Thursday, March 09, 2006

It's only just a crush, it'll go away
It's just like all the others it'll go away
Or maybe this is danger and you just don't know
You pray it

You pray it all away but it continues to grow

Thanks, Eck, for that tune. It is rapidly climbing the "most played" playlist on the dude's ipod.

There's a buttload of gangs at this school. This one gang kept wanting me to join because I'm pretty good with a bo staff.

Stay home and eat all the freakin' chips, Kip.

Napoleon, don't be jealous that I've been chatting online with babes all day.
Besides, we both know that I'm training to be a cage fighter.

Since when, Kip? You have the worst reflexes of all time.

Try and hit me, Napoleon.


I said come down here and see what happens.

{By the by, you have no idea how steep this actually is. None. Think standing on the side of a high-rise, Spidey-style.}

Do you think people will vote for me?

Heck yes! I'd vote for you.

Like what are my skills?

Well, you have a sweet bike. And you're really good at hooking up with chicks. Plus you're like the only guy at school who has a mustache.

Dang! You got shocks, pegs... lucky! You ever take it off any sweet jumps?


I'm kinda struggling with that self-imposed moratorium.

After much consideration, I had to share this story...

See that?

That is a ski-patrol rescue sled. If you get hurt on the mountain and cannot get down, ski patrollers come and get you, tie you to that toboggan and tow you down the hill.

So, I'm sure you're wondering, "What is that rescue sled doing in that tree?"

Funny you should ask.

This is right below the back side of Lone Peak; the terminus of the tram.

It is at the top of the Shedhorn lift, where the lifty shack is a squat, concrete structure.

So, why is the sled in the tree, and why would the lifty shack be a squat concrete structure?

Avalanche, that's why.

A few years back, there was a huge avalanche from the Dictator Chutes, which loom over the Shedhorn lift shaq.

It wiped out the wooden lifty shaQ, the lift itself, and deposited that sled 8 feet up in a tree.

(I'll huff, and I'll puff, and I'll blow your house down.)

So they rebuilt the lifty shack as a bomb shelter, and left the sled there as a reminder of the power a mountain holds.


I have a treat for you.

Ever hear the term "face shots?"

Get your mind out of the gutter.

This video is a textbook definition of the term.

Check it out.

Not coincidentally, this was shot in the Dictator Chutes, which begat the sled-depositing-shaque-destroying avalanche.

It took me like three hours to finish the shading on the upper lip. It's probably the best drawing I've ever done.


Oh, and I finally dropped into the Big Couloir.

Wasn't nothin' but a thang.


Blogger bigsky said...


Click to see what LRH is doing

L. Ron Hubbard
"Writing for a penny a word is ridiculous. If a man really wants to make a million dollars, the best way would be to start his own religion"
Reader's Digest reprint, May 1980, p.1
Later he created the Church of Scientology.

And that my friend, is how the cookie crumbles.

1:51 PM  
Blogger P. said...

I find myself staring in awe at those conical rock formations (here is where my college geology might have come in handy, if I could remember shit anymore...all I remember are drumlin and esker, but mostly because the 2 dining halls at uw-w were thusly named).

How big are those things anyway? Hard to get a true sense of scale. Anyway, they look rather foreboding.

I think "Lifty Shaq" would be a cool band name.

9:17 PM  
Blogger Steamin Rican said...

I remember the time I went skiing to Hunter Mountain.

There I was, minding me own business when members of the ski patrol were given the signal to assemble or maybe it was just 1PM or something.

Anyways, they somehow managed to line up in front of their boss right next to me so that he can go over the day's intinerary.

"What the hey", I remembered thinking.

I stood at attention and peered straight ahead.

The boss of the ski patrol couldn't keep a straight face and began to laugh.

At this point I skied away to avoid being labeled a retard.

9:28 PM  
Blogger Motor City Monk said...

Wow - those rock formations look unreal. Nice shots!

Hey SR - congrats on your new blog - I linked ya at mine.

7:31 AM  

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