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trees and death

Saturday was the tree-climbing class.  What I learned:
1.  Pulleys are - as usual - good.
2.  Make sure the saddle is on the hips, not above them.  Otherwise your ribs and kidneys will be crushed and you'll be 20 feet up and unable to find a position that doesn't make you want to vomit.

Anyway, with the pulley and a properly-positioned saddle, I think I could hoist myself up the ~40-foot rope - gracelessly but eventually.  Without those things, or a significant swap of fat for muscle, it would be very slow and quite painful.

Z's ordered a pulley. I'm still mostly just curious to climb trees the old-fashioned way.  Maybe using some small rope system to help me past the just-a-bit-too-far areas.

My aunt died this weekend.  Wish we could have done something for her, but really we couldn't.  At this stage, it was expected, but still...it seems more than enough of her life was disappointments and missed opportunities, and a lot of her pre-death was fear of what was happening.  I don't want to go out afraid.  Angry, disappointed, manic...any of those, just not afraid.  Just in case our dying brain gives the illusion of elongated time...I don't want to be trapped in a state of terror.
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