Sunday, November 29, 2009

The Fall

It is not snowing yet.
And it appears that weather has been like fall since like July. Does this mean we have a 6-month Fall? That's a very long Fall.

Tuesday, October 06, 2009

Best Job winter version

Just stumbled upon this contest about being s snow bum. To summary it up it is a contest where the winner will live at a resort, all expense paid, for 3 months in interior British Columbia. There, the winner ski/board,tube, sled, and blog, tweet, youtube about the life there in cyberspace and doing PR their event.
Just need to submit a 60 second video about yourself.

Someone got the idea from that Island Reef Job, apparently.
I'd be interested who will end up winning. Snow bum... hum... not really the thing for me, even I am a snowboarder. Going there means I will need to find a new job upon return.

Certainly someone in Land Down Under have noticed that. (What we call ski hill/resort is called ski field there)

Thursday, September 24, 2009

Plan in upcoming weeeks.

Sep 27 - banquet to attend
Oct 3 - party?
Oct 10 - Thanksgiving long weekend - Algonquin?
Oct 17 - Toronto Ski and Snowboard show.

Sunday, August 09, 2009

Something is wrong with this summer, when:

Thursday, July 16, 2009

About this blog

In 2008 I made a total of 8 posts.
This post is the 9th post of 2009.

Thursday, June 04, 2009

White Heat

Stumbled upon this book in the library, by Wayne Johnson. It gives a lot of insight of the life around the mountain and the life behind it. Avalanche control, patrol, and the life around the resorts.

This book is about the ski and snow culture. It is a good read for those new to the sports (this includes riders, thus plural) like me.

Wait till winter comes....

Oh, more snow quotes:
"Are you asking me to give a testimony, based on experience on snow, in summer?"

Tuesday, May 05, 2009

snow quotes

"Last weekend I was hanging out at Blue Mountain and people are still skiing and snowboarding. They are absolutely insane." First thing I heard on radio when driving to work - and that's what I did on the previous Saturday.

"O Yea, we are learning snowboarding next season. You see, even my younger son had all his [Burton] apparel ready."

"I am young enough to use the word 'stoked'. S-T-O-K-E-D."

"I forgot my camera today."
"To take pictures of you falling [on snow]?"

"Whistler? That's crazy.... yet awesome and EPIC."

"good to know.... I should save more for 'misc expenditures' like snowboard trips haha."

Wednesday, April 08, 2009

End of the snow season...

I am back from Vancouver two weeks ago as I wrote this. Looking back of last winter it almost sounded like a dream.
I only thought of taking snowboarding class just after the season actually started (in December, around Christmas) and actually put it into action in New Year. In any case, the New Year's Resolution is kind of completed. Certainly I did not thought of ending the season in Whistler.
I had the vacation days, and some spare money: why not take the chance and see the outside world - the really big mountain, which does not exist in Ontario. So I did.

By now the snow season *should* have ended in Ontario, especially when it stopped snowing mid-February.
(Apparently not for Blue Mountain... the place got a feet of snow on Monday and they announced that the place will be open in Easter - admitting that the snowstorm is unseasonal.)

Friday, March 13, 2009

T-6 and counting.

To Whistler, British Columbia... that's all I have to say.

That's it. That's all. No, not that one. I am not crazy yet.

Sunday, March 01, 2009

OK. This is getting so surreal for this winter.

So let's rewind back to March 2008. As I mentioned in here before, there was a company ski trip. I had always wanted to try snowboarding so I chose snowboarding on that day.
My feeling was that I wanted to do it for real but the season was ending soon so this soon slipped out of my mind.

Then another winter came. Apart from video gaming (one of which is Shaun White Snowboarding (which I got for PC version)) and stuff, I somehow decided to make my New Year's Resolution that I should learn snowboarding for real. So I signed up for snowboarding class at Glen Eden early January to put my New Year's Resolution. Then things are getting weirder by each week.

By late January someone in office actually asked me whether I wanted to go to Mont-Tremblant (in Quebec) in the Family Day long weekend with him. Then, a couple days later he told me that one of his friends was injured while snowboarding (season-ending type) so out of respect the whole group would not be going. It was not really a problem since it never went beyond the planning stage anyway.
A week later another group of people asked the same question - i.e. to the same location in the same weekend. My thought was like "Again?" They ended up not going but history did not repeat - they just could not get the logistic to work.

I heard they went to Blue Mountain on that weekend. In any case I had other engagement that prevented me to go.

Yesterday was the last lesson of snowboarding. I was able to ride down green run and is chairlift ready. That's all good. I posted on my Facebook asking if anyone is interested for a ski/snowboard trip on March 14 weekend. The plan was actually a day trip but I had not planned which day of the weekend at that time.

This morning:
Someone asked me whether I am going to Whistler with them (all skier...) during the March break... My thought was actually WTF. The trip posted on Facebook certainly does not mean a trip to the other side of Canada.

But don't get me wrong. I am rather neutral on this atm.

My supervisor will have my head for making him do the schedule again....
BTW, if I am going, date would be from March 19-24.

Wednesday, February 11, 2009

Some MSN conversation

[23:19] taiyo@T-5d - o contract, where art thou ?: how's your 50-50 on rails ?
[23:28] is pain.: not yet :p
[23:28] is pain.: still a beginner, so not jibbing yet.

After I typed my reply my thought was WTF as I actually knew what he is talking about.

Saturday, January 17, 2009

Two disaster planning stories today,

Power outage primer
If a plane went down in the harbour - but then, Hudson River was not frozen solid.

Hum, the star is not of news today.

Thursday, January 01, 2009

New Year Resolution.

Well, well. I am not really into this. But anyways, I am gonna make one this year.

Perhaps I should learn snowboarding for real. (and promptly got mocked by friends.)