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June 16th, 2006
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My near-term schedule
As described in my previous post, I've had a little incident that's going to force me to twiddle my thumbs until Monday. So.

In case anyone cares about my schedule for the next few days, here it is:

Friday - Currently in Tehachapi, because holy SHIT is the Cameron Road exit of Highway 58 a wasteland. I tried hitching a ride for over an hour and a grand total of six cars passed by. Two of which arrived separately and drove up to each other in what looked from across the overpass like some sort of drug deal; and two of which arrived 20 minutes later, headed the other direction, and did the same thing. So I jumped at the very first ride that was offered. Screw the fact it was headed in the wrong direction. At least this way I'm in a town. It'll be easier and safer to get to Mojave from here than to have toughed it out in the middle of nowhere.

I might try getting a ride to Mojave tonight, or might stay at a hotel here in Tehachapi tonight. Probably depends on whether I can hook up a roomshare with any other hikers -- there's a few others in town, according to thru-hikers Baird and Phillip, who I met here at the Internet cafe.

Also, I watched a movie while waiting for the Internet cafe to open. "Nacho Libre," which apparently debuted today. Verdict: ** (out of 4 stars); a quasi-comedy about a friar at a Mexican orphanage who secretly turns to the wrestling circuit to fulfill a lifelong ambition. Forgettable. However, I appreciated that they shot an awful lot of the movie in Spanish and never used subtitles or expository dialogue -- it's a refreshing change of pace (especially since I still understand enough basic Spanish to catch some of the subtle cues). Jack Black's singing was great. There was one particularly memorable song line from when Nacho goes out to the wilderness: "I ate some bugs, I ate some grass. I used my hand, to wipe my lips." And it was a nice touch that Nacho never actually wins a wrestling match (except for the stupid obligatory final one when his love for his girlfriend turns the fight around); virtually every other movie of this type features a story arc involving a few initial victories and a big setback to set up the climactic showdown. The film's pretty formulaic, but at least they were able to break the mold there. As an aside, the flick (as with most) fails the Mo Movie Measure.

Saturday - Head into Mojave if I spend the night tonight in Tehachapi; otherwise sit around Mojave all day. Twiddle my thumbs a lot. Spend time wondering if anyone in the area wants to take a day trip and come out for a friendly chat. My cell phone number is in this post if anyone wants to coordinate a visit, and for once, I'll actually leave it on.

Sunday - Yay! kadyg drives down south! We spend time together!

Monday - kadyg still here with me. The two of us might drive up to Kennedy Meadows to make the big thru-hiker party/No Way Ray memorial service scheduled for the 19th. Then, sometime that day, my pack frame should arrive in Mojave, and I can have kadyg drive me out to pick it up and then drop me off at the trailhead so I can get down to hiking again.

Projected arrival date in Kennedy Meadows (where the desert finally ends in earnest, and the High Sierra starts) would then be approx. June 25. Only about 10 days after (in an average year) the big wave of hikers leaves. "Kennedy Meadows day" is one of our big landmarks, and it's frustrating to be that far behind already, but at least the trip is still in salvageable shape. Assuming no further delays. :P

... I hope I'm not going to have too much trouble finding a hiking partner to go through the high Sierra with, because that's one stretch that I'm absolutely not going to tackle without being part of a larger group.

Current Location: Tehachapi, Calif.
Current Mood: blahbrooding
Current Music: Still at the Internet cafe
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From:sebboi
Date:June 17th, 2006 12:47 pm (UTC)
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Mo Movie Measure: Star Wars passes. Even in the original, Leia talks to C3-PO all the time, but it is occasionally about Han.
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From:baxil
Date:June 17th, 2006 08:56 pm (UTC)
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C3PO is a female?
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From:sebboi
Date:June 17th, 2006 10:33 pm (UTC)
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You couldn't tell?
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From:a_rowan_dryad
Date:June 18th, 2006 03:20 pm (UTC)
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I could have sworn C3PO was a guy... granted the actor was but that doesn't have to mean much when dealing with a robot. Still... I think I am gonna have to drag my DVD's out and rewatch. <-- Not that that is an issue... :P
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From:sebboi
Date:June 18th, 2006 03:23 pm (UTC)
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Exactly.

When dealing with a sexual neutral, you get gender from other social characteristics. Did you know there are two sexes in every society, but some socities - likt the Norse Vikings, for example - have more than two genders? Japan has up to 8 assigned gender roles.
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From:a_rowan_dryad
Date:June 18th, 2006 08:50 pm (UTC)
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Actually I did. Most other gender roles have to with levels of neutrality and/or the way said person fit into the society. For example a woman who was a warrior was different from a woman who desired other women. :D:D

I will admit the C3PO was quite feminine - but as I haven't watched the movies again yet I still reserve my final opinion.
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From:a_rowan_dryad
Date:June 17th, 2006 02:59 pm (UTC)
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Does the PCT pass through Mammoth Lakes? I tried looking on maps but couldn't be sure. If so - and provided you need anything when in the area - lemme know. I have family that lived there for 20+ years and though they are not there anymore - their friends are. :D
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From:baxil
Date:June 17th, 2006 08:55 pm (UTC)
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Don't know offhand. Look here if you haven't already; otherwise, I'd have to have my detailed maps to know, which I won't until Kennedy Meadows.
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From:roaminrob
Date:June 18th, 2006 12:36 am (UTC)
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IIRC, the trail does pass pretty near to Bishop, which isn't all that far from Mammoth.

Bishop's one of my favoritest places in the whole wide world.
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From:a_rowan_dryad
Date:June 18th, 2006 10:55 pm (UTC)
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Why do you like Bishop so much? I try to avoid the desert when I can - excessive heat and me are just not the best combination.
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From:roaminrob
Date:June 19th, 2006 12:45 am (UTC)
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Well, I have good memories there, and that helps. At one time, I had good friends there, too, but they've scattered and we've lost touch.

I appreciate the austere beauty of the desert, and have ever since my first trip to Joshua Tree. Bishop isn't just desert, though; it's high desert surrounded by 13 of the state's 14 highest peaks. Big, craggy mountains are beautiful.

There's an awesome bakery there, and -- once upon a time, I dunno if they still do it -- there were Sunday and Wednesday morning pick-up games of Ultimate Frisbee in the town park. :-)
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From:a_rowan_dryad
Date:June 19th, 2006 05:48 am (UTC)
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Craggy mountains are beautiful! But high desert or no - my favorite places to hike are places where you find HUGE trees, will probably get rained on, must have mountains and have four (yes FOUR) full seasons. Snowy winters to high 80's or low maybe low 90's summers... that to me is paradise.

... though an awesome bakery would be divine too...
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