As an instructor, of course I like the Dead Presidents ($) DUH!... but I have said for years... if I were rich, I would teach skiing for free, because it is so darn much fun. And good for my soul.
AC, kudos for caring about content more than $. It's not ALWAYS about $, and the decision to barter/trade/pay for services is up to the individuals involved. Quite valuable. Your efforts are appreciated by all. This place ROCKS!
I personally contribute here because I get a LOT back in return. More from the students that hang here in a lot of cases than the other instructors sometimes, but hey, that's true on the hill, too... [img]tongue.gif[/img]
It would be wonderful to teach some of the characters I have met here, if it's appropriate. That would up to the individuals involved to arrange the details, but this is a great place to check out personalities/knowledge/enthusiasm.
And done properly, with class, a wonderful place for teachers to connect with students.
I think I have already helped a few. For instance jyarddog got his boots fixed up a lot better, with a little guidance from me via emails, and on my site... Proud and happy that I could help him! And I didn't even get boot grinding dust all over myself!
No $, didn't ask, or expect any.
For instance (believe it or not) I am perfectly OK with teaching/training SCSA from time to time, no $. We ski together for fun a lot. He's quite a rascal, but a good friend. You folks don't know him the way I do.
Of course, I always get crap about the fact that he usually takes a nice spill when he skis with me... and I laugh (not a mean laugh) at that scenario, 'cause it is funny
... no offense SCSA. He really did raise my awareness for me about training/certifying with PMTS. And we "partner up" about techie stuff.
By keeping that "skiforyourself" idea (open mind), well, I am quite pleased with the PMTS results
for myself, and my students. I certainly do feel that all the "TTS" training I have had over the years was valuable. But, I prefer the PMTS methodologies, and have much more to learn from their "camp". Major kudos to SCSA for making me aware of this stuff!
And even more kudos to Harald, Diana, and the Harb Ski Systems gang...
No, Robin, wasn't you, or anybody else. I have had to focus on my new (techie) job. It's been quite a nightmare, though it is getting better. I may do a post about it, though I should put it on my personal website, as it is not skiing related. SnoKarvers Lament.
Fugly stuff going on here, but the pay (finally) is reasonably strong. What little free time I have left, I spend with my sweetheart, we now live 4 hours apart. Sigh.
Unfortunately, this gig may keep me from teaching as much as I would like... Not to mention skiing. I need to make $, I almost went completely BROKE in August-September... This summer was quite rough on me, very unemployed. Too soon to tell. The viability of this company is in question.
Would rather be back in Summit, gawd I miss it there. I am in Carbondale, CO. I am not too happy about it, but at least Mt. Sopris keeps me company on the horizon, and I am not in the city.
I know this was a little long, and some was off topic... ooops! Remember Don Adams in "Get Smart"? Sorry about that, AC (Chief).
Happy Birthday, LisaMarie!