And the medal goes to...

Tuesday, May 29, 2007
... ME!

I don't get to toot my own horn all that often but today is a day of celebration. This year was the first time I've competed (for any company) in our local Corporate Challenge tournament. As you know, the captain isn't that athletic... However, this year they finally had an event that I felt confident enough about to sign up for our company's team - Cribbage. That's right, cards (Yes, it IS considered a sport by many!). We played pretty well last night and figured that we had probably placed in the top 6. A great showing for the first ever Corporate Challenge Cribbage tournament.

As they gathered everyone around, it was announced that there was a 9-way tie for 6th place. I was sure we were amongst those. However...we did much better than that. I won't tell you which medal we won (tee hee) but we did place in the top three.

Interesting Everest Info...

It was on this day in 1953 that (Sir) Edmund Hillary and Sherpa Tenzing Norgay climb Mount Everest (woo hoo Red - some day, eh?)

A Canadian climber, trying to summit Everest on May 21, is being called a hero after stopping her ascent to help a fellow injured climber and getting others to help get the woman down the mountain to safety. For any of you who follow mountain climbing, especially on Everest, this is a a pretty big deal and an example, in my opinion, of the right thing to do. There are plenty of examples of other climbers who haven't stopped and instead have continued on their ascent rather than stop to assist someone in need. Kudos to Meagan McGrath for putting someone else before herself. She managed to eventually complete her climb later on and has now become the first member of the Canadian Armed Forces (and the youngest Canadian) to climb the Seven Summits.

And you know that urban myth about people waking up in tubs of ice only to discover one of their kidneys has been removed? Well, it seems as though it might actually be true in Pakistan. Ok, maybe not exactly the same, but it caught your attention didn't it?


Sheamus the... said...

i made a movie about waking up in a tub of ice and your kidney gone...its called small LOSS and it won a major award...and by that i mean it won a leg lamp.

Lee said...

i can't imagine "getting to the top" above "saving a life". totally freaky. congrats on your prize!

Adam said...

hahah shea - leg lamps.

Karen! I've got a new entry over at the blog I want you to check out - tell me what u think!

Jocelyn said...

Well, Nibs to you and your fellow cribbagers. That sounds like my kind of corporate tourney.

What you note about climbers on Everest is so true. Amazing what a weird little subculture, made up of weird little norms, that mountain has bred.

nepalwriter said...

To learn more about the Sherpa tribe that makes climbing Everest possible, read Beyond the Summit by Linda LeBlanc. Details of Sherpa culture and religion are interwoven in a tale of romance and high adventure. The story has something for everyone: a love affair between an American journalist and Sherpa guide, conflict between generations as the modern world challenges centuries of tradition, an expedition from the porter's point of view.

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Beyond the Summit, is the rare gem that shows us the triumphs and challenges of a major climb from the porter’s point of view. The love of two people from diverse cultures is the fiery centerpiece of a novel that leads its readers through harshly beautiful and highly dangerous territory to the roof of the world. Malcolm Campbell, book reviewer

Conflict and dialog keep this gripping story of destiny, romance and adventure moving from the first page to the last paragraph. LeBlanc has a genius for bonding her readers and her characters. I found I was empathizing in turn with each character as they faced their own personal crisis or trauma.
Richard Blake for Readers Views.

A gripping, gut-twisting expedition through the eyes of a porter reveals the heart and soul of Sherpas living in the shadows of Everest.

A hard-hitting blend of adventure and romance which deserves a spot in any serious fiction collection. Midwest Book Review

LeBlanc is equally adept at describing complex, elusive emotions and the beautiful, terrifying aspect of the Himalayan Mountains. Boulder Daily Camera

LeBlanc's vivid description of the Himalayas and the climbing culture makes this a powerful read. Rocky Mt News Pick of the Week

A rich adventure into the heart of the Himalayan Kingdom. Fantastic story-telling from one who has been there.

This is the book to read before you embark on your pilgrimage to Nepal. The author knows and loves the people and the country, and makes you feel the cold thin air, the hard rocks of the mountains, the tough life of the Sherpa guides, and you learn to love them too. This is a higly literate, but also very readable book. Highly recommended."
-- John (college professor)

Memorable characters and harrowing encounters with the mountains keep the action moving with a vibrant balance of vivid description and dialogue. Literary Cafe Host, Healdsburg, CA

This superbly-crafted novel will land you in a world of unimaginable beauty, adventure, and romance. The love story will keep you awake at night with its vibrant tension and deep rich longing. Wick Downing, author of nine novels

Such vividly depicted images of the Everest region and the Sherpa people are the perfect scenario for the romance and adventure feats narrated. It's a page-turner, so engrossing you end up wanting to visit Nepal! Not just novel, but perfect for those seeking to get acquainted with the culture of this country.
By Claudia Fournier (América, Bs. As., Argentina)

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mister anchovy said...

I mis-spent my youth playing cribbage, gin, canasta, then graduated to backgammon. These days, Go is the only game I regularly play.

Red said...

It's been such a good season on Everest! Good karma on Meagan McGrath for stopping AND making it to the top anyway.

As for the kidney story... have you heard about this Dutch show (by the same people who brought us Big Brother) called The Great Donor Show, where a terminally ill woman puts her kidneys up for grabs and people at home vote for the most deserving winner?

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