Standing on the summit with my hand on the trig pillar, I called out (softly -- I'm not that big on display, you know), "Venture Crew 699: Rougher! Tougher! Buffer!" So, that old score is settled.
It's a shame that I only came up with the great motto after our Crew had died. I still think it would make a good t-shirt slogan. And, of course, as the increasingly debilitated Advisor, my t-shirt should describe me as a ROUGHER TOUGHER BUFFER DUFFER.
And here's another little saying, with which I comforted several others who were struggling up the mountain: The agony lasts for but a day, the braggin' rights endure for ever.
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Deanne, I'll call you, cell to cell, when I land in Philly on Saturday.