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1.11.2008

Hey, I Knew Who That Guy Was


Random thought as I otherwise ponder that Countrywide's stock went up over 50% yesterday:

I mentioned a couple of days ago that I have begun listening to an unabridged audio book: Into Thin Air. Let me say this about audio books since this is the first one I have ever listened to - they are absolutely great. Fantastic. Wonderful. Since I listened to it exclusively in the car, I'm tempted to go drive around right now. I'm forever hooked.

And Into Thin Air (I'm halfway through) is incredible. It's about a writer/climber who went with a group to the top of Mount Everest in 1996 only to meet tragedy - apparently the greatest death toll in any one day in the history of the mountain. But, as any book like that will do, it gave some background on the subject, to-wit: Mount Everest. For any of you that have become immersed in a book, you feel like its subject should be on everyone's mind even though you're the only one interested. That being said, my ears perked up yesterday, when I learned that Edmund Hillary, the first man to ever reach the summit, died yesterday. Oddly, I had learned a great deal about him only the day before.

Reading about those guys that defy death (sometimes) as they chase their dreams makes my day job seem very boring at this moment.

11 comments:

Anonymous said...

Not to discount his achievement but it was later revealed that the first man at the peak of Everest was his sherpa, Tinsing Norgay, who held the lead rope for Hillary to get there and also took the pictures.

Gorilla said...

From what I have read both Sir Edmund Hillary and his Sherpa guide went up there together and decided they would never tell which one of them went to the top first (evidently the top of Mt. Everest does come to a point, where really only one person could be on the summit at once). When asked who was actually the first on top of the mountain, Hillary would always say, "we were there together", or something along those lines.

Anonymous said...

Not only is his claim to fame that he was the first to climb Everest, he shares the name of one of the greatest, smartest, and prettiest women in American history. And to top it off, she was named after him, even though she was born 6 years before he became famous.

mzchief said...

To Barry...
Better to be a wee bit bored at the office and a lot ALIVE than thrilled and DEAD.

Anonymous said...

Well, if Sir Edmond had been the first to top the peak, he wouldn't have need for a "secrecy" agreement with his Sherpa, right?

Anonymous said...

After Norgay died Hillary did state he was the first to summit and Norgay followed.Twenty + percent of the people who attempt Everest die.

Anonymous said...

I read a documentary on salt once.It was very hard to interest anyone in that.

Anonymous said...

Got hooked on audio books when the kids were little and we bought the HANK THE COWDOG series to keep them "entertained" in the car on road trips. Pretty soon, we were all lovin' ol Hank! Lots of fun!

Anonymous said...

Into Thin Air has been out for several years now. Jon Krakauer is a writer for Outside magazine and also wrote Into the Wild, which Sean Penn just directed. Into Thin Air shows the reader all the ego and personality clashes that resulted in deaths on the mountain. The IMAX team also made an amazing movie of this doomed trip.

Anonymous said...

Where are all the liberal weenie environmentalists? The mountain is scattered with dead bodies and trash that is not hauled off of the mountain.

Anonymous said...

Audio books are great. I've even looked into how one could get such a great job...reading books for a living, but, as with all other things, the jobs usually go to actors, actresses or the authors themselves. Try listening to Stephen King reading his own stuff...creepy, but in a good way!