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post #1 of 18
Thread Starter 
I have heard this word in association with snow sports lately. Does it seem natural to you to connect passion with snow sports? I mean, snow is cold. Sports (in America) are competitive. How does passion figure into it? It's just another cold ($$), competitive ($$), exploitation of our own hunger for meaning, is it not?
post #2 of 18
I believe the term passion can be applied to anything you feel strongly about.

I would say that I have a passion for skiing. It caused me to end a relationship with someone who no longer skied (he was a surgeon and worried about injury) and tried to discouraged me from skiing. Obviously there were other things too but I really like to ski and wanted to share that with the special person in my life.

Passion for skiing - I say yes. It works for me.
post #3 of 18
You're so right. What got into me? It's pointless. I quit. Thanks, I've been saved from my meandering and fruitless search for meaning.
post #4 of 18
So far it has messed up relationships, male and female, caused me to miss work, spend money in a reckless manner, daydream about skiing at work, and to focus my energy year-round on one thing. I have to say there's some passion there.

If it isn't this it's that, if it isn't that it's something else.
post #5 of 18
I think it’s a great description. I think passion is what drives someone, spinning their lowest gear on their mountain bike up Porc Rim or Amasa Back on a hundred degree morning in April in the Utah desert because it’s going to make skiing that much easier.

I know I can agree with Lucky. I’ve missed work, taken off early, based relationships, bought gear, because of my passion. As a starving college kid, I’ve even paid Full Vail Retail because I just had to have those Volkls!

Now, I’m a little better, but why else would someone just buy skis, keep them unmounted, just because they were such a screaming deal?
post #6 of 18
ah, PASSION. What else would drive someone to spend time on teh mountain day in and out riding down smooth fluffy powder. enjoying happy mountain folk, singing, dancing, laughing the day away because when you ski, there are no cell phones, no faxes, no computers, no homeowork no bills that arent worth paying.. just happyness
post #7 of 18
So I pulled out the dictionary so that I would remain emotionless about this and it says;
... a strong liking for or devotion to some activity, object, or concept ...
Yeah I got it!
post #8 of 18
PASSION, Oh yes there is passion. Otherwise, how could deep powder skiing be better then sex. I also have to admit I've left work early, missed work, gotten up early just so I could drive up and watch the sunrise in the snow.

Is there passion at the Super Bowl, The NBA Championship, Rivary week at your favorite college. How about trying to be the first bike to the top of the mountain trail, or first in an all out bike sprint.

Passion can discribe whatever you have a great love for. So, Yes there is Passion involved with skiing.
post #9 of 18
Thread Starter 
Thanks for the affirmation. I thought I was being disloyal, valuing POWDER over SEX, but I see I am in good company!
post #10 of 18
Are they mutually exclusive? I still say skiing is the best foreplay. That's my story and I'm stickin' to it!
post #11 of 18
How about sex in the powder??
Seems like we all have a similar tale to tell about what sacrifices?? we have made for our passion. I gave up a wealthy life style, great career, the trappings of success to become a ski bum at an advanced age. Sometimes miss the new Mercedes every 2 years, and the weekends in Hawaii, but, $7 an hour teaching skiing sure compensates, does it not?
post #12 of 18
Sugar Snack,
You did the right thing in dumping that Dr. What a whimp!By the way I have skied with many Doctors and one was a surgon at the Mayo Clinic and he skis hard!
Lisa marie,
If thats your story it's a good one and you tell it vary well [img]smile.gif[/img]
post #13 of 18
<BLOCKQUOTE>quote:</font><HR>Originally posted by Utah49:
Sugar Snack,
You did the right thing in dumping that Dr. What a whimp!By the way I have skied with many Doctors and one was a surgon at the Mayo Clinic and he skis hard!
Lisa marie,
If thats your story it's a good one and you tell it vary well [img]smile.gif[/img]
<HR></BLOCKQUOTE>

LOL! Thanks for the support Utah! As a matter of fact I have two friends in SLC who are doctors and they ski "Hell bent for leather" (where did that come from?). The funny thing is that he totally injured himself fishing which was his "safe" alternative to skiing! Go figure.

<BLOCKQUOTE>quote:</font><HR>Originally posted by Lisamarie:
Are they mutually exclusive? I still say skiing is the best foreplay. That's my story and I'm stickin' to it!<HR></BLOCKQUOTE>

Oh yeah - the snow dance is a very popular warm up to the main event which starts on the dance floor in the local bar and culminates in the hot tub at the lodge.....

Not that I would know anything about that but I've heard stories....legends actually.
post #14 of 18
There was this cartoon I remember from when I was back in high school many many many moons ago. It showed a turttle in it's shell with these words, over the top "No guts, no glory". I have never forgotten that message. Last year one of my gal friends challenged me to go skiing after not being on skis for over 30 years. Dammed, if the whole expernece wasn't filled with passion, on and off the slope (skiing is so much more fun when your an adult). By the end of the season, I was skiing everything blue and wanting more. This year we are planning a ski vacation with a group of friends, and I am planning a trip to Utah with my brother to ski the powder.

Passion is what gives us the joy to put up with the rest of life and look for the stars. Be it a passion for work, play or in relationships. It's what allows us to create new memories so that some day as we see our life force finally diminish, we can look back with pride and say "I DID that" and never have to say "i wish i had done that".

Sooner or later we all get hurt one way or another, and we need to remember that passion so we can get back in the game. Tweleve years ago I broke my hip in a cycling accident. Had to wait 3 hours to be airlifted out. The next year, and a lot of painful work later, I rode to LA with a group of guys from work (490 miles), did the Davis Double (200 miles), and the Markleeville Death Ride (124 miles). My doctor couldn't believe it. Dose it hurt every now and then, yes. Has it stopped me from living life to the fully, NO! Am I excited that it's fanally snowing in the Serria's again, YES, YES, YES!!!!
post #15 of 18
Dear "empty calories-between meal nurishment",

Hell-bent for Election appears to be the original version.

This odd phrase first appeared as hell-bent for election in Stephen Crane's 1899 collection of stories.
Leather, breakfast, and Georgia are commonly substituted for election.
Of these, leather seems makes the least sense (not that any of them make much).

The usual meaning is to travel fast and hard in a seemingly purposeless direction. The
original intent of the phrase is obscure. Don't confuse this phrase with hell for leather,
which is a different phrase entirely--although the use of leather may come from
confusion between the two.

Ref: http://www.wordorigins.org/wordorh.htm#Hell-Bent%20for
post #16 of 18
<BLOCKQUOTE>quote:</font><HR>Originally posted by WAS:

Passion is what gives us the joy to put up with the rest of life and look for the stars. Be it a passion for work, play or in relationships. It's what allows us to create new memories so that some day as we see our life force finally diminish, we can look back with pride and say "I DID that" and never have to say "i wish i had done that".
<HR></BLOCKQUOTE>

Bravo! Bravo! Very well put!

Re: your continuing to cycle - I know a blind man that does tandem races. Very cool in my book.


<BLOCKQUOTE>quote:</font><HR>Originally posted by TomK:
Dear "empty calories-between meal nurishment"<HR></BLOCKQUOTE>

Tom: Thanks for the info. I love trivia like that.

BTW: I'm much more than between meal nurishment - I'm the real deal

<FONT COLOR="#800080" SIZE="1">[ November 21, 2001 03:13 PM: Message edited 2 times, by Sugar Snack ]</font>
post #17 of 18
Passion is what it is. And I am sure we have other passions in our lives as well.

Sugar Snack, you been listening to Judas Priest latley?

IE - Hell Bent For Leather
post #18 of 18
Skiing over sex...ahhh! lets see, can't you have both??? You'd be having sex with your boyfriend/girlfriend who OBVIOUSLY must be a skiier (why would you date anything else- hehehe)after a day of pow skiing, and then, you can wake up after excellent sex/whatever and go skiing again! hmmmm What about sex IN the snow.. yikes! too cold. Ah, I do beleive that skiiers are the most passionate people out there. I mean, teh skiing community is just SO stoked about life in general, and why teh hell not? If you're in shape, and rich enough (or creative enough) to ski a lot, I don't know what could be better. (except having sex wiith Johnney Mosley, ahhhh) okay, there you go.
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