. Now i have been to Anguillara umpteen times, to catch the train, shop, get fuel, but always went into the "newer"area. I had seen the older part and thought I had walked through it. But the weather has been cool/cold and,the wind was always blowing off the lake. Not today. It was beautiful shirt sleeve weather and I wandered up on to the highest point, through the ancient gate and into the...

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Mar 8, 2015 - Penne, pistachio pesto, olives and pecorino

Great impromptu dinner last night. Cooked the penne pasta very "al dente", added some chopped green olives, pistachio pesto and small amount of olive oil. Let the sauce soak into,the pasta and added left over roatsed chicken , shredded and then some pecorino romano cheese. Really declicious and simple. Today is a relaxing day, clean up and get ready to go to the airport. Slightly warmer today and less windy. Ill drop them off , come back and train back to Rome to meet Salvatore for an early dinner. We will start planning his trip to...

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Mar 8, 2015 - You Know You're a Roman When...........

You know you're A Roman when you can ride the busy train into the heart of Rome. Navigate the Metro, avoid the hustlers and meet a friend for a quick dinner. Consume half a litre of wine(the bottle was 1000 ml. Not our 750 size!) , make your way back to the train station, read the byzantine schedule and buy your ticket in Italian and catch the right train back to Anguillar! On the way home last night I met Stefano. I was sitting on a pretty empty train when this train employee came by with a camera photographing grafitti . He spoke to me ,...

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Mar 7, 2015 - North Dakota in Rome

Today we did another hop on hop off bus tour. Jan, Bob and I. Geeze it was cold. Coldest day I have ever spent in Rome. We were pretty bundled up but the open air bus doesn't shield you very much,so one trip around the loop and we were frozen done. Off to coffee, lunch and then beat a hast retreat back to Anguilarra. Got home about 5 or so and just saw the sun setting from,the porch. Cooked some dinner, had a glass of,wine and started making preparations for going to England(Bristol) and have some fun at the Climbers Club Festivities. It...

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