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I went rock climbing on sunday with zenthia, mpeg2tom, Carla, and Jack. Although, calling it that is a bit misleading; it's wall climbing, with the assistance of ropes and plastic doodads screwed into said wall. The place is called Earth Treks. I woke up in a cold sweat several hours early, and told Jack as much. I explained to him that basically I was having classic gym class fears; I'm going to have to climb the baby walls and everyone's going to laugh at me. And let's not even get into the body image issues. You KNOW rock climber types are all svelte tiny wiry people. The facts of the matter turned out: Yes, I had to climb the baby walls. No one laughed at me out loud. Body image issues disappeared because I was way too busy FREAKING OUT due to a possibly genetically inherited fear of heigts. Yes I know that there's someone belaying. Yes I know the auto-belay has gently laid thousands of people back down on the floor sans injury. That doesn't stop me from bursting into paniced tears when I'm 30 feet in the air and look down. I don't even think I got 30 feet up. I did climb to the top of the baby walls; not without bursting into tears both times though. Strangely enough, I want to go back, because it was a really good workout and even if people were laughing at me they were polite enough to do it inwardly. This is something I am willing to be uncompetitive about because it's clear I'm not going to be that great at it. Also: short arms and legs. Not so helpful.

Last night I had a dream that I couldn't find Jack's cereal at the grocery store. And the grocery store was the approximate size and shape of a home depot. judithiscariot was trying to help me. Then I dreamed I gleeked on someone and they were mad. I was sad to wake up to discover, no, I still can't do it.

Ooops I gotta run!

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mikailborg
Jul. 26th, 2004 07:58 pm (UTC)
Isn't it amazing how much more fun some things can be when no one expects you to be any good at them?

That's exactly what I love about bowling and playing pool :)
snidegrrl
Jul. 26th, 2004 09:37 pm (UTC)
Man I really need to do more bowling!!!
leenacia
Jul. 26th, 2004 07:59 pm (UTC)
I love indoor climbing. I'm not svelte, tiny, or wiry. But I do have freakishly long prehensile toes. I think that helps.

Maybe you'd like bouldering better. Most rock gyms have a little bouldering room. You don't use a belay system because you don't go high. You just scramble around.
snidegrrl
Jul. 26th, 2004 09:38 pm (UTC)
I thought the idea behind the climbing shoes was sort of toe-denial; like they almost make them like point shoes so you have these points to dig in. Hrmmm.

There is definately a little bouldering room in there; I was just warned that that was MUCH harder.
leenacia
Jul. 27th, 2004 12:56 pm (UTC)
No, they make them really tight so you can grip with your toes. If they aren't worn in, they feel really stiff though (because they have to be tough to protect your feet from sharp rocks when you climb outside). I confess that I have danced around in my new ones like they were toe shoes. :D
zenthia
Jul. 27th, 2004 01:44 pm (UTC)
I think bouldering is harder because the holds aren't as good, they're not "jugs" or things you can dip your hands in, they are often slopers or things that I have a lot of trouble holding onto if you don't have massive bulging arm muscles. In my gym the bouldering cave is populated by burly shirtless young men whereas the climbing walls show a more diverse range of climbers.

When you first start go for better fitting shoes, but I really got to the point where I was sliding off toe holds because my shoes were looser than I wanted.

And, lastly, on competition: I suppose you can be competitive about anything but this is how I look at rock climbing: Everyone is shaped differently with different flexibilities, strengths, muscle groups. In professional climbing female climbers have climbed paths that no man has followed on and men have climbed paths that no woman has done. Different climbers can climb different things. One of my ohio partners, Gwyn, has an easy time on some things that I struggle with and I have no problem where she gets stuck. You're wasting a lot of mental energy tabulating who's overall better, you're much better off saying "I got to this point last time and fell. If I can just touch one more hold...."
snidegrrl
Jul. 27th, 2004 02:05 pm (UTC)
Thanks for the advice. :)

On the competition thing: it's really not a rational process. I can try to stem the tide of the emotions with rational thought, but for some reason sometimes it doesn't matter and all I can see is "they are good and I am bad". You'd think I'd have grown out of that by now!
larksdream
Jul. 27th, 2004 04:37 pm (UTC)
on competition
That's a really good way of looking at it... *taking notes*
professorbooty
Jul. 26th, 2004 09:56 pm (UTC)
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I'm only commenting here because I think these two user images go well together.

Have a nice day.
larksdream
Jul. 26th, 2004 11:08 pm (UTC)
Re: ...
What's the hamster (?) holding?
leenacia
Jul. 27th, 2004 12:53 pm (UTC)
Re: ...
It looks like a guitar?
professorbooty
Jul. 27th, 2004 03:34 pm (UTC)
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It's a toy gun.
larksdream
Jul. 27th, 2004 04:35 pm (UTC)
Re: ...
You know, that was what it looked like to me, but *I* didn't want to look like the insane one... *g* It's a great icon.
nixieq
Jul. 27th, 2004 01:16 am (UTC)
okay, i have to ask: is that icon just a clever use of photoshop, or did somebody actually find a baby 2-headed turtle? stranger things have been found in nature...
leenacia
Jul. 27th, 2004 12:54 pm (UTC)
Oh, it's real. Someone found it in their backyard last year, and called the news. :)
professorbooty
Jul. 27th, 2004 03:41 pm (UTC)
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Reptiles are fairly prone to mutations and birth defects such as this, which are often caused by pollutants and other environmental factors. I think this is due the type of eggs they lay, which are more leathery and porous than those of a bird.

Amphibians are even more susceptible to environmental factors, because their skin basically is a mucus membrane through which they can absorb oxygen out of water along with a host of unintended chemicals. When the frogs in your neighborhood start having the wrong number of legs, it's time to abort any current pregnancies and leave the region.
leenacia
Jul. 27th, 2004 06:29 pm (UTC)
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Yeah, that's what the news said. They tend not to live long, but they really aren't that rare at all.
keryx
Jul. 26th, 2004 08:50 pm (UTC)
The only context in which I've done wall climbing is in those "team building" work events where you have to count on competitive colleagues to belay you, which I think are just loathsome. So, the climbing seems like a cool idea, and I'm glad you did it, but I have issues. ;)
snidegrrl
Jul. 26th, 2004 09:40 pm (UTC)
In a way it seems kind of silly to me; like a VERY yuppie sport. I had to ask myself, am I really going to pay someone a bunch of money for the privilege of climbing their wall????? Am I nuts?? :) I'm glad I did it too. Just working on it allowed me to forget what I looked like period.
nixieq
Jul. 26th, 2004 09:18 pm (UTC)
Strangely enough, I want to go back, because it was a really good workout and even if people were laughing at me they were polite enough to do it inwardly.

i tend to find that working through a fear like that, in a controlled environment, can also be deeply satisfying. i wouldn't be surprised if there were something of that in your desire to go back. i could, of course, be flat-out wrong. (NO! THE HORROR!!@#$)

but yay, rockwall-climbing! i *heart* that. it's like one big puzzle, plus physical exertion/exploring your body's limits. go you! have fun! >:D

i am still puzzled by this "gleek" (at least, used as a verb). perhaps you'll be kind enough to 'splain next time i see you?
snidegrrl
Jul. 26th, 2004 09:41 pm (UTC)
I bet Jack will be HAPPY to show you the gleek. He apparently has the perfectly formed saliva glands for it. I personally don't think I can describe it, and have an inappropriately formed mouth. :p
professorbooty
Jul. 26th, 2004 10:22 pm (UTC)
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Can he actually gleek on demand? Consistently? If so, and he does not have a tongue piercing advantage (tongue bars often cause gleeks), he is some sort of freak.

If his gleeking on you was not at least mostly unintentional, then you should compare him to the horned toad. Horned toads are actually misnamed lizards, and their primary defense mechanism is to squirt blood out of their eyes when threatened. This works by grossing out predators; it is ingrained at a deep, genetic level in all animals great and small that there is absolutely nothing healthy about a creature that has blood squirting from its freaking eyes.

Man, with this and the spontaneous amputations, lizards have all the best defense techniques locked up tight. Imagine if Jackie Chan got surrounded by a gang of thugs and -- instead of kicking their asses with a coatrack, two passing busses, and some pocket lint -- one of his arms fell off and blood began spraying from his eye sockets. Well, besides being the best movie ever, don't you think the thugs would leave him alone? Unless of course the thugs were secretly employed by an arm smuggling cartel, but holy shit that's got to be the worst joke I've made in months. This ends now.
snidegrrl
Jul. 26th, 2004 10:26 pm (UTC)
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Dayv, I'm afraid we'll have to go with "some sort of freak" on this one. I love him anyways.

professorbooty
Jul. 26th, 2004 10:37 pm (UTC)
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Hey, freaks need love too, and most of them probably even deserve to be loved. Jack is definitely within the latter camp.
castironskillet
Jul. 31st, 2004 06:02 am (UTC)
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Best LJ comment ever.

Also, I believe I have never, ever uh, "gleeked," accidentally or on purpose. I feel incomplete, in that same way that being not good at "cocking a brow" causes.
professorbooty
Jul. 31st, 2004 02:23 pm (UTC)
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I'll teach you to cock a bro sometime.
larksdream
Jul. 26th, 2004 11:10 pm (UTC)
So where ARE these salivary glands? I'm getting more and more intrigued by this...

(And don't laugh because I don't know where my salivary glands are. I always kind of assumed it was a distributed thing...)
madshutterbug
Jul. 28th, 2004 03:36 pm (UTC)
More Than You Wanted To Know
There are two, one each side, under the tongue, and their ducts usually empty forward (proper term, anterior); called the sublingual (for under tongue). There are two more, basically in each cheek, that duct to either side of your upper mouth, and in fact called the buccal (cheek) glands. There are two more, one each side of your lower jaw, called the submaxillary glands. And, two more, the parotid glands, found in front of each ear.

The parotids are the glands which are most often affected by mumps, though all of the salivary glands can be affected by the virus that causes the disease.
larksdream
Jul. 29th, 2004 01:14 am (UTC)
Re: More Than You Wanted To Know
Just so you know, I am beaming admiration upon you. *radiate*radiate*radiate*
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