Volume 2, Issue 1 - Online connections lead us strange places

Posted by Ryan Jerz on Tuesday March 5, 2019.

It’s a bit strange to root for and care for people you’ve never met, and most likely never will. Or, at least never come to know in a way that warrants you caring about them as you do a friend. Sports is the obvious thing that comes to mind for me when I think about this type of one-way relationship. Anyone who has been a sports fan has an athlete or two they feel like they know, even just a little bit. We see them performing something that isn’t easy at a very high level. We hear them talk about their families in interviews. We see the pain on their faces when they fail or lose go down with an injury. It touches us. Athletes'...

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Volume 1, Issue 6 - What was 2018?

Posted by Ryan Jerz on Tuesday December 18, 2018.

This might sort of be a year-end roundup of what I did online this year. I know, great way to sell this. But I do believe that I can sort of cross it over—some best of content from me, along with some stuff that I’ll touch on that you may not have seen.

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Volume 1, Issue 5 - November is Quite a Month

Posted by Ryan Jerz on Friday November 16, 2018.

November is a month that is filled with time off for someone with a salaried job. It’s quite the opposite for someone who works in an hourly position. That broad distinction is obviously not perfect, but it rings true to me. I’ve already had four days off this month, with two more coming next week. Six of ~20 days in a month is a significant chunk of time to have, essentially, to yourself.

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Volume 1, Issue 4 - Proving yourself to yourself is a process

Posted by Ryan Jerz on Friday September 14, 2018.

When I got home from my attempt at climbing Denali in 2016, I was positive that my days of mountaineering on that level were over. I was disappointed, tired, angry, and had a severely bruised ego. In my own head, I was done. I knew I wanted to continue to do some leisurely climbing, backpacking, hiking and all of that, but gearing up and getting serious was probably in the past. I had even told people, including my climbing team on Denali, that hitting that summit would mark the end of my mountaineering career.

The Headwall

A view of the headwall and fixed lines up to Denali’s West Buttress from camp at 14,000...

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Volume 1, Issue 3 - I'm in a nostalgic period

Posted by Ryan Jerz on Wednesday August 29, 2018.

It’s weird that we’re at a point in time where the 1980s count as “nostalgic” for people, but man are we getting old. This seems to have been kicked off by me watching Atomic Blonde recently (with a small nod to Call Me By Your Name—the “Love My Way” scene was tremendous), and falling in love with it. Not because it’s a great movie—it’s a good movie—but because of the way it felt to see it. The setting, the music, the spy stuff. It’s a really fun movie, and also a good one.

The music alone makes it a must-watch for a second time, which I’ll be doing soon. The performances are all pretty great. John Goodman is solid, and Charlize Theron is excellent....

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