Several times I have sat down at the computer to post something, but each time I have gotten sidetracked – not really wanting to write. It could be that I have nothing but thoughts swirling in my head. They just refuse to come out my fingers.
Jesse is off in The City today. Having her around has been wonderful. We have been working on our pottery and some other art. We also took turns this week going to swim lessons with the GGs. Yesterday I took my mom To OKC to have laser surgery on her eye. All went well. When we got back to Duncan, we had lunch with the GGs, their parents, Toby, and Jesse. The GGs were quite excited to see their great-grandmother. I love lunch with the GGs.
Wed. I went to paint with the Ladies as usual. Maybe I was not in the mood to paint or maybe it was their talk or maybe I just wanted to be somewhere else – whatever it was, I painted for a while and left early. Sometimes I get the feeling that the Ladies don’t really think I’m very smart or that what I have to say is not important. Sometimes I feel like I must be from some other planet, because I think so differently on certain subjects. Sometimes I don’t say anything to them, because I know they won’t hear or accept what I say anyway. Sometimes I will argue with a fence post.
Upon arriving, B told me that she and her husband were going to NM and were going to climb the "highest mountain in the USA... next to McKinley."
Me, "You mean Wheeler Peak?"
Me, "It is not the tallest mountain in the USA."
B, "Well, the second highest."
Me, "No, it is not even the second highest. It is the tallest mountain in NM, but there are lots taller mountains in the USA."
B, "No, it is one of the tallest!"
Me, "It’s not. It is a good hike, but it’s not even as tall as several peaks in CO."
I seem to have irritated her. She headed to the computer at this point to prove that she was right. I wasn’t trying to be argumentative. I could have just let her think what she wanted. I just didn’t want her to go around saying something ignorant to other people. I knew the computer would support me and it did, but she kept searching anyway. She was busy looking on the computer when the other ladies showed up wondering what we were doing on the computer. We explained, and Barb kept searching. Then she said, "Steve (a local veterinarian and friend of hers) said Wheeler Peak was the second tallest mountain in the US."
I calmly replied, "Steve is wrong." This must have pushed her button good, because she became a bit more indignant and said, "Well he lives there!" Her friend Steve recently bought a summer cabin in RR. I am sure he knows more than I do. Who the hell am I anyway? If she wants to think she is going to climb the second tallest mountain in the US, and that it is in NM, by all means she should spread the word.