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    Damn. Heal fast. We avoided those holes...

    Damn. Heal fast. We avoided those holes yesterday. They open up there every year. We found a more solid skinning line is to climber's left to a spot on the ridge with good access to the backside W...
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    Nice. Can a guy camp at Klipchuck?

    Nice. Can a guy camp at Klipchuck?
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    It's been a fun Silver Season -- and busier than...

    It's been a fun Silver Season -- and busier than past years. I don't recall mogul formation back when we commenced our annual Silver Season pilgrimage in 1992. Heading up again today in a bit. Maybe...
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    Great. Thanks again to jhyatt for agreeing to...

    Great. Thanks again to jhyatt for agreeing to handle distribution. Thanks to those who have sent me money. For those who have not yet done so, send me a PM for paypal instructions. I'm charging...
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    non-Karen chicks dig the Lazuli Bunting. You...

    non-Karen chicks dig the Lazuli Bunting. You gotta keeper.

    Forgot to mention the Yellow-breasted Chat I heard last week.
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    What species of finch? Common Nighthawk is in...

    What species of finch?

    Common Nighthawk is in a family called goatsuckers (no kidding). Cool bird, numbers dwindling due to habitat loss and pesticide use. Mags in the Sierra and Rockies may see...
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    Nope. You're not a birder. When a birder claims...

    Nope. You're not a birder. When a birder claims to see a species out of normal range, habitat or season, other birders will launch an interrogation, sometimes polite, sometimes not so much. Noob...
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    Oh, okay. Those who haven't experienced the joy...

    Oh, okay. Those who haven't experienced the joy of spring migration will never get it.
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    ^ ^ ^ Try the light cushion weight Darn...

    ^ ^ ^ Try the light cushion weight Darn Toughs. Thinner is better, more stable, less likely to creep. If you need to fill up volume, where a liner. If you need more warmth, wear 2 pairs of light...
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    Fucking liar. No way you didn't see a House...

    Fucking liar. No way you didn't see a House Sparrow, American Robin and European Starling between January 1 and mid-May.
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    The past 2 weeks stretch has been pretty good for...

    The past 2 weeks stretch has been pretty good for my FOYs: Townsend's Warbler, Dusky Flycatcher, Lark Sparrow, Lazuli Bunting, Pacific-slope Flycatcher, Wilson's Snipe, Clark's Nutcracker, Bushtit,...
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    It's far less frustrating, IME more rewarding and...

    It's far less frustrating, IME more rewarding and less expensive (after sunken costs of bins and spotting scope).
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    FTR, I made fun of a subset of birdwatchers, a...

    FTR, I made fun of a subset of birdwatchers, a subset which invites taunting. FTR2, I'm a lifelong birdwatcher. FTR3, some of my birding companions sport Swaro ELs -- and every damn one of them is a...
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    Swaro ELs are a status symbol in some circles....

    Swaro ELs are a status symbol in some circles. Zeiss SL or FL, Leica Noctavid or Ultravid and Nikon EDG are peers. Resolution of modern alpha bins is finer than the human eye can detect and modern...
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    9 pairs are the the mail to jhyatt, who will...

    9 pairs are the the mail to jhyatt, who will distribute. I've received paypal payments from jhyatt and turnfarmer. I'll PM each of you with my paypal info. Please indicate your TGR handle when you...
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    Nah. The he-man militia types carry shitty...

    Nah. The he-man militia types carry shitty overpriced Steiner porro prism glass. Swaro ELs are top quality $$$$, the choice for snooty poser coastie birders. Seriously, I've never seen an...
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    FWIW, Christian Cooper carries Swarovski EL bins...

    FWIW, Christian Cooper carries Swarovski EL bins

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    Breaker Morant and Gallipoli came out in...

    Breaker Morant and Gallipoli came out in consecutive years, both Australian New Wave, both fine anti-war movies, some production overlap.

    Breaker Morant compares favorably to Stanley Kubrick's...
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    Plan B

    Plan B
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    Okay then. +1 that you should stay away from that...

    Okay then. +1 that you should stay away from that shit.

    Answer: Maybe for someone who can be helped, but only with good solid professional assistance. SSRI's and other psychotropics have helped...
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    my go-to mountain boot liner sox, but they are...

    my go-to mountain boot liner sox, but they are too short for my ski touring boots

    This assumes the GTX membrane does not fail within a few months after purchase, an assumption contrary to my...
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    I did that for years, might do it again on my...

    I did that for years, might do it again on my next long trip. What thin VB sox do you use?
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    My feet run much cooler -- say 20F or more -- in...

    My feet run much cooler -- say 20F or more -- in full leather upper LMBs. YMMV. Also, IME, properly treated (e.g., Obenauf's LP) full leather upper LMBs keep my feet drier and waaaay cooler than GTX...
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    Glade, it's a constant struggle. Certain Dri,...

    Glade, it's a constant struggle. Certain Dri, boots-off during breaks, then switch to dry pair of sox. Dry wet sox in sun while strapped on pack. Super thin synthetic sox dry much faster than wool,...
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    Trombone slide lubricant has been the subject of...

    Trombone slide lubricant has been the subject of discussion for decades. When I played trombone -- AFM Local 484 (Sun Valley) member, Wood River Valley Orchestra lead trombonist -- we lubed the slide...
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    RIP Kitters

    RIP Kitters
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    +1 to comments of John_B and riff. For shorter...

    +1 to comments of John_B and riff. For shorter stretches in walking/camp shoes, I don't wear sox. For longer walks I wear only liner sox, which dry very fast strapped on atop my backpack (unless it's...
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    Nah. This time I'll let Andrew Skurka do the...

    Nah. This time I'll let Andrew Skurka do the talking: Complete failure: I gave “waterproof” Gore-Tex hiking shoes a second chance
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    Talc is so 20th Century. This 21st Century...

    Talc is so 20th Century.

    This 21st Century stuff is PTFE, the stuff used to make Teflon, GoreTex and trombone slide lubricant:

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    I have fabbed 8 pairs, 1 of which I sent to...

    I have fabbed 8 pairs, 1 of which I sent to frorider. Pic of remaining 7 below. Looks that I have 9 (10 with frorider) requests. Hmmmm. I think I have enough stock to make a couple more pairs.
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    Damn funny guy, a true pro at staying in...

    Damn funny guy, a true pro at staying in character. He had a good run, a high demand performer. I saw him alot on variety shows in my teens. He was great with Martin Mull on America Tonight.
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    Gonna be a bloodbath. I've been through it a...

    Gonna be a bloodbath. I've been through it a couple times before, but prolly not of this scope. And I fear this time more retail sites will become ghost towns compared to prior retail recessions....
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    Add Mazda CX-5 to the list, CX-3 if you can go...

    Add Mazda CX-5 to the list, CX-3 if you can go smaller. Very good reliability record. Our CX-5 rolled over 100K miles last month, still doesn't burn a drop of oil between changes. Mazda AWD on par...
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    Kustom Kulture ...

    Kustom Kulture

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    yutz

    yutz
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    The new big tech corporatists are every bit as...

    The new big tech corporatists are every bit as keen on amassing power and wealth. Indeed, they are better at it, and there's no enforcement of anti-trust laws to slow them down.
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    Got it. I'll answer my PMs later today or...

    Got it. I'll answer my PMs later today or tomorrow. Or Saturday : ) jhyatt, thanks for offering to distribute
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    Update: I got two new inquires for strappers....

    Update: I got two new inquires for strappers. Pretty sure I have enough angle stock to make strappers for all who have inquired to date.

    I was away from the crib for a few days -- ski touring,...
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    Huh? Are you suggesting that markets are governed...

    Huh? Are you suggesting that markets are governed by natural law?
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    Nope, actually the opposite happened. The entire...

    Nope, actually the opposite happened. The entire country had moved to the left, and NIxon exploited that. Nixon's landslide was the culmination of his Southern Strategy. For decades, states in the...
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    Maybe with alternative lacing. I wear a 101...

    Maybe with alternative lacing. I wear a 101 lasted ski boot and the Dragontail MTN fits me fine with lacing in the pic below. Some people size up 1/2 size with Garmont mountain boots. FWIW, my...
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    +2 FTR, Nixon won in 1968 because he promised...

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    FTR, Nixon won in 1968 because he promised to gradually get out of Vietnam. Nam was LBJ's war, and HHH was LBJ's veep. Once in office, Nixon saw the value of keeping the war going, thus...
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    Wholly irrelevant to this thread, weak assertion...

    Wholly irrelevant to this thread, weak assertion of the flawed fallacy of whataboutism. Or do you believe that black on black violence somehow makes it okay for white guys to hunt down an unarmed...
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    More applicable law: Patel v. State, 279 Ga. 750,...

    More applicable law: Patel v. State, 279 Ga. 750, 620 SE 2d 343 (2005), citing Carter v. State, 269 Ga. 891, 894(7), 506 S.E.2d 124 (1998):
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    Garmont Dragontail MTN. And yes, it does kick...

    Garmont Dragontail MTN. And yes, it does kick ass. Nothing else like it, IME by far the most torsionally stiff footwear marketed as "approach shoes." Compared to the others, Dragontail MTN is more...
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    Gotta agree with the Bunny on this. Until 2008,...

    Gotta agree with the Bunny on this. Until 2008, the Fed's chief mission was to curb inflation, but that changed in late 2008, when the Fed pulled out the stops to thwart a possible debt-deflation...
  48. Thread: Gas Prices

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    $1.49 in Cle Elum, $1.85 in Eburg

    $1.49 in Cle Elum, $1.85 in Eburg
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    Yeah, notwithstanding Fed printing money go...

    Yeah, notwithstanding Fed printing money go brrrrrr, there will be post-Covid 19 augmentation of deflationary pressures that have been there for awhile (e.g., race-to-the-bottom global cheap labor)....
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    Yeah, at my age, asset preservation is high...

    Yeah, at my age, asset preservation is high priority. Glad and lucky I did some profit taking via rebalancing a couple times a year starting in 2017, thus starting 2020 with a good chunk of cash, CDs...
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