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[Tephra Rising] Sunday, June 22, 2008 3:53:39 PM 
My book is self-published.  I did look into getting an ISBN number which is a national registry code to get wider distribution, but felt like that it would become too corporate.  This was something I wanted to have 100% say in how it got produced, distributed, etc.  To be honest, it's pretty much a local topic and I am not sure that it would do all that well outside of Central Oregon.  I have managed to sell around 200 copies which is about 199 more than I imagined I would ever sell, so I think I've done all right with it.  The book itself is only about 40 pages long but makes a nice evening read with a beer, glass of wine, whatever. 
[joedraper] Sunday, June 22, 2008 3:50:56 PM 
Wow! that is increadible! I find volcanoes really interesting too. I watch as many documentaries on them as I can, considering the closest volcano I could get to is in Namibia so national geographic will have to do for me. I think to have witnessed Mount St Helens go up... speechless. An experience that will stay with you forever I'll bet.

Have you approached a publisher about getting your book more widely distributed?

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[Tephra Rising] Sunday, June 22, 2008 3:50:06 PM 
Most of the time the summers are pretty hot (it's desert, remember).  The Cascades shield us from most of the rain that comes in from the Pacific.  Last July 4th it got up to 103 here so yes, it does get pretty toasty.  Another benefit of living here is that when it does get too hot you can escape up in the mountains where it's cooler.  Also we don't have the humidity either so that makes it nice.

Listen, I have been sitting at this computer all day so I think I am going to get outside for a little bit.  I'll talk to you in a while, OK?
[spapad] Sunday, June 22, 2008 3:47:18 PM 
Sounds fun, is it atleast warm in summer there? By warm I mean above 80.
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[spapad] Sunday, June 22, 2008 3:45:37 PM 
Ooops, forgot. I am from a bodaciously small town called Bluefield, VA. There is also a Bluefield, WV which is now almost empty since "King Coal" does not work out so well for the area anymore. The business is still booming but with automated systems being in place there are less jobs. The railroad is a good job if you can stomach being called out at anytime of day or night. I used to date an engineer for years and he seemed like the crabbiest person in the world sometimes.
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[Tephra Rising] Sunday, June 22, 2008 3:40:47 PM 

Yeah, if I had to claim two religions one would be Judas Priest heavy metal and the other would be climbing volcanoes.  The Cascades have about a dozen smoking guns that run in a north-south line from the Canadian border down through Washington State and Oregon and into Northern California. I have climbed about half of them.  Mount Saint Helens is the most famous of these, erupted in 1980.  I got to watch it go off which was one of the most incredible things I have ever seen.

My favorite peak to climb is South Sister (of a closely-knit group called the Three Sisters) which I climb at least once every summer.  Even wrote a short, handwritten book about it which got some local interest.

[joedraper] Sunday, June 22, 2008 3:36:49 PM 

We do indeed have Lesotho surrounded! lol another very beautiful place should you ever get to see it.

However, sound like you live in paradise!  I hear what you're saying about the wrong kinds of people moving into the area, that can really put a bummer on things. Don't give up on owning your own house there one day, I believe everything is possible eventually. We've also got horrific housing prices too at the moment but our housing market is about to collapse and housing will become cheaper pretty soon from now. \

Are you really a mountain climber? That is so cool!! I'm more into hiking, we never had anything major to climb nearby but we've got some killer hiking trails around

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[spapad] Sunday, June 22, 2008 3:35:30 PM 
My daughter is 11 this year, she is a January baby too. My birthday is Nov. 6. Yes a terrible scorpian person, LOL
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[Tephra Rising] Sunday, June 22, 2008 3:30:18 PM 
Never mind, I see you got it.
[spapad] Sunday, June 22, 2008 3:30:15 PM 
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[spapad] Sunday, June 22, 2008 3:29:46 PM 
Across the border in WV there is an entire county (pretty much) filled with crackheads. Anytime someone says they are from the "County" you know what county they mean. I have never even drove to that county and it is only about 40 minutes away. I just don't want to see it at all. I'm actually proud I have never been there.
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[Tephra Rising] Sunday, June 22, 2008 3:27:06 PM 
Spa, I sent you a private get it yet???
[Tephra Rising] Sunday, June 22, 2008 3:25:21 PM 
Central Oregon used to be that way.  Sadly, a little paranoia these days doesn't hurt (meaning all house and car doors stay locked).  We've got gangs and meth users slithering their way in here......sadly, US Highway 97 (the main north-south route through this area) has become a major traffic route for meth dealers.  Most of the felony arrests in this county are meth-related.  It's sickening.  Especially in such a beautiful place like this.
[spapad] Sunday, June 22, 2008 3:22:27 PM 
I live in a place I feel clueless when a new person moves here. Why would they do it? I'm lucky to have a job in this area and I cant understand anyone moving here. I must admit though I have move away a few times and miss it when I'm not here, but wow it takes some getting used to once you get into the faster paced lifestlye of other places. It is a good place to let my daughter grow up. Around here you can still leave your door unlocked and the chances of something happening are as great as being struck by lightining.
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[Tephra Rising] Sunday, June 22, 2008 3:16:22 PM 
Well if it makes you feel any better, I could always identify South Africa on the map as the country with the "hole" in it (that hole being Lesotho which I think is the only country in the world completely surrounded by another one).

Anyway........I live in Central Oregon which is a beautiful place, a combination of pine forests topped by high, snowcapped dormant volcanoes, wild rivers and high desert.  Big mecca for skiers, mountain bikers, hikers and mountain climbers (I'm in that last category).  Unfortunately all this natural beauty has its's currently America's most over-priced housing market (which is why I will probably never be able to afford my own home here) and all the wrong kinds of people are moving here (and they keep on coming).  But I consider it home, have moved away twice and regretted the move both times, so here I stay.
[joedraper] Sunday, June 22, 2008 3:07:25 PM 
Pleased to meet you too Tephra! Yes, you stayed awake during that geography class (lol) we're in mid winter according to the solstice. We should start warming up but we actaully get the worst of it now. Sometimes it rains for up to a week at a time. Not cool when you've got kids who get cabin fever from not going outdoors.
[Tephra Rising] Sunday, June 22, 2008 3:01:54 PM 
Well, nice to meet you Joe.  If I remember from not falling asleep too many times in geography're having winter right now, right?
[joedraper] Sunday, June 22, 2008 2:59:31 PM 
I"m in Africa (south africa to be precise) I'm with you on the global warming thing.. winters this cold in Africa? lol.
In Cape Town (where I live) we have a mediterranean climate so we get all our rain in winter. We get snow but only very inland and on our mountain peaks. Even on the peaks is too close to me.. my house is surrounded by fecking mountains.. actually, it's a very beautiful place to live in.
[spapad] Sunday, June 22, 2008 2:52:14 PM 
Snow? Two weeks ago? I thought were I lived got cold. I'll take it anyday. I was born for palm trees not pine trees.
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[Tephra Rising] Sunday, June 22, 2008 2:46:49 PM 
Yeah, I am wondering about my climbing plans this year.  I probably won't get to climb South Sister (local volcano which I always climb every year) until at least late July.  Then I am headed to Mt. Baker in the Washington Cascades to climb it in August.   I am ready for summer.
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