Sunday, December 18, 2005

Return of the Yeti

Two weeks ago I wrote about my first-ever venture into snowboarding in my post I'm Too Old For This. Today I returned to the hill for the first time since that day. The bunny hill that is.

I don't think it's possible to come up with a better definition of how I must have appeared to the resident teeny-tots than how the on-line encyclopedia Wikipedia describes it here:

"The yeti, also known as the abominable snowman, is a supposed large primate-like creature reported to live in the Himalayas." also; "A large ape-like biped that some suggest could be Gigantopithecus blacki"

Now imagine me, at 6-foot 4, lumbering down the smallest beginner hill they offer on a gigantic yellow surfboard-sized snowboard, hunched over, out of control and ready to crash at any moment. And then imagine these poor little kids timidly trying to learn how to ski or snowboard, scared for their lives that this huge creature is going to run them over at any moment.

Seriously.

Now here's the good news - for me and the kids on the hill. After taking lessons (and my lumps) the last time I was there, I think I actually did learn a thing or two. And today, not only did I finally get a grip on how to gain and maintain control, but I also graduated from that killer bunny hill.

Now, legend has it that if you watch carefully in the upper runs, you just might catch a glimpse of the infamous Yellowboard-Yeti. But you'd better be quick or you might miss it. Either that, or get the hell out of the way!

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