Do Not Click the Link Below!

January 10th, 2009

If you like ski gear and have any tendency toward addictive behavior, please do not go here:

http://www.tramdock.com/

If you need the latest mountain gear and cannot resist a great deal, absolutely do not frequent this site:

http://www.steepandcheap.com/

If mtn biking is your thing and you find it hard to show up at the trailhead wearing last year’s hot jersey, riding a bike that weighs over 25 lbs, please do not even consider bookmarking this URL:

http://www.coloradocyclist.com/

My wife heads out of town for 17 days and look what happens.

Yeah Sugar, I know I already have three pairs of skis, but these are for powder days and they were a crazy good deal.

Yeah Sugar, I know I already have three pairs of skis, but these are for powder days and they were a crazy good deal.

You wanna see what good web marketing looks like, go ahead and go to Tramdock.com. They take one item at at a time and sell it at at least half price for 25 minutes. Then they rotate in a new item. That’s like floating a wounded minnow in front of giant lake trout. It triggers a primordial response that the fish simply cannot suppress.

When I first saw these skis with the throwback ’80s graphics, I thought I could resist. But then I remembered the original pair of Dynastar Course I owned and the footloose and fancy-free era of my life they represented. (I skied on the original Course at my bachelor party, circa 1989!)

As the sale timer wound down to 2 minutes to go, that primordial response became irresistible. Then it was a mad rush to beat the clock.

As you can see, Tramdock got me hook, line and sinker, as they say. And I have removed their URL from my list of Favorites because I cannot be trusted with time-sensitive deals on gear this good.

But I cannot wait to try these fatties out on a powder day. More on that later.

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Seventeen Days in Africa on a Whim

January 7th, 2009

My wife is an unusually generous person. When she was asked to participate in a Christmas home show to benefit a charity called Signs of  Hope International, she eagerly accepted and invited nearly a thousand total strangers to tour our house in full Christmas adornment.

At a party a few days before Christmas, the director of said charity mentioned in passing that he could sure use some additional help on his upcoming trip to Ghana, Africa.

You see, Signs of Hope has marshaled resources working with the Ghanian government and now with the Peace Corps to establish schools for deaf children. But many of the families with a deaf child are either unaware of the opportunity to educate their child for free, or they are too poor to pay the one-way transportation for their child to the boarding school.

On hearing this, my wife says without any hesitation, “I’ll go.”

Well her bags are packed, she's ready to go...

Well her bags are packed, she's ready to go...

Exactly 14 days later, my wife was boarding a plane to Ghana.

That would be this morning to be exact. That is just who she is. And I love her for it.

But this evening as I watched the alpenglow color the south side of Lone Peak from my front porch, I wondered if I was crazy for letting her go. Africa is not famous for stability or its treatment of women.

Now my wife will be traipsing around the bush, going village to village seeking out deaf children to leave their families and join a new boarding school.

“]Come back to me, Sugarpotpie.

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Anaheim 1 is in the Books

January 5th, 2009

Wow. Supercross racing is deliciously unpredictable again.

Stewart and Reed got out front early in the big  boy class, as expected. Reed kept pace with Stewart for a few laps, then put an honest, straight-up pass on the wunderkind, Stewart. That just doesn’t happen. But there was Reed actually pulling away for a bit. Stewart rallied and re-passed Reed for the lead. Then with Reed literally on his back wheel, Stewart let up ever so slightly entering a set of whoops. Reed was too close and too pinned wide open to do anything except take Stewart and himself out, handing the lead to perennial bridesmaid but ultra-talented, Josh Grant.

I’ve seen Josh race his guts out in the lead for the majority of laps in more than a few races only to be overtaken at the last moment by his nemesis, Ryan Villopoto. So it was especially sweet to see Grant put this one away, with the celebrated RV Park battling back in fifth place this time.

Even a banner in his back wheel could not derail Grant this time. Nice job.

Grant clipped a tuff block with two laps to go and vinyl banner got sucked into his wheel, disabling his back brake. Photo: Steve Cox

Grant clipped a tuff block with two laps to go and a vinyl banner got sucked into his wheel, disabling his back brake. Photo: Steve Cox

I was interested to see how Mike Alessi would do in his first race back since his gruesome crash in the summer series. Turns out he’s still getting up to race speed. But he kept it on two wheels and made the top 10.
As for the Lites class, as predicted Jason Lawrence went out hard and got way too much throttle coming out of a turn, causing him to wheelie into several riders. This took him and Trey Canard out, among others. Later JLaw cut the track and was penalized one position by the officials, ending in fifth place overall. Dungey got a bad start but rode to third place. The surprise was our boy from Rupert, Idaho. Jake Weimer earned the overall win in very convincing style. Great for him as the unofficial ambassador for all the MXers in the great state of Idaho.
Weimer showed some serious game last night. He is for real. Photo: Steve Cox

Weimer showed some serious game last night. He is for real. Photo: Steve Cox

This SX season is offering a lot to look forward to while everything is blanketed in snow here. Next stop in the series is Phoenix.

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