Originally Posted by mudfoot
On an ultitmate level, yes, but on a personal level I would have to disagree. We are all driven by individual forces from the past to a great extent. I certainly did not intend to impune the healthiness of your psyce. You have always displayed a self-awareness, contentment and openness that belies a healthy mind, but I could not help myself from pondering the source of your Volant additiction after you opened the subject.
As you may be aware, Mr. Natural was patterend after Fritz Perls, the father of Gestalt Therapy, and perhaps your guru nature and physical similarities to them led me to think of an uncompleted Gestalt in your past as the source of your fiixation on Volants. Yes, they are an amazing ski, but I suspect there is more at work than the simple endless pursuit of smooth turns. I appologize, but I cannot help my speculation. Is it an attachment to a time gone by, a convoluted connection to a lost love, or maybe something about the steel? We all have our additictions, but few are as fascinating as yours.
Like I suspect you are, I have always been a student of the mysteries of the mind, and your unique addiction has piqued my curiousity. I certainly did not intend any offense. Despite my best attempts, I suppose "lighthearted psychology" is an oxymoron, although Mr. Natual and Perls might disagree.
P.S. How is the snow stacking up at the Bowl? It looks like our BSLs match up perfectly, so I may have an opportunity to reignite my Volant addiction. I have been off them for 6 years, 7 months and 9 days, but I still think about them all the time.
Hmmmm....I can't say for sure why I settled on the steel other than the exceptional smoothness of the ride and how it feels like flying (which is what Volant means BTW). I suppose if I had found some Salomon Scream 10 Extra Hots, Atomic R:EX, or Volkl G4s on the cheap, when I was looking for a second pair of sticks (those were the skis I was interested in before I bought my first Volants) things might have been different.
I must admit to having a fascination for stainless steel though. Perhaps it goes back to when I was kid, and my second pocket knife was a Victorinox Swiss Army Knife, (brought back from Switzerland by my grandfather) which didn't rust like my first knife. It made me feel less vulnerable, and the same is the case with Volants I suppose.
I recall being impressed when I saw that first pair of Volants in Play It Again Sports. I had never heard of them as I had been away from skiing since the mid '80s. I didn't think they could really be made out of metal, but they made an impression, so when I came to be in the market for a pair of skis, I looked into them, and that was actually what lead me to epicski, research.
Once I got those first two pairs (bought on ebay on subsequent days) I recall looking at the shiny steel and thinking, "Wow what a treasure!" Then I wanted more.
Then again, perhaps the allure of the steel is that it reminds me of the light of the Spirit shining back at me, and the sensation of riding them that of surfing the neural pathways in the mind of my Creator, before I went out on my own.
If one clears away all of the smoke and mirrors you end up back at the beginning and that moment when one's freewill was first denied, leading on one to engage in self injurious behavior, where one slipped through the breach created by more light than there was space, leading through the compression of birthing into external awareness, where everything is inside out and backwards.
Anyway, the Bowl is doing it's yearly tease to test our faith, there might be six inches or so up top. I worry not, as I've seen it go from bare slopes to ready to ski in five days. It's early yet, and there's snow in the forecast. It'd be great to finally meet you, it seems that we are kindred spirits, and if our boots are the same, I have many options in steel to ride.
Edited by volantaddict - 11/10/10 at 1:14pm