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Yet the forum grows in numbers and the talk goes on. I would hope there is some friction and sparks fly from time to time, or the dialog would be limp and agreeable, or what I call SMALL TALK.
As you know, I tend to prefer the deep and heavy stuff. Sometimes I take a few arrows for my preference, and I will admit that sometimes I react emotionally instead of absorbing or deflecting. I have found, to my amazement, that sometimes others speak up in support. In those instances, my sense of belonging to this community was strengthened.
Disski and ant display a characteristic bluntness that I have encountered from many Aussies. Just because we share the English language does not mean we share the same cultural values. Where Americans might prefer a euphemism. Aussies tend to cut close to the bone.
First disclaimer: I am not dissing Australians. I am sharing a few observations for Lisa's benefit, so she will have a context.
Second disclaimer: My experience with Australian skiers is limited to heliskiing in Canada.
Here's what I have found.
1) The Aussie skiers and snowboarders have all been men. The wives are left at home.
2) The Aussie skiers are there to bag big vertical.
3) The Aussie skiers do not enjoy having a woman placed in their group.
4) The Aussie skiers do not like it if the woman skis better than them. They really dislike it when the woman skier picks up the ski they left up the hill when they canned up and brings it to them.
5) The Aussie skiers come to appreciate the woman who skis better than they when she rescues one of them from the rock-well in which he fell like Alice down the rabbit hole.
6) The Aussie men do not speak directly to the female, but address questions that relate to me to my husband, as though I was unable to speak for myself and unable to hear their comments. "Did you come in because you wife was tired?" I am standing right there. Husband says, "No, she came in because I was tired."
Disski and ant are female Australians. Based on my experiences, I am willing to cut them a whole lot of slack!