Friday, May 8, 2015

Goodbye and Hello.

I'm done with this.  I can't take one more minute of Cheryl Strayed. 

There are so many other stupid things I could be addressing, and it's time I start.  You can find me over here from time to time:

But wait-- there's one more link to click:

It's been a good ride, friends.  It's time to move on.

Thank you for reading.  I'll catch you on the flip side.



  1. Just found this article: [Differences Between a Psychopath vs Sociopath] Here's a quote, but I have no comment:
    The common features of a psychopath and sociopath lie in their shared diagnosis — antisocial personality disorder. The DSM-5 defines antisocial personality as someone have 3 or more of the following traits:
    1. Regularly breaks or flaunts the law
    2. Constantly lies and deceives others
    3. Is impulsive and doesn’t plan ahead
    4. Can be prone to fighting and aggressiveness [my note: or sexual promiscuity]
    5. Has little regard for the safety of others
    6. Irresponsible, can’t meet financial obligations
    7. Doesn’t feel remorse or guilt

    Symptoms start before age 15, so by the time a person is an adult, they are well on their way to becoming a psychopath or sociopath.

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    An interview with the ex-husband, seems to support the heroin part of the story a bit (or at least living with a drug user boyfriend). Also a few pics of her back in the day as well. Dailymail isn't really a respected journalistic source but it does seem to back up some parts.

    1. also in the link is a pic of one of the TYB

    2. The TYB refuse to be interviewed for reasons unexplained. Look into it.

      Also, her ex-husband is a tool and is undoubtedly getting paid for his interviews. Let's just all bend over and accept whatever comes our way. Please.

  4. A post recently showed up on one of the PCT FB pages that showed a photo of Cheryl's actual registry entry written in the Diamond Lake Resort PCT log on August 22, 1995. You can go to the Diamond Lake Resort FB page (public) and scroll down to the photo (posted May 10) to see exactly what she wrote. Per the comments the Cheryl fans think its "really cool", but this actually proves Cheryl didn't hike from Crater Lake to Diamond Lake. In the book Cheryl is vague about dates, but she does mention where she is on August 18th, then reaching Crater Lake on a Saturday and being stuck there until Monday because the post office is closed and she has to wait for her box. Google an August 1995 Calendar and you will see that August 18 is a Friday and August 22 is Tuesday, so per her book she is hanging out at Crater Lake on Saturday, then per her log post she meets some kindred spirits and takes a two day side trip to Umpqua Hot Springs (Sunday and Monday??) and is Hanging out with some guy at Diamond Lake on Tuesday. Diamond Lake is over 20 miles from Crater Lake (27 miles if she was to continue from Mazama campground) so if she'd hanging at Crater Lake on Saturday, doing the side trip with the kindred spirits on Sunday and Monday, and hanging out at Diamond Lake on Tuesday, when did she hike the 20+ miles??

  5. I was also looking at the dates from Ashland to Crater lake; Jerry Garcia died on August 9th, lets just give the Ashland deadheads credit and say they got their shit together and got the memorial set on the 10th. Cheryl meets Wilco boy on the 10th, goes to his club on the 11th, and goes to the beach with him on the 12th, so she would be leaving Ashland on the 13th. She reaches Mazama campground on Friday the 18th, so if she actually hiked the trail from I-5 south of Ashland to Mazama Campground, that would be 106 miles in 6 days (average 18 miles per day). Totally do-able for a real long distance hiker, but this is Cheryl, and she even mentions taking short mileage days during this time. My belief is Wilco boy drove her to the PCT crossing at Highway 66 or Dead Indian Rd (both an easy drive out of Ashland), skipping 18 or 42 miles in Oregon section B. I don't have a problem with a hiker skipping miles as long as they are honest about it, I even had a sorta long hike but meeting cool people and taking side trips and partying to much summer once, but I never claimed that I was hiking the whole time.

    1. So actually, a lot of Deadheads organized memorials for the night he died. I went to one such same-day gathering in Phoenix. I am NOT here to defend Cheryl, just trying to help with fact checking. I read the horrible book but can't remember exactly what she said about the Garcia day, but in real life I know the communities did get stuff togetherfor that night.

  6. Cali, I am glad, for your sake, that you decided to move on! TamiJo, I live in Portland, and the Cheryl-worship is strong up here. I've almost given up pointing out her many inaccuracies, as literally EVERYONE seems to be sympathetic to her. I just got back from my annual grand canyon hiking vacation, and boy, that absolutely did the trick to wash Cheryl's lies, exaggerations, and narcissism out of my head. I feel good, and I am glad that Cali is moving on, too!

  7. Thanks for all the laughter and pain along the way, Erin, best of everything to you!

  8. So I am doing this all backwards, obviously. The short version: last summer I was visiting college friends in San Diego. My friend Laura had met Erin through her friend Alison, who found her through this blog. And thus it was that I found myself drinking a blackberry sage cocktail and hanging with Erin in real life (and also the recipient of one of her way cool cards). We've been in touch ever since, but I am just now getting around to reading the blog. Suffice it to say I devoured the Wild parts (book and movie both) in about three hours, including the obligatory yells to my husband (ZOMG you have to hear THIS!). I love knowing how this all started almost as much as I appreciate you as a friend. Mushy stuff.

  9. I cannot comprehend why someone would dedicate to much of her life to hating something. It seems so personal and I was curious to find the key to what it is about Cheryl Strayed that prods you so much. I couldn't read more than two of the bog posts because they were so dull. Then I read your profile. Your favourite books include "The Fountainhead"? Right, it all makes sense now.