Monday, January 16, 2006

Weebles wobble

Today is the big day.

I’ll be on the bunny hill corralling and helping (at least I hope so) ten or so grade one first time skiers. And let me tell you – I feel like a grade one first time skier too.

It’s been over twenty years since I hit the slopes. Long before snow boards were even thought of.

I used to be good at it too. So good I was a ski patrol. I hope I don’t need one of those today.

So, I tried on my boots yesterday. I had to vacuum them out because the dust was piled high inside them. Yah, I couldn’t believe it either. It’s interesting to see how much dust can actually pile up inside a ski boot over twenty years.

At least there was nothing living in it. For that I was thankful. I even tried on my skies. I was afraid I would pull them out of the bag to find them rusted and rotted beyond use. But again, I was mildly surprised. There was a slight bit of rust (easily removed) on one ski edge, but otherwise they were completely functional.

At least the bindings worked on the carpet in my basement. But standing on a carpet in one’s basement is not the same as standing on a ski hill after twenty plus years have gone by.

What’s funny is I’m supposed to be helping little ones learn how to ski. Sitting at my desk writing, I can’t actually recall how to do that myself.

But that’s not the point. The point is to be positive, set a good example and have fun. I’m hoping to achieve this today and will give a full report tomorrow – but let’s hope it’s not from the hospital . . .

And you can wish me luck is you like – just please, no “break a leg” comments.

I’m nervous enough about it already.

Twenty plus years.


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