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Re: The funny/strange/interesting pictures thread

September 23, 2012, 12:50:12 PM
Re: Everest Base Camp trek - Nepal TR 42. First view of Everest! (the bump in the middle)
43. Namche.
44. The view from our hotel room

September 27, 2012, 05:16:29 PM
Re: Everest Base Camp trek - Nepal TR 45. Face to face with our first Yak
46. A game of soccer at 3,500 meters

September 27, 2012, 05:20:52 PM
Re: Everest Base Camp trek - Nepal TR
Day 5 – Sunday
Namche (3,440m) – Tengboche (3,867m)

Early Sunday morning we left our “luxury” hotel and were on our way. The views today were different then last weeks, last week were hiking down in the valley, now we were on the ridge so we had a much better view of the surrounding mountains.

Even though we could still see Mt. Everest in the background, the most prominent mountain on the “skyline” for the next few days was Ama Dablam (6,812m). Although it’s nowhere near as high as Mt. Everest, its double peak causes it to stand out much more, and in my humble opinion it is by far the nicest mountain in the area.

As soon as we were out of Namche we ran into “traffic”, the Nepali army was doing exercises on the path ahead, we all stood to the side as 30 soldiers ran past us down the path, then continued along the ridge.

During the walk we came to a fork in the road with a roadside pointing towards the local school. This school was the only one for a few days distance, and during the mornings of our trek it was a common sight seeing Nepali kids with their backpacks during their 3-4-5 hour walk to school (try telling that to your kids when they complain school’s too hard).

After 3-4 hours of walking on the ridge we descended down to the valley, there near the river was a small guesthouse where we stopped for lunch. As we were waiting for the kitchen staff to finish making lunch, I felt the call of nature. I asked the guide where the closest restroom was and he pointed me to a room in the guesthouse. I guess after being spoiled by “sitting” toilets in our last few camps I wasn’t expecting the sight. The room was completely bare save for a hole in the wooden floor that led to a room in the basement. I never saw a “squatting” toilet before and wasn’t sure how to use one so I decided to pass. After we finished lunch I couldn’t ignore my body any longer and so went my “initiation” into trekkers’ reality.

After a small break we crossed the river on a rickety bridge and started climbing up every inch we gained going down then some :( . We got to the top and passed a nice arch into the town of Tengboche, a really nice town with a stunning view of Everest. We arrived at our camp (the first one with our “Rocket Tent”) and had some tea. After we settled in, the guide suggested we visit the famous “Tengboche Monastery”. Some of the guys went, I wasn’t sure of the Avoda Zarah aspects of it so I passed.

While on the subject, most people think Avodah zarah is something in Seforim and history books, in Nepal it’s day-to-day life. Throughout the trek we came across Avodah Zara on every step, literally על ההרים הרמים ועל הגבעות ותחת כל עץ רענן. All the pretty flags you might see in the pictures are sacred prayer flags. On every path we took there would be a pile of stones that the locals would make sure to go around counter-clockwise. In the beginning I would make it a point to go clockwise because of Chukos Hagoyim, when I realized that  I was attracting stares I decided to just take the shortest way around regardless of the direction (that’s what most foreigners would do).

When the guys came back from their tour they brought back a surprise from one of the local shops: Pringles! We enjoyed a taste of home while waiting for our supper.

At night it got really chilly and for the first time we ate supper in our down coats. After supper as usual the kitchen staff filled our water bottles with boiled water (the local water had to be sterilized to make it potable, and after every meal we would fill our water bottle with freshly boiled water), our guide suggested we keep the hot water bottles with us in our sleeping bags to help keep warm. Though I did feel bad for anyone who would have to wake up for the bathroom in middle of the night…

October 03, 2012, 10:24:54 PM
Re: Everest Base Camp trek - Nepal TR Views from the days hike
49. Everest (the little bump in the middle) surrounded by Nuptse and Lhotse
50. Ama Dablam

October 03, 2012, 10:28:41 PM
Re: Everest Base Camp trek - Nepal TR 53. Tengbuche (Everest is in the back)
54. Another angle

October 03, 2012, 10:31:32 PM
Re: Everest Base Camp trek - Nepal TR 60. Crossing a small river
61. Yaks

October 12, 2012, 03:20:24 PM
Re: Everest Base Camp trek - Nepal TR 66. Our Mess tent in Dingboche (the white dome in the background are all Avoda Zarah.)
67. The view from the hike
68. Our guide practicing his rock climbing (note all the prayer flags)

October 18, 2012, 08:21:39 AM
Re: Everest Base Camp trek - Nepal TR 71. Davening in Dingboche
72. walking with our kitchen
73. A nice mountain on the way (shoot me if I remember the names of all these mountains)

October 18, 2012, 03:08:58 PM
Re: Everest Base Camp trek - Nepal TR 80. The Khumbu Glacier
81. Views from the glcier
82. Mt. Everest

October 19, 2012, 10:06:11 AM
Re: Everest Base Camp trek - Nepal TR 87. Ice formations
88. The Khumbu ice falls, where most climbers start their climb of Mt. Everest (and the most dangerous part of the climb)

October 19, 2012, 10:11:27 AM
Re: Everest Base Camp trek - Nepal TR 92. Climbing up kala Pattar
93. The view from the way up (I think this mountain is called Pumori)

October 22, 2012, 08:54:13 AM
Re: Everest Base Camp trek - Nepal TR 94. At the top!
95. Mount Everest on the left
96. Kala Pattar

October 22, 2012, 08:57:06 AM
Re: Everest Base Camp trek - Nepal TR 97. Kiddush Leanah at 4,930m
98-99. Lhotse by moonlight

October 22, 2012, 12:32:16 PM
Re: Everest Base Camp trek - Nepal TR 100. Starting the way down
101. A green Valley...
102. ..with Yaks grazing by the brook

October 23, 2012, 08:54:40 AM
Re: Everest Base Camp trek - Nepal TR 103. Wherever you go there's Coke and Chabad :))
104. Some Nepali kids paying a game I couldn't pick up, note the girl holding the bassinet on her head.. a mini porter

October 23, 2012, 08:56:11 AM
Re: Everest Base Camp trek - Nepal TR 105. Traffic jam on a narrow bridge
106. A game of Volley
107. Ama Dablam at sunset

October 23, 2012, 08:57:26 AM
Re: Everest Base Camp trek - Nepal TR 108. A sign asking people to take part of a study. look at the compensation offered :)
109. Just a nice pic I took and posted just because

October 23, 2012, 01:58:19 PM
Re: Everest Base Camp trek - Nepal TR 116. The view from Namche
117. Namche

October 23, 2012, 09:49:02 PM
Re: Random Posts Should we be giving out prizes whenever we catch members doing this?

 njben    08:34:25 am    Searching the forum.
:P :P :P

November 02, 2012, 08:40:57 AM
Re: The funny/strange/interesting pictures thread
November 05, 2012, 08:33:17 PM
Re: Did You Get The Flu Vaccine This Winter?
Some hospitals require employees to get shots and even provide it for them. A hospital is there to TRY and make money, so I do not see the point in spending money on vaccines if they do not truly find them effective. I think the cost provides them with the benefit that they know it will keep their patients from acquiring it from the staff (which they will have to pay out of pocket because it is hospital acquired).
Reminds me of this xkcd:

January 29, 2013, 09:48:15 PM
Re: jokes, any type goes.Whats the difference between mashed potatoes, and pea soup? Here it is:
I took out the redundant parts ;D

February 14, 2013, 07:21:04 PM
Re: The funny/strange/interesting pictures thread
March 14, 2013, 12:29:31 PM
Re: Gentlemen: Charge your shavers! A Chassidishe Ma'aseh just to stir the pot  8)
A few American boys once approached Reb Itche Masmid (A Chossid of the Rebbe Rayatz who came to America to collect money/distribute Chassidus), asking him if they can shave during the 9 days Lekovod Shabbos. He looked at them and said "Lekovod Shabbos?! It's Lekovod yourselves! Shabbos doesn't want you to shave!"

April 25, 2013, 05:44:31 PM
Re: Alaska Master Thread
Wow, this really gives a sense of the sheer size of Alaska:

They say a Texans' biggest fear is that they'll decide to split Alaska in 2, making Texas the 3rd biggest state...

May 05, 2013, 07:24:32 AM
Re: Redeeming miles for concord flights
When it opens I'll think about it.

BTW sorry OP for hi-jacking the thread.
To bring it back on-topic. Yankel Miller says he was once in London and got an emergency call for a Levaya so he had to take a Concord flight. He landed before the Petirah :))

June 13, 2013, 05:47:58 PM
5 Towns/Rockaway Master Thread I find it kinda hard to believe that this thread doesn't exist yet, but that seems to be the situation so I guess I'll start it.
October 02, 2013, 09:45:07 PM
Re: "Ex-Hasidic Woman Marks Five Years Since She Shaved Her Head"
Btw my wifes was taught that the reason why married women cover their hair is because now the hair is special only for the husband, and not for others. This explains how hair can all of a sudden turn into an erva.
I like this explanation, I wonder how the shavers/extreme coverers explain it.
As per how R' Cheikin taught us, that is a cutesy rational meant to make the Mitzvah more pleasant, but has no bearing to the actual observance of the Mitzvah, much like saying that keeping Kosher helps us stay healthy and keeping Taharas Hamishpachah helps our Shalom Bayis...

November 15, 2013, 12:07:09 PM
Re: Chabad Minhagim: Pros & Cons

Am I the only one who finds Photoshopping pictures of Gedolim like that to be nauseating?

January 21, 2014, 08:45:30 AM
Re: Jokes. Any type goes. Whats the difference between mashed potatoes, and pea soup?
Why does the litvishe megilla take so long? Cuz every time it says etz they bang
In Bney Brak when it came to Shiduchim they used to ask השמנה היא עם רזה? Now they ask היש בה עץ אם אין?

March 18, 2014, 11:22:44 AM
Re: Jokes. Any type goes. Whats the difference between mashed potatoes, and pea soup?
Could of had any number of legs.
If it had any other number of legs and lost 2 it wouldn't have 4 legs left. Basic subtraction man ::)

March 26, 2014, 12:51:50 PM
Re: Stuff Your Kid Tells You
and...? :P
He's almost ready to get tested on Bosor B'cholov already... :P

August 12, 2014, 08:28:04 PM
Re: Random Posts For Non-Meshugeners I would like to start the year by asking all for my DDF friends' Mechillah for giving them a small Machashavah Zarah during the Seder  Ho'Avodah today... :P
October 04, 2014, 08:50:53 PM
Re: Why I Hate USPS
takes the cake - this was a check i sent, LA to LA

And I thought mine was bad when a delivery NJ-Brooklyn took a shortcut through Anchorage...

November 14, 2014, 09:25:01 AM
Re: Teton National Park and Yellowstone National Park
Just want to confirm, that it is kids accessible "even with a stroller" Also, is it safe with all the wildlife there?
Much of Yellowstone is stroller accessible.

You should be fine with the wildlife as long as you don't do anything stupid (read: taking a selfy while riding on the back of a bison is NOT a good idea...)

January 08, 2015, 09:58:48 AM
Re: Hishtadlus and the games we play... My Mashpia would always say "מען דארף אופהערן פארלאזן זיך אויף ניסים, מען דארף נעמען זאגן תהילים" (We have to stop relying on miracles, it's time to start saying Tehillim)
February 09, 2015, 09:48:46 AM
Re: Did you know.... Interesting facts ...Nixon's staffers had a speech prepared in case something went wrong with Apollo 11 stranding Armstrong and Aldrin on the moon? It was discovered in 1999 and is sometimes called "The greatest speech never given".


    To: H. R. Haldeman
    From: Bill Safire

    July 18, 1969.



    Fate has ordained that the men who went to the moon to explore in peace will stay on the moon to rest in peace.

    These brave men, Neil Armstrong and Edwin Aldrin, know that there is no hope for their recovery. But they also know that there is hope for mankind in their sacrifice.

    These two men are laying down their lives in mankind's most noble goal: the search for truth and understanding.

    They will be mourned by their families and friends; they will be mourned by the nation; they will be mourned by the people of the world; they will be mourned by a Mother Earth that dared send two of her sons into the unknown.

    In their exploration, they stirred the people of the world to feel as one; in their sacrifice, they bind more tightly the brotherhood of man.

    In ancient days, men looked at the stars and saw their heroes in the constellations. In modern times, we do much the same, but our heroes are epic men of flesh and blood.

    Others will follow, and surely find their way home. Man's search will not be denied. But these men were the first, and they will remain the foremost in our hearts.

    For every human being who looks up at the moon in the nights to come will know that there is some corner of another world that is forever mankind.


    The President should telephone each of the widows-to-be.


    A clergyman should adopt the same procedure as a burial at sea, commending their souls to "the deepest of the deep," concluding with the Lord's Prayer.

February 09, 2015, 10:37:39 AM
Re: The truth about children - Warning: Controversial
February 23, 2015, 06:22:38 PM
Re: How Many Posts Does It Take to Get to the Center of a Tootsie Roll Pop?
I guess post counts do mean something to some here.  :)

They mean enough to make one member I know cry...

Some of us can only dream about 10/20k post. For CM I know it will never happen.  :'(

March 16, 2015, 05:41:45 PM
Re: Top Reasons To Go OTD
-1 to your -1
The only Heter was to make a new category called Cholov Stam, but everyone agrees Cholov Akum is Assur.

March 23, 2015, 07:10:23 AM
Re: Top Reasons To Go OTD
No need, I know plenty of people On The Derech who are clueless when it comes to Dikduk...

March 26, 2015, 09:14:26 PM
Re: Random Posts If your home for pesach - Chag kosher visameach!

If your by your in-laws- Chag kosher! (It prob won't b sameach)

If your by a hotel - Chag sameach!
(It prob won't b kosher)

If your at a hotel with your in-laws- Chag!

April 03, 2015, 06:01:28 PM
Re: The funny/strange/interesting pictures thread
April 30, 2015, 01:31:22 PM
Re: Lakewood Shabbos rally
The so called experts had their chance and failed miserably, now its time to isolate them
Maybe that is the problem? That the 99% sit and think "let the experts take care of it"? This is not a problem of experts, this is a problem of Klal Yisrael, they are all our children...

May 17, 2015, 07:31:55 PM
Re: Airbus vs Boeing
True, but the question is, what do you fly when you're using a fight simulator.
F-22 8)

July 02, 2015, 10:34:38 PM
Re: Did you know.... Interesting facts ...the Wright Brothers’ first flight was shorter than the wingspan of an A380?
August 04, 2015, 05:18:22 PM
Re: Donate To Wikipedia
Nice! Was it really that often that you used it?
I use it constantly, it's my brain extension. It's the reason my apparent IQ drops 10 points every Shabbos... :P

December 06, 2015, 07:28:38 AM
Re: Pictures taken from or on the plane/airports (only taken yourself) Couldn't get a normal picture, but I just saw 2 of these land at JFK.

June 05, 2016, 11:51:34 AM
Re: Ex Gingi Farbrengen DO
I guess reports of your demise were premature!
The @mention brought me back to life ;)

December 27, 2017, 09:40:25 PM