Resort skiing has a lot of drawbacks. One of the major drawbacks is the people. It just struck me. Most resort skiers are a-holes. they drive like a-holes storming around the mountains, they brag and rant like a-holes. by and large, they are large a-holes. this has something to do with the fact that it takes a lot of money for most people to ski, and money makes a-holes. Rock climbers are not narrow-minded, hateful bigot a-holes. Nor are paddlers. what is it about skiers? what has gotten into me? It's that I just figured something out. I am experiencing something that I haven't felt since I was 19 years old and had long hair: random, pointless, narrow-minded, thoughtless hate. coming right at me. and do you know why. Once more I have long hair and a little goatie thing, that's all. Not to protest the a-holes view of life, really, more to cover a bald spot and conceal a weakening jaw line as 60 beckons a couple months away. But now that I see how my appearance pisses THEM off, all I want to do is make it more extreme, and that wasn't how it started. And I didn't get this in Berkeley or San Francisco. It's being in a resort town, and near Nevada. It's a stupid nasty machismo around here and it's poison. Now I'm gonna' throw down the gauntlet because now I am pissed. All the really good skiers up here, the really f'ing awesome skiers, world class, the best that have ever put on skis, the ones you watch in films, the ones that blow you away watching them ski a chute from the chair, the ones that give a ski area class and magic, those skiers, men and women, are not like that. they share the ethos of the rock climbers and paddlers. they are all, every one, gentle, modest, open-minded, conscious beings. so there is a connection between being that good a skier and living a good life. It's weird, and it makes perfect sense. I once wondered how a certain amazing skier up here COULD BE so modest, generous, kind, and joyous. He takes the big, beautiful risks that the truly great skiers take. then it struck me. HE HAS TO BE. His life depends on it. It is also his nature. Now that is a skier. Sh-t, and I've only had one beer tonight.
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10/27/07 at 8:58pm