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BM 705 and 710 on the Eiger and Jungfrau Mountains.


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Apr 6, 1999
Well okay, so I didn't climb the Eiger or the Jungfrau, each of which are 13,000+ feet high. But my two European companions were clipped in my right and left pockets on the six hour cog-wheel train ride up the Jungfrau. If you're not familiar with these Swiss mountains, watch for Clint Eastwood's "The Eiger Sanction" or 007's "Her Majesty's Secret Service" on TNT or the like. These mountains were featured in both. Swiss engineering is truly a sight to behold, enough said.
While traveling a week before through the Umbrian and Tuscan regions of Italy, a friend was nearly pickpocketed in Florence when two young ladies pulled some gypsy crap on him and started dancing circles around him till he felt his hip pack being tugged upon. He simply yelled Italian obscenities at them and they ran for fear of the polizia hearing him. In Rome however, I was in Saint Peter's Basilica when two male pickpockets targeted my wife's camera bag on her shoulder. By this time I'd learned to watch for these hooligans and by the time they started to approach her, the BM 910 was in hand an ready to be opened. I never did open it; I think the mere fact that I saw them and they knew I saw them, and that I had the look of confidence of someone prepared made them change their minds. Other than that, Todi, Florence, Assissi, and Rome were beautiful. As were the towns I visited near Interlaken, Switzerland. Murren, a town accessed only be train as there is no road to the top, is where I picked up a Swiss Army Knife that is unlike any I've seen available in the states. It is one of the larger, sculpted handle types that you've probably seen, but it came with a wild variety of tools that were new ones on me. Anyway, I hope I haven't bored you to death, and it's nice to be back among you after fourteen days abroad. Viva USA! The mundane cutting tasks that the two axis locks saw didn't pose much of a challenge to them, but nonetheless they're holding up well. When and if I ever die, I'm opting for a tupperware coffin; someone will have to dig me up every five years and "burp" the seal. But I think I want to have my BM705 in there with me; I may need it where I may be going.


[This message has been edited by Professor (edited 08 June 1999).]