Less talking… more crawling.

That darned rock arch gets skinnier by the day (or is it minute??) Sometimes I lose track of time when minutes play out in days and weeks in the Trailverse…

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So yes, Gabe.  Please be careful- this is no time for tap dancing or taking any chances…  And also, please, Mark… What- were you raised by wolves? with bad grammar?  “Your’re doing good?”  “Doing” is an action verb, and therefore should be described by the adverb ‘well,’ not the adjective ‘good.’ Sigh… in the old days, Mark would not be caught dead using a contraction like ‘you’re,’ let alone show such other signs of ill breeding.  He is, after all, a writer.  And unless he thinks that his Editor has nothing better to do than correct his mistakes, he’d better bet a handle on his word choice…

Why would we assume that??

Could be, I suppose, but other than an opening into more darkness and gloom, what have you really found, there, Carina??

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Meanwhile, Gabe and Mark are taking turns getting across the rock bridge…  Gabe first, which means that Mark may remain stranded and Carina will have to go on without him in hopes of a rescue and recovery operation after she somehow finds a way out, makes it through the desert without food, water or sunblock and can find the opening again to point the way back…

On a good note, I am back in the northern climes where there is snow expected in the next couple of days and where there is actually moisture in the air…  seriously.  And Mark Watney, of The Martian fame, is safe on board the Hermes, heading back toward earth.  The book is very good, as was the movie.  Of course the movie took some liberties with the book, but it has to, right??  The book goes into a lot more of the science behind what is happening and reminded me of how many things there are to take for granted- atmosphere, for one…

Gabe’s a Little Pissed-off…

There’s no humor here, Ladies and Gentlemen… Gabe is dying to tell Mark that he blames him for the predicament they are in… after all, it was Mark that herded them into the cave in the first place

This reminds me of the scene from “Oh Brother Where Art Thou?”  where Pete declares, “Who elected YOU leader of this outfit?” To which U. Everett McGill responds, “I figured it should be the one who has the capacity for abstract thought…”  Mark, I am pretty sure that excludes you…

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So yes, Gabe.  Mark has your back, leading from behind…  you are expendable, after all…

That Damned Spider!

Well, there it is again… some form of venomous, lethal arachnid come to spoil the party!  With a klieg light trained on it.  Producing shadows.  Meanwhile passive-aggressive, sociopathic, manipulative Mark is convincing Gabe that it’s in his own best interest to cross the crumbling rock bridge next… “I’m right here behind you,” says Mark… To do what??  Wave as Gabe falls into the darkness?

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A little about where I am now- Green Valley, AZ… dominated by expansive fields of Pecan trees, groves, orchards, or whatever you call them, owned by the Farmers Investment Company (FICO,) not to be confused with the credit reporting company, parent of Green Valley Pecans and owned by the Walden Family for the last 6 decades… hmmm… I wonder which way they lean politically… along with communities protected by pretty ladies in guard houses, built up around golf courses and pickle-ball courts.  There’s the Wal*Mart, the Big Lots, the $.99 store and other necessities of life, along with being a stones throw from Tucson.  Lovely vistas of mountains reaching around 5,ooo ft elevation. Warm and sunny while it’s (according to sources) cold and snowy back in MN… Ha!!

Arrived Safely in the Desert…

Which is more than I can say for Mark Trail and company… brought the laptop along as I (literally) could not leave this adventure to play out by itself.  Not sure what that says about me, but here I am.  And here we are applying more tortured logic to the laws of physics and gravity.  I am reading The Martian now and if it teaches us anything is that Newton’s laws are immutable- all that business about actions have equal and opposite reactions is absolutely true and makes me wish I had paid attention in High School (and later College, although that was the first class I dropped…) chemistry and of course physics…

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So with Carina (BMI ~24) safely across, let’s send Gabe (BMI ~35) to test the strength of the rock-bridge.  Sort of like the old (which means hopefully not evil) Bill Cosby routine about Fat Albert- the baddest Buck-Buck breaker in the world… or those signs that announce the max vehicle weight of bridges- how do they tell what the max weight is? Do they drive increasingly heavier truck across until it breaks?? Probably not – there’s science involved I am sure… So in a week or so we will find out whether Gabe makes it across (again to where?) and whether Mark will have the chance to make his way across…  Not to mention the lighting and camera crew that has been capturing their every move…

Cautiously crawls?

How about seductively crawls across the damaged rock bridge?  Looks like she is posing for a spread in Maxim Magazine…

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Still not sure what the plan is, but then I’m not the one writing this… just the one commenting on it.

Well, kids, it’s time for me to take a few days away… to the desert Southwest, ironically.  You can rest assured that I will be staying above ground and a safe distance from  la frontera internacional, and won’t be looking for any coyotes…  unlike this time last year when I was north of the border and happening upon all manner of beaver, consistent with the adventures of Wally the would be forester…   Stay safe, everyone!!

Yes- because when you crawl you weigh less…

And I know now for sure why they sent Carina across first- knowing she will probably fall to her death, Mark and Gabe will finally get some alone time…  Mark was always surprised and a bit disappointed by her being there in the first place…

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And with all three of them needing to cross, this could take upwards of a week…  oh the suspense is truly riveting…  Or not.