Thursday, December 07, 2006


And if I were to spend that much on pants, you can bet they wouldn't make me look like the Stay-Puft Marshmallow Man.

Rick is still plugging away at his training for Mt. McKinley next year. Despite the cold temperatures, he works out almost every day. On the rare occasion that he does bitch about the weather, I continue to support his decision to climb this mountain by spouting off wisdom such as, "Ha! You think this is cold? Just wait until you're on Denali! Now get out there and drag that tire around the lake!"

Imagine, if you will, the sound of a whip cracking and maniacal laughter. Lucky man, no?

I've also been encouraging Rick to start buying his equipment now, so he will have some time to test different pieces out before May. Yesterday he told me that he had ordered his mountain climbing pants (he can't really buy any of this stuff in state, because we live in Okla-mountainless-homa). The lady receiving his order asked why he needed pants that will keep you warm in -100 degree weather. She mentioned that she's received orders for these pants from people climbing Everest and people spending winters in Siberia, among other things.

Against my better judgment, I asked Rick how much the pants cost. He sheepishly replied, "Two hundred and eighty dollars."

I was shocked. "Two hundred and eighty dollars! I don't even have a pair of pants that costs two hundred and eighty dollars!"

I thought for a moment. "I mean, I completely and one hundred percent support you in this decision."


Go Rick!
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