I Considered Climbing Mount Everest


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Isn’t it beautiful? Awe inspiring?

I once had a strong desire towards climbing Mount Everest. I knew I had the physical and mental capability for making that trip, successfully climbing to the top of the mountain and actually getting down off the mountain, an utterly overlooked process. 

I visited a friend in San Antonio in the early 2000’s; while there I saw the movie inspired by Jon Krakauer’s book,  “Into Thin Air.” After that viewing, I said “f*** that.” The first being that people can and do die up there, even without screwing up. Bad weather, a step in the wrong place, an earthquake … you are dead. Not only do you die, hundreds of other people now making that trip see your frozen lifeless corpse there, unable to be moved due to the difficult task of removing the carcass. Oh, did I mention the wind, and the chance to pay > $50,000 to die there? Like I said, f that.
I once had a climb of Mount Everest on my bucket list. No more. Brave, gifted climbers have an eternal resting place on that mountain. I decided I didn’t want it to be the last thing  done on my bucket list. I’d take up just about anything else before 8500 meter mountain climbing.

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I love sports. I don't love the hype, homerism, ratings talk, self-important egomaniacs, bias or any of the other nonsense you get with the national media. Nor will you get the two clowns on sports talk radio who stage phony arguments. It doesn't make it entertaining. It makes it time to turn on your iPod and jam instead of listening to white noise generators. This is the sports blog for you, the ones who don't like everything Los Angeles or New York. Just because the sporting media is based there doesn't mean we have to like their teams. We do treat them fairly, though. That means if one of those cities has an average QB who plays particularly well...we'll note it. If they're garbage, we'll say so. Instead of crying "why, why, why" like a certain sports media homer did in his radio broadcast. This isn't my job...I have a real one. Nevertheless, I'll post here when I make an observation. Common sense in sports is nearly dead. Now we're attempting to bring it back.
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