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General Discussion / Worthy Celebrations
« Last post by boomer on June 20, 2021, 12:34:54 PM »
Father's Day greetings to all. An observance with a venerable history that goes back a ways.

Especially as we look to the Summer Solstice, among those observances  predating most others, best wishes for thr best life has to offer to all
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General Discussion / Re: Southwest Desert These Days
« Last post by boomer on June 19, 2021, 07:23:18 AM »
I just sit by the river and wait for it yo spontaneously combust. Again
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General Discussion / Re: New Holiday greetings
« Last post by boomer on June 19, 2021, 07:17:42 AM »
great, we now have two black Federal holidays.  Special events that exclude 80% of the population, and make us even more divided

Guess you could look at it that way. Two out of eleven is dtill just rwo out of eleven though. During parts of the Medieval period in Europe there was something like 100 Holy Days when regular work was suspended. Of course, other obligations were imposed or at least expected so it's a straight up situation. Point being we all expect to work some to live but that's different from simply living to work.

So more holidays are a good thing as i see it. Participate or not its your time and in the end isnt that all we really have?
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General Discussion / Re: New Holiday greetings
« Last post by Mannlicher on June 19, 2021, 06:38:29 AM »
great, we now have two black Federal holidays.  Special events that exclude 80% of the population, and make us even more divided
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General Discussion / Re: Southwest Desert These Days
« Last post by Mannlicher on June 19, 2021, 06:37:12 AM »
I always burn some tires to celebrate Earth Day.
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General Discussion / Southwest Desert These Days
« Last post by boomer on June 18, 2021, 02:52:25 PM »
I'm  a desert rat. Always will be most likely. Had a swamp cooler when the kids were coming up but they're off and gone and so is the swamp cooler. Granted im at 6200 ft in the southern Rockies but it's definitely desert and 100F isn't necessarily news.

In decades past I've lounged and trekked back country from 2500 to 12000 ft in elevation in all seasons and weather mostly with hammock and tarp or just tarp. Simply put, i can get by comfortably and safely with what i carry. Im not Ben Lily by any stretch but i love "my" country and respect it. The desert nourished me and i try to do likewise. Here a truce is success.

But things are changing rapidly. There are numerous reasons, some complex and some painfully obvious, but the change is undeniable  Just as undeniable is human contribution to those changes. Granted the climate is a dynamic not static process and there's still much to learn. Climate scientists effectively modeled expected changes that we see playing out right now. The outlook isn't too hopeful.

The land will remain regardless and this isn't
 the first major change nor likely the last. So it goes. I just wish we'd been more appreciative of what we had when we had it rather than lamenting what we're losing everyday.

Maybe the epitaph should read " Those things we could do we didn't. Those thing we can do we won't. "

But for today i think I'll sit in the shade, makie some feather sticks and sweat a little while watching a few clouds build up on the mountain. It might rain a little again tonight.

That'd be a nice gift.
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General Discussion / Re: New Holiday greetings
« Last post by wolfy on June 17, 2021, 10:17:03 PM »
 :lol:
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General Discussion / New Holiday greetings
« Last post by boomer on June 17, 2021, 09:43:34 PM »
Juneteenth is now a federal holiday. Hope everyone enjoys the day. Always nice to add another day to the holiday calendar.
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General Discussion / Re: The beginning or the end?
« Last post by boomer on June 17, 2021, 09:37:28 PM »
I just hope the execs shop locally
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General Discussion / Re: The beginning or the end?
« Last post by Pete Bog on June 17, 2021, 12:59:15 PM »
   Somewhere on the upper floors of a fancy office building, men in suits and women in pencil skirts sit around an expensive conference table pondering how to come up with new ways to appeal to a larger market. Cliched buzz words like "win-win" are tossed around and everyone politely smiles in agreement. The marriage of two internationally known name brands is heralded as progress in the great outdoors equipment market. In reality it is progress in padding their respective bank accounts, if they can sell it to the public.
   I saw mention at one time, it may even have been on this forum, the high price of Yeti products is not about the quality, it is about the "lifestyle". For the folks that need the bit of swagger and bravado of "look at me, I can afford this!", a Gucci/NorthFace product will be right up their alley.
   Back in the 60's, many advertisements proclaimed "Be the first on your block to own one!". Not much has changed. They no longer use that tagline, but the sentiment is still there.  Both companies are so image conscious their respective board members must be giddy over this partnership.
   I have a difficult time visualizing the Gucci jet set crowd pulling a tent out of the boot of their Bentley to sit around a campfire when they could be sipping wine while seated around a gas fireplace at a swanky chalet in the mountains.  Though, I'm sure, a few will rough it for the bragging rights to the "hardships" they had to endure.
   The beginning or the the end? Probably the beginning of a corporate marriage that will end in divorce if they don't see a quick return on investment. Oh, the harsh realities of corporate finance and high stakes bullshetery!   :lol: :lol:
   I hope they do well and provide employment and paychecks for many.

   I tried to post a you tube link to the Gucci Northface ad, but it won't display correctly. Oh well.
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