More spring boarding 

22 Mar

You know how it goes “make hay while the sun shines”. Well for us it’s “shred the hills while the snow remains”. Picked up JMan from school and headed to Wachusett again today. GMan and a friend joined us.

JMan and I heading up.

Conditions were good until the temps dropped, then it got choppy. But all in all it was a great afternoon/evening of boarding.

The boys at the end of day. Can’t imagine Jimmy Quinn on a snowboard! However, he’d be good in a groomer….kinda like a Massey Ferguson….but with tracks. 

BTW. The Arc’Teryx Iser shell got another good workout today and I’m liking the results so far. Dry and warm and waterproof as I managed to bail a few time snowboarding slowly. It’s harder to stay upright when moving at JMans speed.

Spring snow boarding 

21 Mar

GMan and I got in some spring boarding today. We got to Wachusett just before the lifts opened and carved up…well down some really nice corduroy.

The boys on the lift.

It was also a good opportunity to try out my newest piece of gear….well new to me as I snagged it on flee bay. It’s an Arc’Teryx Iser shell. Depending on where you buy it there anywhere from mid fours to high fives. I picked this one up (with tags still attacked) for $214…..yup, wicked bargain as we’d say around here.

Overall it’s a bomb proof shell. Completely wind proof with the right amount of well placed pockets. Unlike most boarding jackets the Iser is more formed fitted. Not tight, but definitely not baggy. As the day wore on I sheaded a layer but kept the shell on. I was plenty warm with just one layer under it. Again, since no wind get through and as it wicks away moisture I was dry and warm all day. Undre arm ventilation is fairly standard on all boarding/ski jackets and its easily found and adjusted on this one. 

They run true to size so keep that in mind when shopping. I’m on the smaller size so a medium works for me. The powder skirt is snug around the waist and won’t do anything for New England snow but it does keep the cold wind out. I guess if you were a skier and had a total yard sale the skirt would keep out the snow…..well slush we have around here.

Over all I’m very happy with this shell and would recommend it to anyone in the market for a high end shell. However, the regular retail price is a bit of a shocker but perhaps you’ll also get lucky on flee bay.

Photo my DB. Yours truly taking in the view.

Later in the am some friends showed up and we boarded until noon. By that time I had 15 runs in and a new top speed of 46.9 mph. That’s 9 mph more than my last 36.9 record…..shredded it! Not sure if the new shell helped but conditions were very good and listing to my hood flapping was an incentive to go even faster……apparently I did.

After lunch I got in another 7 runs for a total of 22. According to Garmin Connect my Training Effect was 1.0, but my legs are telling a whole different story. If anyone is around on Thursday we’ll be back for more.

Happy St. Patrick’s Day

17 Mar

Happy St. Patrick’s Day to all. Get away from me lucky charms!

Parting words

16 Mar

I’m not much good with wordy farewell emails but the below captures my spirit and the spirit of this occasion.

Cups (Pitch Perfect’s “When I’m Gone”) – Alan Quinn’s version!

I got my ticket for the long way ‘round

Eight nine’ cases for the way

And I sure would like some sweet surveys

And I’m leaving Friday, wha-do-ya say?

 When I’m gone

When I’m gone

You’re gonna miss me when I’m gone

You’re gonna miss my witty air

You’re gonna miss my derriere, oh

You’re gonna miss me when I’m gone

I’ve got my ticket for the long way ‘round

The one with zero case review

It’s missing CSAT, it’s missing Backlog, it’s missing Articles to do

But I sure hope it’ll be easier to do

When I’m gone

When I’m gone

You’re gonna miss me when I’m gone

You’re gonna miss my volume every day

You’re gonna miss my stellar TTA, oh

You’re gonna miss me when I’m gone


Office decoratings

16 Mar

Over the years we have put up many decorations to celebrate events or holidays. Today, thanks to my cube mate Mike the below greeted me on my second to last day at Autodesk.

Yes folks I’m getting off this merry go round. It’s was a heck of a ride over the past 6 plus years, but I’m moving on. 

Schools out

15 Mar

GMan is on break and JMans school is closed.

Busy in my home office.

GMan busy in the couch.

JMan filling in for Jess.

It’s official a blizzard 

14 Mar

If you can’t see you neighbors house it’s official a blizzard. 

However, the weather man says;  Officially, the National Weather Service defines a blizzard as a storm which contains large amounts of snow OR blowing snow, with winds in excess of 35 mph and visibilities of less than 1/4 mile for an extended period of time (at least 3 hours).

JMan cooking class

13 Mar

Today we have cheese, pepperoni and ham pizza. Assuming the power stays on we’ll have it for lunch tomorrow.

Some light reading 

13 Mar

Picked up some light reading (for the after life)!

It’s depressing and funny at the same time.

Random weekend photos 

11 Mar

We’re in NJ celebrating Lenore’s 85 Birthday. 

Gangs all here.

GMan waiting for lunch.

Couch time with the boys.

Pretzel pool!

Corner pocket shot.

JMan getting ready.

Let’s see you play this one.

Hmmm……soup anyone?