Peace, Love & Waterskiing


Ski Nuts and Friends,

As I type this newsletter from the dock, the water is glassy, the boats are in the lift, the sun is high but on it’s way down and everything is quiet.  Well there is a bullfrog somewhere near by and my dog, Sparta, is doing her best to chomp some of Virginia’s flies out of the air.  I decided to take the day off today and recharge my batteries a bit.  It has been beautiful and was just what I needed.

The hectic “offseason” in Acapulco slammed straight into the start of the summer season in Virginia.  When I came home I found a seemingly endless list of tasks that I needed to accomplish to make this summer even better than last (which will be quite the task) and I felt like I was on a treadmill that was stuck on high.  Without the help of Heather Miller and Paul O’Hara, I’m not quite sure how I would have gotten everything here off to a successful start.  After a great Memorial Day weekend, filled with mostly new yet some familiar faces, I was exhausted!  So today I hopped off of that treadmill to catch my breath.  The downtime has been quite refreshing and I am now feeling more prepared to charge into the summer season.  I have decided to embrace the fact that this coming week will be slightly quiet around here, while kids are wrapping up their school year and taking exams.  The portions of idle time will be just enough for me to dot my I’s and cross my T’s before the summer of 2011 explodes into a massive water ski party!

The weather is letting us know that summer is here and there’s no better place to be than in or on a lake!  Furthermore, I truly prefer sharing all of this beauty than enjoying it alone.  One of my favorite sites around here is idling to the end of the lake to the end of the lake with an eager skier on the platform and noticing behind them a dock full of people hanging out together, relaxing, sharing stories and enjoying life.  This scene only adds to the natural beauty that surrounds the dock and the 20 little balls in the lake.

Yes, I am feeling a renewed sense of confidence that this is going to be the best summer yet in Bumpass and I want to share it with as many people as possible.  I am reminded of the mission of this water ski club, which is as much about Peace and Love as it is about Waterskiing.  Right now the peace and tranquility is powerful but I need all of you to share the love and the water skiing.  We are a broad community and a great one.  I am proud to call this place our headquarters.  On that note, I would just like to thank the Whitlock family for allowing us to gather here and have some of the best times of our lives at their private slice of paradise.  Now let’s all embrace the joy of the summer season and, together, make 2011 one to remember!

Now a few logistics… I will be traveling out of town for a tournament on Friday morning.  Paul will be celebrating his high school graduation this Saturday (congrats Paul we thought you’d never make it. LOL).  Thus, the Bum Pass Water Ski Club will be closed for the weekend.  However, there is still time to get your ski fix in this week.  I have openings tomorrow between noon and 2:30pm and from dawn until 4pm on Thursday.   I am also prepared to accept bookings for next week beginning on Monday and going through the weekend.  Reserve your time now, as the youngsters will be ditching their books and grabbing their skis PRONTO!

Peace, Love & Waterskiing,


P.S. I’m not sure if I should congratulate or admonish Taylor and Maddie Miller, who both chose studying over skiing this weekend.  All I can say is that’s more dedication to academics than I could have mustered.   Also, Maddie graduates from the 8th grade tomorrow.  It’s going to be a big occasion, as it may be her last graduation… We’re not sure she has what it takes to make it ALL THE WAY through high school.



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