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Week 2 of 8 - Observations, Do's & Don'ts

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Not too long ago, I started a post summarizing our plans to take a 2 month ski trip to CO (Feb & March). This was our reward for ending my relationship of 39 years with megacorp.  This will be the 2nd in what I hope will be weekly posts.  1st off I want to thank the folks that responded to my 1st post for their kind words and input. I hope to shamelessly plagiarize and use their ideas & comments moving forward. Please remember that the objective for this post is to hopefully make things easier, less expensive and more pleasant for others that may be considering a similar adventure. I’m closing in on 62 and my Significant Other (SO) is 61. We’ve been skiing out west since the late 70’s. Our home base for this adventure is Summit County CO. So here goes round two:

 

  • After skiing for 8 of the first 9 days, a gentle cockiness started settling in. Granted I had spent all of those days “cruising” on the front side on mostly groomers. When Significant Other decided to take an extra day off, I decided to make my 1st venture to the back side – black runs with moguls the size of minivans that were as unevenly distributed as possible. Upon arriving at the bottom after two runs, I needed a ratchet set to re-adjust ankles, knees and hips. I slunk over to the lift with tail firmly planted between my legs and all allusions of grandeur now gone. But, I’ll be back….
  • What’s the story with the grocery stores in the mountain towns? There are two prices for most items: “High” and “Ridiculous”. You need to have a silly, little loyalty card to get the “High” price. It really makes a difference to your bottom line cost, so trot on over to the Customer Service counter for your silly, little loyalty card. 
  • Our only trepidation with this adventure was not seeing our one-year old Granddaughter for two months and our concern was well founded. “FaceTime” on the ipad helps, but Gramps can’t deliver the “tickle monster” properly on an ipad. 1st item on the return “to do” list is to re-engage and re-spoil.
  • Most small ski towns have a Mecca commonly referred to as a “microbrewery”. These emporiums glow most brightly from 3 to 6 pm daily with a ritual called “happy hour”. The prevalent pricing structure is $2.50 pints and ½ price appetizers. An early dinner several nights ago included 2 pints each and 2 appetizers. Before tip, total bill = $18. Me like.
  • In my 1st post, I referred to some silly disagreements in the condo with SO. During week two, I noticed a reduction in these little spats. I advised my SO that my evolving people-skills & patience wasthe likely the cause of this improvement. My SO responded that her evolving meditation skills not allow her to “tune out” most distractions. Hmm…
  • Rode up on the lift with 2 patrollers this week. I learned that management at the resort posts a daily mountain census – the number of folks they anticipate on the mountain. From there, daily budgets are set (i.e. groomed runs, number of patrollers, etc) to accommodate the expected crowd. The census for last weekend was 4 times more than the Monday census. President’s Week is on the horizon- time for a break?

 

Hopefully more next week - more than happy to include any helpful tips, observations, etc.

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I have a whole stack of those silly loyalty cards from all around the country.  I think there was only one time I had to actually fill  out the form that goes with it. 

Here in Massachusetts we only deal with one chain that has the card, and if you ask the cashiers will scan the card they have under the counter so you don't really need one.  (So on trips I've started coming right out and saying, "I'm from out of town and I want the card price."  Most of the time they just give it to me, sometimes they hand me the sign-up packet.)

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 if you ask the cashiers will scan the card they have under the counter so you don't really need one.

I've been living in my "permanent" home for 2 years now and I have yet to sign up for the precious "card". I just asked the cashier if she/he has one I can "borrow". They always do. Now, the cashiers in the one local grocery store I go most often even recognize me and scan "their" card for me without being asked.

 

No one ever asked me why I don't sign up for one myself.

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It's worth it to sign up for a card yourself.  If you create an account, you get bonuses attached to your account.  For instance, my store also has a gas pump and you get 10 cents off every 100 points you accumulate.   If you use the cashier's card, those bonuses just go back to the store. 

 

Of course, if you are worried about Big Brother tracking all your purchases....that's another story.

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Found a free phone app called "Key Ring", that works pretty well.  Scan in all your club cards and you don't have to carry them all around.  Companies also will send you discount specials on your phone account.  No doubt they track you with it, but you don't have to carry all of that junk.  

 

Thank you God for microbreweries!  Think they were made on the 8th day.

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It's worth it to sign up for a card yourself.  If you create an account, you get bonuses attached to your account.  For instance, my store also has a gas pump and you get 10 cents off every 100 points you accumulate.   If you use the cashier's card, those bonuses just go back to the store. 

 

Of course, if you are worried about Big Brother tracking all your purchases....that's another story.

I mostly don't want to carry all that junk around with me.   Many places can look you up by telephone number so you dont need aq card -- I do that at the hardware store and bookstore, but don't bother at the grocery store.  The grocery with the card is not the one I do regular volume shopping at anyway.

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We need more details, such as ... what is this mediation technique your SO's been practicing?!

post #8 of 8
Hey Derbycity, how's it going? We haven't heard from you in a while. Hope all is ok.
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