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  1. In Seattle with Icy! Had dinner last night with Jacob and the family, Tami, and Nicole. And we took zero pics.
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  2. She’s lying I wasn’t there, I wouldn’t hang out with her if you had a gun to my head
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  3. Bumping this. I am alone with my boys (5/6 yo) this week. We were looking for something to watch and I see Ghostbusters (the original) on HBO. I was 5 or 6 when I saw it. I loved it so much I actually had to buy a 2nd tape bc I watched teh first one so much and was a ghostbuster for 4 straight Halloweens. We watch it--they love it. They see there is a G2. I haven't seen it since I was 9--but I don't want to see it again. I remember this movie (I had a moderate interest in seeing it) and sell them on watching it. They love it. I love it. After what happened with my mom a few years ago I don't have any family left outside of my immediate family-right before all of that happened my grandpa, who I considered my dad, passed away and I miss him so, so much. I am in tears. The nostalgia hit so hard. Maybe it was the scenario in which I saw it--I don't know--but this movie was incredible. The boys are picking out Ghostbuster toys... 100/10. My favorite movie since RotK. This caught me COMPLETELY by surprise. I wasn't prepared for this.
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  4. I saw a video. No one punched Jacob so I stopped watching.
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  5. When I saw the first POTC film, I spent a good part of the movie thinking that Kiera Knightly was Natalie Portman. There should be a movie where Kiera Knightly plays Natalie Portman’s decoy or something.
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  6. Send it! He looks like he's doing good! Edison cracks me up, he looks like he's gonna be a racer. Watch out! I took a video of Q today, it's on my Facebook page. Conditions were super icy, so she's not quite as stable as usual. Working on getting her forward in her skis. We talked about edges today and she thinks she got up on them once. She said it felt weird but good. It was a glorious bluebird day, but it went from Cascade Concete (a little warm, almost melty) to super freaking cold the last few days. It was 7F when we left, it warmed up to about 22F when we arrived. We tried a black run at the beginning and even I ate shit twice. Decided to stick to blues after that. We got in 12 runs today! The longest lift line was maybe 5 minutes. MAYBE. Next year we are totally doing this again for teacher grading day. I met up with Jacob, Tami, Katrina and Cereese for dinner, they got to see my windburnt cheeks. (The ones on my face...)
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  7. No shocker that when the best game ever is adapted with a top notch show runner working with the game creator, and given the best casting possible and $10mil an episode, you end up with a pure gold show. Loving it. Thus far all the changes from the game have made sense for the change in medium.
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  8. David Keith and Keith David. I never can remember who is which.
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  9. Yeah I feel bad for using MJ at all now, but I did a lot more than just prompt. I fed it compositions I hacked together out of photos and my own bad drawings to fear compositions, had MJ give me a unified line art style, then did all the color and texture work myself… but I get the arguments for sure. In my case I have a novel of original stories that are fully mine and the actual work I’d want to sell.
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  10. ChatGPT is interesting in that it can emulate a style and form really well. But it can’t be creative. You give it enough to work with it might seem like it’s doing something, but it can’t do subtext, it can’t do complex nested arcs, it can’t do irony, symbolism, anything else like that. As a creative writer, it doesn’t scare me at all. But if I was a professor having to read term papers- woo buddy. That’s where it’s going to make an impact. As for the visual art, I am torn. I’ve been a designer and photographer, but I could never draw as well as I liked. I got into Midjourney hard, and spent the last few months maki g an illustrated novel, which I have wanted to do for 20 years. I admittedly didn’t think it was unethical, but now I can’t even show what I’ve made without fear of being berated. Commercial Illustrators should definitely be worried, but like ChatGPT, the lack of a soul makes doing anything narrative, like comics or sequences of illustrations with common elements, near impossible without feeding it visual references.
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  11. Had the first night of lessons last night. Got there at 4:15 and it was totally dead. Like a 3 chair wait at the busiest lift. Cafeteria was dead too. Less busy than last season, and I thought last year was pretty light. It got busier around 6 and then lessons started at 7, so I went as far east as I could, away from the main lift. Probably got in 9-10 runs last night, and I ended up waiting like 20-30 minutes for Q's class to get back (bad move on my part, definitely could've gotten in another run). I am realizing this mountain is not in good shape. They are understaffed and things like lighting is starting to become an after-thought or pushed off to save costs. One of our favorite runs is temporarily closed at night because a bulb or two is burned out, but I also noticed they stopped grooming one of the closed sections so I assume its also to save on grooming. I also heard they are down to one snow-cat (they posted that they had to close a chair because one broke down, so hopefully its not that one!), so no wonder grooming is non-existent. Now that they are owned by Boyne, there is no excuse for shit like that. Skier etiquette is at an all-time low. I cannot believe how many asshats I saw loading 2 at a time on quad lifts when lines were long. On 3 runs, I rode by myself because people intentionally boxed me out at the last minute so their 3 could ride without me, or I had a group of 2 paired with me and held back so they wouldn't ride with me and get their own chair. The number of people who think they are special and deserve a private chair is ridiculous. It's one thing if its a 3 chair wait, it's another when it's a 10 minute wait to get on. I felt like a total ass riding the chair by myself because I figured people assumed I was one of those princesses needing their own chair. It was almost 4 times but once another single rider jumped on with me and we had a nice chat on the way up. Q is doing much better now with her contacts in. She is in the level 5/6 intermediate class (parallel turns, not quite up on edges yet), which is the highest level they offer for youth under 16. I actually kind of missed skiing with her, because she can keep up with me now. Her instructor said she did well (glad to hear I was right about her placement). He did say she is a good skier, but needs to slow down a bit so she can work on technique, which is exactly why I put her back in lessons. I don't want her to start in with the bad habits and get stuck there like I am. At the same time, she is used to skiing with me now, and I am a fast skier for a woman (tall dudes with long skis are way faster than me), with the exception of women who have skied on a race team or something. (Side note: my GPS died so I don't have an exact time, but pretty sure I PR'd Alpine last night and got down in about 3 minutes.) They did tell me that she can start being an assistant instructor at 13 (unpaid volunteer, but I wonder if it comes with a lift ticket), and can apply to be a certified PSIA instructor at age 15. Seriously, she might be interested enough to do it, and I would definitely help get her there if she wanted to do it. Once I dreamed of being a ski instructor but ain't nobody got time for that with 2 busy kids.
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  12. By jove it's bloody brilliant I say! Episode 3 was absolutely amazing in particular. I'm not crying you're crying.
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  13. I think good educators care and it always hits when they leave unexpectedly. I am in a Kindergarten (well even younger than that because we are pre-k for SA school too) to eighth grade school and I often get to see my students from when they're at least in first grade up until they go to high school and often beyond. I have paintings they did in art class on my walls. So if a student leaves to move that's kinda out of the norm it's like a hole or something. I was working on that kid trying to get them to bloom or open up their reading and writing skills in MATH of all things and who's going to work on that now? It's an investment of our time we don't get to see finish out.
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  14. Oh I remember you telling us about them. Are you worried about them with their new family or does this one just mean more to you because the way they were abused (not allowed to learn or have interests)?
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  15. FINALLY found a skilled soccer coach with a positive mindset for personal training. I feel like I should buy a lottery ticket. I think we course corrected with Q's teacher. I think she was having a bad week and now everyone realizes how you do NOT talk to Q because she internalizes. This is going to be a lifelong struggle, I think.
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  16. Ed Harris and James Caan. For a long time I thought these two were the same person. I still can't keep straight who played in what movie. My memory always wants to put Ed Harris in James Caan's roles and vice versa. Jeff Daniels and Daniel Stern. Don't ask me why I formed an association between these two. Maybe it was just the name similarity. I can correctly identify each actor by name, but again, my mind wants to swap their roles. I constantly have to remind myself that Jeff Daniels wasn't one the burglars in Home Alone, because that's the way I remember it.
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  17. Just super icy and deep moguls. If anything, I probably knocked my tips into each other. I'm finding in my new skis that I do that occasionally. Not sure if its the length or the width. I am skiing faster now, Strava tells me that. But I feel less in control when I'm not up on my edges. I'm still really considering getting another new pair at the end of the season. I'm getting a lot better at moguls as long as it's not super icy. I'm starting to think about hitting some new terrain soon. If it's good snow I will go for it next week. Q and I hit Triple 60 again this week. She fell a few times but no yard sales or sliding down half the hill. I am trying to link turns better on it. Snow was good. A little crusty in some parts but we got fresh snow today that turned into freezing rain for the lower half of the mountain for the last hour. I got soaked despite all the Goretex. And I ate shit on a completely flat part in front of a lift after mostly skiing black runs tonight. Nasty ice patch. Felt like it jumped up and got me. Now my ass hurts.
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  18. burn it down and take the insurance money
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  19. Plus...I found out I might be winning colorado principal of the year award at said conference. Don't wanna be all hungover and shit while accepting an award for being a positive influence on kids.
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  20. I hate moving and I never, ever want to do it ever again. It's such a hassle to decide what to keep and what to get rid of, and pack what's left, and rent the moving van, and do the hundred-and-one other things that need to be done, and it all costs money. I don't have money, so I've decided that I'm just going to stay where I am until I die. So I can definitely empathize with your trials in moving. It's really stressful.
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  21. We went out last night to one of Seattle's oldest restaurants...it was all good. I have to tell you, Katrina has the BEST voice! It's mid to lower range but it has the most appealing little squeak to it! It's just enchanting. And I cannot get over Reese not sounding southern because in my head, she does
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  22. Well Brady is officially hanging it up........again. I didn't see him coming back. He had maybe a year left in him. Him going to another team didn't seem worth it. Back to 1 o clock games under the sun yay!
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  23. I always hated all you fuckers.
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  24. I think the story change with Frank and Bill was excellent. And I can't think of a better depiction of love between two men in television, ever. Normally gay relationships are highly fetishized, or overly sexual, or overly woke (for lack of a better description) portrayals. This was just really touching and powerful Also, I suppose they get a happy ending within the context of a zombie horror film, but it's about as happy an ending as the old couple who get into bed and drown together instead of getting on the life boats in Titanic. It's sad, kinda tragic, and romantic...but happy?
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  25. Josh Duhamel and Timothy Olyphant should play brothers in a movie.
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  26. So one less shitty beer and fast food run.
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  27. Well we can change the date if you’re all gonna be WHINERS
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  28. I can't imagine the hurt that Bengals' defensive player will go through, during his plane ride back to Cincy. Gotta use your head! Patrick Mahomes made quite a run, with that injured leg, to give the Chiefs hope.
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  29. Nice job buddy! I've always felt that I have too much of an "athletic stance". I don't keep my skis very close together, especially on challenging terrain. I feel like I need to be ready to go in any direction and spring. Basically I am a goalkeeper on skis lol. I agree that they are too wide for what conditions I usually have, but everyone keeps telling me this is an all-mountain ski and I should be able to get up on my edges so easily. That Under 90 is only suitable for perfect groomers. Here's the thing, technically I'm on groomers. Except they are doing a shit job on grooming because they don't have enough employees, and because I think they're trying to cut costs where they can. Obviously people are still coming, so they know they can go without. There's a reason I avoid my favorite runs now unless conditions are perfect. Because they're essentially expert only/double black when they're not groomed. They only groom now when they get an absolute dumping of snow, and we haven't had one of those for awhile. I was starting to see some brown patches where it's starting to get a little bare because we've had a few pineapple express systems come through in the last month. But realistically packed powder is a good day out here. Otherwise it's crusty or the wet heavy stuff. Q and I are going to try to go Monday because school is out. Unfortunately, only our regular area is open. I'd really like to take her on some other terrain, and me too. There is an ungroomed area that is essentially a big beautiful open run, but there's no lift (it's between an upper and lower crossover). I wouldn't attempt it at night because its unlit, but I'd like to try it during the day. I'm sure it is moguls galore, but if it's not steep, that's not so bad.
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  30. On a 156 a 91 is nearly a powder ski--and if what is pictured is typical conditions no wonder your knees/ ankles are killing you!--you are doing all work! That's awesome about Q. Muscle memory is a thing, but after really studying up on how to kill it carving, so much of what I was taught I have to unlearn. For example, rocking backwards and forwards in the skis and NOT keeping you skis too close together. My CARV hardware arrived but the left sensor is broken and they are sending me a new pair that should be here by next weekend. I am excited for the real time feedback and I am curious what my skier IQ is...how good am I actually? My boys have lessons tomorrow and ill try to grab a shot! Anywho, last week my oldest made it off the magic carpet and we made it to the bunny hill! I did have to ski him down halfway, but check out the two turns at the bottom!
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  31. Middle school ski busses strike again. Q's instructor took them to another part of the mountain so they were super late getting back. He said he is seeing lots of progress in her. He did say she's sitting back in her skis a bit, though, but he also said it might just be muscle maturity (or lack thereof) because she's so small. So we're going to practice our stance in the living room this weekend lol. I'm not sure I like my new skis. I think going to 156 was the right decision. I'm just not sure I like the wide underfoot (went from mid 70s underfoot to 91). I think maybe I should done something more like an 85. I am not really getting up on my edges anymore. I finally found them briefly tonight on a flatter portion. I feel like I am doing a lot of work in these skis. Tonight's conditions were Cascade Concrete. The last few weeks have been dust on crust, which is not my favorite. It's easy on the knees but hearing that scrape and chatter is like nails on a chalkboard. Tonight the snow was thick, wet, and heavy, but not fluffy like powder. On more than one occasion I caught the back of my ski on something and almost ate shit. However, this made for good conditions on Triple 60, which is basically my nemesis. It's steep, it's never groomed, and it's mogul hell. It usually has random ice patches that jump out and get you. I refuse to ski it unless it is a powder day or a day like today. With the snow being thick and heavy, it's a little more forgiving and slows you down. So I hit it 3x and my thighs will never forgive me. I took the picture on the blue (ha, really a green, but I think they say blue to keep the idiots away) part. It was very foggy and misty tonight, so not the clearest picture.
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  32. I keep going to different specialists trying to fix my oogles of health issues, and as of Thursday, I'm not allowed to eat/drink: apples, apple juice, carbonation, chocolate, citrus fruits, cranberries, grapes, mayonnaise, peaches, pineapple, plums, strawberries, tea, tomatoes, vinegar, or vitamin B complex. That's half of my weekly grocery shopping list. So this should be fun.
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  33. I also like the slightly flavored water. However, I've totally had 3 glasses of wine the last few days and carbs because Q's teacher has me stressed af.
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  34. I LOVE this dream!!
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  35. Hopefully as good as Andor
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  36. So the other day I entered my actual TIME skiing (28 minutes apparently, according to Strava) and I felt like it gave me reasonable steps. My Garmin, unfortunately, gives me zero step credit for any skiing, so I always end up really low on ski days.
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  37. The one purge I still regret is I gave away 8 long boxes of comics I'd collected since I was 16. I had a full run of Amazing Spiderman and X-Men that I'd built up until 2010 going back to 1984. And I did take a box full of useless cords because I couldn't figure out what I needed and what I didn't and was like aaaawww the hell with it take them all. I have like eleventy billion useless charging cords for laptops and phones and ethernet cords and plugs and cords for printers which you don't even need now. Those I finally was like WHAT THE HELL and chucked a bunch of stuff this winter break when I was clearing some of Tina's stuff. All I have left of Tina now is twelve of her best funniest t-shirts (i'm still planning to make a t-shirt quilt), her tennis shoes, her hat and her jewelry and jewelry boxes and Sheba and Sherbert. I told Sheba she can't die on me. She gets spoiled rotten. I give her more temptations treats and bought her own special blue willow dip bowl to put them in on the dresser. Oddly I've been dreaming about you lately and your trip on the plane. Last night I dreamt you bought every seat in first class and let them roam on the plane and had an argument with the flight attendant who wanted to steal L-roy away from you. And they were so good and high on cat nip they just purred and made biscuits while you got tons of drinks. But because of the tons of drinks you had to go to the bathroom and the tiny bathroom couldn't hold you and both your cats so they waited outside the bathroom door while stewardesses tried to calm them with bits of steak sammiches. The happy ending is they loved Florida because it's so hot and humid like ninety percent of the time that their hairs frizzed out and got FLOOFIER. And they would spend their winters alerting you to falling iguanas from the trees.
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  38. I don't really want to keep the things I'm purging, though. You know that box of wires you have? It contains the original ethernet cable you got with your computer. And all your old speaker wire. I had that, old extension cords, a rotary phone, old, obsolete recording equipment. Then the stuff in my kitchen. I've never had but now want like matching dishes and nice glasses. I have a hodgepodge of stuff in mine, so did my Mom so I'm only taking my favorites and probably shouldn't even bother taking those. I may not. The good, but pricey thing is, my moving company will come and do everything I don't get to. If I don't wrap the mirrors and wall art-they will-but it's all at a cost. So this move WILL get done in time, regardless of my progress. So, it costs more. I'm already hemorrhaging money
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  39. Soooo many of my brothers and sisters and I lived in my Dad's three bedroom house sleeping on floors and couches. My Dad remarried and there were sometimes as many as 9 of us living in a tiny 1500 square foot house. So I think your kid knows it's the smart thing to do. I honestly think he's just sad to see you in the position you're in. It's really hard in a lot of sectors as layoffs start in the tech industry, finance and entertainment. I took it so hard I couldn't afford to buy a house for Tina (while both our brothers have 2500+ 4 bedroom homes in GA and it's only them in those houses - well for Matt in his house he has his girlfriend, his bipolar ex wife with her chihuahua's and giant backloader he bought at auction to fix up in his garage). I made 561 square feed work for Tina and I for almost two years. So don't fret it. It's about the love which you clearly got in spades! YAY for Q testing for gifted because I would have recommended it toooooo.
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  40. But that was the best one LOL. That series really went downhill fast and even Mando showing up wasn't enough to fend off the mediocrity. If you want a good laugh, watch the Pitch Meeting video on Youtube about it.
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  41. You know, I asked the professor who introduced me to ChatGPT that very question. He said that there are AI tools to detect AI writing. I am not sure exactly how it works, but it detects the writing style and gives probability percentages of whether or not the writing is AI. Also, there is the fact that AI does not provide citation, which is required by most professors. But that is all dependent on the professor in question, because having worked for a university as tech support, as well as being a student, I know there are professors who lack basic computing skills. I had one who shunned using Canvas and still demanded papers be handed in in hardcopy form. That professor retired, but there are many still like that. And like Odine says, AI is only going to get better with time. And I just want to be clear, I was not advocating the use of AI to replace creative writing. I was suggesting it as a tool like Google to help people with writing. I, too, am against AI replacing creatives in any form, and I don't want to ever see AI writing or art in general being passed off as original human work. I had only recently heard of ChatGPT and thought it would be an interesting discussion to hear from authors and artists to get your opinions on AI creating art.
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  42. To add, I think these AI systems are a paradigm shift in tech. They are as big as the invention of the internet itself. In 5 years time the landscape of creative industry is going to be unrecognisable
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  43. A couple yays. The toxic soccer season is finally over. Q played her best game of the season today and even the coach had to finally admit it. We had one sub and he started her on the bench. He ended up keeping her on the field the entire game after she came in. The girls realized they had a shot at the semi-finals in the state tournament and blew it because they all started sniping at each other and blaming each other for every tiny mistake. Basically, the same stuff they do to Q on a regular basis, but to each other. It was disappointing. That, combined with admittedly a few totally blown coaching calls ended their tournament hopes in a loss. Technically they could still move on, but only if the team they just played loses their next game 0-6. Not happening. I am thankful it is over. We've found Q a few training opportunities with other clubs and private facilities with a few of the teammates she actually liked to prepare her for tryouts in May. She has a month off until lacrosse season starts. It looks like a few of her classmates are going to play, so I hope she makes some friends at lacrosse. They combine age groups by grade, and most of her teammates from last year stayed in the lower level because they are a grade younger and only a few are moving up. We are also looking at having Q assessed for the gifted program for next school year. I think she is pretty bored and her teacher seems to be getting a little frustrated with her inattentiveness, even when I don't think she's truly not paying attention, but painfully bored and doodling to stay somewhat engaged or just sit still. We got her standardized test scores from the old school and they were back to pre-pandemic levels (90+ percentile), so I feel pretty good about her testing in. Also having E assessed, although I'm not sure they will really do a good job of accommodating him so that he can succeed. I admittedly am not sure if he's ready for that classroom environment, either. It is a grade 4/5/6 combined classroom, which is not my favorite set up. E is doing really good at school on the new incentive system. SpEd teacher is either overwhelmed or checked out, not sure which. I will be amazed if she returns next year. E also just earned his Bear rank as of this weekend. I wasn't thrilled about all the stuff we had to do at home instead of at meetings, and rushing to get it done before Blue & Gold in February (what the heck are they supposed to do the rest of the year?). However, he is very proud of himself when he earns a new belt loop, so there's that.
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  44. Tonight was a hot mess. I have never seen so many middle school ski busses in one night. The place was totally over-run by early teenage dumbasses. Q went to lessons and her and her instructor got taken out by a snowboarder right in front of the lift. I actually saw it happen right after I loaded and I set a new Strava record for getting down the hill to see if she was ok (I apparently had already set a new PR today but then I broke that by a full minute). No need for ski patrol, thankfully. She's progressing well, but I'm not sure about doing lessons next year. Might take another year off to just ski. She's with a group of older boys and keeping up with them, mostly because they are dumbass middle school boys. I think private lessons would be overwhelming, though. But she is working on getting forward in her boots, which is exactly what I want. I think we are taking her rentals back and asking for an exchange. The brake seems bent or too wide, I'm not sure. I don't think it actually affects her when she skis but it does make carrying them a total pain in the ass. Not sure we are going back to this ski shop next year. Play it Again is double the price but they had better quality skis. Not the best night. Hoping next week is better.
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  45. The guy that should have been the most prepared has looked there most clueless. Right after there half they played the Stranger Things version of Journey's Separate Ways. I was wondering if that was an omen/message.
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  46. SUCK IT BITCHES always fun doing this, thanks for running it again vet!
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