There’s a HoJo’s at 20,000 feet…

May 16, 2011

Blog Guy, I see you’re finally back from vacation. So now can you tell us where you really went?

Yes. My pal Apa Sherpa and I went up Mount Everest. It was his 21st time, so it was a big deal.

You went with that guy they call Super Sherpa? All the way to the summit?

Yeah. These days, it isn’t as hard as you might imagine. I drove him, while he waved at crowds on the way up. Here we are at 10,000 feet, I believe.

Wait a minute. You can DRIVE up Everest now?

Not all the way, but just to the parking lot where the express elevators start.

But that’s supposed to be quite a feat, reaching the top of Everest. Isn’t it difficult to breathe up there?

Nah, the air conditioning pretty much takes care of that. It is quite an amazing view from the observation windows, though.

Air conditioning? So you were on top of the world and you didn’t even open a window?

Of course we did. How do you think we threw out our beer cans and cheeseburger wrappers?

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Top: Apa Sherpa, who broke his own record and climbed Mount Everest for the 20th time, waves to the media after arriving from the Everest region, in Kathmandu, May 25, 2010. REUTERS/Gopal Chitrakar

Right: Mount Everest, the highest peak in the world, with an altitude of 29,028 feet, is seen from a passenger aircraft flying over Nepal, November 9, 2008. REUTERS/Desmond Boylan

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Funny you should mention trash. I helped sponsor a guy who was part of a project to clean up Everest base-camp and the first staging-post up the mountain, as over the years, there is an amazing amount of junk, clothing, equipment, and, well, bits of people who didn’t make it, that has built up. Over a two month period, they removed 5 tons of stuff. And that was really only the beginning.

Posted by Nosmo_King | Report as abusive

Welcome back, BG. So, did the express elevator do a “Tower of Terror” on its descent?

Posted by skeres | Report as abusive

Geez, Guys. Hasn’t everybody heard of the Camper’s Creed of “Packed it in? Pack it out!” How do you say that in “Sherpa-nese?”

Posted by Moonshine | Report as abusive

I want to know what a HoJo is..

Posted by Shra | Report as abusive

@Shra: It’s a Howard Johnson’s – America’s contribution to global obesity in the 60’s.

Posted by AllThatJazz | Report as abusive

Or maybe it’s a hooker named Jo? I guess either one could apply…

Posted by AllThatJazz | Report as abusive

I thought pic 1 was of the POTUS! I need my dose of Nuvigil! STAT!

Posted by uncarastus | Report as abusive

Imma let you finish…I thought HoJo was a eupemism for J Lo.

Doesn’t that photo of Everest look like a wad of aluminum foil?

Posted by KWest | Report as abusive

Sheesh, a lot of people need more donuts on this fine Monday.

Posted by Dave_not_dave | Report as abusive

KWest, yes, it does! After I have cleaned my BBQ grill with it! However, I always place my used aluminum foil in the recycling bin, which Mr Blog Guy never thought of doing, hence the photo! That is a huge trash pile, Mr B! Think of the children!!!

Posted by uncarastus | Report as abusive

There is a song that I am reminded of with the title, ‘There’s a HoJo’s at 20,000 feet!’ Here! Hear! Enjoy! And don’t forget to have your box of Kleenex nearby!

John Prine, singing Sam Stone: Oo&feature=related

Kind of related to the Qat post, also.

Posted by uncarastus | Report as abusive

There are some scary photos of the Everest camps, covered in waste oxygen bottles and the like. People, pah.

Posted by CrowGirl | Report as abusive

Mr. Sherpa may be smiling, but that’s just because he’s one tough hombre. When they get to base camp, he’s carrying the car the rest of the way.

Posted by flamenquito | Report as abusive

@jclimacus: hooray for tinfoil clothes!

@Shra(and Spin) Howard Johnson’s was also a motel. But who cared? Once you set eyes upon their ice cream sundae that arrived in what appeared to be a brandy snifter, snuggled under gooey hot chocolate, wrapped in fluffy whipped cream, highlighted with chopped nuts and topped with a cherry, your thoughts stayed with the ice cream!

I remember a date night there for ice cream and we had one of the best waitresses ever. Good waitress, good ice cream and a nice date. Ah memories!

Posted by Onedoor | Report as abusive

Okay Spin, now I’m intrigued. Crazy plants? Do tell…

Posted by CrowGirl | Report as abusive

@Spin: I’m not sure either! Maybe I was thinking I hadn’t been in touch with you and Shra for a while. Worked out rather well, though. We’d have never known you grew up in a Howard Johnson’s Jungle!

@jazz: thanks for tripping my memory of Ho Jo’s ice cream.

Posted by Onedoor | Report as abusive

I am craving icecream already!

Posted by Shra | Report as abusive

My favourite as a kid
Was Orange Candy
on a stick!

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