Terry Lee Mathews, 1974-2013

Terry MathewsThis is a sticky entry (i.e., it will always be shown as the top entry on my latest entries page) about Terry Lee Mathews, known on LiveJournal as mountain_hiker. Terry passed away on Saturday, July 13, 2013 at Memorial Hospital in Colorado Springs, Colorado. He was a 1993 graduate of Widefield High School and a 1999 graduate of University of Colorado at Colorado Springs with a bachelor's in Geography. An avid mountaineer and photographer, he is survived by his parents, Louis and Yong Chi (Nancy); a brother, Tom; three nieces and a nephew; his cats, Luna and Menchi; and numerous friends. Terry's ashes will be scattered in the mountains he loved so much.

A celebration of life was held Saturday, July 27th at Garden of the Gods. Mark Hayes Photography covered the memorial event; online galleries are available on Facebook and on his website, where you may purchase prints. He also wrote a blog post about the event.

Terry's ashes were taken to the summit of Crestone Needle in August. Britt Jones made a video from that trip; it's viewable at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fk1lGUmrPvs

There is a a memorial page for Terry on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/pages/Memorial-To-Terry-Lee-Mathews/221868637964121


Terry, elsewhere on the Internet: obituary | 14ers.com profile / memorial thread | Google+ | LinkedIn | State of Euphoria (personal website) | SummitPost
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Obligatory fundraiser post: Evergreen Stadium Project

My neighborhood high school has been fundraising to improve its outdoor facilities in order to continue hosting home football games. The current fundraiser is selling Akin Clothing t-shirts from March 17-April 1; Cardel Homes Denver is donating an additional $5 per shirt sold, doubling to $10 per shirt once the sale reaches 1000 shirts. Please visit http://www.akinclothing.com/shop/ to see their selection and if you make a purchase, enter EVERGREEN in the coupon code.


Link: "An eye for an eye", blog post on stereoblindess and reading.

I still collect articles related to amblyopia for L., whose alignment remains near-perfect over a year after eye muscle surgery. Earlier this week, I read one that mentioned a correlation between stereoblindness and both far above-average reading habits and artistic output. Sounds just a wee bit familiar.

Link: "An eye for an eye", Giovanni Garcia-Fenech.
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[cross-posted from G+]

Hedy Lamarr once said "any girl can be glamorous. All you have to do is stand still and look stupid." This succinctly explains an awful lot of my motivations. The rest can probably be explained by David Foster Wallace (although not succinctly and with an awful lot of footnotes) and Pema Chödrön.

(ETA: this introspection came after reading the latest SoCH post on The Hairpin, "The Ecstasy of Hedy Lamarr". I know it was posted last month, but I'm still chipping away at stuff I didn't read in August.)

Photos of mountain_hiker from ten years ago.

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I later found a post with photos from redqueenofevil's bon voyage party at the end of August 2003 that have Terry in them and it's now public for sharing: http://oddharmonic.livejournal.com/69510.html

My goodness, we all looked so young.

1256, 14 July: there are photos on Google+ of Terry last year at Crestone, Maroon Bells, and Snowmass: https://plus.google.com/u/0/photos/of/107997003829103113981

For friends of mountain_hiker.

Terry (mountain_hiker) attempted suicide overnight. He's in the hospital, but I've been told it doesn't look good. Colorado Springs PD is attempting to notify his next of kin; I advised one of his mountaineering friends that's in touch with the CSPD about the estranged family situation [ed - removed a few names of people I suggested be contacted].

In a text he sent in the wee hours of the morning, he asked a few of us on LJ to change the privacy on a certain post to public and copy and paste the contents of another private post to several e-mail recipients, but I don't have his login credentials.

I am willing to serve as a contact point with whatever information I have - my e-mail is oddharmonic at gmail.com and if you have my number, you are welcome to call or text. (If you were on one of his group texts, my area code is 720 and the last two digits of my number are 96.)

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ETA 1240 MDT: Terry is brain dead at this point. Any usuable organs will be harvested later today. One of his mountaineering friends is at the hospital with Terry's dad; I am getting information from him and another mountaineering friend that's in that loop. I will update with any further information as I get it.
Rosehip hunting in Alderfer

I could not be any prouder of my fellow commissioners right now.

Eagle Scout Centennial patchSeveral years ago, saved searches on eBay helped me acquire patches from the years my dad attended summer camp as a youth for his patch blanket. I thought that was quite lucky.

This morning, I saw a request on my district's commissioner mailing list for a pre-Centennial uniform shirt and a few discontinued patches for a young man that had lost his uniform to wildfire after Spanish Peaks Scout Ranch was evacuated. Within an hour we had a shirt pending finding out the Scout's size and one of the discontinued patches. A few hours later, the patch I expected to be hard to find because it was only available in 2012 came up from another commissioner.

...I'm not crying, it's just dusty in here.
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One year out.

Today marks one year.

I had a lot I was going to post about this, but in the end, that's all I have to say. Thanks for sticking around.

Recipe: Nutmeg Sugar Crisps

This week was one of my assigned weeks for birthday cookies, so we made one of my younger sister's favorite cookies for our school's clinic aide. (Our PTA's teacher appreciation committee lines up volunteers to make homemade cookies for every teacher and staff member during their birthday week, or near the end of the school year for summer birthdays.) We usually make a double batch of these since they get eaten quickly.


Nutmeg Sugar Crisps

1 c. butter, softened
3/4 c. sugar
1/2 c. confectioner's sugar
1 egg
1 tsp vanilla extract
2 1/2 c. all-purpose flour
1/2 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp cream of tartar
1/4 to 1/2 tsp ground nutmeg
1/8 tsp salt

Cream butter and sugars. Beat in egg and vanilla; mix well. Combine the flour, baking soda, cream of tartar, nutmeg and salt; add to the creamed mixture and mix well. Refrigerate for 1 hour.

Shape into 3/4-inch balls; place 2 inches apart on greased baking sheets. Flatten with a glass dipper in sugar. Bake at 350 for 10-12 minutes of until lightly browned. Remove to wire racks to cool.

Yield: about 6 dozen

Source: Taste of Home Best-Loved Cookies & Bars, Fall 2007