<BLOCKQUOTE>quote:</font><HR>Originally posted by donaldjacobsdj:Mikla,
Please stop acting like you're working in a soup kitchen or picking up trash on the side of the road, because you're not.....you're out there in the mountains doing something you love.
I view ski patrolling in the same way. So just admit that you enjoy running tobogans down a snow covered slope, it won't make us lose respect for the patrol. The problem with this analogy is that my fire fighter friend doesn't go onto websites looking for a pat-on-the-back by talking about how hard he works and how tough it is, and he definately doesn't ask people if they've tried it and "washed out."
Don't be absurd!
I (we patrollers) don't need a pat on the back from anyone... nor do we seek such...
Your attitude baffles me... I get the impression that you have had your ticket clipped, maybe more than once. If true, I hope first that it was justified and fair, and second that it was a meaningful learning experience. If this isn't the case, then I can eat those words.
The point I have been trying to make is that we don't need the hostility
. Short of knowing exactly who the patroller in question was/is, using the term "punk" rises to the level of insult.
We work for area management; we serve the skiing public. We do it by choice, with no complaints.
I do have a pet peeve, however, that approximates the situation that brought this discussion about. Our area maintains a terrain park with jumps, slide rails and a half-pipe. It is roped off and set aside specifically for those who choose to do that sort of thing. It's cool... I enjoy watching the "kids" do their thing.
Directly ajacent to the park is probably the most used run at our area. Near the bottom there is a lip (service road) at the beginning of a last moderate steep that is about 150-200 yards long that empties into the chairlift boarding and lodge area. Being an intermediate run, it is occupied by skiers/boarders of all abilities. It challenges the beginners and lower intermediates, and most negotiate it with typical cross-hill traverses at slow speeds. On the lip at the top of this "steep", are bright orange signs that say "No Jumping". It's marked this way because it's a blind lip - you can't see what's below you until you clear the lip. With the terrain park 50 yards away, people continually disregard the signs and jump from this lip anyway. It baffles me... either they can't read (not likely) or they choose to disregard the signs (and in so doing disregard the safety of others on the same run). Why??? Stoopid peeples??? (See Alan Cobb / Nathan Hall) sheesh...
Patrollers spend enormous amounts of time in training and education (by choice)... Sometimes we (of necessity and by direction of area mgmt) are thrust into the role of ski hill "cops", a role most don't relish but do because it's "part of the job"... mostly, we pick up the pieces of broken skiers and boarders after unfortunate accidents (which isn't that much fun, btw). Sometimes we get face shots, freshies and first tracks when we are assigned opening duties. That can be fun sometimes. Small reward (opening can be a drudge). We ALSO pick up the trash
dropped from the chairs.
Nothing personal intended in anything I have said... I want you to have a great season, accident and injury free. I think it would be great if you had the time and inclination to join your local area patrol. If not, that's ok too. Just please temper your attitude with grace.
I enjoy being a patroller. It's the realization of a lifelong goal. Yes, I like it. I don't think there's anything wrong with being happy. But it is
a job (paid or volunteer).
We render first aid and assistance to nice people and ***holes alike.
<FONT COLOR="#800080" SIZE="1">[ November 15, 2001 06:18 AM: Message edited 1 time, by Mikla ]</font>