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Goodbye Winter! This Time For Real!

Whew! Well we’re back to normal after yesterday’s cauliflower party. Changing our theme back to normal was like changing into comfortable clothes after wearing an ill-fitting clown suit for 24 hours.

So here’s a quick post, to welcome Spring (finally) and say goodbye to Winter until next year. I figured I’d post a few pics after commenting about where BonyMike was when he took the pics for his hat wearing post. The idea was “Where’s Mike?”, which I was going to turn into a contest and make everyone guess where I went skiing. Then I decided to scrap the contest and just post the pics, leaving it at that.

This is from a couple of weeks ago. The last BIG snowstorm that dumped almost 3 feet of snow on the ski hills. I had a few days off, so why not go to Vermont and throw myself down a mountain?

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1st time skiing in 10 years. Maybe going to the summit wasn't the best idea for my first run. Pretty good view though.

My decision to come here was based on memories that I had of this view. I was here as a kid and remembered the tall fence separating us skiers from the abyss. The fence has seen better days, and it’s not as tall as I remembered. The view hasn’t changed.

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As suspected, you can still see Mt. Mansfield. Hasn't budged an inch.

I hadn’t skied in so long, so I dug out my ancient straight edge skis instead of renting new ones. On my last run of the day, a couple of guys commented on my “old school” skis. I mentioned how they sill worked and that the mountain hasn’t changed much. We laughed and then they lamented the fact that they spent $800 on skis this year and only made it out twice.

I forgot how much I missed skiing and the conditions were incredible. As you can tell from my expression, I’m having more fun than anyone should ever be allowed to have. Ever. I mean it. I’m experiencing extreme elation. Or maybe it was extreme exhaustion, combined with sub zero temperatures at the summit. Or maybe I just suck at self portraits.

Happy Spring, y’all.
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  • Anonymous

    Looks fantastic!! I haven’t been skiing in years! Miss it. Glad to know not much has changed.

    Your happiness really showed. 🙂

  • OMG! You’d think that they would have made that fence a little more substantial, if not more visible!

    Like you, I haven’t gone skiing in … well, let’s just say it’s been a long, long, long time. But straight edged skis as opposed to what? Noodle edged? Is that something like a ColecoVision v. XBox? No worries, I am probably older than you.
    😉

  • OMFG! You put up a picture of the front of your head!!!

  • Anonymous

    You’re a brave soul to go spring skiing. I celebrated Spring today by driving to Montreal and lining up at Schwartz’s for a smoked meat. I wasn’t disappointed.

  • The one and only time I ever went skiing it was to impress a guy. I borrow a friend’s awesome ski clothes and I think I can say with complete authority that I was the best dressed person face down in the snow that day.

  • Nope. Skiing is the same as it ever was, except the prices are even higher. Protip: bring your own lunch!

  • The fence was intact when I was a kid. This is one of the bigger hills in VT, but they haven’t upgraded anything in forever. Same rickety chairlift (fun!) and the fence has just…well, you saw the pic!

    The new skis are more curved, similar to the way snowboards are designed. Hee hee…colecovision. I have fond memories of playing Venture!

  • You are one sharp tack!

  • By the lineup? It’s impressive, no?

  • Was he gentlemanly at least in helping you up?

  • That fence doesn’t look like it would stop you plummeting down into the abyss. It looks very flimsy to me.

  • Those were some impressive pictures right there. Has anyone ever told you that you look like Hugh Laurie? At least the bottom half of your face does.

  • nice pics …. and don’t fret. your self portrait is good too 🙂

  • The first few times he was.

  • Anonymous

    The line up took about half an hour. It was worth the weight. hahahaha

  • Really nice pictures. I didn’t realize this post was done by Mike until I looked a second time. Oh my heavens, you are a good looking man! I really had no idea you were this cute! I thought “Why on earth did Nicky post a picture of a cute guy and say it was her?” I’m quick like that sometimes. We used to go Spring skiing in the high Sierras but only cross country. I loved it. Your photos are great and I’m glad you had fun, but I’m still oohing and ahhing over your photo! Dang, Mike! Post more you! (Maybe on a bear skin rug… I’m just saying…”.

  • I wasn’t aware there were clown suits that aren’t “ill-fitting”.

  • Anonymous

    I like your beard, CheesyMike, and I’ll bet it came in handy that day. Probably saved the lower half of your face from frostbite. Also, you look so happy I can’t help but smile looking at the photo.

  • Anonymous

    This is my favorite comment that Jayne has ever left anywhere that I’ve seen.

  • Anonymous

    Maybe there’s something going around. Next thing you know, he’ll be on Facebook, too.

  • It’s the honest-to-God’s truth. 🙂

  • You’re very astute, Ziva. I actually have gotten that a couple of times. And yes, for the bottom half of my face.

  • It was, and I was wondering if someone hadn’t caused it’s current state by plummeting themselves.

  • Thanks, Roshelle!

  • You’re probably right about that.

  • That’s me, spreading sunshine!

  • Gee Linda, now I’m blushing. Maybe I will post more, but if I go the bearskin route, WWFC may no longer be work safe 😉

  • That’s not too bad for a saturday. I usually only go there with out of towners, but if I do have an urge for smoked meat, the destination is usually The Main across the street.

  • I still want the photo on the bearskin rug.

  • I don’t even know who Hugh Laurie is, but Mike is better looking than him.

  • There a better chance of me posing on a bearskin rug than embracing Facebook.

  • Facebook? Eh! But the bearskin rug being possible gives me reason to live and hope that will spring eternal.

  • That does NOT look like spring!!! It looks like FALL… at least if I was on the non-bunny slope!

  • Did you smash through that fence? That’s what I would have done. Smash!

  • OMG! He DOES look like “House”!

  • Whew! YAY! WWFC is back to normal. THANK YOU!

  • It was pretty hard to look at, no?

  • I have to say, when I first put on my skis, I had a “wth am I doing?” moment.

  • I don’t really. It’s because of the goggles!

  • I’m just happy it’s back!

  • Ahahahahah!

  • It wasn’t me, but someone must have!

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