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November 29, 2006

14" Last Night at Brian Head

Brian Head got their first big storm of the season last night. 14" of new snow fell. That is almost enough to cover the rocks.

They are still close today through Friday so that they can groom the snow and get it ready for a decent opening of some more runs. It is important that they compact this base down so that they can build up for the season, but they continue to make snow on top of the new snow that has fallen.

I am hoping for a top to bottom opening on Giant Steps this weekend.

Posted by Justin at 12:10 PM

November 28, 2006

Utah Locals Polled BY SLC Tribune on Their Favorite Resorts Pick Alta and Snowbird

This is a non-scientific poll done by the SLC Tribune of their local readers. Check the results:

And, finally, the question "Why don't more Utahns ski or board?" produced a predictable response: 472 people, almost 43 percent, cited the cost of lift tickets and equipment. Laziness, fear, dislike of cold also were cited, along with a fair amount of cultural bashing: too many children, too many church responsibilities, too little remaining time and too little regard for outdoor activities.

"After paying 10 percent to the LDS Church for tithing they can't afford to ski," said Mike Montmorency. "I pay my tithing to the snow gods."

FAVORITE RESORTS Like Montmorency, many respondents described skiing at Alta, just being at Alta, as a spiritual experience. While Snowbird devotees gushed about its terrain and the quality of its snow, few described the 'Bird with the reverence Alta advocates regularly reserved for their favored resort.

"God's country," "close to heaven" and "mecca" were three descriptions with religious connotations, along with another conclusion that Alta has "soul." Others called Alta "a purist's mountain," "old school," "the granddaddy of the class resorts" and a "hidden treasure." Andrew Stevens summed it up: "It's cheap (relatively), the employees are friendly and helpful, the terrain is incredible, and the snow is always fantastic. But most of all, the skiers are there to ski, not to be seen, not to judge other's abilities. It's a very pure skiing experience." Or as Billie Daugherty opined: "No snowboarders and as close to heaven as you can get." Ah, yes. No snowboarders. Of the 294 people who designated Alta their favorite resort, 114 (39 percent) cited no snowboarders as one reason why. Conversely, 43 of the 60 people (72 percent) who ripped Alta as their least favorite resort based their answer on the snowboard ban, as did 22 percent of those who designated Deer Valley, which also prohibits 'boards, as their least favorite.

I had a conversation with one of my friends and described Alta as Mecca. If you are a skier, you must make the pilgimage. Insane steeps and deeps. 500+ inches of snow a year including over 600" the last two years. Lake effect snow that keeps coming and coming. Great prices. And 30 minutes from a major Delta hub.

Alta is skiing. It is everything skiing is about. If you are a skier and have not been to Alta, you are not a skier yet. You can ski with a 50 year old in nasty Walmart coveralls who is riding on straight as an arrow 210's that makes you look like a gaper. Or you can see guys hucking off cliffs and rocks. They don't have a terrain park. Instead they have soul. They have ambiance. They have everything a skier is about. You don't need $5,000 worth of gear. Just a skier's heart and soul.

And the folks in Utah that have God's skiing playground at their front door agree.

Posted by Justin at 08:38 PM

November 27, 2006

Testing New Template Changes

I added a display of category names at the bottom of the entries.

Just testing the changes.

UPDATE: Added the numbers of entries in each category and for each month as well as added links to the categories of each entry at the bottom. Fairly minor stuff, but something to track how many entries I make per month and to track which categories I am making entries to.

Sad part is that Personal and Phoenix Sports are almost as popular as Brian Head and General Skiing. You can see which resorts I am spending time at.

Gotta make changes every so often or the site gets stale. =)

Posted by Justin at 02:02 AM

Fighting Burnout for the Year

It is always weird to blog about personal stuff, but it has been a crazy year. I have been taking some time off of work with a short leave of absence after some personal issues this year and last (read burnout). Tera had two major surgeries last year as well as some other health issues after having Lindsey. I have been travelling and between my work travels and her medical problems, it has been a seriously long year.

This year, in addition to my regular job, I have been working on several personal projects as well as doing some patent work at my job. I am filing my fourth patent application of the year this week and it will be my seventh overall. Just stressful. Three kids, a job that requires travel, health problems, two homes--it gets you down.

That is part of why I love having the second home and a hobby that gives me a reason to get out of Phoenix and the grind and get into the mountains. After a fresh snowfall, the snow dampens the sound and if you find a nice run through the trees away from the gapers, everything is muted. It drowns out the life that most of us work to pay our bills and take care of the day to day. It is easy to envision living there and dropping all the cares of the world to work a night job as a waiter at the resort and ski everyday. It is a nice dream, but I got it pretty good with my work. I can't imagine taking a vow of poverty for the religion of skiing. I mean taking the vow to be a priest or a Jedi or something--yeah, but not to be a ski bum. I want freaking mind tricks and light sabres or wine and alter boys or something. I get enough powder days as it is.

So don't expect a ton of blogging over the next few. Football season is over for Wickenburg, it is too early for the Suns, ASU doesn't play until the bowl season, the Cardinals suck, the Broncos waived the white flag on the season by benching Jake, and all in all, I am just regrouping and trying to close out the last few things I need to do this year and prep for my next trip north. Waiting for the season to kick off and to close out 2006.

Posted by Justin at 01:15 AM | Comments (5)

Brian Head Expecting First Major Storm--But Closing This Week

Snow is on the way for Brian Head, but the resort is closing to focus on snowmaking. This should be good news for the rest of the seasona as temps are expected to drop (meaning snowmaking can take place during the day) and there is a major storm on its way.

Last Wednesday was somewhat anti-climactic. I played around on the two open runs and hit a couple nice jumps and tried my hand on the rainbow they had set up, but all in all, I hate the thought of tearing an ACL/MCL on the opening day, and hate the thought of getting taken out by some schmuck going all Bode.

Still, the condo is coming together nicely and we are working at things. It was a nice trip to get some plumbers up there and get some things buttoned up for the season. We are starting to plan for our weekends this year with friends or family and have several different people that are going to use the place.

Gonna head up sometime in the next week or two, but have a Doctors Appt next week and some other plans going on. Probably wait it out for more snow so that my dad and Jackson can come up and we can finish the tape and texture on the drywall as well as finish the carpet, wood repairs, and closets for the winter and focus on what the place is for--skiing.

Posted by Justin at 01:08 AM

November 25, 2006

Wickenburg Ends Season One Play Away

Last year it was Wheeler taking a bootleg for 70 yards to demoralize Wickenburg, this year it was Wheeler stepping through an All-State Linebacker's sack and throwing a bomb on 4th and 19 to beat Wickenburg. Jeff Alder had Jesse Wheeler on 4th and 19 sacked, but credit Wheeler with being able to step through a sure sack and throw a prayer downfield to break the 14-14 tie.

I saw Jeff after the game and after the kids came out of the locker room following a painful loss. What a kid and what heart he has shown all year long for Wickenburg. Of all the players, he is probably my favorite. He leaves everything he has on the field every single game and inspires the best in his teammates. The last thing I said to him was how proud we all are of him and his hard work and that the team and he have done us proud. I told him that their hard work has paid off and it is an awesome trophy that they are bringing home tonight.

Coach Vaughan talked to us three weeks ago and said that the thing about football is that most times, the most talented team wins. Credit Wickenburg for even being close to Coolidge. Coolidge was incredible. Fast. Strong. At times overpowering. But Wickenburg showed great heart and character. The same that beat Blue Ridge and Seton. Coolidge was just a better team. Too much speed.

I loved the opportunity to work the sidelines with these kids and get to know them. Clay coached them when they were Freshmen. Every single kid out there for Wickenburg has shown class and character. They are good kids. After the game, they thanked us over and over as we congratulated them for supporting them and following the team. We don't deserve your thanks. You deserve ours. You were inspiring. My boys and baby brother have spent almost every Friday night watching you play and come home and talk about Scott or Drew or Jeff or Tyler or... I have watched the kids get better every week. And go 13-1. The one loss was in the last game, but is not what will be remembered. What we will remember is four months of watching great kids represent us with class and character and come within a broken busted bomb on 4th down of winning a state title.

It is a beautiful trophy. And over the years, I will be able to take my kids to the school and point to it and to the banner that will soon be hanging at the high school and remind them of that team. I know every single kid on that team gave it everything that they had and came up just short of winning a championship. I am just as proud of them as I would be if they won it all. I have never been more proud of a group of kids for representing my school, my home, and my community than these kids.

Posted by Justin at 12:39 AM

November 23, 2006

Thanksgiving

It is always good to remind yourself what you have to be thankful for.

  • First and foremost, my family and wonderful wife and kids. Tera lets me do almost anything and has endured 10 years of marriage to a guy that has spent the better part of our marriage at sporting events, skiing, jeeping, in school, or working multiple jobs. The kids give me someone to pick on or go skiing with.
  • Our health. Tera got quite a scare last year after having Lindsey and it puts into perspective that life is fragile.
  • Our jobs, our businesses, our home, and our finances. We don't have everything we want all the time, but we live a blessed life. We don't long for anything we need and have an abundance that we are able to share with others. We try to give back as much as we can and display gratitude and charity for our good fortune.

There are so many other things. Our condo, twin tip skis, Wickenburg Football, good snow... But without your family, your health, and some good fortune, it is difficult to enjoy them.

This year has been very interesting. My brother lived with us for 8 months after seperating from his wife. My wife and I celebrated 10 years of marriage. We spent countless days and hours remodelling our condo and skiing while we were there. I enjoyed my first full season as a Suns season ticket holder. My first season owning a condo. Spending a winter with my dad and my brothers Jeremy and Jackson. We took a wonderful vacation and spent even more time at the condo whenever we could.

I firmly believe in something that coaches have said over and over in football--you create your own luck through hard work, dedication, being in the right place, and preparation. I have spent the better part of the last ten years in college and working sometimes two or three jobs at the same time. Sacrificed time with family and friends and doing lots of the fun things that my peers got to do. I haven't owned a boat or quads or a toy hauler. I don't smoke or have many bad habits. I don't gamble. I believe that these things help contribute to our health and prosperity, but that there is a little bit of luck involved. You submit to a higher power and recognize that you can only control so much. But you make sure to control the things that you can.

It has only been in the last year that I have really come to realize that these same sports philosophies apply to life in general. Some people have the luck to marry well or inherit from the hard work or fortune of others. Just like some people have natural athletic talent and others have to work every single day to get better. We have to create their own opportunties through hard work and preparation. I am thankful for the grandparents that I had that taught me how to work. It is difficult to enjoy life sometimes when there is still work to be done. The holidays always provide that opportunity. I can relax, take my vacation time, ski, and prepare for another year of hard work.

Enjoy the holidays and enjoy the time with family. I enjoyed spending yesterday with Jake and Tera and Jarrett and Lindsey. I enjoyed today with my uncles and cousins watching football and eating turkey.

Posted by Justin at 11:38 PM

Day One - Ski Season Starts at Brian Head

Yesterday, Brian Head opened for the season. Conditions were EPIC. Two runs on manmade snow. Snowboarders that sat 15 wide across top of the runs gawking and watching as the other snowboarders that were halfway decent. The rest would wait and then ride down missing every jump but cutting off anyone that did want to hit anything.

You always want to set the tone for the season right. And Jake did just that. First run, getting off the lift. Took a header. So for the entire season, he gets to hear it.

Not a lot of skiing to enjoy, but it was still a day on skis. I took a good fall off of a rainbow. And man is ice hard. You know, it isn't a glass is half full or glass is half empty situation. After seven months, it certainly wasn't a bluebird powder day, but it was a start to the season. And it still felt good.

Posted by Justin at 09:31 PM | Comments (1)

November 18, 2006

Thanksgiving Plans - Wickenburg versus Coolidge for the State Title

From the Wickenburg Sun:

After stumbling out of the gate and falling behind by 10 points early, Wickenburg High School's unbeaten and second-ranked (3A) football team settled down and eventually upset unbeaten and No. 1-ranked Seton Catholic Friday night in the state semifinals, 28-23.

The Wranglers, who now have the most victories in one season in the school's history with its current 13-0 record, will face defending state champion Coolidge in the 3A title game Friday (Nov. 24) at McClintock High School in Tempe (7 p.m. kickoff).

Ironically, the championship game will be a rematch of the last year's state semifinal contest between Wickenburg and Coolidge, which won 27-20 en route to its title.

And the team Wickenburg defeated Friday night was the only team to knock off the defending champs this season, 32-20, in the fifth week of the regular season. Coolidge advanced to its second consecutive championship game by defeating Winslow, 28-24, in the other semifinal contest Friday night at Mesa Community College.

The night looked bleak for the Wranglers in the first five minutes.

First, Seton took the opening kickoff 68 yards in nine plays to score the game's first touchdown with less than four minutes taken off the game clock. Then, Wickenburg fumble away the ball on its first possession ... and Seton eventually converted the mistake into a 35-yard field goal.

Before Wickenburg could even get one play in the books, it was behind 10-0.

It was 17-7 midway through the second quarter. Seton was rolling. Almost unstoppable. They scored on their first three possessions. But Wickenburg came back and cut the lead to 17-14 and held Seton on their last possession of the half. Wickenburg took the opening kick of the second half in for a TD, held Seton, and scored again. Had it not been for a touchdown with :02 on the clock in the 4th, Wick would have won 28-17.

We watched the second semi-finals game sitting next to Coach Vaughan, several other coaches, and Scott McKeever. These kids are class acts and every single one of them is polite, well mannered, and respectful. They work hard. They are dedicated. They are disciplined. They are well coached. And they just knocked off an undefeated and number one ranked team in the Semifinals.

I have been at all but two road games this year. I worked the chains at every home game. I know several of the kids and have watched them out work, out hustle, out hit, and out play every team they have faced including Blue Ridge (of their many championships) and Seton (the number one and unbeaten team).

This is Wickenburg's first trip to the finals since I was 3 years old. Almost 30 years since the last trip. So now, instead of spending Thanksgiving at my condo and taking the kids skiing, I have something more important and a reason to spend Thanksgiving with the Grandparents and in-laws, who live 200 yards apart in Wickenburg. This team represents our community well and with class. Our fans in the stands and the rest of us have an opportunity to represent our team by showing up and celebrating this great year and these great kids.

Posted by Justin at 04:33 PM

November 17, 2006

Season Passes Printed, but No Season Yet

Yesterday, I went in and talked to Tracy at Brian Head who handled the season passes. Got the passes all printed up and ready to roll. Only problem with me being early to get all my goodies in anticipation of today's opening--there is no opening.

Looks like Wednesday at the earliest. Hardly any snow and what is there is man made, but they are making it as fast as they can. Temps are a little warmer than optimal though.

Dad and I did some major remodel work and were putting in outlets for a Washer and Dryer. Will have pics posted shortly. Better news is that we redid the upper loft and we have improved livability in a major way. Check back for the pics.

Posted by Justin at 10:07 AM | Comments (1)

November 13, 2006

Wickenburg beats Blue Ridge 26-23... On to the Semi Finals

This is going to be a long post, so I am sticking most of it in the extended entry. Please check it out.

I graduated from Wickenburg High School in 1993 (well actually 1995 because I failed Senior AP English and Government and left with six weeks remaining my senior year to start college early) and my wife did in 1996. All of my wife's brothers and sisters and several cousins, uncles, etc. graduated from Wickenburg. I played on two teams that were ranked number one in the state at one point or another in football, but ultimately, in the last 30 years, Wickenburg has made less than a half dozen trips to the semifinals and no finals appearances since 1979. Last year, Wick lost a 27-20 game in the semis to the eventual state Champions that went down to the wire. A close game, but yet another season that ended without a title.

Pinetop-Lakeside is another town, about the same size as Wickenburg that is located in the White Mountains approximately 20 miles from Sunrise Park Ski Resort. Between 1987 and 2004, Lakeside Blue Ridge won the State 3A Football title in Arizona 10 times, including completing 8 perfect 13-0 undefeated seasons. Twice, Blue Ridge's only loss of the year was in the title game and they finished 12-1 in addition to their 10 championships. Add in that Blue Ridge has dominated Wickenburg four straight times in the last six years and you have the background on a game that represents an opportunity for a turning point for Wickenburg football. So the brackets came out and Wickenburg drew Blue Ridge (assuming both won their first round games) in the second round. The game was last Friday night.

I take my sons to the ballgames and keep them on the sidelines with me. I don't claim to be a great dad, and am pretty much a selfish SOB, but if my kids dig going to Suns Games, NFL and College Games, High School games, and skiing, I love to spend time with my kids. =) So it is just what we do. I have gotten to know several people online from various towns around the state via an online message board, so now with a horse in the race that has a chance to win, things have gotten pretty exciting. Just tons of anticipation of last weeks games as this may be the most talented and best group of teams Arizona 3A ball has seen in decades.

Wickenburg hired a new coach last year who so far has gone 23-2 in two years with the only two losses being a tight fought regional title game last year to Fountain Hills and last year's playoff game against Coolidge in the semifinals. I have gotten to know him a fair amount (and know many of the folks on his staff) and he is already becoming a part of the fabric of the town, which is what happens when you coach football and win ballgames. Plus his wife and family are phenomenol people and everything about them exudes class. His wife knows more about football than most high school coaches I have met and similar to her husband, has a stack of football stories to tell. I know some of the kids and grew up with several kid's parents, etc. Just small town living. I live over an hour away now in the Phoenix Suburbs, but drive to every home game and almost all away games.

For the last two weeks, I have been in football overload mode. Last Friday, we went to three high school games in one evening to catch two of the other semifinalist's games that we face for the title in the Final Four. Add in constantly talking about it and planning for games or working the chains or just preparing for game day and it has consumed me and several of my friends. Not to mention my Cardinals and ASU tickets.

But last Friday night may go down as the single best night of watching football I have ever had. Been to bowl games. Been to the Cardinals versus New Orleans and San Diego games when Arizona clinched the playoff berth against Dallas in 1998. Watched comeback wins by ASU and been to half a dozen Territorial Cup games. But a triple header of high school ball when you have a horse in it and when two games come down to the last play of the game... nothing is better. I have a major problem--my volume switch only has one volume and unfortunately that is the one from Cardinals, Suns, and ASU games and is probably a little louder than appropriate at a high school game. But it is good to get fired up. I thought I gave myself an aneurism yelling so loud the last 5 minutes of Friday's game though.

So it is Lakeside Blue Ridge and Wickenburg. Wickenburg has some horses this year, but BR is scrappy and they expect to be champions every single year. The game went back and forth with one team scoring, then the other. I won't describe it because I can't do it justice. Let me let the numbers do the talking for me.Here is the box score from the Wickenburg Sun:

Blue Ridge...0...3...0...20 -- 23
Wickenburg...0...7...6...13 -- 26

W - Wells 18 pass from Vaughan (Sievert kick) 9:25
BR - Bonilla 41 FB 0:00
W - T. Murphy 80 pass from Root (Kick wide)
BR - Parkinson 24 pass from Williams (Bonilla kick) 10:04
W - McKeever 79 pass from Vaughan (Sievert kick) 9:40
BR - Wise 35 pass from Williams (Bonilla kick) 2:38
W - McKeever 60 pass from Vaughan (Kick wide) 1:23
BR - Wise 5 pass from Williams (Kick blocked) :23

Wickenburg statistics:

Rushing - McKeever 19-107, Alder 14-55, Root 1-7, Vaughan 1 (-7).
Passing - Vaughan 7-10-203, Root 1-1-80.
Receiving - McKeever 2-139, T. Murphy 3-100, Wells 1-18, Alder 1-15, Root 1-11.

41 Yard Field Goals? Yep, had it. Long bombs? Had that too. Huge runs? Yep. Back and forth scoring... oh, yeah. Just look at that 4th Quarter. Score...Answer...Score...Answer. It was a masterpiece. Last score was with :23 left and the game didn't end until the onside kick was recovered.

And you know the best part. This was the early game. The late game was even better. Seton led 20-13 with six minutes left. Show Low marched down the field and scored but missed the PAT so they were down 20-19. They kicked off, stopped them, converted a 4th and 6 with a long pass to save the drive, took it all the way down to the one yard line. The game ended on a QB sneak that was stopped on the 1 INCH LINE AS TIME EXPIRED.

So this week it is Wickenburg and Seton, the top ranked teams in the state--both 12-0, get to battle it out to see who will face what will probably be last year's defending State Champion (and what I think is the best team in the state)--Coolidge. Coolidge won every game last year except a loss at home to LAKESIDE BLUE RIDGE and finished 13-1. They beat Wickenburg in the Semis and ended the Wrangler's season 27-20. This year they are 11-1 with their only loss coming to Seton.

Maybe this is boring stuff to folks not attached to it. I don't even live in Wickenburg anymore, but have been getting e-mails from old teammates to see who is going where before or after the games. Ran into some old friends and teammates on Friday and their kids who someday will play ball with my kids. Relationships in life matter. When you spend four straight months with the same guys every year for four straight years, they become an extended family. Wickenburg has never had a tradition that I can really remember. No champions. No older kids coming back and expecting perfection from the younger ones. No great coaching or great expectations. Last year, this year, and this trip to the semifinals is allowing us to reconnect and rebuild some traditions. And we are meeting folks ande talking to folks onlie from around the state looking to do the same. Our young kids throw the ball behind the bleachers during the games or on the field after it is over while former teammates and friends remember a snake at Gila Bend their senior year or the old stadium that got torn down when they built the new high school.

It is cheesy to say, but Coach Norris Vaughan is helping give Wickenburg an identity that it has been searching for since I was a kid. Folks show up and pack the stands and talk about football and expect to win and expect to beat the Blue Ridges of the world. And in our corner of a state filled with other small towns, it helps put our home with its four stop lights, two Circle K's, and 10,000 people back on the map. And give folks like me a reason to come back besides getting free food or babysitting at the in-law's place.

Posted by Justin at 12:14 PM

November 12, 2006

Win a Free Season Pass at BMSA

Win a free season pass at BMSA in their new drawing this year. They are giving away five of them worth $275 each.

They redesigned their ski passes for this year and have a beautiful picture of the new Jack's Notch area on the lift pass according to Beth Clark, their director of marketing.

Check it out. Beth has offered for me to run a contest here too, and we are working on details.

Posted by Justin at 05:15 PM

November 09, 2006

Still Little Snow at Brian Head

Brian Head is still struggling to get enough snow to make opening more than the usual white ribbon of death. But good news is that hopefully there is some new snow on the way.

Two weeks from today is Thanksgiving and unless the snow really starts coming down, it may be a very weak opening.

Pray for snow!

Posted by Justin at 04:31 PM | Comments (1)

November 07, 2006

Election Day 2006

I have always said that political talk here should be and will be rare. Today is an exception. No advice on who to vote for, just a call to anyone that reads the site to actually vote.

Tera turned in her ballot early, but I was not smart enough to do so. I was up at 6:00 AM when the polls opened to cast my ballot.

This is a critical election in Arizona with several controversial initiatives on the ballot. My representative is safe, but Arizona is one of the contested Senate seats that Democrats need to take over the Senate, which if predictions about Stevens retiring this year also means take over the Supreme Court. Things like a woman's right to (choose/murder depending on point of view) hinge on the Senate Elections.

I am going to be glued to the news tonight and checking several of my favorite blogs for updates. Elections are like horse races or the lottery. Voting is how you buy your ticket and place your bet. Let's hope my horses come in first tonight. =)

Posted by Justin at 07:44 AM | Comments (3)

November 04, 2006

Heading to the Condo Early Next Week

I am making a trip to the condo next week. Sad reality is that I don't have any of my gear at my house anymore and most of it can use either a cleaning or a tune up. I am hoping that my dad can help me finish the drywall and flooring repairs that we have to make in the loft.

Still hardly any snow at Brian Head, but there are a couple of storms forecast for the week coming up.

I am going to bring my gear back and if things don't start moving down here, make a trip to Wolf Creek shortly. Gotta get my legs under me. Pray for snow!

Posted by Justin at 11:15 PM | Comments (1)

November 03, 2006

Dude, You are So Busted

From the When You are Caught, You are Caught section of the news:

Colorado Springs, CO - Evangelist Ted Haggard admitted Friday that he bought methamphetamine and received a massage from a gay prostitute who claims he was paid for drug-fueled trysts by the outspoken gay marriage opponent. Haggard resigned as president of the National Association of Evangelicals and stepped down as leader of his Colorado megachurch while the two groups investigate the allegations.

He denied the sex allegations but told reporters outside his home that he did buy the meth because he was curious, but he said he threw it away. "I bought it for myself but never used it," he said. "I was tempted, but I never used it."

Haggard, 50, said he never had sex with Mike Jones, a 49-year-old male prostitute who sparked the scandals when he told a radio station he had had a three-year sexual relationship with the minister. Haggard said he did get a massage from Jones after being referred to him by a Denver hotel.

I am totally saying I would go back to that hotel front desk and be pretty upset if they sent a gay prostitute up to my hotel room to give me a massage. I mean send me to a day spa or something. Maybe a mudbath, but normally, the only time a hotel recommends a gay prostitute instead of a massage therapist is when you ask for one. So you get busted doing meth and for having sex with a gay prostitute. So what. I mean who hasn't. One time, me and Robert Downey, Jr., were hitting the smack pretty hard and Eddie Murphy and Danny Bonaduce come by and we go and grab a couple of trannies...

Everyone has their vices. Dude, these are just bad vices to have. And home boy is gonna end up out of a job just like the governor of New Jersey did plus have to explain things to the family, wife, kids, etc. I am saying, say something like, "I made a terrible mistake and ask for your forgiveness" or something. Don't claim that you hired him for a massage and that you bought meth but threw it away. My kids lie better when I catch them sneaking extra Halloween Candy.

Posted by Justin at 03:38 PM

November 02, 2006

Wil from 120 Days Catches Suns Home Opener

Wil from 120 Days and I caught the Suns season opener last night. First, the Suns won. Good game. Lots of Offense. Amare looked good. And an exciting game to say the least.

So we meet at a Mexican place downtown and sit and BS for an hour before the game. The topics ran from baseball to basketball to the ski industry to Steamboat to other resorts to living in Steamboat for a year to IT and web stuff. So basically, Wil is a computer geek who happens to be a huge sports fan and on top of that devotes his life to riding. Yeah, I don't know anyone else that fits that profile... =)

It was good times and Wil is going to be back in PHX more this winter than last because of other committments, which means that I will probably do some travelling and riding with him this season. Got more lowdown on JP from Colorado Backcountry and the other guys in Colorado that I link to and read, but have not met yet. Tons of stories about last season and at the end of the day, I was pumped for both ski season and Suns season. I think the best part was we spent almost the entire game trying to one up each other on the most backhanded slap at Chris Kaman's hair for the Clippers.

When is the season going to get going full swing so that I can stop wasting time on work, family, socializing, sports, etc., and start wasting time on driving to and from resorts?

Posted by Justin at 12:07 PM

November 01, 2006

New Site Up - Ski Television

I get all kinds of stuff in my inbox. Offers to advertise for various things, some of which are awesome like the Colorado Pass. Others are just "hey, check this out." Today, I got a "hey, check this out" e-mail from Rob Butler at Ski Television from Canada.

So, hey, check this out. Nice looking site. Great stuff. There is a new blog there that is getting up and going. They have all kinds of cool stuff from there sponsors, etc.

Stop by and check it out and I am sure Rob will e-mail me when he gets the site complete. For now, hopefully he will include more blog entries and more content shortly.

Posted by Justin at 02:07 PM | Comments (1)