Monday, November 17, 2008

Tag #2 from Livingsword.

Here are the rules: 1. Link to your tagger and list these rules on your blog. 2. Share 7 facts about yourself - some random, some weird. 3. Tag 7 people at the end of your post by leaving their names as well as links to their blogs. 4. Let them know they have been tagged by leaving a comment on their blogs.

1) I tried to do Mount Whitney as a trail run. The picture is from the start. I had acclimated to the altitude nicely at Mammoth the week before, but the cold air took its toll on my lungs and I had to abandon the effort about 2 miles from the summit in a fit of coughing. I usually carry some cough suppressant now as a result.

2) A company sent me to Germany for a few weeks of work, and the Berlin wall came down while I was there.

3) A company sent me to Germany again a year later, and the country re-unified and celebrated. Later, I went to South Korea later firmly convinced of my Obama like powers to bring about peace and harmony between divided peoples. Nothing happened.

4) I am a high school drop-out.

5) I bicycled up le Col de la Bonnette, which claims to be the highest mountain pass in the Alps. No, this wasn't part of a tour. Just something to kill time on the weekend while working in Sophia-Antipolis.

6) I had my first tooth filling when I was about 45 years old.

7) I am subject to the "doctrine of total depravity". Thus, I will not tag anyone else.

12 comments:

Livingsword said...

Looney….

First congratulations on a cool and prompt post! And thanks for these added insights into your life…

1) Wow Whitney is the tallest mountain in the contiguous US!!! So close yet so far….great job it would be quite a challenge…doe sit still bother you to have not quite made it…and what kind of cough suppressant?

2) Amazing how you did that in Berlin!

3) Amazing how you did it again…hey two out of three is pretty good…interesting that we have both spent time in Berlin…Maybe you stopped a war in Korea and don’t know it? You need to get the media behind you to work on building your Jedi mind tricks…

4) LOL Hey it just goes to show you that you can be bright (as you certainly are which is why I LOLed) and still drop out of school….ok so why did you drop out?

5) WOW what a cycle!!!!! I’ve driven in that area and it is amazing! You could have killed yourself doing it while killing time!

6) The thought of dental pain makes me pass by this one….

7) LOL LOL LOL Ok we are all subject to total depravity! You could concentrate on one of the other points and pass it along! LOL How many points a Calvinist are you?

Excellent!

Looney said...

Let's see ...

The cough medicine I carry is Theraflu or Triaminic cough thin strips. They are very light weight, rugged and waterproof, so they are ideal for my purposes. It is rare that I need them, but there are emergencies.

I would like to try it again. Even though I didn't make it, the shock and awe on the faces of the hikers to see a runner on the mountain was enough.

Actually, I was in the Stuttgart/Sindelfingen area rather than Berlin. Haven't been to Berlin.

The reason for my dropping out of high school will need to be left as a mystery.

Regarding Calvinism, I have decided that I am a 3.14159 point Calvinist. It has been a long time since I was a member of a Reformed Church, however, so I can't remember which points. How many points are on your Calvinist hat? It does seem that the fewer points you have, the more likely you are to be shot, which is different from other sports.

You seem amazingly mobile too. What took you to the Alps?

Delirious said...

Are you sure you don't have asthma?

Douglas said...
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Looney said...

Delirious, a doctor has told me that I have a mild, exercise induced asthma. I usually pick up a steady cough as the weather changes, which gets worse in the winter. Sometimes the cough continues for 2 or 3 months. They gave me an inhaler, but it never did any good.

Max said...

Hey Looney,

Let me see what facts you have to share:

1) Wow...this is impressive and scary at the same time...
2) Great!! Were you part of history? Did you get a piece of the wall?
3) LOL LOL LOL...
4) So is a good percentage of the Portuguese population.
5) You like sports activities quite a bit, eh?
6) Lucky you!
7) LOL LOL LOL LOL...this was a good one!

Great entertainment, thanks! :D

Looney said...

Max, I didn't get a piece of the wall. Just some memories. I like sports, but it is also practical for me. It is a time to meditate and pray while being in motion and a way to keep my weight under control.

Max said...

Looney,

"It is a time to meditate and pray while being in motion and a way to keep my weight under control."

I hear you! I do the same when doing my yoga!

Livingsword said...

Hi Looney….

Those medicinal strips have certainly made an impact…

LOL I can imagine peoples reaction to you way up there running! That is a loooong way up…

Berlin really is an amazing city…much nicer than most would think…huge wonderful parks with many lakes and excellent museums and galleries along with very interesting architecture...

I hear you on the mystery sorry if I was prying…

Calvinism….Currently 5 points (no not a 5 1/2 point hyper Calvinist which is really not a Calvinist)…Calvinism is a very misunderstood piece of theology (often including those that feel very strongly about it) …LOL I have lots of time for people with less points! LOL

I have been on vacation in the Alps 3 times mainly passing thru….I have traveled around Europe a fair bit but not as much as I would like…I have spent time in Lake Lucerne and traveled along some of the more remote areas including in France (a lot of Alpes de Haute Provence), Germany, Austria and Italy…I think the first 2 times I judged it too harshly comparing it to the Canadian Rockies but the Alps are beautiful…I enjoyed hiking there and driving some of the wicked roads! Hard bike ride…very hard…

Looney said...

I love the Alps and the Sierras, but the old villages in the Alps give it a feel that the Sierras can't begin to compare with.

Marf said...

A few of those are actually amazing. The only countries I've ever been in are the US and Canada. And noting of interest ever happens where I am, except for this "Bridge to nowhere" thing... But then again, nothing did happen with that either.

Also, don't take this the wrong way or anything, but you're significantly older than I expected. Take it as a compliment. You're out there going on all these hikes and trails that I may even have difficulty with, and I'm a young man in descent shape.

Looney said...

Marf, thanks for the note on my activity levels and age. I do tend to have a young attitude towards life.