Wednesday, January 18, 2006

Poor Tom
Seventh son
Always knew what's goin' on
There ain't nothing that you can hide from Tom

A storm is coming today that is predicted to drop 6-12" at elevations above 6000 feet. You have no idea how happy that makes me.

Bells is heading south next week, so this weekend will be our last chance to ride together this season.

Perhaps it is time to try the Big Couloir.

I feel ready.


I was having a conversation with my friend, Will Danger, about a stock today. The stock we were discussing pays a very nice dividend. The company happens to be located in Canada.

Will asked, "Well, how much of that dividend are those looney-totin' socialists gonna keep, and how much of it are they gonna send down to us capitalists, who know what to do with it?"


In response to a question I received- Feel free to scroll past.

My workout routine involves 50 minutes on a Nordic Trak or running around 6 miles, then- push-ups, a series of abdominal exercise, shoulder exercises, curls and these jumping exercises, which consist of a deep knee bend into a jump and twist 180 degrees and land into a deep knee bend for the next one. Repeat until failure... usually I am good for 20 jumps before I feel like I am going to pass out.

I will run through that little circuit two or three times. The whole thing usually takes place four or five times a week, depending on how often I snowboard.

It sounds goofy, especially the jumping. I did invent this MacGyver routine myself, because I couldn't bring myself to join a gym. But it is working, so screw it.


I would like to throw out a plug for one of the links on the sidebar down there. If you like my snowboarding pictures and posts, check out Mark's blog, The Outdoors Pro. He is a ski patroller at Mt. Bachelor in Bend, OR, (where I have skiied many times in the past) and I really enjoy his posts and pictures.

(Sidebar: We almost moved to Bend. It made it to the final rose ceremony. We looked into Durango, Colorado, Bend, Oregon, Bozeman, Missoula & Whitefish, Montana, Coeur D'Alene/Sandpoint, Idaho, Taos/Santa Fe, New Mexico and Burlington, Vermont.

The finalists were Bend, Burlington and Bozeman. Obviously, Bozeman won, in the most dramatic rose ceremony EVER!)

Anyway, check out Mark's blog. He has been everywhere, including Alaska last summer, and it is fascinating to get the insight into a patroller's every day life. I think it's great. He's livin' the dream.


Microsoft is sitting on $ 40 billion in cash. In case you didn't catch that, it is $ 40,000,000,000. Cash money. Greenbacks. Big ones. Smackeroonies. 40 billion.

Just sitting there.

Hangin' out.

I am not sure they know exactly what to do with it.

Bill, if you're reading this, give me a call. I have some ideas.

Good ideas. Some are even great ideas.

Yes, many of those ideas involve building cash forts and firing stacks of hundreds around with slinsghots.