January 16, 2007


by Chris Randall

Well, as it happens, I'm not going to NAMM. We got about 200 miles from home, and ran in to Issues with the Highway. Apparently, some people feel that a light dusting of snow is a good reason to close I-5. After sitting unmoving on the highway breathing truck exhaust for two hours, we gave up and turned around.

So, instead of my NAMM report on Thursday, you'll get my Snowboarding Report.



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Jan.16.2007 @ 5:13 PM
favorite quote...
"1 to 3 inches of the white stuff could pile up"

Jan.16.2007 @ 5:18 PM
Chris Randall
Yeah. Too bad it was off base by about 6 inches. They were letting semis over Rice Pass one at a time, and only if they had chains on, and one still managed to overturn.



Jan.16.2007 @ 5:36 PM
Jeff C
Any chance you could get on the 97? That'd take you to the 5 somewhere around Weed, CA.

Of course, it may be closed too. :|

- Jeff


Jan.16.2007 @ 5:37 PM
Chris Randall
It is. And I can't get there without crossing the Cascades, which are getting hammered right now. I know this because I live in them. But fuck that. We just sat in a car for 7 hours and only made it 147 miles from home. I'm done with this shit.



Jan.16.2007 @ 5:56 PM
This sucks big time. But since I won't be snowboarding this year, I'm looking forward to your sb report ;-)

Jan.16.2007 @ 6:32 PM
Yeah, let's see the snowboarding report!

Actually I was somewhat amused by your snowboarding mention over on that other blog. I learned how to ride just a few years ago, I guess around age 36 or so. First day I took lessons, second day I recovered. Third day I went out on my own, fourth day I recovered. Fifth day I had fun! And it's been more fun that skiing ever since. Snowboards are all about balance, that's basically all you have to work with. Much more interesting than being on skis.


Jan.16.2007 @ 7:25 PM
Chris Randall
I'll tell you what. I didn't realize how easy it was to ski until I tried snowboarding. I'm getting better, though. I bought a pretty nice rig (on the high end of the intermediate scale) so I'll have something to grow in to.



Jan.16.2007 @ 7:41 PM
i'm gonna go ride next week. i've always rented boards and done OK but i borrowed a friends board and had so much more fun. i'm gonna go buy a board before i go again.

too bad about namm. have fun on the mtn.


Jan.16.2007 @ 8:08 PM
Makes you long for sweet home Chicago, the city where they shrug off a foot and a half of snow, and fistfights break out if you move someones chair from the parking spot they dug out....

Jan.16.2007 @ 8:19 PM
Jeff C
I've only tried snowboarding once, at Big Bear. First day sucked: Took lessons, which was fine, but the slopes were overly crowded and my snowboard mastery was more or less null.

Skipped a day - too many bruises, aches and pains.

Went back on a weekday. Slopes were pretty much empty. Unfortunately, I didn't get much beyond the "point the board downhill and go at unsafe speeds until you remember how to stop" phase.

- Jeff


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