Thursday, February 26, 2015

Lessons from a Mountain Loving Local Freak

I am an old local - I can admit that - well, the old thing is still a bit hard to say but 20 years living in a ski town now gives me bar stool status.  Does being an old local give me wisdom?  No.  Years of living in a mountain town does provide me with a bit of knowledge that I am happy to pass on.

Skiing has taught me how important quality of life, where you live and who your friends are.
typing it out, real men wear Tessa Clogs
Quality of Life
Balance is what I think about in a quality of life.  Today - Thursday, February 26, 2015 - was a 9" new powder day.  You ask what does this have to do with quality of life - for all of us hard charging, crusty locals it means you get up early and SKI.  I put a sign up today at Swedish Clog Cabin with an 11:30 opening time.  What made me smile today, I had a customer waiting for me at 11:30 and asked how was the skiing.  He understood that there is a time to work and a time to play.  We all need to realize this and try to keep the balance.  Today - the powder rule was in effect so work just had to wait.

Where you live
I love living in a mountain town:  8,000 feet tall with our bodies full of red blood cells, shoveling piles of snow, smiling, working, raising a family, teaching our children how to pee in the woods, be independent and have neighbors that get that.  Skiing right too and out our front door this location is one that make happiness explode in your face and work is a happy word.

Who your Friends are
I got your back means a lot here in the mountains.  It could be climbing, skiing, biking or kayaking - if something bad happens, your friends are the ones that make sure you are getting home that night, safe and sound.  We trust our friends with our lives.  I love that we can have a dinner party and then those same friends can be checking our avalanche beacons on a back country run.  

Of course my ramblings above are just those of a duct taped ski pant local.  My mantra of life as you understand could be slanted to living in NYC or Omaha, NE.

What is the point of this blog - WEAR TESSA CLOGS OF COURSE.