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It would be too much to ask, that these forums' most frequent poacher and pest ever got a real life.
Right again, Dan-o. If you are behind a boarder, they could come careening into you at any instant, as they have no idea you are there. Best to get around as soon and wide as possible. They seem to LOVE going backwards at abandon, clear across the run sometimes.
This is not a digression, but an expansion: I'm curious to see how the snow bikes we are seeing in greater frequency work out in the long run. My guess is that when that much metal contacts some soft innocent human tissue, with tragic results, then after the liability dust settles, we will no longer see those up there.
And I'm amazed what passes for skis these days, not that I'm the minimum-length dictator, life couldn't be that good.
I've got to agree wholeheartedly with Dan on this one: Calling out "On your left (or right)" is the STUPIDEST thing to do. Besides startling whoever you are overtaking, their natural reaction is to look that way, which naturally puts more weight on the opposite ski (assuming it's a skier) and inevitably turns them INTO your path, now requiring an even wider swing around them.
Better to just be silently ready for whatever stupid thing they might do, because often as not, they will. That means an extra-wide path around them -- checking before you swing wide, that you aren't cutting off some fool even stupider than yourself, assuming you have the wherewithal to do that.
At this point I will confess a bias against snowboards -- not the people who ride them, just the platform itself -- while also admitting I have never enjoyed them, partly economics, and partly because my two boards continue to thrill and amaze me.
On a snowboard one is necessarily off-balance at all times, and trying to control and manipulate that. Ideally a skier is in balance at all times. A snowboarder has a 180-degree blind spot, anything behind him/her, while a skier should maintain 360-degree awareness. Snowboarders suffer a much higher incidence of upper-body injuries -- shoulders, arms, clavicles, necks, heads -- while for skiers it remains lower-body, knees primarily, knock on wood, ain't had a problem there in decades.
For all these reasons, I recommend giving boarders an extra-wide berth, and do it in silence.
I'm sure that when Mud Season gets here and my life shrivels to nothing again, I will have a digression or two for you; I just hope to make them entertaining.
As far as where to put the cops... I think we could commandeer the whole back row at Dream Island via Eminent Domain at a quite reasonable price -- and they'd be right where the action is, the jail a short hop away.
Dang, all these haters, poking jabs back and forth... mind if I return the subject to the topic at hand, if just for a moment?
I was just going to say, it's possibly more than coincidence how this land just plopped itself into the City's hands, right when we're supposedly looking for a new police department location (some of us haven't abandoned a major makeover) and I'd be really curious, who might personally profit from this new course. Besides the architects, lawyers, and contractors, the feasibility study and Environmental Impact Statement, two special committees...
Funny how that happened...
I second the motion, Joel. Nice job throughout.
I guess they are bound and determined to put the cops in a prime-time location, you know, now that they have radios and all the gizmos. Can't we find a nice country club for our beleaguered civil servants?
9:34 p.m. -- I'm sure they took this drunk to a more nurturing environment. Pass the bottle, Mom.
Dang, if it wasn't for direlicts, paranoids, and losers, this wouldn't have been much of a day at all.
Wow, I never knew the Post Office was such a lively spot. Crime occurs in waves, and this was Post-Office Day!!
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