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There she lay, sultry as the sweltering August night, beckoning with more than just that curling index finger, her siren song mute but as maddening as the voices that called Greek sailors to their doom. The false moonlight of the streetlamps, pushing through the half-closed blinds, painted her cascading hair the same silver it did the wisps of smoke from the burning cigarette, smoldering in its bedside ashtray, that would be finished between neither her lips nor mine; and the intruding slants of light threw shadows on her in all the right places and accented each of her curves, which were in all the right places, too. Yes, I had a job to do, and that duty called, but so did being a man.

The above is

a. an excerpt from a bad hard-boiled detective novel.
b. an account of one’s love life before marriage.
c. an account of one’s love life before kids.
d. an account of one’s love life before joining SummitPost.
e. b, c, and d.

For our purposes here, we’ll select d, though some of us might want to pick e.

And if you chose d, you might be a SummitPost addict.

A WARNING BEFORE YOU READ ON: This article is an attempt at humor. You may not find it funny, but try to understand the lighthearted intent. I know some think articles should be strictly instructional and about mountaineering and climbing, and if you know you’re one of them, please do yourself a favor and stop reading here. But I do hope we can once in a while laugh and not take things so seriously. If you can’t laugh at yourself over something here, maybe you take yourself and this site too seriously (or maybe I’m just not any good at humor). So I hope you like it. If you read it and don’t, though, I’m sorry for wasting your time. And if you have any suggestions to add to the “list,” please share them.

Other signs of being an SP addict, in no particular order:

• Before you go to work in the morning, you turn on the computer to check what’s happening on SP, even if the kids are crying upstairs and you’re running late.
• You have wasted break time at work by visiting SP.
• While at work, you wish you could see what’s happening on SP.
• Checking SP is the first thing you do when you get home from work.
• Only while climbing or hiking do you totally forget about SP, if even then.
• You had to keep checking for the latest from Mel Torino.
• You thought Mel Torino might have been the best thing to have happened to SP in a long while.
• You get the references to having the sunburn to prove it and about REI’s being soft that sometimes appear in forum threads.
• You know which SP member has a thing for llamas and which one is good for posting pictures of girls with guns.
• When SP was down for several days in the spring of 2007, you didn’t know what to do with yourself if the weather was crappy and you weren’t at work.
• When SP was down, you checked at least three times a day to see if it was back up. Sometimes when you checked and saw it wasn’t back up, you clicked right back on before shutting your computer down, just in case SP had just come back.
• You or your spouse, or, to be politically correct, your significant other, became pregnant while SP was down. (Hey, what else was there to do?)
• SP is on your Favorites list and you sometimes click on it even though you had intended to click on something else.
• At home, you try to visit SP only when your spouse isn’t looking (hence the term SummitPorn), and when he or she catches you, you get that look just like the one the dog does after it pees on the couch and gets scolded for it.
• You frequently have another tab open while on SP so you can quickly switch to it if your spouse or boss (perhaps one and the same) approaches.
• Your spouse joined SP so s/he could communicate with you.
• You've taken a “quick look” at SP while company was over.
• Instead of just ending your session, you ever resorted to posting on PnP because there weren’t any threads in the regular forum that interested you.
• You’ve posted on the forum three or more times on a given day, sometimes several hours apart.
• You’ve ever taken a picture and thought, “This will look good on SP.”
• You took a personal interest in the melodrama over the banning of a kid.
• You really think SP should pay you for the work you put into it.
• You have taken part in a thread about Power Points or the voting system.
• You’ve already read this far into this stupid article.

I am proud to say that I am not guilty of ALL of these, but I’m ashamed to say that I’m guilty of most. And I’ll bet many other SP members are, too. The more of these that apply to you, the more likely it is that you have an SP dependency.

The disapproving looks I get from my wife (the ones I get when I’m on SP, I mean, not the ones I get the rest of the time) sometimes make me wonder if being a member of SP is a good or a bad thing for my marriage. In one sense, I assert it’s good; it keeps me occupied and away from doing other things that irritate my wife, such as providing intelligent conversation and seeing that the kitchen sink stays clear of dirty dishes (another great thing about SP is that I can crack on my wife without her knowing). On the other hand, I see the frowns floating my way when she KNOWS, and I suspect she thinks I could spend my time better by folding my towel properly or running around the house with our son and singing songs from the Cars soundtrack or pretending to be trains (yes, that happens almost nightly in the Sihler household; it’s actually a good way of getting some aerobic exercise since having children has pretty much destroyed the exercise and workout schedule I used to keep).

The lady doth protest too much, methinks. Instead of being on SP, I could be doing one or more of the following:

• Chasing other women.
• Complaining of boredom.
• Discussing politics.
• Watching dirty movies (well, there might be a few things better than mountains and SP).
• Climbing more and giving her more reasons to worry.
• Doing drugs.
• Drinking (well, since I’m as guilty of Drunk SummitPosting as many of the rest of you are, maybe that’s not such a good example).

She would respond that I could do useful things such as cleaning the bathrooms or vacuuming, but let’s be real. Cleaning the bathroom, according to me, takes just a few seconds; you spray the toilet with bleach, let all the mold drip into the water, and flush. Very simple. And vacuuming? Come on. I don’t even know where the vacuum cleaner is or how to turn the thing on, and I believe in cleaning the floor only when there’s a visible mess such as a pile of dirt, not for the theoretical dirt I hear is all over the place.

So maybe I do have a problem. And maybe you do, too. What’s the cure? Get out and climb more? But you still have to come home. And then you’ll look. You know it.


Additions by Other SP members

More Signs You Might Have an Addiction to SP

From brendon:
You've ever been shamed into logging out by that red "Online Now!" on your profile page.

From GoingUp:

• You don't have SP in your favorites because it's always in your address bar history and you can type in milliseconds anyway.
• You’ve climbed a mountain just to to be able to get it on SP.
• You know what an Ivano Ghirardini route description looks like, or even what the "Chamonix Mafia" is...

From F Rhoderick: Your wife refers to the SP community as "your other family".

Inspired by Dennis Poulin: You or your spouse thinks of SP as mountain porn.

From Kamil: [You're] thinking of the sentences you're gonna write in your trip report while being in the mountains [added by author-- or the sentences for the mountain or route page].

From Mark Doiron:

1. What the heck is up with this bookmark SP stuff? SP is your home page! You relish the opportunity to click on the Internet icon on your desktop because the first thing you'll see is your profile page on SP.

2. It's all about power points. You add a comment to a forum discussion or another object just because you think it will be enough to get you one more power point. Then, you check back every few minutes to see if your power points have ratcheted up by that one!

From eric b: Checking SP before I climb a mountain and not finding it. Going to the mountain, climbing it, taking pictures, thinking they would look good in your article and thinking of all of the great things you want to say ONLY TO COME HOME AND FIND SOMEONE ELSE ALREADY DID IT (it just wasn't located under the logical heading) AND WHATS WORSE? YOU KNOW THAT YOUR PAGE WOULD HAVE BEEN MUCH BETTER!!!

From saintgrizzly:
Taking a "quick look" at SP not when company's over, but using their computer when you're visiting THEM!


Thanks, everyone!


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Bob Sihler

Bob Sihler - Dec 20, 2007 8:48 pm - Hasn't voted

Re: :/

Thanks, Deb. Well, I certainly miss the hysterics from those threads, and not just from her! To be fair, though, I always thought she was nice and won't say anything bad beyond saying that that whole fiasco plain mystified me.

Hey, at least you and Dave know where to reach other!


MoapaPk - Dec 22, 2007 1:31 pm - Voted 10/10

Re: :/

Butterfly is gone! I liked her pictures, especially the aerial ones.


brendon - Dec 20, 2007 10:34 pm - Voted 10/10

Online now

I sometimes log out because that red "online now" label gets embarrassing. But I'm still here.

Bob Sihler

Bob Sihler - Dec 20, 2007 10:36 pm - Hasn't voted

Re: Online now

And now I'm busted, too. Perhaps I'll add your comment to the list!


Nanuls - Dec 21, 2007 7:49 am - Voted 10/10

That's me

bugger you've got me, I can't believe how much of that is true!

Nice one Bob!

Bob Sihler

Bob Sihler - Dec 21, 2007 4:58 pm - Hasn't voted

Re: That's me

Thank you, Dan. Yeah, i was getting a few laughs while writing this until I realized that so many things were based on what I actually do. Maybe this should be the next front-page poll and we can see which members really do have this addiction the worst!


mrh - Dec 22, 2007 3:34 am - Voted 10/10


Its funny because its true. My wife was once mildly interested in SP. Even has a profile. But I have learned to lay low at home with SP these days. Work has suffered a bit. All other productive personal aspects of my life have taken a hit. We need some sort of support group.

Bob Sihler

Bob Sihler - Dec 23, 2007 12:50 am - Hasn't voted

Re: true

My wife would beg to differ. She sometimes jokes about starting a support group for SP wives. At least I think she's joking.


Holsti97 - Dec 22, 2007 5:56 am - Hasn't voted

Summitpost isn't...

on my favorites list. It's my home page! When I was recently approached by a local bank to work part-time as an agriculture lender I agreed. (I was already spending 1-4 hours a day looking at Summitpost. I figured I could spend 4 hours a day looking at financial sheets and get paid. Now I spend less time on SP, but am earning enough money to pay for my climbing trips. I just get up earlier to read SP.) Funny stuff Bob. I am guilty of taking a quick look while company is over. Mel Torino lives!!

Bob Sihler

Bob Sihler - Dec 23, 2007 12:55 am - Hasn't voted

Re: Summitpost isn't...

I'm not sure I should be talking to you considering you're a Packers fan and I like the Cowboys, but I suppose I can show a little sportsmanship. So I see another person has discovered the purpose of work-- to pay for trips to the mountains. I bet we're not the only ones here.

Thanks for reading.


Nikolas_A - Dec 22, 2007 8:51 am - Hasn't voted

Ok, a few more...

• You don't have SP in your favorites because it's always in your address bar history and you can type in milliseconds anyway.
• You’ve climbed a mountain just to to be able to get it on SP
• You know what an Ivano Ghirardini route description looks like, or even what the "Chamonix Mafia" is...

Bob Sihler

Bob Sihler - Dec 23, 2007 12:56 am - Hasn't voted

Re: Ok, a few more...

Thanks-- when I get some time tomorrow, I'll make a section with yours and others' additions. I especially like the second one. I know I'm guilty of it.


tanya - Dec 22, 2007 8:54 am - Voted 10/10

Wonderful Writing...

You got my attention right from the start. ;)

Bob Sihler

Bob Sihler - Dec 23, 2007 12:57 am - Hasn't voted

Re: Wonderful Writing...

Well, I had to do something to get people to read on to the drivel after it!

vancouver islander

vancouver islander - Dec 22, 2007 12:38 pm - Voted 10/10

You must be trying to break the addiction...

The last 4 comments over a 5 hour span are still unanswered.

Hilariously accurate Bob. Guilty as charged on all except 2 counts - and I'm not saying which.

Thanks for brightening a rainy Saturday morning.

Ps who's Mel Torino?

Bob Sihler

Bob Sihler - Dec 23, 2007 1:00 am - Hasn't voted

Re: You must be trying to break the addiction...

Well, I was at the in-laws' most of the day and didn't dare sneak off to look for a computer. It seems I have found at least one thing more powerful than SP.

I'll search for the Mel threads and PM you the links. They were hilarious.

Bob Sihler

Bob Sihler - Dec 23, 2007 12:22 pm - Hasn't voted

Re: You forgot..

I'll soon add a section with people's additions, Fred.

I'll be in MT in July, actually from 6/30-7/21, the first half of it with my wife. I'll be at Mike's from the 11th through the 15th, which includes a weekend, so hopefully you and Tim and Vernon and some others can get out with us. After that, I'll be heading to the Gallatins before turning back to Great Falls and flying home.


jvarholak - Dec 22, 2007 6:44 pm - Hasn't voted

humor acheived

bob...your "attempt" at humor was wildly successful...i was both laughing and cringing at the same time...didn't realize that I had such a problem...i suppose, like many things, admitting it is the first admit hit it on the head...i'm curious long were you away from SP to pen your accurate prose??...shame on you for leaving us for even a moment :)
great fun to read....john

Bob Sihler

Bob Sihler - Dec 23, 2007 3:35 pm - Hasn't voted

Re: humor achieved

Thank you, John. I actually wrote this back in May or June (added a couple things before posting), but I wavered for a long time because I wondered if a lot of people would just think it was stupid. I'm glad to see that it's gotten some good feedback.

By the way, I haven't forgotten about our tentative plans for SNP, but I just haven't had the time to get out lately. I might sneal out tomorrow or Wednesday, the days that right now look the best of the week. I recently adopted the pages for Old Rag, Neighbor Mountain, and Knob Mountain, so I'd like to get some new shots to add to the pages. Tomorrow's unlikely since relatives will be over later in the day, but maybe Wednesday. How much advance notive do you need? And do you have any preferences among, or even interest in, those mountains? I would do Knob and Neighbor together, by the way.



jvarholak - Dec 24, 2007 9:20 am - Hasn't voted

Re: humor achieved

Certainly interested in Knob and Neighbor (sounds a bit "kinky" , not that there's anything wrong with that!! but I just don't roll that way :)....would you be accessing via jeremy's run and AT? 12/26 or 12/27 would be my only options this week....let me know and have a great Christmas.

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