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March 2017



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So tonight we climbed, despite being collectively at the mercy of a series of brutal allergies. I dunno what is reproducing in Connecticut this week, but everybody I know is begging for death. It's awful.

Anyway, climbed a bunch of stuff I already knew how to climb, for exercise. Also a new route--pretty easy, but requiring some thought and meticulousness and so fun--and then another twenty minutes throwing myself fruitlessly at that move I'm stuck on on the unrated red wall. The good news is my stamina has improved to the point where I can actually throw myself fruitlessly at the same move for that long. The bad news is, wall 1, girl 0. For the third or fourth time running.

Eventually I will get it, though. If the toehold were just a smidge bigger or there were one decent freaking handhold on the entire expanse of wall, I think maybe I could get it. But as it is, it's kicking my ass. I want to see next time if I can get a different, more direct angle on the toehold.

Anyway, acraped my hands raw on those two terrible handholds, but that's how the game is played, right? You just have to find a toehold somewhere, and then you have to stand up on it.


Most of my allergies went away after I moved to upstate NY, but there was always *something* in the early fall that set them off.

These days I am mostly allergic to food. The list is long, and features many things including raw tomatoes, cucumber, and about half of the world's edible fruits, although I refuse to admit that I am allergic to raspberries on the grounds that I will give up my raspberries when they pry them from my cold dead fingers.
Misread that first sentence as "despite being collectively at the mercy of a series of brutal allegories."
I'm not allergic to most of the pollens and such which set people off - which is good, because I've lived almost a decade in either the Tennessee River Valley, or the Ohio River Valley, both notorious for the extent and variety of their allergen population. The only pollen-bearing plant I appear to be allergic to is the banana magnolia.

We discovered this when we had a baby banana magnolia in the backyard in SC. I was having terrible hay-fever and sneezing fits for a week or so each year, but couldn't figure out what was causing it. Until one day I asked my husband why that pretty, little tree was called a banana magnolia. He looked at me funny and said, "Because the flowers smell just like bananas. Hadn't you noticed?" "Well, no. Every time it's in bloom my nose is...Ohhhhh!"

Best of luck with the allergies and the wall both.
"You just have to find a toehold somewhere, and then you have to stand up on it."
-Elizabeth Bear, Writer
(1971- )

While possibly unintended... I suspect that will one day find itself in books of quotes and affirmations. As well it should.

I thought you would like to know that you are a Bear of Inspiration.

Because after many months of lurking and watching you climb via teh intarwebs, I today attempted it myself. And then I called my friends and told them that I had been falling off perfectly good rocks for two hours. And then I tried to stop my arms from shaking so that I could drive home.

(Since obviously you are curious, I made it up a Total Beginner Wall that wasn't even rated as part of belaying school. Then I tried two 5.7s and failed most spectacularly as soon as the wall began to slither outwards in defiance of all reason and good manners.)

Re: I thought you would like to know that you are a Bear of Inspiration.

Woooooooooooooooo! Go team you!
"I dunno what is reproducing in Connecticut"

Possibly the same thing that's inspiring my nose to alleviate Boston's critical snot drought.

It's not *deadly* but I'm getting tired of it.
fall is party time for plants that don't bother with showy petals, for example, Ragweed.

Happy Birthday! *mails you a giftwrapped box of Puffs Plus*


just as a fan i thought i´d send greetings.

i´m almost 1/2 through ink&steel and i must say i´m deeply loving it. i think it´s my fav of your books so far. it manages to be both intellectual and emotional yet very readable.
it´s clearly one of the best genre books of 2008. (i´m mentaly putting hell&earth in there too)

in a different way i also enjoyed joobum(sp?)
i liked the pulp vibe of it.


Thank you!!!
It's amazing what some route-setters consider to be toeholds sometimes! Oh, and

Happy Birthday!

Thank you!
Happy Birthday! :)
Thank you!