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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 10
    More: Interesting, Cheryl Strayed, Rachel Martin, library  
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2013-09-09 12:21:39 AM  
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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 01:30:01 PM  
1 votes:
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 07:32:39 AM  
1 votes:

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 07:02:24 AM  
1 votes:

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 06:18:40 AM  
1 votes:
The real story here is that people still go to libraries.
2013-09-09 04:58:51 AM  
1 votes:

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 04:54:34 AM  
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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 04:46:08 AM  
1 votes:

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 04:40:47 AM  
1 votes:

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 12:13:48 AM  
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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.
 
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