liveonearth (liveonearth) wrote,

Here comes quarter #5

It's snowing tonight, another strange coating of white stuff in this coastal city. Tomorrow another session of school begins: 10 weeks of classes, 1 week of practical exams and papers due, another week of lecture exams. I am wound tight as a....ball of rubber bands? Not sure what is as tight as me right before one of these races begins. But begin it I must. Providing that I passed all my classes from last quarter, I am 1/3 of the way through this program, not counting board exams. I don't know yet if I passed everything. And if I didn't pass, the remediation exams are this coming Friday. Crazy way to do things. But here goes.

I read Touching the Void by Joe Simpson in the last two days. It is a first person story of two young guys who climb a remote and dangerous pinnacle in the Peruvian Andes and get themselves in a pickle. It is a story of survival against all odds. Well written, it documents Joe's state of mind throughout the adventure. I recommend it. I watched the movie of the same name earlier in the week but the book is better. Always is. Actually the both of them go together pretty well, the book just goes deeper and is more factually accurate.
Tags: books, mountains, nd2, peru, portland, recreation, rock climbing, school, snow, stress

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