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Just Remember This The Next Time You Think You Have Had A Rough Day October 27, 2009

Posted by Edward von Bear in Art, Blogroll, Crime, Ducks, Economics, Handblogging, Heroes, History, Humor, Man Laws, Nature Shit, Personal Experiences, Philosophy, Religion, Science, Sidebar Flag Bullshit, Sitemeter, Sports, Technology, Terrorist Hemorrhoids, Travel.
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In late 2003, my wife and I attended a sneak preview for a movie called “Touching The Void”. It was a documentary about the travails of Joe Simpson and Simon Yates, two British mountain climbers, as they scaled the West Face of the Siula Grande Mountain in Peru, a feat that had never before been accomplished.

All went well for the two blokes, especially as they reached the peak of the mountain. The real problem occurred on the way back down, when Joe fell and broke his leg. The two continued down the mountain, with Joe tied to Simon’s waist. Eventually, Joe was caught dangling over a ledge, and Simon cut him loose. Yeah, that would suck. Especially since Joe fell into a crevice, and Simon continued down the mountain.

But, after nearly a week, Joe managed to crawl out of the crevice and crawl his way back down the mountain, where he was rescued. I recall from sitting in the theater how cold I felt throughout the movie, what with two hours of nothing but ice on the screen. I also thought that if some guy could scale down a mountain with a broken leg, I sure as hell could get through the crap in my day. And I hope all of you think of that as well. No matter how awful things may appear, you can either give up and die, or keep crawling along.