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(NPR)   Woman checks book out of the library & realizes while reading the author is her long lost half-sister. No, this is not another "50 Shades Of Grey" link   (npr.org) divider line 50
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2013-09-09 12:13:48 AM
This is from the excerpt linked in the article: I'd started walking in the Mojave Desert and I didn't plan to stop until I touched my hand to a bridge that crosses the Columbia River at the Oregon-Washington border with the grandiose name the Bridge of the Gods.

The interesting thing to me is that the PCT doesn't start in the Mojave Desert. It starts on the Mexican Border near Campo, California, and you'd have several days of hiking north (maybe even a week) before you'd get to the Mojave.
 
2013-09-09 12:21:39 AM
She goes into that in the book, she realizes that the Imperial Valley/Mojave sections of the PCT don't grab her interest like the Inyokern/Sierra Nevadas/Shasta-Siskiyous do so she hitches a lift up 395 past Lancaster-Palmdale.  Spoiler: she only crosses the Columbia.  Still a great read but hikers are critical of her lack of preparation & women find her too whiny...
 
2013-09-09 01:21:47 AM

FlyingJ: She goes into that in the book, she realizes that the Imperial Valley/Mojave sections of the PCT don't grab her interest like the Inyokern/Sierra Nevadas/Shasta-Siskiyous do so she hitches a lift up 395 past Lancaster-Palmdale.  Spoiler: she only crosses the Columbia.  Still a great read but hikers are critical of her lack of preparation & women find her too whiny...



I can't argue with her. I live about 30 minutes away from some of the PCT that she skipped (Vasquez Rocks is the closest access point to me) and it is hot and dry and tedious hiking. Especially if you're doing it late enough in the year that you can get through the snow in the Sierras.

Thanks for the recommendation. I might pick it up, or I might just re-read "A Walk in the Woods" by Bill Bryson. It's about the AT, not the PCT, but it gives me a fierce urge for some long distances hiking.
 
2013-09-09 04:16:39 AM
That part in the book where she has sex with Bigfoot is just ridiculous.

Oh,
SPOILER ALERT!!!
 
2013-09-09 04:19:17 AM
Back in 1995, Cheryl Strayed hiked 1,100 miles of the Pacific Crest Trail along the West Coast of the United States. After the three-month journey, she came out on the other side stronger in every way: better able to cope with her divorce, her past drug abuse and her mother's death.

How nice it must be to have that divorce settlement pay for 3 months of doing jack shiat. But don't think I'm underestimating her. I expect that she'll be set for the rest of her life to do jack shiat, paid for with her ex-husband's money.
 
2013-09-09 04:28:02 AM
The story must have been pretty accurate for the half sister to come to that realization so quickly. The cynical side of me thinks that this is a manufactured story to sell books and maybe get a movie deal or something.
 
2013-09-09 04:32:32 AM
Porno movie!  And, they can get real life half-sisters Lanny Barbie and Kimberly Franklin to play them.
 
2013-09-09 04:34:17 AM
It irks the shiat out of me that someone can take a vacation, hike a thousand miles and get a NY Times bestseller out of it.
 
2013-09-09 04:36:37 AM

AverageAmericanGuy: Back in 1995, Cheryl Strayed hiked 1,100 miles of the Pacific Crest Trail along the West Coast of the United States. After the three-month journey, she came out on the other side stronger in every way: better able to cope with her divorce, her past drug abuse and her mother's death.

How nice it must be to have that divorce settlement pay for 3 months of doing jack shiat. But don't think I'm underestimating her. I expect that she'll be set for the rest of her life to do jack shiat, paid for with her ex-husband's money.


It's interesting what you consider to be "jack shiat", and tells me a lot about what your day-to-day life is probably like.
 
2013-09-09 04:38:02 AM

Bungles: t's interesting what you consider to be "jack shiat", and tells me a lot about what your day-to-day life is probably like.


It's interesting that you consider walking 1100 miles to be something impressive.
 
2013-09-09 04:40:05 AM
I know- I'll get addicted to a bunch of shiat and go do something I've wanted to do for most of my adult life! And best part is, I'll get other people to pay for it!

Because addiction.
 
2013-09-09 04:40:47 AM

Cyclometh: Bungles: t's interesting what you consider to be "jack shiat", and tells me a lot about what your day-to-day life is probably like.

It's interesting that you consider walking 1100 miles to be something impressive.


I wouldn't say it was impressive but it's certainly something worthwhile, and clearly not "jack shiat".

The poster seemed to be suggesting that not "working" is "doing jack shiat", and that seems a very tragic view on life.
 
2013-09-09 04:41:04 AM
Woman checks book out of the library & realizes while reading the author is her long lost half-sister. No, this is nor another "50 Shades Of Grey" link

Yeah, that's half-sister.  Wake me up when the story is about a whole one.
 
2013-09-09 04:41:19 AM

Cyclometh: Bungles: t's interesting what you consider to be "jack shiat", and tells me a lot about what your day-to-day life is probably like.

It's interesting that you consider walking 1100 miles to be something impressive.


userserve-ak.last.fmThinks it's pretty impressive.
 
2013-09-09 04:46:08 AM

AverageAmericanGuy: Back in 1995, Cheryl Strayed hiked 1,100 miles of the Pacific Crest Trail along the West Coast of the United States. After the three-month journey, she came out on the other side stronger in every way: better able to cope with her divorce, her past drug abuse and her mother's death.

How nice it must be to have that divorce settlement pay for 3 months of doing jack shiat. But don't think I'm underestimating her. I expect that she'll be set for the rest of her life to do jack shiat, paid for with her ex-husband's money.


Because she couldn't possibly have not needed her husband's money to afford a 3-month trip. Because she couldn't possibly have a job of her own.

/somebody's bitter and misogynistic
//not saying who
 
2013-09-09 04:49:36 AM

Bungles: I wouldn't say it was impressive but it's certainly something worthwhile,


By whose standards?

Congratulations, you spent three months walking. That's nice.
 
2013-09-09 04:51:11 AM

100 Watt Walrus: Because she couldn't possibly have a job of her own.


Who the fark has a job that just lets you walk away for three+ months and still pays you?
 
2013-09-09 04:51:21 AM

Cyclometh: I know- I'll get addicted to a bunch of shiat and go do something I've wanted to do for most of my adult life! And best part is, I'll get other people to pay for it!

Because addiction.


this doesn't read as jealous or bitter at all. Face it, she had the balls to do something that you didn't and now she is reaping rewards.

But no, you're right, those grapes sound really sour.
 
2013-09-09 04:54:34 AM

ELKAY: this doesn't read as jealous or bitter at all. Face it, she had the balls to do something that you didn't and now she is reaping rewards.

But no, you're right, those grapes sound really sour.


Spare me, son. I'm 43 years old. I've fought in a war. I've walked further than that for less reward and under harsher conditions where I wasn't allowed to quit.

I've lived in the PNW my entire life and if I could have had 3 months to go roaming the coast, you think I wouldn't take it?

Sit the fark down.
 
2013-09-09 04:58:51 AM

Cyclometh: 100 Watt Walrus: Because she couldn't possibly have a job of her own.

Who the fark has a job that just lets you walk away for three+ months and still pays you?


A friend of mine works for a library.  She gets a three-month sabbatical every five years.  There are a fair number of fields where jobs offer sabbatical time.
 
2013-09-09 05:00:13 AM

Lachwen: Cyclometh: 100 Watt Walrus: Because she couldn't possibly have a job of her own.

Who the fark has a job that just lets you walk away for three+ months and still pays you?

A friend of mine works for a library.  She gets a three-month sabbatical every five years.  There are a fair number of fields where jobs offer sabbatical time.


A paid sabbatical?

I call bullshiat.
 
2013-09-09 05:00:17 AM

Lachwen: Cyclometh: 100 Watt Walrus: Because she couldn't possibly have a job of her own.

Who the fark has a job that just lets you walk away for three+ months and still pays you?

A friend of mine works for a library.  She gets a three-month sabbatical every five years.  There are a fair number of fields where jobs offer sabbatical time.


Barista... Waitress... Trustafarian...
 
2013-09-09 05:03:28 AM

Cyclometh: ELKAY: this doesn't read as jealous or bitter at all. Face it, she had the balls to do something that you didn't and now she is reaping rewards.

But no, you're right, those grapes sound really sour.

Spare me, son. I'm 43 years old. I've fought in a war. I've walked further than that for less reward and under harsher conditions where I wasn't allowed to quit.

I've lived in the PNW my entire life and if I could have had 3 months to go roaming the coast, you think I wouldn't take it?

Sit the fark down.


well, write a book, I would read it. However, you don't need to put down what she did, you don't know what she may have sacrificed to go on that trip.
 
2013-09-09 05:04:55 AM

Cyclometh: Bungles: I wouldn't say it was impressive but it's certainly something worthwhile,

By whose standards?

Congratulations, you spent three months walking. That's nice.


Please enlighten us. What's a worthwhile way to spend 3 months?
 
2013-09-09 05:09:19 AM

Bungles: Please enlighten us. What's a worthwhile way to spend 3 months?


Tell you what. You pay my bills for three months and I'll let you know.
 
2013-09-09 05:20:30 AM
Nominative determinism at work with a surname like Strayed. Both the father getting around and the hiking.
 
2013-09-09 05:31:43 AM

Cyclometh: Bungles: Please enlighten us. What's a worthwhile way to spend 3 months?

Tell you what. You pay my bills for three months and I'll let you know.



If you're travelling, it's pretty easy to sort out not having any bills for 3 months, given the bulk of bills are linked to occupying an abode.


I bet you're one of those people who's looking forward to retirement.
 
2013-09-09 05:43:29 AM

Cyclometh: I know- I'll get addicted to a bunch of shiat and go do something I've wanted to do for most of my adult life! And best part is, I'll get other people to pay for it!

Because addiction.


Umad.
 
2013-09-09 05:45:51 AM
Krieghund:
Thanks for the recommendation. I might pick it up, or I might just re-read "A Walk in the Woods" by Bill Bryson. It's about the AT, not the PCT, but it gives me a fierce urge for some long distances hiking.

great book. absolutely DID NOT inspire me to walk anything like the AT, but a great book

have you read The Life And Times Of The Thunderbolt Kid? his best imo
 
2013-09-09 05:47:11 AM

Lady J: Krieghund:
Thanks for the recommendation. I might pick it up, or I might just re-read "A Walk in the Woods" by Bill Bryson. It's about the AT, not the PCT, but it gives me a fierce urge for some long distances hiking.

great book. absolutely DID NOT inspire me to walk anything like the AT, but a great book

have you read The Life And Times Of The Thunderbolt Kid? his best imo


That's a great one too. Have you read At Home? Possibly my fave.
 
2013-09-09 05:54:25 AM

k2rider: Cyclometh: I know- I'll get addicted to a bunch of shiat and go do something I've wanted to do for most of my adult life! And best part is, I'll get other people to pay for it!

Because addiction.

Umad.


I dunno about Cyclometh, but... I am.  I'm mad.
 
2013-09-09 06:00:55 AM

Cyclometh: Lachwen: Cyclometh: 100 Watt Walrus: Because she couldn't possibly have a job of her own.

Who the fark has a job that just lets you walk away for three+ months and still pays you?

A friend of mine works for a library.  She gets a three-month sabbatical every five years.  There are a fair number of fields where jobs offer sabbatical time.

A paid sabbatical?

I call bullshiat.


My dad works for Intel and gets a paid two month sabbatical every seven years. He usually has a month of vacation saved up and takes that at the same time. So it's not impossible. Or if you can avoid paying for rent and all that for three months, you could pretty easily save up the money.
 
2013-09-09 06:17:14 AM

Lunakki: Cyclometh: Lachwen: Cyclometh: 100 Watt Walrus: Because she couldn't possibly have a job of her own.

Who the fark has a job that just lets you walk away for three+ months and still pays you?

A friend of mine works for a library.  She gets a three-month sabbatical every five years.  There are a fair number of fields where jobs offer sabbatical time.

A paid sabbatical?

I call bullshiat.

My dad works for Intel and gets a paid two month sabbatical every seven years. He usually has a month of vacation saved up and takes that at the same time. So it's not impossible. Or if you can avoid paying for rent and all that for three months, you could pretty easily save up the money.


Shhhh, don't crap on Cyclometh's plan for his dying words to be "I wish I'd worked more! I wish I'd travelled less! I hope women lose the vote! Goodnight world!"
 
2013-09-09 06:18:40 AM
The real story here is that people still go to libraries.
 
2013-09-09 06:28:16 AM
The crazy vibe from this one is strong. All chicks have some crazy, but this one, wow this one.....
 
2013-09-09 06:32:05 AM

Cyclometh: 100 Watt Walrus: Because she couldn't possibly have a job of her own.

Who the fark has a job that just lets you walk away for three+ months and still pays you?


Oh, I don't know, maybe - and I'm going out on a limb here - teachers.

But who says she had a job at the time? Some people - and this may sound crazy to you - save up money, then take time off.

I'm not saying she's a teacher, and I'm not saying she had savings, and I'm not saying she didn't get money enough from her divorce to take this trip.

What I'm saying is that to assume the latter based on absolutely nothing, save for the fact that TFA mentions her divorce, makes you look like a...

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2013-09-09 06:36:30 AM
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I just felt like ... walking....
 
2013-09-09 06:42:04 AM

ozarkmatt: The crazy vibe from this one is strong. All chicks have some crazy, but this one, wow this one.....


'I'm sorry Jenna, I smelled crazy in here and I assumed it was you.'
 
2013-09-09 07:02:24 AM

wildcardjack: Nominative determinism at work with a surname like Strayed. Both the father getting around and the hiking.


*Strayed is not her original last name.  Was an entertaining choice though.
 
2013-09-09 07:12:17 AM

Bungles: Cyclometh: Bungles: Please enlighten us. What's a worthwhile way to spend 3 months?

Tell you what. You pay my bills for three months and I'll let you know.


If you're travelling, it's pretty easy to sort out not having any bills for 3 months, given the bulk of bills are linked to occupying an abode.


I bet you're one of those people who's looking forward to retirement.


Don't you have to pay for staying places, unless you are wandering the earth, solving crimes and doing good deeds in exchange for room and board, until the Marshall comes looking for you and off you go on another adventure?
 
2013-09-09 07:32:39 AM

Cyclometh: Bungles: Please enlighten us. What's a worthwhile way to spend 3 months?

Tell you what. You pay my bills for three months and I'll let you know.


Um, you do realize that people do this thing called "saving money" and then can use that savings later on. Right? Or are you suggesting that everyone lives paycheck to paycheck?
 
2013-09-09 07:39:29 AM
There was a section in that book about Jerry Garcia dying called "Box of Rain."  Jerry Garcia had NOTHING to do with the writing of that song.  Stupid coont.
 
2013-09-09 08:14:15 AM

ComicBookGuy: There was a section in that book about Jerry Garcia dying called "Box of Rain."  Jerry Garcia had NOTHING to do with the writing of that song.  Stupid coont.


LET PHIL SING
 
2013-09-09 09:16:28 AM

Cyclometh: 100 Watt Walrus: Because she couldn't possibly have a job of her own.

Who the fark has a job that just lets you walk away for three+ months and still pays you?


Oh I don't know...being a writer?
 
2013-09-09 10:08:33 AM

Cyclometh: 100 Watt Walrus: Because she couldn't possibly have a job of her own.

Who the fark has a job that just lets you walk away for three+ months and still pays you?


People can take sabbaticals.

People can quit their jobs and go on a months-long trip.

Self-employed people can also decide they have enough money in the bank to take some time off and go do other things.

All of this can happen without automatically being because of a divorce settlement.  AAG made a sexist assumption.  Don't defend him.
 
2013-09-09 01:05:31 PM
Obligatory "50 Shades sucks" post.
 
2013-09-09 01:30:01 PM
I wish to apologize- last night I had a few glasses of wine and was being argumentative and unreasonable.

My apologies to all for being a dick.
 
2013-09-09 05:46:21 PM

Cyclometh: I wish to apologize- last night I had a few glasses of wine and was being argumentative and unreasonable.

My apologies to all for being a dick.


Nothing but love for ya, bro.

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2013-09-09 06:09:11 PM

Cyclometh: I wish to apologize- last night I had a few glasses of wine and was being argumentative and unreasonable.

My apologies to all for being a dick.



I suddenly find you very attractive.
 
2013-09-09 06:13:17 PM

Cyclometh: I wish to apologize- last night I had a few glasses of wine and was being argumentative and unreasonable.

My apologies to all for being a dick.


I remember my first experience of Farking while drunk.  It happens to us all.

Was it at least good wine?
 
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