Hangin out with mah frendz - Tactical Ninja
May. 6th, 2011
09:48 am - Hangin out with mah frendz
Allie Brosh is writing a book!. What I learned from this blog post: dreadbeard must have been growing his beard for a really really long time. Enquiring minds would like to know if he's ever actually shaved. He's quite the enigma of a man - we have no idea how old he is and I only found out his name through
analytical deduction random chance after knowing him for four years.
China Mieville on the true nature of sheep. I am wondering if he found out about the elite sheep psyops squad through Wikileaks.
Last night I went and hung out with tieke and happyinmotion at the Awesome House Of Awesomeness (ahoa for short). Literally.
Because hanging out at this house, while occasionally involving bean bags, can also involve cables, pulleys, carabiners and unitards. For those who don't know, this house has been in the making for several years, starting with a bush gully and a bunch of naivety. Thanks to a variety of building professionals, plenty of bloodsweatntears, an undisclosed amount of money, some massive community effort and even more effort by tieke and happyinmotion themselves, it's almost finished. If you said that to them they'd probably yell at you but to my mind, remembering chainsawing logs in the muddy gully in 2007, they are now living in it and that counts as nearly finished.
Anyway, the house was built to include a two-storey aerials space. The rig went in recently, a cunning setup that includes a ladder for counterweighting but can also accommodate trapeze, tissu or sling. And probably a number of other things I haven't heard of. We were just mucking about on a low sling the other day and I had fun so they said "Come round one night and we'll have a proper play."
The first thing I discovered is that this isn't like climbing or routesetting. In this carry-on, you actually turn completely upside down in your harness. Consequently to avoid chafing, a unitard is actually the most practical option. I don't have one, so this one was loaned for the occasion. As you can see it goes brilliantly with my hair *cough* - I have taken this one home to take a pattern off because this does seem like a brilliant item of clothing but I'd like one in not-orange. With Happy on the other end of the wire, I got to go up and down quite a lot. He has about 25kg on me so by jumping off the ladder he could make me go up really fast!
Please note the delicately and gracefully pointed toes. Not. In my defence, my feet automatically go into climbing mode when I point them, which scrunches the first three toes into a sort of hook. And because I'm out of practice, my feet cramped like that every time I pointed them. But really I was mostly just thinking about other things, like "WHEEEEEE!"
We could also reach each other!
However, hanging upside down isn't actually that good for you (in fact you can die) and being in a sit harness, putting pressure across your kidneys and spine where the main blood vessels to your legs are, exacerbates this. About a minute was enough for me before having to do other things at a more normal angle.
Then I had a go at counterweighting tieke. She's about 9kg lighter than me so it was more even. I could still make her go up fast but it required arm-assisted falling on my part. Without this it was a very sedate ascent for her. This is her going "Faster faster!"
credit for photos goes to tieke for the ones with Happy in and to Happy for the ones with tieke in
tieke also tried counterweighting me, but it was effort for her having to toe-hook the rungs of the ladder to pull me up. She'd have to wear a diver's belt or some such to make it a comfortable exercise. Likewise neither of us can effectively counterweight Happy. But as he points out, there are plenty of other fun things that he can do on this rig so he's not really missing out.
I want to do more of this. It's fun!
I should be getting my 23andMe results fairly soon. I'm a little trepidatious but also quite curious to see what stuff my cells are made of. And disappointed that the ancestral location thing only works on the maternal line for women. ;-/
Finally, it's Friday and I've been without Dr Wheel for four days. I have lovely fluffy cushions on my bed but they pale by comparison. I have my own little Joel appreciation society going on here and I just keep adding things to the list: Warmer and fuzzier and better to cuddle than a giant fur cushion! is today's.