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Why every small town has a bar- Why EpicSki has gatherings

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I just watched this TEDx titled Why every small town has a bar, and  it made me think a bit more about why EpicSki has gatherings. 

 

My dad used to go to a local coffee shop for breakfast every morning.  It was a typical small town coffee shop with a big table where all the 'locals' gathered for breakfast and lingering coffee time every day.  I worked at this coffee shop for 4 years while I was in high school, and I witnessed it all.  Daily news, business deals, life, and death.  

My dad is retired now, but he still goes there every day and gains his daily small town stoke. 

 

This is why we have EpicSki Gatherings.  

We can talk on line and create discussions in this IT world, but we connect in a special way when we get together and share in our passion over a chairlift ride, or apres' ski beverage.  

 

I'd like to hear more of your thoughts on this topic. 

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Since we are all pen pals constantly writing about and reaffirming our mutual love of skiing it's only natural that we'd eventually want to consummate the love affair with an actual ski-off :D

 

Besides the fun of skiing together, it really changes your online interactions when you've actually skied with a poster.  Interjects so much more respect and legitimacy in the process.

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It's a little strange how an in-person meeting, even if brief and superficial, affects our reaction to someone's posts. It makes them seem more real and therefore more credible. Must be why politicians do so many "stop by"s when they campaign.

When you spend enough time skiing and hanging out to actually get to know someone, you get a stronger (and less intellectually embarrassing) effect. You can run an imaginary voice over movie of them in your head as you read the post, and pick up more tone of voice, or just plain enjoy it more.
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