Boarding update

Ya for me! I made it off the flat stuff. Not quite at the top but getting higher! Jillian gave me a few pointers and who knew that staying on your edges was so important! Taking a break as the kids start pouring in. I’ll see about getting the GMan on the right side of Wachusetts tonight.

The GMan did make it to the other side of the mountain. He’s got his own little groove and pretty soon he’ll be dusting me! That’s all good in my books, as it will give me something to chase!


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.

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Go here for more information on what craic really means:

Friday run

Yesterday was # 4 of 6 for the GMan’s snowboarding lessons. I got to Wachusett Mountain at 2pm or so and staked out a few tables for the rest of the group. At 2:30 or so I was on the mountain boarding. I felt a little off on the first few runs but then I loosened up. At that time it’s really quite with no lift lines. Its nice to board right down to the lift, unclip and get right on. I round tripped for a little over 2 hours and then took a break.

Back in the lodge things were getting busy as the tour busses were all coming in. It was touch and go to retain the tables. I had to ward off unhappy soccer moms and the odd teenager. GMans school showed up around 4:10 and we got the gear squared away and got in a run before his class. Since I was out I continued to board. At this point it was getting busy, but the extra bodies on the slope provided a good reason to practice my turns. I’m all about a moving target, just not the human type!

5:15 pm. A chez burger later we were back at it until 7:45. By then my legs felt like a pile of jelly held up with pipe cleaners. I even fell getting off the lift, but in my own defense the track of ice right at the bottom on the ramp did not help. As you can guess conditions were terrible and if you were not boarding on ice you were plowing thru snow (and I use that term in jest) that felt like frozen granular sugar. Mind you not the regular white stuff, this was more like brown sugar.

I managed to stay upright the entire day with the exception of the above mentioned ice induced incident. I did have a few near misses that I saved in one fashion or another. I trying really hard to not look at my board, keep my weight over my forward leg and bend at the knees. Put all that together, turn without thinking about it and keep looking in the direction I want to go in and it all seems to come together. I can’t be certain of this but I may even look like I know what I’m doing!

Boarding with the GMan

Went snowboarding with the GMan and it was a blast. Condition were terrible but it was still a lot of fun. We got afternoon tickets and boarded non stop for a little over three hours. It was fairly warm but windy so the snow field like boarding on frozen granular sugar! What do you want for man made on the east coast.

I was a little sore the following day but not as bad as I expected. Only too a few hits and good tumble. I also briefly chatted with a similarly aged boarder and we laugh about the importance of making it down in one piece especially at out age!

All in all it was enjoyable and I cant wait for Friday and the GMans’s school ski/boarding evening.

Here’s something to think about. When I was the GMans’s age and my dad was my age I could never imagine doing anything remotely like snowboarding. Granted snowboarding is not that old and Ireland is not known for wonderful skiing conditions, but I can think of a few more things that may have happened but only other very different circumstances.