Rahrah -- I concur that WWWH is not the first clue. The first clue is in the first stanza, and WWWH cannot be solved without it. I think most searchers spend an inordinate amount of time trying to decipher all the possible "meanings" of words in the poem, perhaps because they lack the imagination to come up with other approaches. An example of this sort of closed-minded thinking is that the "word that is key" must be one of the 166 words in the poem. I'm quite sure it isn't. Forrest has provided this keyword over a hundred times between the poem, TTOTC, TFTW, the Scrapbooks on HoD and the Weekly Words and Q&A here. It's hiding in plain sight, but no one sees it because they aren't "thinking" the right way. It's like that backwards bicycle video that Forrest gave the link for: to successfully ride it you have to retrain your brain.
Good luck with your search - I've nailed the first clue and have my solve....if the things I'm posting are of no use for you, just move on, others may find it helpful - and that's the point!
Thanks, Heidini. I will try to come up with some alternative ways to share information that might encourage searchers to think about the poem in new ways. Perhaps one tack to take would be to start enumerating all of the aberrations/anomalies in the books and Scrapbooks. Forrest has at one time or another suggested that searchers look for things that are different, odd, or just plain wrong. Does he only do this to see if people are paying attention, or are these hints to be deciphered? For instance (and this isn't anything new that I haven't shared before), Important Literature has Border's (sic), Borders and borderline biddies. It also has the erroneous storyline description of For Whom the Bell Tolls which is actually from A Farewell to Arms. Forrest is not so ignorant of Hemingway to make such a blunder. He did it deliberately. It's the searcher's task to figure out why.
Important Literature is an important chapter and it does help understand the solve. At least it does mine.
Post by zaphod73491 on Jun 25, 2017 17:04:31 GMT -5
Heidini: epiphanies are great! had my first (and most important one) a little over a year ago. Most everything I had done in the preceding year was an utter waste of time -- scouring thousands of 7.5-minute topo maps starting at the Canadian border in Montana and raster scanning my way east-west, north-to-south through the colored regions of Forrest's map, looking for anything that could be construed as a spot for WWWH, home of Brown, heavy loads, water high, blazes, canyons, etc. After probably a thousand hours of this I had made it to the southern third of Colorado when the epiphany came. It was a "why didn't I think of this earlier?" revelation. Perhaps yours is of the same flavor.
I guess I can say that the mind-numbing map exercise wasn't a complete waste because it gave me some rather comprehensive geography exposure to hundreds of thousands of square miles in the Rockies. In doing so, you discover just how many hot and warm springs there are in the Rockies, that none of them is really any more special than the others (Dal's Firehole and Gibbon intersection perhaps being a bit of an outlier), and therefore you could never single out one of them as being "special" and the clear, unambiguous choice for WWWH. It's missing the forest for the trees.
RahRah, I am glad you brought up this subject. nkown, the "heavy loads" has been on my mind since I was at Fennboree or should I say it has weighed on me. Tonight, I decided to look into what I believed it to be and I feel I was somewhat wrong. I told a few searchers what it was and they must of thought I was crazy. Sometimes I think I am.
"no paddle up your creek just heavy loads and water high"
Jean Baptiste Charbonneau the son of Sacajawea (boat pusher), a Shoshone, and her Métis French Canadian husband Toussaint Charbonneau, who worked as a trapper and interpreter looking for Lewis and Clark Expedition.
Jean was given the Shoshone name Pomp, meaning First Born. I was focused on french in the line. Baptiste is to baptize or the baptist of water high. Heavy loads could be interpreted as in one whom has not been baptized or young. Also look into heavy load in the religious connection. The name Jean, well I will let you all look into it further in french.
I am not going to explain all the dichotomy but I suggest do the research and you will understand my interpretation.