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  1. If anyone is up for a valiant but likely futile exercise, check out the comment section under one of the Seattle PI articles regarding the lost snowboarders at Crystal. Lots of people talkign about the cost of searches and how the families should be fined. Even one person announcing that its no longer a search but a recovery. Anyway, I figured it would be nice to get more comments from people who actually know what they are talking about. PI Snowboarder Search Link
  2. Disability Insurance?

    They do. Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI). But you are not going to be living the high life on SSDI.
  3. Best short term health insurance

    I buy a comprehensive version of Lifewise for myself. I haven't used it much, but I have no complaints. I got it on the reccomendation of an insurance broker who has proven to be quite helpful with navigating health and life insurance issues. PM if you want his contact info.
  4. Trivia: Who wrote this note recently?

    Photo's have been "manipulated" as long as there has been photography. And here I thought those old 1940 postcards with 4 foor tall apples labeled "Greetings from Washington" were real until now. My perception is that there is a lot more overt changes being made to photos that appear in newspapers these days (a la the LA times photo a few years ago where they merged two photos together and some people appeared twice in the same shot). Most of them seem fairly harmless when uncovered, but I think its an incredibly slippery slope that "photo-journalists" and editors are tiptoeing down. I did just find the link to the article about the topic: Potty Note Photo Story Here is some text from the article: "Once he saw what it said, Hershorn decided the note was interesting and worth publishing. The white parts of the picture were overexposed, so a Reuters processor used Photoshop to burn down the note. This is a standard practice for news photos, Hershorn says, and the picture was not manipulated in any other way." That doesn't sound so bad upon reviewing it; I imagine that isn't that different from what a person might do in a darkroom. I was imagining someone going in and using photoshop to write the text. Anyway, so much for my thread drift.
  5. Trivia: Who wrote this note recently?

    This a headline on Drudge: "REUTERS has acknowledged Bush 'Potty Note' photo was enhanced via Photoshop... " But his link to the story is dead. If he is right (there is always a big IF with Drudge) then it looks like the story is real but they had to mess with the writing to make it legible (and not tell anyone it was enhanced). While the story is kinda funny, another digital manipulation of photo journalism is very disheartening.
  6. That is the question. Lets say two people who are tight get into a small fender bender with each other. Its a low speed affair. No airbag deployment, no injuries, no hard feelings. One of the cars gets a hole punched into the fiberglass bumper and the corner of the hood is bent a little. Would you claim the damage if you knew the repair would cost way more than your deductable? Or would you pay out of pocket to keep an unsullied driving record clean and prevent your rates from going up? If you do pay out of pocket, does the insurance company find out anyway? I am having trouble finding answers to these questions through google. Perhaps there is a vast insurance conspiracy to suppress such knowledge. Perhaps I just didn't search hard enough. Either way, if anyone who reads this can shed some insight to the dilema, it would be appreciated.
  7. Car insurance - To claim or not to claim?

    I spoke to a reputable auto body repair shop today and asked the following question. If I pay out of pocket, does the VIN number go into a database and my insurance company finds out? He said absolutley not; they don't enter it into a database. So my next question was how do Carfax or similar reports get off saying they provide a comprehensive collision histories for vehicles? The auto body guy said they have often wondered the same thing. Thanks for the input. It appears its better to bite the bullet and pay out of pocket now than possibly cause more grief/cost later.
  8. Car insurance - To claim or not to claim?

    Unfortuntley the company is USAA. They don't have local agents like other companies, just a big calling center that always demands an insurance number before questions are asked. In some of the info I have read in my searches, it is said that many insurance companies keep records of all damage inquiries even if they don't turn into claims. And this info will go into a profile that is shared with other insurance companies.
  9. Guides Jumping the Mountain Madness Ship

    as well. Do you mind doing a "nodder" synopsis? I just don't have the time to even begin reading that one, but I am curious...
  10. random gear

    Check your PMs.
  11. Breakaway topic: An Ironic and Fearful Abortion

    I find it interesting phenomenon that most of the time I read back and forth rants on CC.Com, its almost always between a bunch of men.... It can't be news to any of you that this forum tends to trend a bit heavy on Y chromosomes.
  12. DOSEWALLIPS - We Lose Another Year

    You are obviously not a wheelchair user who would like to get to a campground.
  13. Bailey Range Traverse

    OK, so I am sold on skipping Cream Lake. My maps don't label Stephen Lake. I am assuming that is the lake that is a bit north west of Stephen Peak. Does that sound right? Also, I wanted to seek some opinions. Lets say I entered in from the Soleduck and wanted to exit out the Elwah valley. If I went all the way down the traverse to Mount Barnes, would you suggest returning to Lake Mills via the Elwha snow finger and hiking the whole river, or backtracking a bit and exiting the range via Dodger Point? Thanks for all the advice.
  14. Canoe?

    then it must be the crack.
  15. Canoe?

    Wow, they must have jacked the price up since last summer. Or maybe I have been smoking crack.
  16. Good Vet in Seattle?

    I have had really good experiences with Crown Hill also. They offer most services (including ACL repair for my lab mix)and can board your dog if needed. They are open after work too. My dog gets excited to go there even in spite of having had surgery there, so they must haver treated her well behind closed doors.
  17. Canoe?

    I kayaked up there last summer. I think they charged $15 for the portage, one way. So it seems like it would be cheaper (if you had a free boat on loan) to paddle to the dam if you were gonna be out there multiple days. Plus, the paddle through the gorge of upper Diablo Lake is one of the best parts of the trip. Word to the mosiquito repellant suggestion. Also, (in case you don't already know) you have to pick your campsites for each night when you pick up your permit. So you might want to check out the map ahead of time so you aren't totally put on the spot. Course some campsites may be filled. The ranger station has pictures of the campsites if you are still deciding. Have fun. Its a beautiful place.
  18. elwah river climbing

    I think there were a couple bolted routes just below the lower dam on river left. I could very well be wrong. I asked some people about the lines there and they said the rock was crappy and it wasn't worth the time. But this is a pretty foggy memory from about 10 years back. I am sure there is better beta out there.
  19. Middle Fork Snoqualmie Road

    This thread seems like it should be in the access forum, but more people will probably be alerted to the issue here. The following link is to a page that describes the road project and has a questionairre. Go to the survey link and you can review the road proposals and tell them what you think. Link to feedback page here This link below has an article from a group American Whitewater regarding the MF issue. Definately has a slant to boaters but has a pretty good synopsis of whats going on with the managment planning. MF Article Link
  20. I got the new National Geographic in the mail yesterday (July 2004 Edition) about the Olympic National Park. I haven't read the whole article yet but the author seemed pretty entranced. It opens up with some statment like the Olympics make for the best landscape in America or something like that. The photos of many familiar scenes were great. I have to admit that part of me wished that this kind of exposure didn't occur so we can try in vain to keep the Olympics a secret.
  21. Olympics in National Geographic

    I just read the article. I agree. I really find the text of National Geographic articles to be consistently uninspiring. There seems to be a cliched style that is a bit too vague and sterile. But, as is often said about other more scandalous magazines, I don't get it for the articles...
  22. Bailey Range Traverse

    Thanks for the info Gaboit and Erez. I unfortunatly have a finite window to do the trip in. I can start on a Sunday but have plane tickets to go to Alaska the following Friday evening. Maybe it would be best to save the Bailey Range for a time when I didn't have to worry about the time table too much.
  23. Lewis and Clark: an indian chief with paralysis

    OK, this is a really long post below but it probably gives the best answer to the question. The following is taken from the book Or They Will Perish by David J Peck,DO, pages 248-252. to Dru. Looks like you made the best guess. I have worked with a few people with somatosization disorders. I consider myself a pretty patient guy, but I still have a part of me that just wants to shake the guy and say "Dude, snap the hell out of it." But that goes against all reccomended treatment protocols.
  24. Bailey Range Traverse

    This is a pretty old thread here but I wanted to resurrect it to ask this question of those : How many days is does it reasonably take to do the Bailey traverse in August? I have heard 4 or 5 days. Also - What alpine gear would you suggest having at that time of the year? I am in the very initial stages of planning a trip out there and would appreciate feedback from those of you who have doen it. Thanks
  25. BOOKS

    I have been working through Anna Karenina for the last couple weeks. My wife just informed me that its now the new Oprah Book Club selection. What the hell? Since when did Oprah try to get America to read Tolstoy? Now everyone is gonna give me crap about being a minion of Oprah.