This coming Saturday I'm going to a party thrown by our close friends Mary Anne and Drew. Of all my friends they are the ones I invited to the cabin for my 40th birthday last month. The party is to celebrate friends and life before she goes in to have a double mastectomy next week to remove both breasts as she was diagnosed with cancer last month. This will mark the beginning of a long haul for her, her husband, and their 2 and 4 year old daughters. In the words of JP... fuck cancer.
No runnin' today. Instead we drove home from Mizzeruh... 11 hours. But books on disc freaking rock and pass the time. In the 22 hour round trip we listened to "High Crimes: The Fate of Everest in an Age of Greed" which gives a behind the scenes look at some of the underhanded, greedy, and evil things that happen on the mountain. After listening to it I've lost a certain amount of respect for many of the people who summit, or are part of the crews that summit, the mountain. When people spend ~$60,000 and months at 20k+ altitude... many turn demonic it seems.
We also listened to the biography "In With The Devil" about serial killer Larry Hall who killed (possibly) up to 40 women. Crazy story that makes me wish I had pursued a career in law.... or at least was in the right place at the right time in 1993 with a handgun or a dull knife. Larry Hall is a real piece of shit.
I was asked for my 40th birthday if I wanted a gift certificate to a running or cycling store and I said I would rather have one to a Cabelas or Bass Pro... so this weekend I was at a Cabelas and found a massively discounted fly rod and along with the gift certificate got it for almost nothing...
It's a 5 piece, 9'/ 5 weight rod which is going to be perfect for back country packing or...
possibly running/ biking to a river or lake. It fits acceptably in to my hydration pack.
And it looks like the video of ME is going to happen. Ultimate Direction is setting up the video shoot and you all get to glimpse my life and where I live it. And I have also been asked to do a podcast for an ultra running site. In truth I don't understand this attention. I'm not an ultra runner and honestly... I'm not even a runner. We'll see how it goes though.