Peace, Love & Waterskiing

Standing on a Hill on the Mountain of Dreams; Telling Myself it’s not as Hard as it Seems

Damas y Caballeros,

After a long yet uneventful travel day yesterday, I woke up refreshed
and ready to greet this beautiful day.  I tried to take a picture with
my computer’s camera to share with all of you what I am looking at
while I type this newsletter.  Unfortunately, the macbook, in all of
its brilliance, is not able to capture the majesty of Shortline Lake
this morning.  I included the picture anyway, just for a rough idea…

Though this picture doesn’t do the scenery justice, it is only one
part of why I love coming out here to California anyway. Yes, skiing
on this lake is even more luscious than the picture would have you
imagine and the weather is off the charts wonderful.  I am sitting in
the shade right now under a clear blue sky with a temperature of about
77 degrees.  It is supposed to reach 99 degrees today but without the
humidity I am accustomed to, 99 feels great and makes the 80 (or so)
degree water feel perfect.  These conditions can get any skiers heart
pumping but as marvelous as they are, they wouldn’t be any fun if not
for great folks to share them with.  I have been beyond fortunate to
make some really close friends out here in California and if it
weren’t for them, I could care less about traveling across the country
to ski (albeit on one of the nicest sites in the country).

On that note, I would just like to thank a few of the kind folks who
made this trip possible for me.  Again, Mike and Corey Davis, my
dearest Acapulco Amigos sponsored my air travel across the country and
I literally couldn’t have gotten here without them.  Then the Goldman
family, who were co-guest coaches during my first trip to Acapulco,
has opened their home to me.  Without their hospitality, I would never
be able to stay out here for so long and get in such great practice
(yes, they are sharing their ski time with me too)! I’ll also be
crashing with my good buddies Tom and Amy Meecham during the latter
portion of this trip.  They convinced me to take a couple of vacation
days and actually relax in California and think of doing something
other than skiing – imagine that!  Then there was Brian Detrick who
picked me up at the airport and Will Bush who gave me a ski ride upon
arriving.  Will also suggested I use the BCC feature on these
emails… Hmm, why didn’t I think of that… DUH!  Oh, and let’s not
forget Mom getting up at 4:44am to take me to the airport – we are SO
not morning people.

Anyway, thank you everybody for making this trip possible.  I have
found that these trips to California are a truly special part of my
summer now.  Stepping out of day to day life and going completely
across the country creates the time and the context to reflect over
the summer days/weeks/months that whiz by at speeds far faster than
the mind (at least mine anyway) can deeply absorb.  I hope with Labor
Day Weekend kicking off at the close of business today that everyone
has a fun weekend planned. I hope plenty of relaxing and reflection
time find there way into the three-day holiday.  If I could be two
places at once, I would definitely wish to also be in Bumpass, making
sure everyone that wanted to had the chance to ski, instead of “labor
day shopping” – PUH-LEEEAAZE!

Well, I’d better stop “Zen-ing out” and go see if I can make myself
useful around here.  I hope everyone has a fun and safe holiday
weekend.  Have your cake and eat it too;  Be with the ones you love
AND love the ones you’re with!

Tu Amigo,

P.S. The email address that everyone does see on this newsletter is
Paul’s.  Paul is off at Alabama (most likely skiing and trying to
figure out ways to stay in college permanently), feel free to send him
encouragement, words of wisdom or just bother him in general!

P.P.S. Those of you who know your classic rock, probably saw this one
coming given the subject line but this Newsletter’s song selection is
(of course) “Going to California” by Led Zeppelin.  I had many songs
floating through my head but this one seemed far too appropriate.

P.P.P.S. “The Adventures of Buoy Wonder” can now be found on as well, as youTube just so you’ll always
know how to pull it up if you need a laugh, a cry and a shake of the
head all in 7.5 minutes.  Look in the photo gallery.

P.P.P.P.S.  Slappy and Crappy are back in school, along with so many
of my other young ski friends.  School restarting is sort of the
ultimate reality that Summer is becoming Fall – oh so melancholy. Best
wishes to all of those taking on a new quarter/semester.  Use your
current fresh start to your advantage and stay on top of the game!


2 responses

  1. Fred Williams


    September 4, 2011 at 4:54 pm

    • Chum

      I definitely want to check out Colorado. Keep that offer open and let’s figure out a way to make that happen sometime!

      September 5, 2011 at 1:21 am

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