I would like to send all of you my best and deepest wishes for this
holiday season. I am happy to report that I am typing this email from
the good ol’ USA. I am at my mom’s house with my Granddad being
serenaded with some of my favorite carols by Elvis Presley. Trace
amounts of snow can still be found in the yard and I spent about an
hour of my day yesterday in “holiday traffic.” Yes, you could say
that I am in the spirit of the season. There truly is “no place like
home for the holidays.”
I hope that all of you are getting to enjoy the simple magic of being
with the ones you love at this time of the year. It’s great to have
an excuse to get together with some of your favorite people in the
world and let them know how much they mean to you. It almost makes me
wonder why we don’t do this a little more regularly.
My time in the States is limited and I know I won’t get the chance to
see and catch up with everyone I’de like to. I feel fortunate that I
have so many of my good friends (YOU) on this ever growing email list.
It almost feels like cheating that I get to send this one email to my
large ski family (but I am just not organized enough to do the whole
Christmas card thing!).
For many of you, the prospect of getting on the water is still a long
way off. Though as I type this email, there are (at least) two
renegade skiers skiing IN VIRGINIA! I know there is a contingent of
VA skiers traveling to Okeeheelee for New Years too. And I know that
I will be seeing some of you in the winter/spring of 2011 in Acapulco.
As for the rest of you, keep thinking warm thoughts! For most of my
life, I only got to ski for 2.5-3 months of the year, so I know what
you are going through. My advice would be to dial up your workouts.
Nothing can replace the fun of skiing and no workout can take away the
soreness that follows the season’s first set (a soreness which many of
you are craving by now) BUT I have been focusing more on building
strength so far this offseason and I have already seen the benefit of
2 months of workouts. If you look at the best skiers past and present
(Wayne Grimdich, Bob LaPoint, Andy Mapple – Will Asher, Chris Parrish,
Regina Jaquess) you will see some EXTREMELY fit and strong people.
Coming into the 2011 ski season in the best shape of your life (or
best shape in recent years) will have a strong correlation with your
success on the water this summer.
Okay! Back to the present! There is wrapping to do! Food to make! Bing
Crosby songs to dance to and sing poorly! I hope all of you have
survived the madness phase of the holiday season and will fill today
and tomorrow with joy and love.
P.S. Yes, I promised to mention two of my very favorite people in the
P.S. (Taylor and Maddie Miller). Maddie recently got her braces off
and looks more stunningly gorgeous than ever, if you can imagine. And
Taylor’s special pasta salad recipe made my whole family (of 13) very
happy last night. I don’t think I made it as well as she does but I
just added extra radishes to compensate. Oh, and I guess this would
be a good time to let you two girls know that I am stupid and left
your Christmas presents in Acapulco… My bad.