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09:47 am - To Camp in Gerunds
Things That Are Amusing/Interesting/Fun/Hilarious/Notable While Camping in Sequoia National Park with Your Family:
  • Finishing Stardust, which, though good, is different from the movie in several ways and quite anticlimactic in the way Gaiman often seems to be.
  • Requiring five people to put up a tent.
  • Being told it is a FEDERAL CRIME to park on the dirt.
  • Seeing three wild deer just walking around in the grass.
  • Violently thwapping branches against trees and logs to break them (the branches, not the trees and logs).
  • Noticing that bears who get a taste for human food and become dangerous must be "destroyed," rather than "killed" or "put down" or "executed" or anything else that doesn't sound like they blow them up with a fucking rocket launcher
  • Referring to your ten-year-old cousin as Bear Bait.
  • Reading in a tent by flashlight.
  • Roasting your sock over the campfire to dry it.
  • Playing with your mom's foldable cane.
  • Seeing the largest living thing on earth, by volume: General Sherman, the Giant Sequoia of Giant Destiny.
  • Noticing the various accents, languages, and ethnicities represented by the tourists.
  • Walking into Crescent Meadow, a lovely array of tall, white flowers, and laughing at your siblings and cousins pretending to be in a Bollywood song-and-dance routine.
  • Seeing a rattlesnake on the trail, slithering away and shaking its rattle.
  • Almost being killed by a tiny pine cone that drops from hundreds of feet in the air and makes an unholy zoooooooming sound right in front of you.
  • Wondering what its terminal velocity was.
  • Slapping a giant sequoia's absurdly soft, spongy bark.
  • Hugging it afterwards.
  • Checking out Tharp's Log, the log that Tharp lived in for years, with a wooden table and a wooden shelf and a wooden bed and a wooden...you get the picture.
  • Rushing to the side of a standing-room-only shuttle to catch a glimpse of a bear, a bear!
  • Wondering what mad genius decided graham crackers, marshmallows, and chocolate would make a potent combination.
  • Using a lantern.
  • Listening to your Shuffle as a way to escape from the madness.
  • Experiencing the rejuvenating powers of the gold-filled Hume Lake.
  • Discovering that the band name Straylight Run is a Neuromancer reference.
  • Finishing Neuromancer and realizing that countless video games like Shadowrun, movies like The Matrix, and books like Snow Crash (and even Perdido Street Station) were all influenced by it.

Current Mood: rejuvenatedrejuvenated
Current Music: Incubus - Here in My Room

(40 memoirs | Describe me as "inscrutable")

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From:jennythen
Date:August 6th, 2007 04:59 pm (UTC)
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* Leaving the GGMM to assume you're dead.

Walking into Crescent Meadow, a lovely array of tall, white flowers, and laughing at your siblings and cousins pretending to be in a Bollywood song-and-dance routine.
Hee!
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From:spectralbovine
Date:August 6th, 2007 05:02 pm (UTC)
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Ha! That'll teach me not to mention any sudden absences!
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From:duchessdogberry
Date:August 6th, 2007 05:01 pm (UTC)
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Seeing three wild deer just walking around in the grass.

What did you expect them to be doing? A foxtrot?

Wondering what mad genius decided graham crackers, marshmallows, and chocolate would make a potent combination.

I believe his name was Dr. S. More.

Sounds like a good time was had and you saw a lot of that nature stuff that people talk about.



I'm glad you're not dead.
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From:spectralbovine
Date:August 6th, 2007 05:03 pm (UTC)
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What did you expect them to be doing? A foxtrot?
Yes.

Sounds like a good time was had and you saw a lot of that nature stuff that people talk about.
Nature is so natural!
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From:punzerel
Date:August 6th, 2007 05:12 pm (UTC)
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I wish my life included more Bollywood-style song and dance routines.
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From:tamarai
Date:August 6th, 2007 05:21 pm (UTC)
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Fun! And now I have more reading to add to my growing pile. Sigh.

*hugs your tree-hugging badass self*
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From:janedoe4
Date:August 6th, 2007 05:35 pm (UTC)
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Checking out Tharp's Log, the log that Tharp lived in for years, with a wooden table and a wooden shelf and a wooden bed and a wooden...you get the picture.

I could Google, but I'm lazy: Who is this Tharp fellow and what possessed him to take up residence in a log?

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From:spectralbovine
Date:August 6th, 2007 05:56 pm (UTC)
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He's...just some dude who discovered the forest, basically. And he lived in the log because he was Tharp, and he knew that years later, people from around the world would come to see Tharp's Log. Some people are just like that, I suppose.
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From:daynr
Date:August 6th, 2007 05:37 pm (UTC)
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Oh, it sounds like a fun family excursion! How uplifting!
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From:spectralbovine
Date:August 6th, 2007 05:57 pm (UTC)
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It was far less angst-ridden and stressful than our last family camping trip, perhaps because it was shorter and there were fewer people.
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From:idreamofpeace
Date:August 6th, 2007 06:28 pm (UTC)
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I'm glad you had a good time. It's easy to forget how awe-inspiring nature is.
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From:spectralbovine
Date:August 6th, 2007 07:03 pm (UTC)
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I saw a free preview screening a couple weeks ago.

Yeah, the story is sort of...story-like. It's nice, and I enjoyed it, but I wasn't ga-ga about it.
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From:missquita
Date:August 6th, 2007 07:34 pm (UTC)
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Ooo, Sunil, you were so close to my home! Did you drive in through Visalia on 198 and pass a sign for Exeter? That's me! Where in Sequoia did you camp? Isn't it beautiful?
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From:spectralbovine
Date:August 6th, 2007 07:39 pm (UTC)
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I...may have passed a sign! As you can see, I was reading and not paying much attention.

We camped in the...Dorst area? The trees were very tall.
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From:jeeperstseepers
Date:August 6th, 2007 09:08 pm (UTC)
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Walking into Crescent Meadow, a lovely array of tall, white flowers, and laughing at your siblings and cousins pretending to be in a Bollywood song-and-dance routine.

I would pay to see that.

While I feel like some of Neil's work is anti-clamactic, Stardust is not one of those works. I think everything gets tied up at a very nice pace and I always close the book with the perfect bittersweet sigh.
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From:spectralbovine
Date:August 6th, 2007 09:22 pm (UTC)

Spoilers for Stardust!

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But...all the chasing goes nowhere. The witch-queen just sort of gives up, and Septimus gets taken out by some random-ass witch for no good reason. I like the way it ends, ultimately, but it's like the book has no climax.
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From:miniglik
Date:August 6th, 2007 11:42 pm (UTC)
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DUDE! You're posting in list form! (Although numbering it makes it far easier to reference. Pfft.)

Almost being killed by a tiny pine cone that drops from hundreds of feet in the air and makes an unholy zoooooooming sound right in front of you.
Wondering what its terminal velocity was.


Hee. Death by pine cone.

I loved Sequoia National Park. There was something about those trees and their scale that... I dunno, was a bit perspective-altering? I was far more impressed with the trees than the Grand Canyon, in fact.
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From:spectralbovine
Date:August 6th, 2007 11:54 pm (UTC)
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They're SO TALL. And SO OLD.

DUDE! You're posting in list form! (Although numbering it makes it far easier to reference. Pfft.)
Dude, I have a tag. This is a different type of list!
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From:shpyum
Date:August 7th, 2007 02:19 am (UTC)
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I can't figure out if I mostly love Gaiman because he also loves Loki? I'm in the middle-end of Sandman and definitely feeling the anticlimactic frustration. On the other hand, Loki.

I feel like I should call you and talk about juvy fantasy, and then I feel like I can't afford the phone bill.
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From:spectralbovine
Date:August 7th, 2007 02:37 am (UTC)
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Do you have to pay if I call you instead? I don't know how phones work anymore.
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From:toughcookie42
Date:August 7th, 2007 02:22 am (UTC)
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Chelsea once said that her heaven is an eternal camping trip with her friends. I said, "I'm one of your friends. If you go to heaven, I'm going to hell."

But actually... you make camping sound more fun than I'd expect. Don't tell Chelsea.
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From:spectralbovine
Date:August 7th, 2007 02:37 am (UTC)
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Hee. It's pretty fun! You get to roast socks!
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From:sterope
Date:August 7th, 2007 02:25 am (UTC)
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This makes me want to go camping or into some sort of wilderness area like, right now.

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