Hey, great skiing/riding with you "in the woods" on Sat. after the esa.
Skye perhaps has missed his calling as an actor.
On Sat. I was in his room when he says "Let's call Bob and Chris". Suddenly he's on the phone speaking in a New Zealand accent and using the kiwi lingo. He's spent time there (surfing!) so he knows it quite well. He pretends to be Dan and Dean- two NZ guys we were skiing with that day. Bob/Chris are sick and somewhat out of it so they're totally primed to be fooled. They are. I can say I would have totally been fooled by the accent but would have thought that what he was saying made little sense. In some ways this is perfect though, because Bob has problems making any sense of what Dean says normally. One of the phrases used by Skye in NZ speak is "sweet as" - somewhat slurred together. I'd never heard this before but I think he said it stands for "sweet as candy". It is no so divorced from the source though it can be inserted almost randomly anywhere to say "this will be good,is good was good etc. " It's use seems to be somewhat similar but not as often, as "eh" in Canadien. There's all sorts of talk on Skye's end which ends with agreeing to meet at the bar at 7:30. Bob says later "I had no idea...but then I can't understand what those guys say at all. Dean will talk for ten minutes and I have little idea what he said."
Having fooled Bob/Chris pretending to be the NZ guys, Skye waits a few minutes and calls them back again. This time he's "Edward" a very effeminate guy from the front desk. Now Skye knows that Bob/Chris have had a "Do Not Disturb" sign on their door most of the week so housekeeping doesn't get riled up about their tuning/waxing of skis in the room. I can't remember all that was said but there was something about "your not following proper proceedures", and "I need to get in and have a look just to make sure there's nothing dead in there." (that was the tip off they didn't catch till later). This whole spiel actually goes on for a few minutes.
Skye then makes a third call - as himself. Bob or Chris inform him that they just talked to the NZ guys Dan/Dean and are meeting them at 7:30 at the pub. Meanwhile, Bob/Chris are cleaning up their room a bit and getting rid of the wax table because "Edward" is coming to check on the room.
I can't remember the exact sequence next but basically Skye gets a call from his friend saying he's got to take the shuttle to Bridger tonight or they won't be able to get first chair tommorrow. The shuttle is in less than an hour so he has to go now. I think we then went over to Bob/Chris's room and Skye pretended to be "Edward" at the door. Chris answers the door while Bob is still cleaning up inside. Then everything was revealed and Skye said goodbye and went over to Bridger Bowl.
The whole thing was rather hilarious.
Aleph, I learned a bunch about surfing New England from Skye. Believe it or not-New Hampshire with all 13 miles of coast, then deduct probably a mile for the naval shipyard, has some of the best surfing around. The season though is I guess fall through winter. Very cold water requiring special suits. His coldest water temp surfed was apparently 34 degrees!
skye has a website:http://www.perpetualmocean.com