So good to see everyone! Poppy, I love your photo! Is your doggy biting your nose or kissing it???
Tom, we don't have any real rocks in Houston, so the vast majority of it is in gyms... which is scary enough when you first start doing it. We have one gym with a 50-foot wall, and clinging to a crag 50 feet up is no joke whether it's in a gym or out in the great wide open. But I have made a couple of trips out to some of the few places in Texas that have rocks-- one of the most prominent is Enchanted Rock-- and yes, it is a totally different experience. On my first climb, I got to the top (panting in terror the whole way), and turned and looked down to realize that I was a solid 200 feet above the valley floor below, and hawks were cruising by BELOW me. Either way, you should totally try rock climbing. It's fun, and a great whole-body workout.
I also highly recommend kayak touring. I first tried it that time I visited you in Seattle, Tofu, and I had so much fun I decided I had to find a way to do it at home. Our scenery may not be as beautiful, but we have warm waters, and it's easy to paddle year-round. Of course, we also have alligators.
Tofu, I tried to look you up on Facebook, but I got like 1000 results and I couldn't tell which one was the real you. I'll PM you.
I dunno about getting back to the Tip of the Day thread. I don't have as much spare time as I used to. My new boss (I say new, but I've worked for him for 2.5 years now) seems to think I'm talented or something and keeps relying on me. Guess I should have kept his expectations lower, rats! but somehow I seem to find time to post quizzes and crap on Facebook so I must have time somewhere.
And yep, it's from A Wrinkle In Time. I love when people recognize it!