This 80 year old man has been on top of Everest before. Once at age 70, and again at age 75. But he was also up there in 1975, at age 42 during an expedition where 8 people died. Much of the ascent and descent was filmed, and a documentary was produced that won the Academy Award for Best Documentary in 1975 called "The Man Who Skied Down Everest".
Okay, this is a pretty distant and strange connection. But reading this story brought me back to 1980 (I think!) when I was working a short stint as a vacuum cleaner salesman!
I had a call to do one evening in a fairly ritzy section of the city. I showed up on time, and did my demonstration. The couple I was showing it to had been drinking a little bit, and there was lots of laughter and having a good time. I saw a lot of awards being displayed, and I asked what they were for.
"Oh, I'm a film maker" said the man.
It turns out that I was in the home of Budge Crawley...Executive Producer of the award winning documentary "The Man Who Skied Down Everest"!
No, I didn't get to see the actual Academy Award. It was on display at his office.
Yes, I sold him a vacuum cleaner. But the next day he sent a letter of cancellation (I still have the letter!) as well as a $25 cheque for my time!
We took away some more brush.
And cut some more grass!
And it actually rained yesterday afternoon! Quite a bit, and for quite a long time. That will keep the dust down for a little while...things were getting pretty dry. But it'll also make the grass grow!
Not many campers this weekend. I think we've got six sites taken, plus the 4 or 5 seasonals who come every weekend.
Someone just called for firewood...gotta go!