April 29, 2010
Solid stuff here.
October 16, 2009
Kanye on the Balloon
Had to share it. Enjoy.
Posted by Justin at 12:41 PM
October 13, 2009
Great Book--Life in the Boat
I got a request to review a book by Joanne Palmer of Steamboat Springs. You can read her weekly column here. The book is a compilation of her weekly columns and she is outstanding to read.
You can buy the book on Amazon.com.
Cheating on a hairdresser. Come on, that is just funny stuff. Plenty of stories about raising kids and in general living in a small ski town.
I am bookmarking her weekly column and adding it to the links at the sidebar.
Posted by Justin at 12:02 PM
August 21, 2009
Performance Enhancing Genie Use (The Onion)
Posted by Justin at 12:21 PM
August 20, 2009
A COBRA Recruit's Diary (h/t Tim)
Check the COBRA Recruit's diary, done prior to the new GI Joe movie. Excerpts:
May 2, 1986 Today this guy in a blue uniform came up and gave me a pamphlet. Said he was a recruiter for COBRA, an outfit a lot like the army but without all those government regulations to slow down the fun. We talked a little and he said he liked the cut of my jib, thought I'd be great COBRA material.
- - - -
May 15, 1986
Signed up with COBRA today. I got real excited when they said I earned a signing bonus... figured it would be a couple hundred bucks that I could put toward a new bumper for my truck. Nope. Just a t-shirt with a funny-looking snake on the front. And I'm not supposed to wear it in public. Pretty weird stuff, but they seem like nice guys.
I report to COBRA boot camp out in Utah in the middle of June. The recruiter guy said that everyone around there thinks it's where some crazy old Mormon lives with all his wives. I'm not supposed to say anything about it to anyone. I'm supposed to tell Mom and Dad that I'm going off to work for the phone company...
June 20, 1986
Real boring day. I was all ready for some more physical training, but instead Sarge led us into a room full of phones and made us cold-call people and ask them if they wanted to switch their long distance to COBRA. During the break, Renfro asked Sarge when we became a long-distance provider. Sarge explained that we had to do something to make money if we were going to afford a private army with hundreds of tanks and planes and a Terrordome, not to mention all the expenses from the Serpentor genetic engineering project.
Posted by Justin at 11:20 PM
August 15, 2009
Google Offers New Opt Out Privacy Feature (The Onion)
Posted by Justin at 10:39 PM
July 18, 2009
Arrested Development Drinking Game
From the inconvenient Bluth website that is a treasure trove of AD information, quotes, and so on:
My brother and I have developed an Arrested Development drinking game. It combines two of my favorite things in the world. Beer and Arrested Development. There's only one rule, and that is you must take a drink every time the show repeats itself.
Take a drink when:
* Tobias makes an oblivious homosexual reference (Even if it means me taking a chubby, I will suck it up)
* any character says "her?"
* "NO TOUCHING!"
* Kitty shows her breasts
* there is a Hop-on reference
* Michael asks "Who?" (referring to Ann)
* Michael refers to Ann as something besides Ann (egg, yam, Annhog)
* "STEVE HOLT"
* there is any reference to Michael being a robot (not crying)
* there is George Michael-Maeby relationship reference.
* a character utters the phrase, "the mere fact that you call it that"
* someone references Stan Sitwell's alopecia
* Lucille rips on Lindsay's appearance
* "I've made a huge mistake"
* there is a never-nude comment
* someone does a chicken impression and/or dance
* there is a reference to the OC (don't call it that)
* Oscar makes a father remark about Buster
* "Marry me"
* "Well, that was a freebie"
* there is an illusion-trick standoff
* George Michael does his best Star Wars moves
* Cops mob a character (with the club beating at the end)
* "Hey brother"
* "You certainly have a type."
So awesome. Every time I hear "The Final Countdown" at a ball game, I think of GOB.
BEST. SHOW. EVER!
Posted by Justin at 11:58 AM
January 12, 2009
Brokeback Mountain Ski Area Participates in Vail Skier Rescue
Beautiful. A little photoshop works wonders.
Kudos to Beth Clark at BMSA.
January 08, 2009
Chairlift Catches Pants, Hillarity Ensues
Wardrobe malfunctions don't just happen to celebrities. A 48-year-old skier was left hanging upside down, half naked on a chair lift at the Blue Sky Basin at the Vail Ski Resort in Vail, Colorado. His pants and underwear were apparently caught in the ski lift, leaving him bare bottomed and exposed.
Fortunately, the man, who has not yet been named, was not hurt.
How Did It Happen? Vail Snow Job?
The Vail skier, being called the naked skier by online searchers was hanging upside down for approximately seven minutes, a Vail spokeswoman Liz Biebl said. (Associated Press) The Smoking Gun reports it was 15 minutes. He had fallen through a raised chair lift and his his pants got caught on the chair when he fell, according to FOX.
Specifics about how the man could have ended up hanging from the chair were not released by the Blue Sky Basin in Vail, Colorado. More details about how the Vail skier started his New Year as the naked skier, were reported by The Smoking Gun and the Vail Daily.
The chair was not lowered as it should have been and the Vail skier fell through the gap. A child who was with the man is shown seated in the chair lift, as the man dangles beneath the chair lift, suspended in place by his right ski.
Photo Fall Out
The photo of the so-called naked skier, who was really only half-naked, resulted in a suspended job for the photographer, Marty Odom. Odom was not working in a professional capacity when he shot the photos, although he is a professional photographer.
He was at the Blue Ski Basin in Vail, Colorado skiing and he took the now famous photos of the naked Vail skier with his own camera. His images of the upside down skier were published in the Vail Daily, and Odom's employer, SharpShooters claim the suspension is due to the non-compete clause he signed.
Odom was doing what any other trained photographer would do, get the shot. The man was being helped, although not yet down from the chair lift when the photos were shot. History and pop culture are filled with priceless photos taken by photographers in the right place at the right time.
Posted by Justin at 10:48 AM
December 12, 2008
President Bush and President Elect Obama Call on Congress to Immediately Pass Ski Industry Bailout
Senior Whitehouse leaders have confirmed that President Bush is in talks with Congressional leaders to pass an economic stimulus package that includes money for snowmaking, hotel improvements, and ski subsidies to help bail out an industry stung hard by the recession.
"We cannot allow the Vails of the world to go belly up like American Ski Co did. Too many jobs are at stake and there are important national security interests. If these resorts close, not only will our national pride suffer by losing highly coveted Olympic medals, but all of the supporting industries like the Front Range Marijuana industry will be affected," Obama said in agreement with the bipartisan legislation.
I swear, I kid you not, this is the crap that we are hearing every day. Why not bail out my industry? Why stop at banks and car companies? Give some money to Vail and make season passes cheaper. Prop up my condo prices so that I don't bleed out my ass every year as I watch prices tumble.
I want some hope and change. =)
July 14, 2008
Dr. Horrible's Sing Along Blog
It is finally here and all I can say is Awesome. High five me, Ted.
Barney Stinson is Dr. Horrible.
Like snorting coke off of a stripper's ass...
Posted by Justin at 11:39 PM
May 14, 2008
Run Like Hell from Folks with Mullets
SCOTTSDALE - Police are searching for a man who shot and wounded a large dog in the 6800 block of East Almeria Street.
Police were called about 8 p.m. Friday by witnesses who said they heard a bang and the yelping of a dog.
The Rottweiler's owner discovered the dog, blood streaming from its mouth, near his carport door shortly after the gun shot, Scottsdale police said.
A veterinarian confirmed that the Rottweiler was shot once in the head, with the bullet entering the side of the dog's mouth and exiting though its tongue, police said.
The dog was unleashed and unattended when it was shot, police said.
Police said witnesses reported seeing a man in his mid-30s, 5-foot 8-inches tall, and 200 pounds with a dark mullet-style haircut running westbound on Almeria Street, away from the injured dog.
The dog is expected to survive, police said.
He was possibly driving a 1984 Firebird and wearing a Levis Jean Jacket with a AC/DC patch on it.
February 25, 2008
Best Response EVER to the Arrested Development Movie
I would cry, but I don't think I can spare the moisture.
It's happening, isn't it.
Hey, what a great idea for a Hugh Grant/ Julia Roberts-type movie.
I seriously cannot get over the idea that AD might be coming back. I posted about it yesterday, but am still out trolling for tidbits of news to verify that this is a reality. Spread the buzz and plan to see it right away in theatres. Several times. And buy the DVD. Put it in your sock drawer next to Les Cousins Dangereux. I like the way they think.
Posted by Justin at 11:55 PM
February 24, 2008
Michael, I've Made a Huge Mistake
Few things have made me happier than this little tidbit from IMDB about the best show ever on television. Keith Oberman offers some commentary on the show:
I took a roadie to Denver in December with my friend Clay and popped in some AD about the time we hit Flagstaff. It took the entire drive up and back to watch the first two seasons, and at the end of the trip he took my Season 3 DVD's. He was hooked. So was every single person that I showed them too. Too bad more people didn't see it the first time around, but the success of Michael Cera (Superbad, Juno), Jason Bateman (The Kingdom, Juno), Will Arnett and Amy Proeler (Blades of Glory), and Tony Hale (though less so, but in hysterical Stranger than Fiction and Andy Barker, PI that was cancelled) have gotten the actors some buzz. AD revived or made all of them. So if you are even remotely a fan of the series, check this tribute video that is so well done, I laughed the entire 3:54.
First, Family Guy. Then new episodes and four movies from Futurama. Now this. Please let AD come back. I will order HBO or Showtime, buy it on DVD. On iTunes. Send money. Please Mitch... Please...
February 23, 2008
Parenting Do's and Don'ts for First Time Parents (h/t Rob at Say Anything)
I almost pissed myself when I saw this site about parenting:
There are about 20 of them. I literally almost fell out of my chair.
Posted by Justin at 01:10 AM
January 11, 2008
Great News Story on Helping Those with Mental Illness (h/t The Onion)
December 29, 2007
A Little Night Poaching
Poach v. - to ride a closed run, a closer area, or to ski without a valid ticket.
Texas Ski Pants n. - wearing blue jeans while skiing
Kodak Courage n. - To do stupid sh** simply because there is a camera pointed at you
I have been whining because I am getting bored taking green runs at Brian Head. Well, I figured out how to entertain myself. Topless night poaching during a snowstorm in Texas ski pants. Video quality sucks because it is completely dark. But commentary is great. Not great conditions, but we have a location that you can drop into from the car and pickup down below. I didn't get to ski Loveland Pass and do the whole hitchiking thing while in Colorado last week, so this was at least worth doing.
Posted by Justin at 02:50 PM
December 24, 2007
Zales's New Diamond Ad (h/t Kevin)
My cousin Kevin sent me this:
Posted by Justin at 11:42 AM
December 13, 2007
Mike Huckabee's Iowa Campaign Commercial (Parody and Funny)
Huckabee is running for President as a Republican. It is rumored that he has a direct dial line to God.
Anyway, sorry to get all political, but this is hysterical. I try to keep this blog a-political, but this is a must watch for those of us that like politics.
Posted by Justin at 02:11 PM
November 21, 2007
Phil Jackson on the Laker's Defensive Woes (h/t Rob at Say Anything Blog)
NEW YORK (AP) — The NBA has spoken with the Los Angeles Lakers about a comment coach Phil Jackson made following Tuesday night's game in San Antonio.
The Spurs made 13 three-pointers in their 107-92 victory, and Jackson was asked if too much penetration was leading to open outside shooters.
"We call this a Brokeback Mountain game, because there's so much penetration and kickouts," Jackson said. "It was one of those games."
I am not sure that the Lakers were using the backdoor play before penetrating, but good comments from the Zen Master.
Hey, wait, let's check with Caroline at Eagle Valley Blog. Apparently there are some stories surfacing from the area that Kobe likes backdoor penetration himself.
Posted by Justin at 10:42 AM
September 06, 2007
For My Red Headed Son Jake
And just for good measure:
August 31, 2007
High School Gets p0wned by Rival - Posted to Youtube
HILLIARD, Ohio (AP)—A high school student who tricked football fans from a crosstown rival into holding up signs that together spelled out, “We Suck,” was suspended for the prank, students said.
Kyle Garchar, a senior at Hilliard Davidson High School in suburban Columbus, said he spent about 20 hours over three days plotting the trick, which was captured on video and posted on the video-sharing Web site YouTube. He said he was inspired by a similar prank pulled by Yale students in 2004, when Harvard fans were duped into holding up cards with the same message.
At the end of the video, Garchar wryly thanks the 800 Hilliard Darby High School supporters who raised the cards at the start of the third quarter during last Friday’s football game.
“It couldn’t have been done without you,” reads the closing frame of the video.
Garchar, 17, created a grid to plan how the message would be spelled out once fans in three sections held up either a black or white piece of construction paper.
Directions left on stadium seats instructed fans to check that the number listed on their papers matched their seat numbers. Darby supporters were told the message would read “Go Darby.”
August 27, 2007
Miss Teen South Carolina Applies to MENSA
Alternate Title: Like How Come They Like Ask These Like Difficult Questions About Where the USA Is On the Map and Stuff
Being hot will only get you so far in life. And generally that means married to a wealthy doctor or businessman who is only interested in you for the stimulating conversation and your personality.
August 26, 2007
Goodfoulers - Take on NBA Ref Scandal
Worth watching for certain:
Posted by Justin at 01:08 AM
August 25, 2007
Europe vs. USA (h/t Joel at Say Anything)
This is awesome.
Posted by Justin at 12:12 PM
August 13, 2007
Man vs. Wild (Not as Wild as We Thought)
Imagine crossing the desert, fighting for your life against the elements. Risking death. Crazy stuff.
Well, not so much. Check the video and see just how Wild things are for Man vs. Wild.
Ain't nothing but Mammals. Do it like they do on the Discovery Channel.
August 08, 2007
Graffiti vandals have reached new heights in Chandler - the top of the unfinished Elevation Chandler structure, a high-rise hotel that has languished at Loop 101 and the Santan Freeway for more than a year.
"How they got up there, I don't know . . . was it dangerous? Sure it was," said Chandler Planning Director Doug Ballard, who noticed the large, elaborate graffiti on the eight-story concrete and steel skeleton Monday. He said developer Jeff Cline promised to paint over the vandalism by Friday, but there is still no news about if and when the project will be finished.
I am so not condoning or encouraging Tagging, but this is some Ballz right here. This is Chandler PD getting p0wnd.
Posted by Justin at 02:46 PM
July 16, 2007
Are You Serious?
Bikini mud wrestling isn't as sexy as you might think.
Saturday night at All Starz Sports Bar & Grill in Chandler, watching half-naked women writhe around in a kiddie pool of mud proved more akin to watching Animal Planet than the Playboy channel.
To raise money for the post-production of their independent horror film the Virgin Murders, producers organized a mud wrestling competition between the movie's stars and any Valley women who signed a waiver.
I wanted to post the pictures, but you can head there for yourself at:
Posted by Justin at 12:18 PM
July 11, 2007
I thought that I would share two license plates that I saw recently in Phoenix. Enjoy.
June 18, 2007
Robot Chicken Star Wars
Last night's RC Star Wars was awesome. As expected from Robot Chicken and Adult Swim in general. Adult Swim.com has all the clips online and available for embed on your site. Two quick clips:
UPDATE: I had to move the clips to the extended entry due to slow page loads. Check them out.
The second one is slightly more "wrong".
May 29, 2007
Robot Chicken Star Wars - June 17th
Something to fill the summertime gap. Enjoy.
Posted by Justin at 10:59 PM
May 22, 2007
Pre-fight Staredown... Improper Form
April 25, 2007
More Sheryl Crow
Damn. Good stuff.
Now she claims it was a joke. Problem is that if her little joke was to get people to pay attention to Global Warming, I can't see how that makes a lot of sense. I am inclined to think that solutions like hers are no more or less practical than solutions to cut consumption proposed by folks flying private jets around the world to tell us how to do it.
Posted by Justin at 01:36 PM
April 24, 2007
BMSA Ski Patrollers Volunteer for Mammoth "Elevation" Week
Brokeback Mountain Ski Area (BMSA) has recently dispatched a group of ski patrolmen to the California's Mammoth Mountain ski resort. The Brokeback Mountain ski patrolmen were aiding the Mammoth Patrol during the popular gay week.
The "Elevation" gay week at Mammoth Mountain is an independent event which attracts over a thousand gay and lesbian skiers and snowboarders annually.
Beth Clark and the entire BMSA staff are committed to diversity.
April 16, 2007
John Stewart on Nancy Grace and Duke Lacrosse (h/t Wizbang)
Nancy Grace has nothing to rant about now.
Nancy Grace is a witch.
March 11, 2007
For Adam at Highly Obsessed - Vlad Radmanovic Snowboard
Adam over at Highly Obsessed posted an open letter to Vladomir Radmanovic, the Lakers player who was recently fined $500,000 for his snowboarding accident:
On Friday, you admitted that your recent shoulder injury wasn't a result of slipping on the ice after all; rather, it was due to a spill you took while learning to snowboard for the first time. First, I want to commend you on finally telling the truth. You panicked at first, causing you to lie about the nature of your injury, but common sense prevailed. Well done!
Vladdy (can I call you Vladdy?), you seem to be getting a lot of flack for snowboarding when you're in the middle of a five-year, $30 million contract that pretty much explicitly says, 'don't go snowboarding'. In fact, I believe the last words your coach told your team were "You guys take care of yourselves. This is a time when things can happen." But that is neither here nor there; I'm here to tell you to ignore the critics! By learning to snowboard, you have gained cred in a commnity that buddies like Kobe and Phil could only dream of. You are finally on your way to your true calling. It's time to ditch your basketball career and hit the slopes, buddy. And we in the snowboarding community are ready to welcome you with open arms.
Adam, we got one up on your letter. Paul Coro of the Arizona Republic has this little nugget on his blog about the recent Suns-Lakers game:
Did you catch a glimpse of the "Go Suns" snowboard near the Lakers bench on Sunday? It was not-so-subtle shot at Vladimir Radmanovic, who lied to his team about how he suffered a separated shoulder before acknowledging a snowboarding accident and being fined $500,000.
It was the work of Suns superfan Michael Levine, whose regular displays of affection for the Suns are well-known to those who sit near him. He also has created such props as Raja Bell and Tim Thomas masks, "Trix" cereal boxes, Tim Duncan pacifiers, Milwaukee Bucks hunting gear, Braille signs for the officials and the classic "I'll have the mango salsa" sign for Chris Kaman.
Levine said that the Lakers coaches, athletic trainer, Smush Parker and Ronny Turiaf all laughed at the snowboard Sunday. So did everyone else who got the gag. The Lakers and the snowboard sign will be back April 13. Will Radmanovic?
I am offering right now to buy Kobe a season ski pass at Aspen if it helps. I heard he just loves Colorado and three years ago spent a ton of time in the Aspen area. Matter of fact, the Lakers let him have time off so that he could travel back and forth. Not sure if it was for business or pleasure...
Posted by Justin at 04:00 PM
March 09, 2007
Everything I Needed to Know I Learned from Adult Swim
So I am being my usual self and enjoying the free hours after the kids go to bed that I can actually watch some TV that is not age appropriate for a 6 year old. And low and behold, I find that most of the time at night I spend watching cartoons anyway. I am a sucker for one eyed alien chicks that used to be married to Al Bundy.
Adult Swim on Cartoon Network has changed my life. First, I have decided to open a "Home Based Business". Did you know that it is a $100B a year industry and that over 20,000 US Homebased Businesses gross over $1M a year? That over half of the businesses in the US are "home based"?
Once I open my home based business, I am going to use all that money to buy natural herbal enhancements to make me a more desirable man. Because I am getting older and out of touch with what today's Freshmen college students talk and act like, I have ordered the entire Girls Gone Wild Series DVD's, focusing especially on the "Girls Gone Wild Extreme Sports" editions since I love to ski and these are exactly the type of girls that I should be looking for.
So then how do I meet these hotties to impress with my wealth from my home based business? Forget telephone date lines, I can text FLIRT to 43567 and I can flirt via text with real live local hotties via my cellphone. That is a date getter right there.
Finally, because I want to be able to have a meaningful conversation with these girls, I can complete my High School diploma from home. Did you know that High School grads earn an average of $200k more in a lifetime than non-grads? Well, who cares in my case because my home based business is going to make me rich.
Please note the disclaimer at the bottom in small print that flashes quickly across my blog:
The Justin depicted in this ad as a masculine, sexy, wealthy, intelligent skier is a paid actor. Experiences are not representative of the size of his "endowments", nor of his actual skiing ability. Financial results are not typical and your results will vary. Snowboarding increases chances that the actual "ski bum" that "works" from home may include occasional bong stains on the carpet and THC induced erectile disfunction that medication cannot correct.
Late night commercials seem to be targeted squarely at my brother Jeremy. He would be so much better off if he took the Masters Course from his High School Diploma Mill and learned TV and VCR Repair. Good times.
Posted by Justin at 11:52 PM
February 13, 2007
White and Nerdy
Perhaps the funniest thing I have seen in a while. No, wait this is funnier and is the definition of "white and nerdy":
This gentleman is selling his 1984 Ferrari Testarossa on e-Bay. Awesome, but before I buy a car for $60,000 from a dude, I better check the feedback for antiques71. You know, to see what kind of buyer and seller he is. Let's have a look at the last item he bought from eBay user aftenterprises on November 30th...
Please endulge me by going to those links and seeing what Antiques71 is all about. Me thinks that after his November 30th Purchase, he does not need his Ferrari Testarossa anymore. I kept screenshots in PDF so that I have this around for a while after the links die.
January 22, 2007
Canadian Wood Spider
My uncle Troy sent me this wonderful video of the Canadian Wood Spider. Thought it merited a post on the website.
Note this is published under humor...
Posted by Justin at 12:14 PM
December 01, 2006
Season Pass from BMSA
I just got my new Season Pass from BMSA. Beth Clark has done a wonderful job with changing the atmosphere and promoting the new BMSA image.
The Ski Industry is all about differentiation. There are so many resorts that seem exactly the same. Same names for their runs. I mean how many places have a run named "Sugar" or "Bunny Hop" or some such crap. Not Skibrokeback.
Check below the fold for the picture. After seeing the conditions, I am not sure if I want to two plank it or just ride the corduroy...
Posted by Justin at 12:03 AM
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 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
October 13, 2006
Forest Service Approves New Triple Chair for BMSA Serving Back Bowls
Brokeback Mountain Ski Area has received Forest Service Approval for a new high speed triple chair to serve the back bowl over the ridge from Jack's Notch.
From the BMSA website:
Environmental Impact Statement has been approved by the federal authorities in favor of BMSA plans to provide ski lift access to the back bowl located directly behind Jack's Notch. Several environmental groups have applauded BMSA on its long standing dedication to wildlife and plant species protection.
"In the era of high speed six-packs which carry thousands of skiers per hour our proposal to install a moderate speed triple chair has received a unanimous approval," says BMSA Director of Lift Operations John Clark.
The moderate speed triple chair will deliver fewer skiers and thus reduce adverse environmental impact. It will also provide for longer lasting, untracked powder.
The yet to be named back bowl is on the northern aspect and its legendary powder has been a favorite of backcountry skiers for many years.
The proposed chair lift will be in operation for the 2007/2008 ski season.
This is good news as it indicates that the resort is growing and the area is so sparsely populated that this provides some solid economic tourism dollars to the region according to Beth Clark, their director of PR.
October 05, 2006
The Joke is on Me--Brokeback Mountain Ski Area
You ever take stuff too seriously? I had a fairly serious e-mail exchange with Beth Clark of Brokeback Mountain Ski Area in Wyoming. First, a couple of days ago, I got a contact e-mail:
Great blog. I thought you may be interested in checking out Brokeback Mt. Ski Area website. We were the best kept secret of the Rockies but now the secret is out of closet.
So I head over and start looking around at their site. Not a lot of content, but it appears to be exactly what it is--a small resort on part with some of the other small resorts around the country. Not a lot of web development, not a lot of info, but a trail map, some stats, etc. Then I start looking at the runs:
Here are the lifts:
- Giddy Up
- Pony Up
- Howdy Partner
Alright, let's check some of the trails:
- Over the Rainbow
- Glory Hole
- Peter Pan
- 8 Seconds
Alright, that is not crazy off the wall. I mean, it appears a little odd. So I check out their PR area and they have a couple of articles about the goals of the resort, etc. I send a note back to "Beth":
So what is up with this:
"The recent Hollywood film "Brokeback Mountain" has generated unwanted attention to Brokeback Mt. Ski Area. The management of the Ski Area would like to stress that the aforementioned movie is based on a literary source and is a work of fiction.
"Contrary to some media reports the Ski Area was never involved with the filmmakers nor does the ski area have any interest in utilizing the popularity of the film to further its marketing goals. While the story of the film contains positive messages, Brokeback Mountain Ski Area is a family oriented resort and as such shares little in common with the fictional characters and situations depicted within the film.
"It is our understanding that the filmmakers and the author of the original story were unaware of the fact that the Brokeback Mountain Ski Area in Wyoming has been in business since 1965, long before the story has been written."
And then the new logo? And the names of the lifts and runs? Did you guys change the names and the logo to embrace the references to Brokeback Mountain? Just curious, because it seems to contradict the previous strategy. I would love to write about it and talk to you.
I get a note back that has more details, and I got my chuckle at the names of the runs. I am trying to be all PC and wanted to send a note back, but decided to start googling the authors of the magazine articles that they have in the PR section. Then the magazines. Then the people listed like Beth Clark or Jack Dunn. All come up zero. As I am scanning the listings in Google for "skibrokeback.com", there is nothing except this single post on a bulletin board called Gay Outdoors:
I am sure a good number of you will laugh quite a bit on this one. I've just completed a virtual Ski Brokeback resort project (http://www.SkiBrokeback.com). The site has been built in tradition of the Molvania project and I am sure you'll have fun while visiting our virtual mountain.
Alright, Molvania. What the heck is Molvania... Check the Wiki on Molvania:
Molvanîa ('A Land Untouched by Modern Dentistry') is a fictional country set in Eastern Europe for the mock travel guide Molvanîa: a Land Untouched by Modern Dentistry, described as "the birthplace of the whooping cough" and "owner of Europe's oldest nuclear reactor.". It was created by Australians Tom Gleisner, Santo Cilauro and Rob Sitch (of The D-Generation and The Panel fame) to parody travel guidebooks.
The book became a surprise success in Australia, sparking a bidding war for the international publication rights. However, the book became a centre of controversy when the UK's former Minister for Europe Keith Vaz accused it of exploiting prejudices about Eastern Europe.
There has also been some confusion about whether the country actually exists. This could be partly due to the fact that the name is close to the real eastern European country of the Moldova, the circumflexed letter "î" also being characteristic for Moldovan (Romanian), the language of that country. It has been claimed that some tourists who read the tour guide book believed that the country existed and made plans to go there, but this story is probably apocryphal.
Then I got it. I had been duped. But this is exactly the kind of thing that I find hysterically funny. Just real enough that I don't immediately pick it out as a hoax, but also off the wall enough that I am not sure. You don't want to make fun of it because it is so un-PC, but at the same time, you chuckle to yourself.
So go over and check the site out. Pay attention to the pictures. They seem strange, but not too strange. Everything is funny and off the wall, but not too funny and off the wall.
Well played, sir. Well played.
Posted by Justin at 12:35 PM
September 12, 2006
Ken Jennings of Jeopardy Fame--Where Are They Now
I am in SF again for the first half of the week, which means reading the USA Today that the hotel provides. Came across this article on Ken Jennings that won $2.5M from Jeopardy:
"I didn't turn in the Toyota for a Jag the day after I received my money," says Jennings, 32. "I did not want to be one of those 'Where are they now?' stories where the guy's living in a trailer. That would be totally ironic, right? You thought he was smart on Jeopardy, but then he spent all his money on coke or hookers or whatever."
Classic. How do you top that?
UPDATE: Forgot to close the html tags and it did some weirdness to the blog for a few. Love when I do that.
Posted by Justin at 10:34 AM
March 23, 2006
Joining the Super Adventure Club
One of the few vices that I have is my love for TV Humor. South Park, while at times just idiotic, is a staple of the IT Worker's life, much the same as Office Space and in general sci-fi movies are. When the Matrix came out, everyone was watching pirated copies of it on their laptops within days. When Star Wars E1 came out, despite the disappointment, Sith Lord toys ruled the workplace.
So last night, I forced myself to stay up to watch the sendoff to Chef on South Park. It didn't take much arm twisting to catch the new South Park and Mind of Mencia. I caught an episode of Futurama on Cartoon Network, just for good measure.
Check the article above on the war between Scientology and South Park. And to quote S3-E1 of Arrested Development-- "This Handsome young doctor on the today show said that post-partum depression medications lead to street drugs."
"That's not a doctor, mom, that's the actor Tom Cruise."
"Well, they said he was some sort of scientist or something."
Good times. Good times.
Posted by Justin at 02:47 PM
February 03, 2006
Brokeback... to the Future
Gotta see this parody of Brokeback Mountain from the folks at Chocolate Cake City brought to use by Wizbang.
Say it ain't so Doc and Marty. Say it ain't so.
Posted by Justin at 12:03 AM
October 26, 2005
Utah State Fair Videos--Featuring Napoleon Dynomite
Some things just need to be shared. I got a link to these videos via Willisms.com and went over to Jake Hilton's site to see what the fuss is about.
Jake has uploaded all of the Utah State Fair videos to his site and they are well worth checking out. Well worth checking out if you are a fan.
Note, I am spending way too much time surfing the Internet while waiting for the snow to come down. Another storm is coming to the Rockies this weekend that should leave some measurable accumulations (several inches hopefully). In the meantime, hope you enjoy some Utah humor.
Posted by Justin at 04:14 PM