Saturday, March 03, 2007

Like riding a bike, I guess.
You never forget.
Gene & Nate, friends from home, Kris and I went snowboarding the other day. Though I've talked about wanting to do it again, it's been almost 7 years since I last snowboarded. I figured, I was used to the magnificent slopes of the Canadian Rockies, where I first picked up this sport. Banff, Lake Louise; world-class ski resorts. I did it because a cute Japanese-Australian medical student wanted to go skiing. Almost killed myself learning how to snowboard.
How on earth can I ever get used to snowboarding in Minnesota?
It's like comparing a ripe Tanner stage V Jenny McCarthy to a Tanner stage I Kate Moss.
But in the end, I went. I'm glad Gene dragged me along. Initially, I had reservations; after all, I haven't the foggiest idea if I could remember how to snowboard.
Images came to mind of me rolling into the ER, right into the hands of trauma surgeons, with my leg wrapped in cloth inside a bag of ice. I had O-positive scribbled on my forehead, just in case. And I told Kris that if anything happened, I want to be cremated (you readers out there shall bear witness to this) and have my ashes scattered over Playboy Mansion. None of that Anna Nicole courtroom saga.
True, the ski 'resort' here was miniscule compared to the unbelievable slopes of the Rockies, but it sufficed. Enough trails to give you 10 minutes of board-time per run (compared to the 1 hour on some of Lake Louise's trails). Snow was perfect powder. And my body quickly remembered the smooth, gliding swoosh you feel when boarding. I remembered to how to put on the boots. How to turn. How to stop. Even remembered the mandatory robot-like gait a person assumes, walking with the boarding boots. Your ankles are fixed in a semi dorsiflexed position.

It was exhilirating! We spent 4 hours on the slopes. And aside from a few minor face-plants I made while looking at ski-babes while snowboarding, I had no other mishaps.
I'll be back.


Blogger blueapple said...

nice post...
dunno how to skii though ahakz...
btw I tagged check mypost lol..

10:33 AM  
Blogger PaulOS said...

Cool cool.. snowboarding is dangerous for ur health.. Surgeon General.. hahaha

I remember snowboarding.. and after that.. had cramps in areas I never knew I had muscles before.. ahhahah falling, standing..falling.. sheesh

4:52 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hi, just discovered your blog. Love it! I like that you are still very much rooted to everything about home - family, food, culture. Similarities I see in myself, except I'm in a different subspecialty practising in a different country, rooted to a different motherland. Also dated an ang moh for some years. Done some cross-country skiing in Lake Louise in '04. Hey, check out Emerald Lake next time. Beautiful.

7:04 AM  
Blogger vagus said...

thanks for coming by, jo.
when did you leave singapore? and what are you doing down in phoenix?

7:15 PM  
Blogger Tanya said...

Regarding the car wreck, you're too kind to ask. Basically someone pulled out in front of me perpendicular to my car and I was able to avoid HIM, but not avoid having traffic in next lane avoid ME. ha. Anyway, thanks for asking! (The snowboarding looks great by the way!)

6:18 PM  
Blogger said...

nice - i went snowboarding the same weekend you did too! for the first time in many years. went to vail, colorado. i grew up surfing and loved it, and thought snowboarding was comparably fun.

10:46 AM  
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