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July 18, 2009

College Journalist Compares Alta Not Allowing Snowboarders to Racial Segregation in 1960's

And one wonders why journalism is a dying art:

At first glance, Alta Ski Area seems like a pretty friendly place. Its website claims "Alta Ski Area welcomes you," but Alta is segregating the world of winter sports, similar to the segregation by skin color some southern states employed until the 1960s. The website later states that "Alta is a skiers' mountain. Snowboarding is not allowed." Doesn't sound so welcoming anymore.

A little more info on Ms. Dunn:

I’m a senior at the University of Utah in mass communication. I love writing but I enjoy all aspects of journalism and media. I love photography and editing photos and video. I have experience in web design, page layout and visual editing/design, as well.

I’ve written for The Daily Utah Chronicle’s outdoor section. Snowboarding and surfing are my passions, and I dream of working for an outdoor related magazine or publication. I would love to work in any aspect of the outdoor magazine.

Somewhere down the road I want to create a women’s magazine of my own that will cover either a specific or all extreme sports. Most magazines are more male dominated, but females are progressing in all levels of the sports. They need more publications of their own, and I would love to make that a reality.

Jessica, you are awesome. First, you want to break down the color barrier... er... skier barrier, then you want to take on that sports magazines are male dominated.

A little bit of a marketing lesson for our Mass Communications major. First, extreme sports if that is a realistic term now that snowboarding is so extreme that John Kerry does it, are dominated by men. Not that men are better at it, just that they are the ones that have the majority of the purchasing power in the industry. If there was a niche of female extreme athletes clamoring for a magazine, it would already exist. Not trying to deflate your dream, just trying to bring you back to reality. Women read men's magazines and women go to men's basketball games. I don't read Cosmo and I don't go see the WNBA. So start by figuring that 75% of "extreme sport" participants are men, and alienate that audience right off. Good business plan.

Second, a bit of a history lesson. I have never seen a bunch of skiers lynch a snowboarder or abduct a snowboarder and force him to man a lift at a skiers only resort for free and beat him if he gets "uppity". I am at such a loss for words when it comes to using the word "segregation" in these two contexts that I cannot explain how profoundly idiotic you sound.

If all snowboarders are as illiterate to the historical context and the difference between their winter sport and 200 years of slavery plus another 100 years of segregation including a Constitutional Amendment and several landmark Supreme Court Decisions that it took to break through the wall of racism AND A COLLEGE EDUCATED JOURNALIST compares HER SNOWBOARDING TO SITTING IN THE BACK OF THE BUS OR HAVING THE GOVERNOR OF A STATE LOCK YOU OUT OF THE UNIVERSITY--I don't think I should be forced to share the mountain with your ignorant ass.

Maybe someday the real barriers will be broken down and we can elect a snowboarder President. That will be a landmark day and a monumental achievement that ends the decades of segregation and discrimination against snowboarders.

Posted by Justin at 06:35 PM | Comments (1)

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?"
* 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)
* 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
* "Annyong"
* 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.


Posted by Justin at 11:58 AM

July 17, 2009

Yellowstone Club Sold for $115M

The Yellowstone Club is changing hands and this may halt the slide into bankruptcy:

BILLINGS, Mont. — Montana's ultra-posh Yellowstone Club is in new hands, following a $115 million deal that the new owner hopes will close the door on the resort's much publicized descent into bankruptcy.

Eight months ago, the millionaires-only club was on the verge of liquidation, a victim of its prior owners' excesses and the broader economic downturn that choked off the flow of money fueling the club's rise.

On Friday, CrossHarbor Capital Partners of Boston bought the 13,600-acre private ski resort about 50 miles south of Bozeman at what was considered a bargain-basement price.

The firm's managing partner, Sam Byrne, had offered to buy the club last year for $470 million and had already invested more than $200 million in club real estate over the last several years.

Byrne acknowledged Friday the club's once-sterling reputation will need some polishing.

"It's going to take time to win back the trust of members and the community and re-establish the brand," he said. "We're confident that the place has a bright future."

The resort was nearly pulled apart last year during the bitter and high-profile divorce of its founders, Edra and Tim Blixseth. Later came revelations that the pair had drained tens of millions of dollars from the resort, helping push it more than $400 million into debt.

The collapse was extraordinary for an enterprise that counts Microsoft Corp.'s Bill Gates and hotel magnate Barry Sternlicht as members.

Those who are allowed to join must buy real estate with price tags that can top $10 million, and pay a $300,000 deposit. The privacy members thought their money was buying was shattered when the club's rolls were made public as part of its bankruptcy case.

I only need another $300,000 so that I can join and another $10M so that I can buy a lot. I am working on it as we speak. =)

Posted by Justin at 04:46 PM

July 16, 2009

Trip Planning for 2009-2010 Ski Season

I just confirmed my reservations for Pagosa Springs for Nov 23-28 and for Eagle for Dec 19-27. I am buying an Epic Pass for me, Jake and Jarrett and will use the half price tix for Jackson at Beaver Creek, Vail, Keystone, Breck, and A-Basin. Here is the plan--ski those five VRI resorts plus Durango and Wolf Creek before January 1, 2010.

Jackson has only skied Sunrise, AZ, and Brian Head, UT, so this will be an awesome trip for him. Jarrett has only skied Brian Head.

I am looking forward to hiking Alberta Peak and the back bowls at Vail most of all.

Is it Thanksgiving yet?

Posted by Justin at 03:13 PM | Comments (1)

40 Years Since Original Moon Walk

Michael Jackson would be proud. It has been 40 years since Apollo 11 launched (allegedly) its mission to land a man on the moon (or on a soundstage secretly concocted by the US Government--allegedly).

There are so many reasons to be proud of our history and of American ingenuity over the last few hundred years.

Posted by Justin at 03:10 PM

July 04, 2009

National Parks Trip

Nothing better to celebrate the birth of our nation than to take in some of the spectacular beauty that makes it so great. So far this week, we have been to Zion, Yellowstone, and Teton National Parks. It is tough to say which is the most majestic.

I will be posting some pics on the gallery shortly.

Enjoy the 4th of July and God Bless Our Troops that are fighting to defend it and spread freedom throughout the world.

Posted by Justin at 05:00 PM | Comments (1)