Sore Arms and Scrambled Brains

Trip Start Dec 28, 2006
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Trip End Mar 01, 2007


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Thursday, January 25, 2007

Grant Glaze and his cousin Aaron took us in for the night at their apartment in San Jose.  The morning we left Gary and Sue's place I began feeling the all too familiar "you're going to be sick" in my head.  When I was young I seemed only to fall ill once a year, but in my adult life my immune system seems less able to fight off intruders.  I can feel it the day before in my brain stem, my thoughts slow down and start to become confused, I form a cough or have trouble thermoregulating, and I feel myself sitting and staring like a zombie unable to respond to my already dulled senses.  It sucks.  I don't feel like myself when it happens, and it happens more frequently than I would like. 


Symptoms aside, I was glad to see Grant again, especially when he and Aaron invited us to their favorite rock climbing gym.  I had been to the climbing wall at ISU a few times before and, though I've been ignorant to the word, have been bouldering my entire life.  The rock climbing gym in San Jose is the largest I've seen; its climbing walls reach to the ceiling of a massive warehouse perhaps 60 feet high.  There are walls of every difficulty level, even lead-climbing and walls with cracks instead of pegs.  I was happy to start at 5.7 and work my way up to 5.9 or 5.10.  Pete was well adept to the wall, having taken classes in Louisiana last semester.  Aaron was even better than Pete, and Grant even better still.  He was so comfortable on the climbing wall that he had no problem scaling what looked to me like impossible inverts and undercuts. 

After going out to eat at Bennigans (and discovering that Bennigans isn't just a ficticious South Park restaurant), Aaron, Grant, Pete, and I returned to their apartment to watch movies, play Xbox 360, and enjoy a few cold ones.  Alcohol may not be the best thing to drown my flu, so I sipped casually and told myself the moderation would offset dehydration with increased HDL.  Knowing a few things about human physiology doesn't stop me from making bad decisions or from getting ill in the first place.
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