Monday, March 11, 2013


  The vagaries of life are certainly connected to timing.   Being at the right place at the right time can change the course of ones life.   In the stock market making a wise move at the right time can have good consequences.  Even if they say you can't time the market.   I can think of dozens of times in my life that the timing of the event had immense impact on my life.    And if you don't think timing effects you, just think about the recent change from standard to daylight saving time.  Our sleep cycles are disrupted and even our digestion may be affected by the change in time of our meals.  As the Bible passage in Ecclesiastes 3:1-8 points out there is a time for everything.   For example, a time to weep and a time to laugh.
   You may wonder how the statements above relate to skiing.   On the lighter side, today's ski adventure was a splendid example of the importance of timing.   Since we are into the spring ski conditions, we have cycles of freezing and thawing that introduce a whole range of ski surfaces.  Overnight  the soft snow of Sunday was frozen into icy bumps.   Our first run at Greek Peak rattled our teeth.  The second one did the same.   For many of the geezers this morning one or two runs were enough.  I managed to stay out for a third run before I retreated to the coffee gathering in the lodge.
   The extended coffee break was a great relief.   We enjoyed many stories for over 45 minutes and reluctantly broke up to go our separate ways.   As an inveterate optimist, I chose to hit the slopes once again.   I had little expectation for improved conditions.   However, I was pleasantly surprised to find the snow softer.  And as the morning progressed the conditions continued to improve.   Timing is everything.   How fortuitous to have taken a long coffee break.
   The rest of the morning and into the afternoon proved to be a delightful day on the slopes.   Maybe it was the case of waiting long enough for things to get better!   I am glad I was wise enough to leave before my body gave out.   Also on the last run, I could feel the snow beginning to get a bit sticky.   Timing, timing, timing!   I'll try to be wiser about my day tomorrow.
   And to my geezer friends, I am sorry you didn't stay around after coffee.   Too many lonely rides up the lifts and you all missed some later day good skiing.   Even Hercules was tolerable,

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