Monday, March 10, 2008

Second Time's A Charm

It goes without saying that I would rather have Ai back than enjoy the brief diversion of the leisure described below. However, I feel like I have to say so anyway, mostly to reassure myself, and perhaps you.

In any case, now that I'm not pregnant, I'm eligible for participation in "extreme sports" like snowboarding. I was delighted to hit the slopes last month in Virginia, but thought that was likely the beginning and end of any boarding for this season. How pleased I was when Seth (far left; Rich and Aogu joined too)proposed venturing to a nearby hill to take advantage of the last snow!

Please, loyal Midwesterners, don't be offended by this statement of the obvious: the Midwest is generally horrible place to try and go snowboarding. Nevertheless, hitting Alpine Valley was infinitely better than not boarding at all! Here's an illustration for context: we went up to the top of the longest run and Aogu put his poles up in his armpits and hunched over for his descent. He reached the bottom of the lift ten seconds later.

Still, I would recommend Alpine Valley to those who want to get out there on skis or a snowboard, but don't have the time or money for a trip to Colorado or Nagano (yes, I'm bragging about where I learned to balance on a board: you know, that place in Japan where the Winter Olympics were held ten years ago?). I was pleased to be a little more sure of myself on this outing, thanks to the practice of a few weeks prior. I wasn't pleased that something about the angle of my hat made my chin look enormous in most of the photos....but I digress utterly; the point is, Aogu, Rich, Seth and I had a great time. When we have another chance, I hope more of you can join in too!

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