Originally Posted by givethepigeye
I call it "situational awareness" - many people do not have it. Not only on the ski hill but in other facets of life.
This is true but I think there is something magical about the ski area that causes lots of people to loose the situational awareness that I would give them credit for ordinarily possessing, the evidence being that they are still alive. I'm not sure I've even been in a choke point or a crux while skiing, but, just look around at the mess hall. People are acting the same way in there:
Our journey begins, stepping inside the building we first notice that people near the doors have been inflicted with a sudden inability to use both sets of doors to allow for two way traffic. Surely, we're opening the door for you, heaven forbid that you use the other door that's right friggin there.
Walking towards the seat, we notice several instances in which someone conducts a sudden entrance into a high foot traffic area only to stop immediately and gape around or fiddle with some aspect of the gear.
Trying to find a seat we notice several chatty groups who've all stripped down to their the long johns and have been overcome with a complete lack of ability to notice that all seats are taken whilst taking up 3 seats to a person for their group and all of their disrobed shit.
Now with beer in hand, leaning against a window or post, we have a gander. We notice a gent who has a complete inability to comprehend that the boot backpack adds an additional 1.5 feet to his back so he's just swinging it into people and shit. "I LOVE being the ONLY person here!" he seems to say with the glazed over look in his eyes, as he swings to his left and whacks a kid in the head with the bag.
We just missed Delayed Burrito Man. This is an A-Basin special (and is also brought on a bit by the weird way the menu is posted but anyway). Delayed Burrito man will wait in line for 5 minutes for the hot breakfast and then order a breakfast burrito. He will then be told by the person behind the counter that the breakfast burritos are "over there" as he points 5 feet to the customer's left at the self-serve burrito bar where the breakfast burritos are sitting in the buffet area in plain view.
And behold the glory of helicopter tray man. Helicopter tray man is rotating in a 360 deg. pattern with his food tray everywhere he goes. He does so with a complete inability to recognize that there might be someone standing within his operating radius just out of view.
After that beer, I need to relieve myself so I head to the restroom. Inside I notice several people who are waiting in line to pee when there is an entire wall of empty urinals on the other side of the room. I mean, no skin off my nose but, hey, I guess sometimes you gotta go and other times you don't really have to go that bad so you wanna hang out for no good reason while a bunch of dudes are peeing.
I've done all of these things at one point, at least to some degree. Who amongst us has not? Then let him or her be the first to cast a stone. Well, I don't have a boot bag (I kinda want one) but other than that one. Oh, and the burrito, but I already knew about the burritos.
Having been subject to it myself, I give all of these people credit for not being like this except when under the influence of this mysterious power. Certainly some of them are just as inept off the hill, but most are normal, conscientious, observant people in their ordinary off-hill lives. A society filled with such a high number of people who are like that all the time could not continue to function.
One of these days, I'm going to just do a super-deliberate and slowish about face in the lift line, skis on and all, and give the person behind me the ol' "I like the Wizard of Oz!"
Edited by HooDooThere - 3/24/16 at 11:09am