A New Experience, A New Investment?

March 29, 2007 at 12:03 am 4 comments

Today wasn’t my best skiing day.  It was still great exercise and fun.  But, I struggled with the visibility (very foggy), the terrain changes (a nice mixture of powder, ice and slush), and my turn techniques.  Oh… and I fell.

Falling isn’t a sensation that is new to me.  I do tons of activities that encounter occassional falls.  As a child, my siblings and I biked extensively.  As an adult, I hike.  I rollerblade.  I iceskate.  I ski.  I even fell once jogging with the dogs.  I was trying to yank Jimmie out of a neighbor’s yard as he started to squat (moral of that fall: don’t try to play god with dog dumps).  In all those years of formidable falling experience, one aspect of the fall has alluded me– hitting my head.  That is…until today!


Me after my fall.  Note the snowy back of my head and the lack of snow on the rest of me.

Luckily, it was not a hard fall.  No physical damage was done.  But, the fact that the ground was able to impact my head period certainly provoked a multitude of thoughts the rest of the day.  I do believe I’ll be following in the footsteps of Carolyn and Stacy and investing in a helmet.

Now, a helmet may protect one’s head, but it will do nothing for the ego.  I happened to fall underneath a ski lift.  As I sat up and checked my pockets to make sure my wallet and my cell phone were still in their respective pockets, a kid called out to me from the ski lift, “I’m sorry you fell!”

That was surprising.  I thanked the kid and at the same time of his friends, also on the lift, started laughing at me.  This was the reaction I would expect from lift riders.

The first kid turned around and shouted back at them, “I *can’t* believe you guys!”

As much as I thought the first kid’s sentiment was unexpected and refreshing, I don’t think his defense of me is going to exactly put him in good standing with the “cool kids”.  In fact, he may have done more damage to his social standing than the fall did to my head.  🙂 

Welp, our ski vacation is more than half way over.  Hopefully there will be a stunning abscence of head hits for the rest of the trip.

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4 Comments Add your own

  • 1. Carolyn  |  March 29, 2007 at 7:00 am

    Wish I was there.

    Reply
  • 2. tgaw  |  April 1, 2007 at 6:50 pm

    Haha– what a weird reaction.

    “I hit my head”
    “Wow, I’m jealous! I wish I was there!”

    🙂

    Reply
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