Memory provoking

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Posted by Ballpark Frank ( on 13:07:54 11/24/16

In Reply to: I'm going for the stalagtite analog posted by Granite Head

Granite Head,

I remember seeing this sort of activity off an on at Soda Butte over the years, but it was buried under a bunch of "mental dust" until seeing this photo.

Stick with me here, because I'm about to go on a circuitous chain of memory associations.

Seeing the image brought back memories of seeing similar calcium rich pools of liquid in several caves I have visited over the years. That sparked a remembrance of "Leche de la Madre" from the movie, "Romancing the Stone", where Joan Wilder and Jack T. Colton find El Corazon, a humongous emerald. While reading your post, I was also watching the Macy's Thanksgiving Parade, another passion of mine, having grown up in New York. Ironically, I'm watching the Telemundo version, because it was first on, and the longer broadcast, which I've been recording on TiVo. It's a giggle, listening to Carlo Ponce and Jessica Carrillo narrating in Spanish. They just had the cast of Cirque du Soleil's PARAMOUR doing one of their dance routines outside the midtown NYC Macy's, and I got to watch some impressive acrobatics, and a few way musclebound guys. (For all I know, some of the radical biceps and triceps might have been deliberately exaggerated via costuming.) It provoked memories of my days working out at the Las Vegas Athletic Club, where some of the cast from shows like "O" and "Mystere" worked out. I saw bodies packed with more muscle than I had ever witnessed anywhere else. Unlike those of body builders and gymnasts, many of these lacked the symmetry associated with the classic human form. Many of these people sported way overdeveloped muscle groups germane to whatever amazing feats they performed nightly on stage. Contemplating those memories, I recalled a recent article in the local paper about a young woman who grew up around here, joined Cirque du Soleil, and now teaches her art to aspiring dancers around the country. That got me thinking about all the places I have lived since I deliberately uprooted myself in 1997. It started with Montana/Yellowstone, which has became my new home from which I have ranged out to many amazing places, and to which I always return eventually.

I will definitely do a thorough examination of Soda Butte cone next time I am in the vicinity.

Happy Thanksgiving!


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