Writing Habits

on May 14, 2012 in Misc

So this is what life is like when I sit down (always late at night) to write this blog.

I’m just getting started when my cat climbs up on my desk and gets in my face. Then she settles down on my lap and proceeds to fart a couple times.  I can’t hear her farts but I can sure as hell smell them, and much as I want to throw her out of the room I don’t because she’s purring and old and only has five teeth.  So I go easy on her.

Second, I try to follow up on one of my recent posts. Like last week when I talked about trying to figure out how to pick open a combination lock.  Trouble is I didn’t work at it as much as I should have, so all I can tell you is that Ace Hardware makes really good combination locks that are tough to pick.  You know how I mentioned the YouTube video of the kid who showed how to open one with a paper clip?  Turns out he had cheaper lock with a latch that fits into a somewhat loose hole on the body.  Master and Ace locks have way too tight a fit for any easy pickings.  So I’ll move on to alternative approaches.

Third, when I sit down to write I’ve already messed up my desk with notes and articles about subjects I want to write about. Tonight I was going to write about an eleven-year-old girl who’s freakishly good at bouldering and climbing. Then I read over the article again and felt like such a loser—at least as far as action heroes go—that I figured I’ll just summarize the facts.

As you know I’ve tried bouldering on climbing walls, but I haven’t really done it outside ’cause I’m just not that into kissing rocks.  Well, Ashima Shiraishi is such a phenom that at the age of 10 “she stunned the bouldering world by climbing… an exceedingly difficult route that requires climbers to contort their bodies and hang practically upside down by their fingers while navigating a rock…”

You’ve really got to see the article’s video to understand how unreal this little girl is.  I truly am in awe of her.  I mean, how much strength can a little kid have in her fingers?  Because that’s all she’s hanging by as she swings from one foothold to the next.   Here’s the link.

http://www.nytimes.com/2012/05/13/sports/ashima-shiraishi-11-conquers-difficult-bouldering-climbs.html?pagewanted=1&_r=1

Anyway, while I was writing this my cat left the room.  But now she’s back and before she farts again I’m going to end this and go to bed.  I swear my cat holds it in all day and just waits till I’m sitting down to my computer.

12 Responses to “Writing Habits”

  1. Poor cat has got indigestion. Maybe you could give her some yogurt at bedtime to help.

  2. Helena says:

    Michael – I’ll try that. She already gets both hard and soft food (whatever she can eat with her gummy mouth).

  3. Robert L. Read says:

    Glad to see you are maintaining the writing discipline.

    I’ve been climbing for more than a year now and have never done a 5.9 route in a gym, and am very poor at bouldering. I’m going to hire a coach to help me, after I make some progress in some of the other channels I am working on.

  4. Amazed the little girl has that much strength in her body period.

  5. Helena says:

    Alex – She’s impressive alright.

  6. Helena says:

    Robert — A coach should help. The video of the little girl shows her with a coach and the difference it makes.

  7. Hart says:

    *giggles* Oh poor kitty. It’s nice that you let her stay with her gassy ways. I think tweens have an advantage for things like rock climbing–my son is a total moneky. But it’s because he is pretty strong, but still very light–and he has huge hands, so good reach. He does love rock climbing, though it’s expensive, so he doesn’t get to do it much.

  8. Helena says:

    Hart — From what I’ve seen, strong hands and a lighter body seem necessary to climbing, so your son sounds like a natural. Funny how you don’t see bulky body builders climbing much — they’re probably at a disadvantage.

  9. Cherie Reich says:

    Aww! Poor kitty and you (from the smell)!

  10. Helena says:

    Cherie – Yes, poor, smelly, spoiled rotten kitty!

  11. Old Kitty says:

    Everyone – simply everyone – should have a gorgeous farting cat asleep on their mouse! Awwww!
    :-) Take care
    x

  12. Helena says:

    Old Kitty — And my cat is gorgeous, albeit flatulent.