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07-18-2009 01:09 PM
GhostUser Welcome back!
07-18-2009 12:19 PM
bella2nv01 hello, im new so i definately don't remember long have you been a vegetarian? and how long were you on weight watchers?

anyways glad you'r back =]
07-18-2009 11:29 AM
Fyvel Welcome back! I remember you from back when I was a noob
07-18-2009 11:10 AM
Tesseract Actually, that's not exactly true. Outdoor rock climbing is very safety-oriented, and that system you've seen in the gym, which is called top-roping, is also used outdoors. That's all I've ever done outdoors so far. Then there's lead climbing, which is where you go up without a top-rope (ie, a rope that's already strung to the top of the route and back down), but even when you lead climb, you're carrying a rope with you which is tied into your belay partner at the bottom, and as you go up you clip in every few feet (how far apart depends on the route), either to permanent bolts or using gear that goes into cracks in the rock. On group trips, the way it usually works outdoors is someone will lead a route, and once the rope is up, everyone else can climb it on the top-rope.

Generally only the craziest and/or stupidest climb without any rope at all, known as free soloing. It can be done by experienced climbers on routes that are very familiar and well within their abilities, and I've seen guys do it at Enchanted Rock, but for the most part it's a very bad idea.
07-18-2009 10:23 AM
Tom I was thinking that indoor rock climbing is safer, because I watched some people doing it and there was someone on the floor holding the other end of a sort of pulley from the ceiling that would catch the climber if they lost their grip. But someone would have to learn to do it without the lifeline before they ventured outdoors.
07-17-2009 06:05 PM
Tesseract Hey spice! We had no power for 2 weeks after Ike, but we were very fortunate-- no damage at all. Thanks for asking.

Yeah, I was the mistress of the Hunk du Jour thread, that was fun. I also recall that someone challenged me on it and claimed that I would get mad if the guys did a Babe du Jour thread, so I started one myself! Funnily enough, it was mostly women participating...

I'll definitely let you know if I'm headed to Austin anytime soon. I don't make it up that way too often.
07-17-2009 08:14 AM
Originally Posted by Tesseract View Post

So good to see everyone! Poppy, I love your photo! Is your doggy biting your nose or kissing it???

07-16-2009 10:49 PM
Texaspice Hi Tess - it is great to see my favorite fellow Texan VB'er back -even if just to say hello!

I thought of you last year during Ike - hope you and yours were all okay.

Your tip of the day thread was great - didn't you have a cute guy of the day thread too (or if it wasn't your idea I seem to remember you posting in it alot! haha)

Take Care. If you are ever in Austin let me know - I know all the best veg places in town.
07-16-2009 09:12 PM
Tesseract Hi Froggy! Will do.
07-15-2009 05:23 PM
froggythefrog Hey Tesseract! Good to see you again! Find TNS on Facebook so I can add you to mine too.
07-15-2009 05:18 PM
Tesseract 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!
07-15-2009 07:48 AM
Poppy Hi Tess! We do miss you - you were always the voice of reason with a great sense of humor! I'm glad you are well.
07-15-2009 07:46 AM
Tom I remember you! I'm glad you're doing well.

Rock climbing??!! Y-y-you don't mean the real, scary kind outdoors that's depicted on Clif bar wrappers, instead of the make-believe indoor rock wall climbing (which I'd like to try actually)?
07-15-2009 04:58 AM
isowish nice to hear from you; I've wondered how you were doing
07-15-2009 01:29 AM
Melanie Hey I remember you. I used to post as Cassiopeia, and I was probably more of a lurker when you posted last. In any case, welcome back!
07-15-2009 01:24 AM
07-14-2009 11:26 PM
Tofu-N-Sprouts OH SO SO SO COOL!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Hello! Hello! Helllllloooooo!!!! Girl, I looked for you on FaceBook and either I'm spelling something wrong or Facebook hates me (both likely stories!)

Awesome to see you here!!!
07-14-2009 10:47 PM
Brandon I remember you. I'm glad to hear things are going good for you!
07-14-2009 08:38 PM
cstadt I didn't know you but I love your user name-- from A Wrinkle in Time, right?
07-14-2009 08:20 PM
Amy SF ZOMG It's Tesseract! Welcome back, I'm glad you decided to say hello to us! I sure do remember you! Congrats on dropping the weight, and please don't go another million years before you decide to say hi again! Every so often I read some old posts in some old threads, and I see stuff you posted in the past, and I wonder, "gee, it would be nice if Tesseract could come back and say hi and do some occasional posting again!" Preferably in your Tip of the Day thread; it needs you again!
07-14-2009 08:15 PM
MZCsmpsns Seems like things are going great for you! Congrats!
07-14-2009 08:06 PM
jeneticallymodified your tip of the day posts are sorely missed. glad things are going well for you!
07-14-2009 07:39 PM
Tesseract Hey gang, I'm sure a few of you remember me. I haven't posted here in a long while, but I haven't forgotten you. I still drop in to get recipes from time to time. I stopped in to get a recipe and was struck by the urge to say hello.

Let's see, what's new in my life? New job, new house (still in Houston). Took up sea kayaking and rock climbing, have had to ditch rock climbing for the summer due to a toe injury, might need surgery. Joined Weight Watchers and dropped 30 pounds. I post over there as Mirabilis. There is a vegetarian board over there, and they are a super nice, welcoming, and supportive group-- sometimes they're so damn sweet and touchy-feely I just want to snark the lot of 'em! And hard as it may be to believe, the vegetarians, vegans, and supportive omnis all get along swimmingly. But I must say I miss the dancing fruit icons, as well as certain folks over here.

Those of you who know me by name (and a few of you do, or at least did), feel free to look me up on Facebook.

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