My phone is shorted out.

My printer is shorted out.

The local Verizon outlet doesn’t provide insurance replacements (or speak English).

Office Depot won’t honor their insurance plan until the manufacturer warranty expires.

I’m going to lose my mind.

EDIT: I forgot to mention that the nearest Men’s Wearhouse had only 2 white shirts in my size and the registrar’s computer system keeps crashing when they try to print my transcripts for OCI. I have a migraine.

Because It’s There

I made it! Rainier was incredible. Unfortunately, as I suspected, my physical conditioning was pretty borderline, so I was dragging on the way down, but I did make both the summit and the trip down under my own power. What an incredible mountain.

I plan to post a lot more on this; more details are forthcoming. In the meantime, suffice it to say that I am burnt to a crisp – I applied sunscreen every hour, even on top of my head and in my ears, yet burnt all over – sore, wind-blasted, and a bit snowburnt, too. All that, and I’m a happy camper.

Oh, yes: I have photos, and more on the way. Unfortunately, I wasn’t able to take pictures of some of the most amazing things I saw, since they were in dangerous places or were things we saw in the dark (the climb started at 1:15 AM, with a wakeup call just after midnight). I figured taking a shot of a crevasse while trying to jump over its mouth and trying to capture the steepness of a slope while hiking it at 2 AM were not good survival strategies. I also have one little video clip that will be available, once I get a chance to shrink it.