I’m at a loss for words here:
Everybody’s doing it:
Reader Notes: Those things are Pilates bands, right? And short-roping, that’s a reference to a mountain climbing technique that has the struggling, inexperienced client getting a tow* to the top, ala Lopsang Jangbu Sherpa and rich MTV Wife Sandy Pittman / Sandy Hill on Mount Everest back in 1996.
ASSIGNMENT DESK: Go up to these people and say, “I’m CW Nevius, a semi-retired reporter for the San Francisco Chronicle, and I ask you just what the heck is going on** here?” And the bit will write itself.
If only somebody cared enough to force me tow them around GGP, I’d be less overweight in no time…
*The question is why. Whether he thought he was going to get a cash bonus for getting Pittman atop Everest is lost in the pages of History.
**Maybe this has already been done and my vocabulary is simply too limited for me to discover what this thing is called…