Originally Posted by qcanoe
Originally Posted by sharpedges
Originally Posted by mdf
I was thinking that too. I have plenty of satisfied terminal intermediates at my work. Plateau wouldn't be accurate.
You can't opt out of learning when performing motor activities. Our wiring doesn't permit it. You're always practicing something and learning when you ski (or walk or swim or knit or type or drive a car or shoot hoops ...)
Plateau is the word.
I had a completely different reaction to @mdf's post. The thought I had was that most of us go to work primarily to get paid. Yes, if we have managed our lives well, we also find our work rewarding, and are motivated to improve not only by the prospect of making more money but by the intrinsic satisfaction. Nevertheless with very rare exceptions we would not be spending 8 - 12 hours in our beige cubes every day just because we love it. So you could argue, for example, that some people are terminal intermediates at their jobs for the simple reason that it makes achieving a good work / life balance easier for them.
When we ski, by contrast, most of us are in it purely for joy (and are willing to pay through the nose for it). So the notion of being satisfied at a certain level of accomplishment is a little harder for me, personally, to understand. It's just more fun to be better at something you do for fun in the first place.
Well, that's totally not what I meant, but an interesting way to look at it. And yes, we certainly have plenty of people who are terminal intermediates at their jobs.
I was thinking of I guy I know who has a vacation home in New Hampshire ski country that he and his wife go to most weekends. (His kids are long grown and gone.) And he is happy staying on the blue runs. When I showed him pictures of Jackson, he was incredulous that real people actually ski that stuff.
Or I'm thinking of the family friend that I went to Cannon with. He is a little more aggressive, making faster z-turns down groomed blacks. He was even brave enough to try one mogul run and survived it, though he was badly over-matched.
You have to remember that we are a self-selected group here. I don't understand terminal intermediates, but then I don't understand a lot of things that people seem to enjoy.