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January ’14

Welcome to the first month of the 2014 Calendar! So sporty and confident, just like me when I go skiing…

It’s true, I’m an amazing skier. I never complain that everyone else is going too fast, or that I’m cold! I never even complain that “I am not going down that one, absolutely not, no no no!” while standing at the top looking down a run and I certainly never tell anyone repeatedly that my fingers and toes are numb. Truly, I am a joy to ski with…

You probably detected a hint of sarcasm there.

Ok, I admit it, I’m no Lindsey Vonn. But, I do know a good ski out fit when I see one and I know my limits and respect them fiercely. Safety first! While you enjoy rocketing head-first towards the powdery abyss below, I enjoy taking in the view as I make horizontal cuts at the mountain while enjoying the scenery and knowing with full confidence that I will not spend six months recovering from a torn ACL. There’s nothing like devoting a solid 40 minutes to not falling while breathing in the majestic beauty all around you! And of course, if things are looking dicey, I’m not afraid to ask for help. I once called the police from the mountain top to inform them that I was preparing to hurtle towards a serious injury in the hopes of getting airlifted out of a mogul situation. Sadly, I did not get airlifted but I did get a vail ski patrol escort down to lunch.

If you ask me, skiing is all about risk awareness and avoidance, truffle fries after a hard day (hour) of hitting the slopes, and most importantly skiing – like most situations in my life is mainly about the outfit.

Happy January!

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