Torrey Pines - A Humorous Experience (DRAFT)
By Ramana Katragadda - March 14, 2008

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Dr. Dange Veerapaneni (former) and Dr. Prabhakar Tripuraneni (latter) have a strategy. They warm the new comer (guy) up the hill with a fictitious 10-minutes finishing time to the summit. After reaching the summit, the guy follows them on a winding dirt path after a brief water break under the illusion he is heading to the beach and the rest should be a piece of cake. Down the slope, steps, warnings from the latter on paying attention to each step, etc. Then comes, this 90 degree bend that requires a fast maneuver. They demonstrate this maneuver like a Shepard demonstrates a sheep herd by carrying one sheep over his shoulder across a bridge. They lead the guy down to a slippery slope to the "Black Rock" and they pause for a second followed by a praise of the ocean and its serenity. At this point in time, the guy thinks he is in heaven and curses himself for wasting all his life sleeping-in without realizing and enjoying the nature's beauty. He also feels his blood flow, being purified, mesmerized by his own hidden talent, cursing himself for being lazy, being irresponsible on not keeping up his body, and etc. The company of a scientist and a famous doctor what else could anyone ask for in life. He thinks he is finally blessed, his time has come, ...

Down the slope again with explanation on how the hill has been eroding, sand is disappearing/re-appearing. In this phase of the voyage, they begin cooking up some stories on the news of the week, etc. The strategy is to slow the guy down a bit and drum up his ego by sharing with him stories of all those bygone idiots (they do name the past mavericks) who couldn't meet their expectations. The guy begins to wonder that he must be better than those failed ones and a dangerous thought pops up in his brain, "If skinny Prabhakar Garu can hike, why can't I?". They manage to bring this guy to the altar, "Ground Zero". A water break. One interesting point the guy will notice during his later journeys is that the former most times doesn't carry water. The latter doesn't like to share and reluctantly performs the sharing act (this is the only incident I recognize them as best friends, because, the latter cares for the former and the former doesn't express any humility and such. This is as true as "Sun rises in the East and sets in the West").

At this point in time, they succeeded in prepping up the guy (meaning, the guy decided to hike on his own accord, no liabilities and etc). The former leads and the latter stays behind to the so called "Suicide Hill Hike" with the guy in the middle. The journey begins and the guy's heart begins to work. He notices the former with his body straight up and bulged calf muscles hiking with ease and the latter continues to leap forward. He manages the pace and enjoys the next few moments. A couple of clicks later he begins to feel guilty because he realizes that he is slowing down and it is effecting the latter. He begins to remember the stories they shared with him on "The Bygone Idiots". The reality sinks in, the only way is up, and he needs to hustle. He prays God, attempts to muster all the energy he could gather, but, the lungs and heart don't co-operate, body begins to loose balance and notices a loose concrete block in the path. He measures the block height 18" tall, he needs a break, but, can't take it because the latter is only an inch behind. He is desperate, begins to believe in himself, another prayer, legs and upper body begin to shake, eyes roll, nose is filled with mucus, realizes no facial tissue in his pocket, and keeps pushing. He reaches to a point and offers the latter to cross him. The latter denies the offer throwing him into further desperation. He takes a short break claiming that he needs to enjoy the scenery. The latter loses patience and moves forward. A few seconds later, the guy looks up, can't find the former and the latter is at a distance but, reachable because he has rested enough. He begins to hustle and slows down after taking a few quick steps. The former returns to a point so he can be seen again. The latter reaches the former and continues further, and the guy realizes he needs to cover a lot more hill. The latter joins the former and both of them looking down at the guy. The guy begins to worry, "Am I one of those bygone idiots?", Convinces himself that this is his first attempt and his performance must be acceptable. Finally he reaches the summit, acknowledges that it was indeed strenuous and enjoys the fake praises (he realizes this in his future hikes). The guy wonders why they call the hill, "Suicide Hill". He fearfully confirms the reason for the name when the former tricks him in the absence of the latter during a later hike.


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