2 more days!

2 more day and the GMan and I will be heading north for 4 days of end of season snowboarding. If anyone is in or around Smuggler’s Notch VT ping me.

Car inspection update

Update on my car inspection. Yesterday morning while driving our kids to school I noticed the flashing cruse and solid check engine light were out. According to my Subaru dealership this combination of festive lights means the gas cap was not or is not properly closed. I’m not sure I believe them as every time they reset it, it come back on again. The last few time I filled the gas tank myself and made sure the cap was on!

In any event I saw a window of opportunity to return to the garage to get re-tested. The last time I were there the guy that ran the test reminded me of Colin McRae. I asked in passing this time where he was from as he looked like a lad who fell off the boat so to speak, last week. Turns out his dad is from Dublin and his mom is from Donegal. Clearly he’s 1st generation Irish, and he also said that his mom’s side of the family was from Scotland! So perhaps our Mr. Murphy is related to the late great rally driver from Scotland.

Mr Murphy (I never got his first name) never made it to Ireland and said he’d like to some day. I meet so many people that say this and unfortunately never make it. After re-testing, my car passed with flying colors and off I went a happy man.

The perfect gloves

Many years ago my brother introduced me to snowboarding. During one of our many conversation he wisely said that “one of the most important pieces of equipment is a good pair of gloves”.

I tried on many and finally shelled out just under $100 for a pair of Burton’s Gore Tex gauntlet style. They had removable liners and wrist strings so you wouldn’t loose them on the chair lift. For years I used them for everything from boarding to snow blowing and back to tossing snowballs at the kids. Simply put they were bullet proof, never leaked and my hands were always warn.

However, like myself they started showing signs of wear! At the start of this season they took a turn for the worse. The outer material started flaking off a few fingers and thread were showing in the fingers tips. Also, the thumbs lost all the outer coating and on real cold day my fingers were getting cold.

The quest was on to find replacements. At ten year plus I knew I was not going to find a pair like mine, but I really wanted to come close. I must have tried on fifty pairs of gloves and I even took a few runs in a pair of Swany X-Cell ll Gloves. They were very warm but I couldn’t get them to go over my jacket arms, just under. Two runs later I didn’t like how that felt so off they came and on went my Burtons. The other concern was how long it would take for an all leather glove to dry. Quite a while it turned out even after two runs. Thankfully the store took them back.

Other than getting gloves that I liked I also needed to get them on over my wrist guards. At this stage it’s all about making it down the hill in one piece, do I won’t board without them. After additional research I came across Hestra gloves. I ordered a pair of there Heli Gloves from backcountry.com for $ 80 and some change. According to Hestra’s sizing chart I needed a size 9, but with my wrist guards that turned into a size 10. With free two day shipping I had them in no time and at first glance I was very impressed. Like my Burton’s they have a removable liner and wrist strings, except it’s a string that attaches to the glove and an elastic material band that goes on your wrist. I don’t think you could accidentally drop them even if you tried. They feel warmer that the Burton’s as the liners are much heavier. I can easily get my hand with wrist guard into them. I may order a pair of liners that a size 9 at some point but I can use

my old liners also. All in all I’m very happy with them and I cant wait to try them out.

BTW. I did find a few loose thread on one seam but one live chat with backcountry and a replacement pair was on the way. No question asked, no hassle and they included a free UPS shipping tag.

Go here for details on Hestra Heli Gloves: http://hestragloves.com/en-us/gloves/alpine-pro/heli-glove/

Go here for backcountry: backcountry.com

Go here for details on Swany X-CELL II GLOV:

Game day

Not that I have much of an interest in sports in general but its nice when the local team is in the play off’s. Keep in mind it’s still not enough to get me interested in American football or try an understand the game! Back home Gaelic football is the closet thing to America football. Except Gaelic football is typically 30 minutes a half, one team, and they don’t stop the play every few seconds! No offences or defensive, just fifteen lads against another fifteen on a real grass pitch with no roof and its always more craic when its raining!

We are going to a super bowl party, but just for the food, beers and good times. I’d imagine the game will be on but I won’t be watching.

Go here for more information on Gaelic football: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gaelic_football

Go here for more information on what craic really means: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Craic


Thank u know who it’s almost Friday. It was an interesting week so far! Tonight was the first Revit class at the BAC (Boston Architectural College). Good group of student from all over and with varied backgrounds. It was nice to be back teaching.

Tomorrow is 1/2 work and 1/2 play! Next post will be while I’m boarding.