The Aspiring Renaissance Man

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one time like wayy before I was born it was christmas and my grandma looked in her backyard where her pear tree was. She noticed a partridge had landed in it. A literal partridge landed in her pear tree. On christmas she had a partridge in her pear tree. So she did the logical thing and shot it and ate it merry christmas everyone

she dun put a cartridge in that partridge 

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Tag Thing

Tagged by my dearest sister mrsemilytilney

Rule 1: post the rules 
Rule 2: answer the questions the person who tagged you asked.

1. What’s one of your favourite habits that you have?
Going for hikes when I’m stressed out about life.

2. Do you like to plan things out in detail or be spontaneous?
A little of both.

3. If you could try out any job for a day, what would you like to try?
A nature photographer.

4. What’s the first thing you notice about people?
How they interact with other people especially those they’ve never met before. I’m curious as to how people’s perceptions of strangers forms how they interact.

5. If you could learn one random skill, what would you learn?
How to rock-climb like a pro.

6. Do you cry easily?
No. Except when watching Les Miserables. Then all bets are off.

7. What’s the best prank you’ve ever pulled?
There have been many… The one that comes to mind was rigging the cupboard so that a bunch of tea boxes and coffee cans fell out when Mum opened it. It was totally worth it :)

8. What are some of your favourite websites?

9. If you were a type of animal, which would you be and why?
An otter. They build mud slides and play All. Day. Long. :)

10. Favourite book?
Impossible to choose. Charles Dickens or Thomas Hardy. Take your pick.

11. Would you rather live in the country or the city?
I’m a countryman by birth, I am living a countryman’s life, and I’ll die a countryman.

And I’m tagging:

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Majestic, massive, terrifying, unpredictable, quiet, thunderous, peaceful.

I’ve often wondered why I am attracted to mountains.  What is it about them that is so intriguing?

When I was under a lot of stress at work I used to drive for an hour to the base of a difficult climb, pick up a small rock, and carry it to the summit.  As I climbed I felt that frustration and anguish diminish and the rock grow wet with the sweat from the hard climb. 

As I reached the top, everything was quiet except for the sound of the wind and the river at the bottom of the valley.  I dropped the rock ontop of the cairn that is slowly being erected at the peak.  It isn’t every time that I do this, only when the burden life puts on me feels too great.

Afterwards, I sit down and admire the scenery.  Mountain upon mountain stretching away into an eternity.  Peak after peak, asking me to climb each one to see what can be seen from it’s slopes and peak. 

Many times I take a camera up to the peak, but rarely do I ever take pictures.  There is no camera that will ever be produced that can give me the same experience of climbing that peak and seeing with my own eyes the grandeur and awesome magnitude of that scene.

Every time I climb there is something different to see.  Different flowers bloom at different times of the year.  The weather can change very quickly and often with little warning.  Sometimes the wind is so cold and penetrating I question my sanity in trying this day.

I suppose in the end, I climb mountains for the experience.  To experience something harsh and beautiful that cannot be captured by words, pictures, or paintings.

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