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[10 Feb 2008|10:08am]
The News:

It looks as though everything has come to together and I will definitely be moving to Boulder, CO in June. I'm incredibly excited and, sad though I am to leave an extremely tight and supportive crew in Tacoma, I'm absolutely looking forward to growing roots in a new area and spending the summer exploring the phenomenal climbing in Colorado, Utah, Wyoming, and beyond. After gaining residency, I'll be attending CU Boulder with the current goal of a degree in either Philosophy/ Comparative Religion or Writing and Literature.

I'm eagerly anticipating finally putting some tangible distance between myself and the less-than-ideal time I've spent in the suburban purgatories of Sumner, Bonney Lake and Puyallup. Good Riddance.
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[13 Sep 2007|01:36am]
Life has been ridiculously good lately. My debts from the car accident last winter will be paid off by Christmas and, as depressed as I was about shelling out 90% of each and every paycheck to some soul-less opportunistic dirtbag, I can't help but feel as though this whole ordeal has reinforced in me an incredibly important lesson.

In any case, I'm looking forward to competing alongside the kids this season and pushing them to climb as hard as they can. I'm going to be in the ABS men's advanced bracket, so the chances are pretty good that I'm going to get absolutely curb stomped by most of the routes on the upper end of the bracket (V6-V7), but it'll be good to go in over my head and push myself to hang with much stronger climbers. I've been training pretty hard and bouldering at Goldbar and Leavenworth every week, so I'm feeling pretty strong, but I'm taking a solid week break to let the skin and tendons heal so I can start cranking in preparation for the first comp at the Circuit on the 13th.

And, as it turns out, I'm moving to Boulder, Colorado this coming summer. I'll have to spend a year there before I can start school at UC Boulder, so I'll be forced to bide my time frolicking about the best bouldering areas in the country. I don't know if I can handle spending a year at Mt. Evans, Flagstaff, Boulder Canyon, Eldo, RMNP, Joe's Valley, Moe's Valley, Big Bend, and HUECO... but I'll be damned if I'm not going to try.

Peace and Respek

-Owen
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Today I... [20 Apr 2007|10:51pm]
Climbed an incredibly fun variation of The Improbable Traverse on Guye Peak with Jason. The climbing was generally pretty relaxed, but ridiculously exposed through the upper piton traverse (IE: balancy, no-hands moves over 300 feet vertical to steep 4th and 5th class with an absurdly sketchy knifeblade for protection and a BIG pendulum fall). Our variation bypassed the lower leftward traverse in favor of a more direct steep dihedral with slightly more difficult moves (but still very easy - I did it in my approach shoes and belay gloves), mostly liebacking and jamming. Despite the occasional wetness and general sketchiness of the route and our complete lack of preparation, it was an extremely fun climb. The deep snow forced us to find our own route down, which ended up being an odd mix of rappelling over cliff bands from trees and glissading (climber language for sliding on your ass) down steep chutes. The hour and a half long sketchy talus and snow approach took all of 5 minutes for us to cruise down.

Our next goal is an intimidating overhanging crack that bypasses the piton traverse, but that'll probably wait until the weather is better and we're stronger.

Al-in-all, one of the better days I've had.
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Update [09 Apr 2007|11:32pm]
The schedule

Monday: School, study, work
Tuesday: School, climbing at Little Si until dark
Wednesday: School, study, work
Thursday: School, study, gym climbing/ training/ chill time
Friday: School, climbing at Little Si until dark
Saturday: Study, work
Sunday: Study, work, train, relax

So my life really doesn't consist of much more than school, work, and working projects at Little Si. I've got limited elbow room, but I can't seem to recall any time in the past 5 years that I've felt so content with what I'm doing and so driven to excel at it.

The goals:
-Maintain the 4.0
-maintain the drive
-maintain the sanity
-climb 5.12+
-boulder V6
-keep a weather eye, cocked brow and a grin.

Respek


-Owen
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[14 Feb 2007|11:35pm]
Climbing at Smith Rock for 3 days.

I win.
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[28 Jan 2007|12:17am]
I'm finally back in school.
I'm either headed to Western or out of state next winter.
A few good friends.
A few goals.
A few plans.

All I had to do to end up in the right place was to just stop trying so damned hard. My only regret is that it took me so long to see that I was fooling myself into believing I had things right.

I'm an overly-opinionated
slightly vain
granola-chomping
obsessive compulsive
Luddite
dirtbag
climber

And I am inordinately content with that.

Until next time
Keep it real money grips.
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What it is: [21 Nov 2006|10:43pm]
-I've moved back into my mom's house for school; it's just financially wise, so I'll suck it up for as long as necessary.
-I've finally finished outlining the core characters and circumstantial details for the story/book/waste of time I've been intermittently working on for the last few weeks.
-I'm getting somewhere and doing something, and I'm more than content to go it alone. I've never had any problem gliding past sidelong glances and the occasional "fuck are you?" reaction to my ethos.
-no women
-no troubles
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[02 Oct 2006|02:50pm]
I feel as though I can now safely say that I have found my place in the world.
The realization struck me subtly while trying to focus on the waning pages of Blindness by Jose Saramago under the unsteady glow of my headlamp. My eyes darted up momentarily as a huge gust of wind made the fabric of the tent bow in, the tent poles creaking under a strain that I'm fairly certain they were not designed to withstand. An hour or so before, I'm guessing, the weather set hard on the lower traverse of the Unicorn glacier and I opted to play it safe and bivy up on the ice. After fumbling to get the tent up in the wind I awkwardly managed to stake in the guy lines with quickly numbing hands and clambored inside, creating eight gaping holes in the floor with one of my crampons. Duct tape to the rescue, yet again. But I digress; Rolled up in my mummy bag, contemplating just how long the storm would persist, avalanches, rock falls, frostbite, my tent being torn to shreds by the steadily increasing wind miles away from the nearest pink Razor or Flatscreen television, it dawned on me that I have never been this content with my life (with one possible exception). I have never been so engaged, so alert, or so comfortable with the fact that if I were to die here and now, I would shuffle cheerfully -if not somewhat unwillingly- from this mortal coil with my lips frozen into a smile.

My only source of dissatisfaction (that's right, 15 letters bitches) is that, of the small handful of people I have ever truly levelled with, even fewer would ever appreciate the beauty and solitude of being huddled in a tent on a glacier, waxing philosphically by the glow of a headlamp.
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Well, I lied. [11 Sep 2006|02:01pm]
But I don't really have any other means of communication, so this will have to do.

In brief:

-Life is exceedingly (and increasingly) good.
-I've finally boiled my existence down to my core passions
-My days consist of work, good books, movies, training, and climbing anything and everything.
-I'm returning to school in earnest next week
-Rainier in July
-then Anderson glacier
-perhaps a road trip to Moab or Yosemite
-Rainier again
-Pending an icy death, the cycle will repeat itself.

For the moment, however, a trip to the rock gym is in order.


In summary:

Hell yes.
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Wait, I'm a human. [08 Jun 2006|10:23pm]
Not an antisocial coded automaton breathing in algorhythms.


Point being:

I bid you all a kind farewell.




I have two eyes, hands, feet, a phone and a mailbox.

And I'm somewhere around these parts most of the time.

Fin.
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[06 Jun 2006|12:10am]
And yet again, I couldn't resist the urge to dig it all up.

I feel ill.
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I can't get any sleep. [31 May 2006|10:08am]
[ mood | drained ]

And not for lack of trying.



I'm sure I could rustle up a good metaphor for this, but I really don't have it in me at the moment.

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[29 May 2006|10:26pm]
[ mood | content ]

Truthfully, I don't know that I have ever felt this comfortable in my own skin.

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So [24 May 2006|03:56pm]
[ mood | calm ]

I finally got the job at Home Depot.
I've got my shit together for school.
I'm looking into ROTC when I move to Bellevue.
And I'm very seriously considering enlisting after I get my BA or MBA.

Things are finally start to happen.

Now...

Who wants to go play in the park?!
C'mon... let's see some hands.

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My heart came back from Africa [19 May 2006|03:03pm]
[ mood | damn fine ]

And dropped by to say hello.


God damn I missed that girl.

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Sad but true [17 May 2006|02:21am]
[ mood | contemplative ]

And with a slip of the tongue (who's slipped first, we may never know), it all went straight to hell. Lord knows I'd change it if I could.

Though that's not to say that I would take it back.
Sometimes things escalate to the point that plain honesty is simply unnacceptable in either direction.

I'd say this disproves my least favorite of proverbial theorems:

2(wrong) = [right]



So be it, I suppose. No regrets.

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I am one eloquent son of a bitch. [11 May 2006|02:51am]
A L0vely Cha0s: maybe ill keep you
A L0vely Cha0s: .....maybe
A L0vely Cha0s: fine dont say shit
NofxNoCry: my deepest apologies
NofxNoCry: I was laying on the floor
NofxNoCry: hallucinating
A L0vely Cha0s: shrooms?
A L0vely Cha0s: you really should kick the habit you know
NofxNoCry: shrroms? like hell
NofxNoCry: shrooms*
NofxNoCry: anything that can make Ronald Reagan tap dance on top of a melting leaning tower of piza in the corner of my room is worth my time
A L0vely Cha0s: right
A L0vely Cha0s: i bet there is a picture of that on your map in the garage
A L0vely Cha0s: go check it out
A L0vely Cha0s: lol
NofxNoCry: I truely wish I hadn't just given such an appropriate illustration for trickle-down economics
NofxNoCry: but psychotropic drugs and reaganomics be damned
A L0vely Cha0s: owen
NofxNoCry: I need a nap bitch!

End scene.
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Chew on that coffin nail. [29 Mar 2006|07:23am]
I have never so desired a pane-glass window to put my head through.
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Last Night [05 Feb 2006|09:09am]
[ mood | good god. ]

was justification enough for me to get the hell out of here.


The trifecta must not stand.

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Sick as a dog. [30 Jan 2006|09:01pm]
[ mood | rejuvenated ]

enter:

Chicken Noodle Soup
pedialite popsicles
the Mars Volta

=

Right as rain.



as in I got juvenated
lost it
and got juvenated again

bam.

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