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Funny News

I saw on the news that a 16-year-old managed to drive his new truck into the Truckee River (no pun intended, he really drove his truck into the Truckee). He said he swerved to avoid a vehicle leaving Baldini's casino. I am just familiar enough with the area to wonder how in the heck he could manage this! This kid crossed a median, drove another 100+ yards or so crossing two lanes of on-coming traffic, left the road and drove uphill through shrubbery another 100 feet or so, hit the rocks at the top which somehow got him airborne and he ended up flying through the air quite a distance too. This link may work for a picture for a few days. If you don't get to this before that photo is moved from the newspaper's website, just assume his new truck is toast. He reported to police that he was under the influence of marijuana at the time, and that he "may have" hit the gas instead of the brakes. I really don't believe in taking it easy on people that drive under the i…

Yeti and Memories

The other day I posted a picture of Denali, and one of the comments was about mountain climbing so I got to thinking about Mount Everest and Nepal in general... which includes Yeti. So these topics were on my mind. Later today I found a post where an author Kendra is using the idea of space-traveling Yeti in a NaNoWriMo novel.

I use yeddi (formidable looking scavengers on Zackson X) in Starlit Destiny. The creatures pop up again in the sequel and play a slighly larger role. It got me thinking about world-building. Why do I have yeti in my writing? Part of the fascination with the abominable snowman is due to Bumble, the Abominable Snow Monster in Rudolf the Red-Nosed Reindeer.

Mostly the day's thoughts revolved around how at one point in my life I really wanted to climb Denali and Everest. In Everest's case, in part to look for yeti! When I was a child I lived in Talkeetna, Alaska and having Denali on the horizon looking like it needed climbing was part of that motivation. As fo…

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