Hey, I finally got some other pages up to go along with this nucleus blog software. Unfortunately, the next big step is to hack into the navigation links on this page, so that you can actually get there from here. That may take a some extended effort and learning on my part. Meanwhile, you can start looking at some climbing trip reports using these temporary links. I have one on the W.Face of Leaning Tower, that I did with Doug Hemken, one on a new route called Gadzooks that a group of us put up on Fresno Dome recently, and another on a route called Galactic Hitchhiker.
I can't believe how fast the month of June seems to have flown by. Except for the calls and e-cards that I received, I probably would have forgotten all about it. So, there weren't any big parties or anything like that, but I get up every day and basically get to do exactly what I want to. I figure that makes enough of a celebration.
I'm busy working on lots of different “projects”. There are a bunch of climbs that I'd like to do this season, and living in a house with climbers constantly reminds me of just how many of those there are.
People around here seem to assume that the primary activity of my life is climbing, but I'm also keeping myself busy with sedentary activities too. I'm working on designing some web pages where I can keep some things in a more 'permanent' spot than this weblog. There's lots to learn.
I got a book on business when I went into Fresno last, and am learning about marketing right now.
My biggest project recently has been an article for the Berkeley Science Review about a business plan competition that is held annually. Interviewing the organizers and participants of the competition has been fun and challenging. They are happy to get the extra publicity for the company or competition, and I'm happy to get the information, but since the interviews are conducted over the phone I find myself scribbling notes as fast as I can and wishing that I'd carried through with my idea to learn short-hand when I was younger.
This morning, Tom and I were treated to the sight of this beautiful bear in our backyard. I've seen this bear before in our neighborhood – it crossed the street as I was driving down into the Valley to go climbing – it looks really sleek and healthy. I was gratified this morning to see that it was looking for food by ripping open fallen logs (you can see him hard at work in the picture), rather than rooting through someone's garbage. It's so nice to see wildlife doing wild things.
I just got back from my Genevan paleography course at the Meeter Center. I can't say that I was looking forward to leaving Yosemite to teach it, but once I got there, the folks at the Meeter Center and the students were so much fun to be around, I ended up having a great time that was well worth the trip for me.
There are some people in the world who can pursue something with an intense focus and determination that is amazing to watch. One guy that I met last month confessed that climbing was his whole life. He does other things only so far as they permit him to go on climbing, and thinking about climbing. I'm not like that. Maybe my brain just gets restless, or I haven't found that one passionate thing that I can devote myself to utterly. At any rate, when Tom left for Michigan, I thought that it would be nice to take a break from climbing for a while and do some reading, some drawing and other non-climbing activities that having been itching in the back of my mind for some time. Oddly, that is not at all how it worked out.