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Thanks for tagging me. I enjoyed this.

    After a time, I finally got around to the subject of athletic retirement. "Did you ever have a tough time with it?" I asked. "No, no not really," he said, pausing for the first time in the interview. "I was an angry person internally. I had injuries that kept me from doing other things I wanted to do (an Olympic medal, for one) and that angered me. But I could always come back and justify and somewhat soften the anger by saying ‘Well, I did enough. I really wasn’t destined to do everything. I was destined to do what I did do and part of that was the indoor 4-minute mile.’ I would have liked to have done other things, but what I did was okay."

There were a couple parts that stood out to me, but this more than others for reasons that aren't really about running. At the risk of oversharing: I'm 36, single, and living alone with my two cats. In my formative years, I thought I would grow up, have a job, get married, have kids. It isn't what I thought I wanted; it's what I thought everyone did. I wasn't in favor of it, and I wasn't against it. That path was like a third inevitability along with death and taxes. But now as I move through the ages where people do things like that, I find myself comfortable on a different path. There were times where I was angry internally, where I was frustrated by myself. When I look back on my 20s, I think I did enough. I think when I look back on these last few years, I'll feel similarly. What I did was ok.

I was just in my local REI (outdoors goods, like tents and hiking boots), and the place was really busy. Granted their annual customer reward and 20% of coupon just came out, but every time I'm in there they seem to be at least reasonably busy. I think your comment is spot on. They have employees who know their stuff, and I trust the employees and the company. And they must do some customer service training, not sales technique but actually how to work with a customer, because I've always felt like they're trying to help rather than trying to make a sale. I think I've always bought what I was discussing with them.

On my last trip I stayed at a B&B a few nights. I've stayed with these people before, and they're great. The wife was out of town, and her husband had been up Sunday morning since 1:30 am to drop her at the airport. Then Sunday afternoon he had to repair a frozen pipe at an inn they own. Monday I think he was free for a bit, but then Tuesday he had to feed five of us at the B&B. By the end of breakfast it was snowing pretty good, the start of the epic storm. He told us he has two clients he plows out, but a friend of his has a bad knee and was going in for surgery Wednesday. So he was plowing the fourteen clients his friend had, too. I'm pretty sure he spent all day and most of the night plowing and replowing. Wednesday he fed us again and went straight out to digging out cars out. He was running to the absolute limit of human capability. I could see it. Yet, I think he was loving every minute of it.

That's my different lifestyle anecdote. I love being outside, I love the mountains, I love the snow, but I also love being inside and watching the snow and debating which of a dozen places to go for breakfast once someone comes and plows me out. I couldn't live in the rural wilderness like my host does where the breakfast option is go to the Noonmark Diner or eat at home. I think the different choices, the different things each of us wants makes us better as humanity.

    but this guy has some valid points about finding what actually makes you happy and all that.

She has some points, but I think she's missing the broader picture. If you're hanging out with people who say you're living your life wrong, you're hanging out with the wrong people. Or caring too much about the opinions of people who aren't you.

A vacation south to Mexico or the Caribbean is common among my coworkers. There's friendly joking about me preferring to go north in the winter, but it isn't serious. Some people like beaches. Some like icy mountains. Some would rather stay home. Some would rather take their kids to Disney World.

I don't understand why she looks at pictures of people doing zip lines in Costa Rica and feels she has to justify her life.

As someone who has read Atlas Shrugged, I think it's hilarious that this guy created the flawed world (the type of people Rand called "moochers") rather than that of some industrial utopia.

My opinion is the type of people who cite Ayn Rand are closer to those she was criticizing than those she was worshipping.

It's the consumerism side of malls that drove me away. When I'm shopping for something, I'm only shopping for those specific needs. Being forced to walk past a dozen other stores to get to the one I want is inconvenient verging on actively annoying. I'd rather shop online or visit a single store than deal with a mall. The mall format may work for others, but it doesn't for me.

WanderingEng  ·  link  ·  parent  ·  post: Pubski: March 22, 2017

Good point! They make up for the sleeping bag getting flattened under body weight. I think the comfort aspect is important, too, as good rest can make a hike more enjoyable and more productive.

WanderingEng  ·  link  ·  parent  ·  post: Pubski: March 22, 2017

24 oz for a tent! That's awesome! I have the Big Agnes Copper Spur UL1, one of the lightest tents, and it's a full ten ounces heavier! That's significant.

I have an Osprey Atmos 50AG, and it's awesome. I carried it up and over Algonquin, on to Iroquois and down to Lake Colden one day. I learned: set up camp somewhere lower and do day trips to summits. I also learned that even at the point of total exhaustion, this bag didn't hurt my shoulders or back. Like you said, Osprey is an obvious choice (I followed the crowds), but they're one of the obvious ones for good reasons.

Do you do any trail running? I haven't but have been thinking about trying it this summer. I think it might be a good middle ground between street running and hiking.

What are your thoughts on sleeping pads? I have one, and it's comfortable enough, but it seems really bulky.

WanderingEng  ·  link  ·  parent  ·  post: Pubski: March 22, 2017

What are you looking at? I'm not an expert but enjoy looking at gear. I like my bigger bag but will probably pick up a new smaller daypack.

WanderingEng  ·  link  ·  parent  ·  post: Pubski: March 22, 2017

I met someone at a MeetUp that wants to do the PCT. I hope she goes for it. She's in her late 20s and said if she isn't married or having kids by next year, she's going to pack up and go do it.

The philosophy I use is I'd rather try and fail than not try at all. As long as I think it can be attempted safely, it's worth a try. It's really helped me do more outdoors things that might have otherwise intimidated me. I've failed along the way, but trying again was eventually successful.

The filter for r/all seems awfully familiar, too.

WanderingEng  ·  link  ·  parent  ·  post: Pubski: March 22, 2017

After the historic snowfall out east, I bagged one more peak before coming home. People must have been out in droves Friday, because the trail to Mount Marcy was in fantastic shape.

This is the McIntyre Range as seen while coming down from Marcy. The flight is Air China CA819 Beijing to Newark.

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