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  •  He started climbing in the '20s or '30s, (0+ / 0-)

    eventually lived in Truckee, near Lake Tahoe. Hiked and climbed all summer, frequently stayed with my folks near LA while he earned a few months winter wages doing woodworking and carpentry. He often said he never did any work he didn't want to do... he was very self-sufficient and could live on almost nothing!

    Fortunately when his appendix went bad he was in LA, not by himself hundreds of miles into the wilderness....

    The first time he was struck by lightning he was, as usual, hanging onto the cliff by his fingernails (he climbed alone, without ropes) and woke up with rain pelting down on him where he'd fallen onto a narrow ledge. He had a scar on one eye where the lightning supposedly hit him; the scar eventually came off and he could see again.

    One evening he watched a flying saucer settle down just over the hill where he was settling down to sleep; took a look the next morning and saw the grass all crushed down in a big circle... as you can imagine, we kids found his stories quite amazing! I wish he'd done more writing!

    •  amazing stories, yes. . . (1+ / 0-)
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      but it sounds like you've got the makings of a DKos diary targeted at our community's history buffs. . .so when's the first installment you'll be posting, RiveroftheWest? You're on the hot seat now, I'm thinking!!!

      Treat the world (yourself, and others) as part of a living organism. Everyone and everything will benefit.

      by richholtzin on Wed Apr 24, 2013 at 11:00:45 AM PDT

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      •  I dunno, Rich; as a historian I think I'd need (0+ / 0-)

        a bit more verification for Uncle Art's stories! Some of them veer more towards "fiction", though I must say he always told them with what seemed total sincerity!

        •  well, I have a retort for that. . . (1+ / 0-)
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          politicians typically tell us stories they claim are true, which most of the stories are fabrications. . .so what's a bit of fun and fudging if you ever do write about Uncle Art's stories, with a bit of florid description and maybe a bit embellishment here and there. Think on that, why don't you. Anyway, he sure sounds like a character; a good sort, too.

          Treat the world (yourself, and others) as part of a living organism. Everyone and everything will benefit.

          by richholtzin on Wed Apr 24, 2013 at 11:51:19 AM PDT

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