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jjyank Wrote:Ohhh I feel a story coming on, do tell :p

I hear ya about school. I'd take some summer classes, but I like college, I don't want to speed the process up and get out into the real world quicker haha Big Grin
Take classes that don't help your degree. When I was in school, I wish I had a taken a theater lighting class. It wouldn't've helped at all, which is why I eventually wound up not taking it, but still, every time I go to a concert, I'm enthralled by the light show. Which color, which angle, how many when vs. when else, etc. I notice these things, and that makes me think I really would've enjoyed that class. But I didn't need it, so I never took it.

So, yeah, if you want to do something scholastic, but without pushing graduation any closer (and who can blame you for that?), I heavily recommend taking something random. I wish I had.
GimmeSnow Wrote:Take classes that don't help your degree. When I was in school, I wish I had a taken a theater lighting class. It wouldn't've helped at all, which is why I eventually wound up not taking it, but still, every time I go to a concert, I'm enthralled by the light show. Which color, which angle, how many when vs. when else, etc. I notice these things, and that makes me think I really would've enjoyed that class. But I didn't need it, so I never took it.

So, yeah, if you want to do something scholastic, but without pushing graduation any closer (and who can blame you for that?), I heavily recommend taking something random. I wish I had.

Sure. You wanna pay for my class? :p
Happy birthday to me :p The big 1-9 haha.

I get all sorts of cool new abilities....like...uh...I can buy cigarettes in NJ! Too bad I dont smoke.
happy birthday justin!

Big Grin



p.s. i won a limited edition rome poster. signed and numbered by paul Smile
someloser*rider Wrote:happy birthday justin!

Big Grin



p.s. i won a limited edition rome poster. signed and numbered by paul Smile

Thanks.

P.S. I may just have to hunt you down and take it from you :p
jjyank Wrote:Happy birthday to me :p The big 1-9 haha.

I get all sorts of cool new abilities....like...uh...I can buy cigarettes in NJ! Too bad I dont smoke.

The "big" 1-9, huh?

I just turned the "big" 2-9 last week.

I'm not sure what kind of cool new abilities that comes with, though. Probably none.
jjyank Wrote:Thanks.

P.S. I may just have to hunt you down and take it from you :p

haha.

nope, never giving that up.
i also got a bright pink rome star die-cut. oh its amazing.

but seeing as that color does not go well with my red board...im buying another new one this year...to accompany the sticker Smile
GimmeSnow Wrote:The "big" 1-9, huh?

I just turned the "big" 2-9 last week.

I'm not sure what kind of cool new abilities that comes with, though. Probably none.

Gray hair! Big Grin

someloser*rider Wrote:haha.

nope, never giving that up.
i also got a bright pink rome star die-cut. oh its amazing.

but seeing as that color does not go well with my red board...im buying another new one this year...to accompany the sticker Smile

No one said you had to give it up willingly :p
oooooo.....it does get kinda dead during the summer months huh? so what do you do during the summer? "bridgejumping". its fun unless you do a belly-flop LOL
Hey guys. Been a while, eh? Well I've been spending my summer on my road bike a lot, racing and training and what not. I started off summer studying algebra 2, so i sould get into pre-calc next year, so I could take physics C AP Senior year, but the community college course filled up and I didnt want to risk teaching myself and screwing up. That turned out to be a good thing, because I found my true passion now, which is Wall Street. So now i get up everyday at 6:00, trade until 1:00, then read (about stocks), maybe watch a little TV, go for a 1 or 2 hour ride, do homework on stocks until 7 or 8, then read more or watch TV.
Ahhh... Summers off... Being 11 years out of college, I spend my my summer making up for all of the days I was 'no-show' during the winter. Smile

Two ideas for those of you with summers off:

1. Hit the gym. No, don't try to look like Arnold in the 70's, but it's amazing how much a head-start you'll have when the snow arrives if you've spent the summer cranking on cardio, strength (especially core strength), agility, and flexibility. I started working out 3 times a week a few years ago and it was absolutely the biggest single thing I've ever done to improve my boarding.

2. Go to New Zealand. Yeah, I know, this requires some $$$, but plan ahead for next year. I spent the summer after graduation rocking the steeps on NZ's south island. The $2k I earned at my part-time job my senior year was enough to get a plane ticket and have starting cash. There's a program that lets recent students get work visas, so I got one of those and landed a job working nights at a restaurant. There are lots of jobs on the mountains too, but you'll spend your days watching everyone else ride while you work.
a2k Wrote:Ahhh... Summers off... Being 11 years out of college, I spend my my summer making up for all of the days I was 'no-show' during the winter. Smile

Two ideas for those of you with summers off:

1. Hit the gym. No, don't try to look like Arnold in the 70's, but it's amazing how much a head-start you'll have when the snow arrives if you've spent the summer cranking on cardio, strength (especially core strength), agility, and flexibility. I started working out 3 times a week a few years ago and it was absolutely the biggest single thing I've ever done to improve my boarding.

2. Go to New Zealand. Yeah, I know, this requires some $$$, but plan ahead for next year. I spent the summer after graduation rocking the steeps on NZ's south island. The $2k I earned at my part-time job my senior year was enough to get a plane ticket and have starting cash. There's a program that lets recent students get work visas, so I got one of those and landed a job working nights at a restaurant. There are lots of jobs on the mountains too, but you'll spend your days watching everyone else ride while you work.

I do hit the gym. Gotta be ready for the long winter Big Grin

And I've actually been to Australia (close enough) and I will reinforce your recommendation :p What a sick place!
jjyank Wrote:And I've actually been to Australia (close enough)

I know a few Kiwis that'd give you a good wallup if they heard you say that! Aussies eat vegemite, Kiwis eat Marmite - very different!

Geographically, it's also very different. New Zealand is where Australians go to ski/ride. The mountains are jagged and steep - lots of cliffs and shoots. Plus, you can't sue an area if you get hurt, so they are very lax about the in-bounds/out-of-bounds thing. After riding a season there, I came back to Colorado and the resorts seemed totally tame and boring.

Besides the geography, the people are amazing - very friendly, trusting, and relaxed. I had hair down past my shoulders and hitch-hiked around the country. In the states, nobody would have ever dreamed of picking me up, but in NZ I got rides from everyone from a mom with her two little kids to a bunch of priests to the CEO of the national electric company to a cop. Always, they were psyched to be able to help a fellow traveler and would often invite me in to their house for a meal and offer me their couch or spare bed. Could you ever imagine that happening here?
a2k Wrote:I know a few Kiwis that'd give you a good wallup if they heard you say that! Aussies eat vegemite, Kiwis eat Marmite - very different!

Geographically, it's also very different. New Zealand is where Australians go to ski/ride. The mountains are jagged and steep - lots of cliffs and shoots. Plus, you can't sue an area if you get hurt, so they are very lax about the in-bounds/out-of-bounds thing. After riding a season there, I came back to Colorado and the resorts seemed totally tame and boring.

Besides the geography, the people are amazing - very friendly, trusting, and relaxed. I had hair down past my shoulders and hitch-hiked around the country. In the states, nobody would have ever dreamed of picking me up, but in NZ I got rides from everyone from a mom with her two little kids to a bunch of priests to the CEO of the national electric company to a cop. Always, they were psyched to be able to help a fellow traveler and would often invite me in to their house for a meal and offer me their couch or spare bed. Could you ever imagine that happening here?

By close enough I meant in proximity in distance, I know they're not the same thing :p The mentality is similar too. And I agree, we don't get enough of that in the states...which is why I go to school in Vermont, because its much more chill and relaxed than my native New Jersey.
I suppose the joke about vegemite and marmite onlys make if you've tried both. They taste pretty much the same: awful. Of course, Aussies and Kiwis are just as disgusted by the thought of combining peanut butter and jelly on a sandwich.

Yes, Vermont is definitely a chill place and it explains your distaste for burton. I imagine they've saturated the state the way Starbucks has overrun Seattle.

Anyway, getting back on the summer thread... You gonna go hit the mountains in NZ next summer or what? I'm trying to concoct a plan to get there to ride the cats at Mt. Potts.
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