recent gaper sighting
Recent classic gaper viewing....
Pulled into Wachusett Mountain parking lot which is very organized as is everything there, myriad attendants parking cars all neatly in a row with smiles on their faces. Pulled into my spot about 7:25 AM as directed and immediately noticed the folks next to me were being held up by a 50ish man and his son sitting on the back pickup truck bed installing their gear for the day, the man was struggling to get his boots on. The attendent politely said "sir you have to put your boots on in the lodge you are blocking this gentleman (luckily for him
not me!!) from his parking spot" The clown replied "well he is just going to have to wait isn't he?" The attendant, as probably is specified by Wachusett in the job desciption, avoided confrontation and walked away shaking his head in puzzlement. The man in the car being held up continued to wait patiently(hero of the day) while a crowd, myself included at this point, gathered. This had continued while we shouldered all of our
gear, probably 5 minutes at least. My daughter asked what is that guy doing....and heard clearly by all was the comment uttered by a man next to me who said "what a freakin gaper
!" Other comments were of course less polite...all agreed the gentleman being held up by this circus was a saint. Due to the wisdom of my advancing age only, I walked away.....figuring if the one being wronged was being patient, it was not my fight. Verbal jousting between the gaper and the gathering crowd could be heard as I wisely retreated.
Now the best
part. Observed before I walked away, the man was putting on a pair of those mid 80's grey/pink Lange boots with the zip up ratchet type buckles. The boy(probably about 15) had R/E boots already installed and one of those multi prong goofy hat thingys on from about 10 years ago. Both had quite a high percentage of mixed neon colors in their mismatched attire. Leaning up against the pickup were 2 pair of old school skis. The pair I could clearly see were late 80's Rossi STS probably about 185's with what appeared to be Soloman 547 or 657 bindings. None of this is a problem of course, I actually love neon.
Both pair of skis were safety clamped into......you guessed it......for safe secure transport to the slopes...SKI TOTES
I can't make this stuff up.....
I never saw them on the hill, I doubt they got past Ralph's run....