Monthly Archives: March 2014

20140325 – Wot no Tweenies; Wendy’s skiing parallel; Wendy ponders a season pass for next year!

Tuesday – blue bird day, 55F. Must be a blue bird day, Wendy’s skiing.

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Wot no Tweenies. Why is it so quiet? Why is it so tidy? Why is it 08:00 and not 06:00?

Oh that’s it Jaspers and the kids have gone home. Missing him already. And his parents too.

Lazy start to the day to allow the snow to soften up. No car, so it’s back to the bus. It really is a great service.

Get a few easy runs in and then stop for coffee at the Mid Mountain lodge. Snow is getting very slushy.

Up McKonkeys and the snow at the top is so much better. A few more runs and then we stop for lunch at the Snow Hut, my favourite watering hole. Resist the temptation to break the 2nd Commandment, so no beer.

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Then we take the long Home Run back down.

Wendy’s skiing seems to have really improved. I think she’s been having secret lessons. Parallel turns are coming together nicely. Impressed.

Home for afternoon tea and Carol picks up cot, baby gates, toys, baby seat and bedding she has kindly lent us. Really helped for baby Jasper – thanks to Hal and Carol.

Well I can understand why kids aren’t allowed smartphones in school.  Kurt and Fiona used to just sit there engrossed in their iPhone, not a peep out of them. Mind you after Tweenies playing Angry Birds must seem like the equivalent of Quantum Physics. 

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Thought for the day:

“Everybody in this country should learn to program a computer, because it teaches you how to think.”— Steve Jobs.
 
Mind you given the state of software / web sites I do wonder where common sense went!

Now here’s a thought to bear in mind, from a prominent leader of the religion of peace:

“Radical Islam is a creation of people who do not believe in Islam. We don’t have radical Islam, we don’t have moderates, we don’t have extremists. Islam is one religion following the Koran and the Sunna”.

Wednesday – grey and some snow.

We’re getting plenty of birds now on our bird feeder. Each morning we get a Northern Flicker Woodpecker. Much more stimulating than the IMG 2990Tweenies.

Wendy’s volunteering at the hospital this afternoon.

Real lazy start to the day to allow the snow to soften up and hopefully take advantage of some new snow.

It’s still a tad icy from yesterdays melting, but at least it’s snowing and as a result there’s hardly anybody skiing. Have a few runs and then a coffee to give the snow chance to come down and improve the skiing. Sadly there’s only about an inch so it’s still like a skating rink on some of the IMG 0756 runs. A couple more runs and I chicken out and call it a day. Silver Queen, normally a double blue, has the distinction of being a 40 degree gradient ice rink – what joy. Need to stop halfway down to sharpen my edges.

Software Normal All F..ked Up – SNAFU Of The Day

Starbucks – try to register my Star Rewards from packets of coffee. Doesn’t work, goes round in every decreasing circles. Why am I green card when I log in? I thought I was Gold card. In fact iPhone  app says I’m gold. Why does it have to be so complicated? Time to ring them. 

“Ah there’s a problem with logging stars on the web site”, she says. Of course “they’re working IMG 2991 n it!” She logs them for me. It appears that I’m a green card in the UK but Gold in the US. Something about needing a US address. Despite the fact that my app is in $. So much for being a Worldwide Company. She says “yes it’s confusing isn’t it”. It seems to me you need to have an advance degree in stupidity to comprehend it all. Ask her if Starbucks values and goals are “We have always believed Starbucks can – and should — have a positive impact on the communities we serve. One person, one cup and one neighborhood at a time.”, perhaps they could start paying some tax in the UK. It’s lost on her.

Thursday – snowy and cold day.

Ski in the morning. It’s snowing thank Chione, after yesterday we really need it.

By lunch time I’m cream crackered but am volunteering at the NAC. With a 10 year old in a mono-ski. It’s just pouring down with snow but this youngster just keeps going for it down First Time. We have to chase after him. He has amazing balance and can ski down on his mono-ski in a bucket seat with no poles. Now wonder they call this the National ABILITY Centre. We get 9” of much needed snow. 

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SNAFU of the Day

Tried to get an online pension estimate. Yes, I know it’s hard to believe that I get my state pension next year! The government site supposedly has one User ID and Password for ALL their services. Tried my Tax Id and Password. Not recognised. Tried my County Court access. Failed. Am I surprised. Try to set up a new one. Wants my National Insurance Number, Post code and Telephone to allocate me a Government site User ID. Doesn’t work. Told to contact the Help desk- now theirs an oxymoron if ever there was one. Speak to the usual un-empowered, jobs worth. Give them same info. They can’t answer why others don’t work but say they’ll clear my access so that I can try again. Still doesn’t work.

Ask the obvious question “Why do I need another unique ID when I already have one? It’sIMG 3002 called a National Insurance number”. If I want to complain I’ll have to write in. A sure fired way to stop complaints. Even if you bother to complain you just know it’s a complete waste of time.

Another example of the complete lack of thought or common sense. I bet an IT guy was involved in the need for yet another number. For Chione’s sake let’s think about the poor customer who pays your wages. He’s already got enough log ons, ID and passwords to fill 10 A4 notepads. Don’t they realise I can’t even remember what I had for breakfast. Where’s the retribution against such rank stupidity?

Unbelievable. Well no, I suppose sadly it’s just typical.

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Members of Newbury’s Muslim community have been left upset and angry by West Berkshire Council’s decision to allow a new supermarket to sell alcohol next door to Newbury Mosque, Pound Street. In January, the council’s licensing sub-committee granted the new Southern Co-operative store, due to open in the summer, a licence to serve alcohol. A small petition with just 58 signatures objected to the move.

While the Bangladesh Welfare Centre had no problems with the store being built, it ludicrously claimed that the sale of alcohol next to a place of worship would increase crime, antisocial behaviour and racial hatred. Of course no evidence was submitted and it is pretty clear that supermarkets are hardly crime hotspots for antisocial behaviour and racial hatred.

If anything trying to impose islamic laws on local non islamic communities is doing more to contribute to racial hatred than anything that could result from a Coop having a drinks section.

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The council said “It was not as if it was a licence for a pub where people could sit and drink next to the mosque, that would be different.”

Why would a pub be different? This is England and not yet under the barbaric control of sharia law. If the 58 signatures don’t like it then there’s an alternative – go live in a muslim country.

Friday – blue bird day.

Powder alert. 9” fresh powder yesterday – thank you Chione. Up at the crack of sparrows for first tracks. A real treat today as I get to ski Deer Valley today. Luxury and no snow boarders. In the lift line for 8:50. By 10:15 it’s coffee time, after 9 runs and 16 miles. Meet Wendy for lunch up at Empire, by which time I’ve cracked off 16 awesome runs and 32 miles. Can’t resist a couple of runs down rather than the bus, so it’s 18 runs, 36 miles and maximum speed of 44 MPH. Awesome skiing. Living the Dream. 
 
Finally finish watching “The Newsroom” season 2. Pretty, pretty, pretty good but not as good as “The West Wing”. Really enjoyed those bits we stayed awake through. We’ve had a free trial of HBO for nearly 3 months and this is the only thing we’ve watched. Do not think I’ll be swelling Comcast’s coffers with an HBO subscription, even if it is only a few dollars – Netflix rules.
 
Some good news for freedom of information:
 
Not a good day then, it would seem, for The Times and the cause of greater openness in public affairs as it appeared to loose a case. However, the court then announced a remarkable judgment with wide ramifications. The much-vaunted Freedom of Information Act, said the court, and the European Convention, has no more power to force a public body to disclose facts that it would prefer to remain secret than does English common law. Such law, stated the court, has long held a presumption in favour of information being revealed in these circumstances rather than concealed.

The consequences of this Supreme Court ruling cannot be overstated. Never mind the strictures of Parliament or Strasbourg, the court is saying that time-honoured common law has long suggested the existence of a public right to access information about actions performed in its name. The authorities may seek to limit our knowledge of what they do and why they do it — but in doing so they emphatically do not have the law on their side. Thus what appeared to be a triumph for the forces of opacity turned out actually to be a victory for transparency.
 
Saturday – a blue bird day. 2” fresh snow.
 

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Diet going extremely well, with the assistance of red wine, now down to 13 Stone 4lb. Just 4 lb’s to go.
 
We ski with Hal and Angela. Hal has a free buddy pass for Wendy.
 
Angelas a little downhill racer these days. No fear. Wendy struggles to keep up with her. Give Angela another couple of years at this rate and even Hal and Carol will be struggling to keep up. Have a great morning skiing with a stop for coffee and cake for Angela.
 
Hal tries to tempt me to join him down Blue Slip (Black Diamond in the middle of Blue Slip bowl). It’ll have to be groomed better than that and I’ll probably need a few brandies.
 
Wendy’s tired out by the time we get down to the bottom. Not surprised given the number of turns she does. It really is so much more restful to go straight down!
 
Home for lunch. Then a walk down to the supermarket and liquor store – Wendy’s out of brandy again!
 
Angela comes round. I think it’s mainly the iPad she wants to see, not us. She wears the iPad games out and then resorts to Disney movies, courtesy of Netflix. Tweenies is much to babyish for her she says.
 
Wendy ponders whether a season pass might be good for next year. As an OAP it’s only $500. At window prices she only has to ski 5 days and it’s cheaper. At discount prices she needs to ski 8 days and its cheaper. So far she’s managed 5 days this year. However if you have a season pass then you don’t mind going up for a couple of runs, whereas $71 for a couple of runs can be off putting. Seems like a good idea, but hopefully she’ll get a free one if we get on the winter mountain host programme as promised.
 
On Wednesday, four snowboarder called Wasatch Equality dropped a federal lawsuit on the Little Cottonwood Canyon resort, challenging its longstanding skiers-only policy.
 
A lawyer for the snowboarders said that because of Alta Ski Area’s arrangement with the U.S. Forest Service, it must comply with the equal protection clause in the 14th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution. 

Alta is one of only three, very sensible, ski resorts in the United States that does not allow snowboarding, and Alta is the only one of these resorts that is operated on public land controlled by the Forest Service.
 
The ban excludes a “particular class of individuals from use and enjoyment of public land based on irrational discrimination against snowboarders,”.
 
It pits those who stand sideways on a single “snowboard” against those who stand forward on “skis,” creating hostility and divisiveness, according to the lawsuit filed in U.S. District Court.
 
Plaintiff Drew Hicken said there is no reason skiing and snowboarding can’t coexist. This guys probably never skied with snow boarders
 
“We feel that it is time for Alta to let go of outdated prejudices that perpetuate a skier versus snowboarder mentality and allow everyone, regardless of whether they are skiers or snowboarders, to share the mountain together,” he said.
 
An Alta spokeswoman said the resort wants to gather more information before commenting on the lawsuit.
 
One out-of-state skier coming off the mountain Wednesday said Alta is for skiers.
 
“It’s the only place left. Give it to ’em. Snowboarders go anywhere else you want to go, but leave Alta for the skiers,” Kevin Hurley said. “Where we live, we gotta deal with snowboarders, and we’d rather deal with skiers.”
 
Snowboarders have a reputation, deserved or not, for riding reckless and without regard for others on the mountain. Believe me it’s a deserved reputation.
 
Now a few tips for the judge when reviewing this case. See the 7 point code below and the reasons why snow boarders are incapable of complying with the various points.
 
Seven Points to Your Responsibility Code:
 
Always stay in control, and be able to stop or avoid other people or objects. See 1, 2, 6 and 8.

People ahead of you have the right of way. It is your responsibility to avoid them. See 1, 2, 6 and 8.

You must not stop where you obstruct a trail, or are not visible from above. See 3.

Whenever starting downhill or merging into a trail, look uphill and yield to others. See 4.

Always use devices to help prevent runaway equipment.

Observe all posted signs and warnings. Keep off closed trails and out of closed areas. See 6.

Prior to using any lift, you must have the knowledge and ability to load, ride and unload safely.
 
1 Snow boarders have as much idea of personnel space as the Japanese in rush hour boarding their metro. There can be a whole empty ski run and they’re attracted to skiers like moths to a light.
2 Snow boarder ski down sideways on and are therefore blind sided for 180 degrees to their left or right and hence can’t see people on their blind side.
3 Snow boarders suffer from regular bouts of sleeping sickness and take group siestas across the middle of the slopes, usually at the narrowest possible point or over a brow of a hill so that they can’t be seen. 
4 Snow boarders can’t follow simple instructions, such as look behind you before setting off. Even instructors can be seen teaching this by example.
5 Snow boarders are ignorant knuckle draggers. Even if they run into you they just can’t be bothered to stop and apologise. Their feet are automatically attracted to seats on public transport.
6 Snow boarders can’t read. Even simple words like SLOW baffle them. Evidenced by their break skiers neck speed in slow zones, where signs are posted.
7 Snow boarders move too much snow down the mountain.
8 Snow boarders are reckless.

20140320 – Skiing with the kids; my star pupil; The Tweenies turn our brains to Jello

Thursday – blue bird day. Warm and sunny.

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Lazy start. Drop Wendy off at the hospital then I get to the slopes for 10:30.

Hello newbies boots. You’ve got some big boots to fill to compete with your predecessors.

Goodbye comfy old faithful’s. You’ve kept me safe, warm and comfortable for 20 years. You’ll be sadly missed but not forgotten.

Great days skiing. Manage to get 28 miles and 13 runs in. New boots are working a treat. They seem firm, positive and I feel confident in them. Pity I have to break my feet each morning to shoehorn into them – tighter than a bulls arse when the flies are about. However, they’ve passed the all important “lunch time test”. I keep them on, no messing with clips and buckles. You can’t see where you going in most lodges at lunch time as the steam rises from sweaty feet trying to escape the agony of their boots. Clips and buckles are played with for hours. Socks steam away as they’re hung out to dry and you have DSC03213 o be careful not to tread on bare feet. Skiers breathe an orgasmic sigh of relief as they escape the implements from the Spanish Inquisition. It’s like the aftermath of a medieval torture chamber. 

Kurt and Fiona go shopping down at the Outlets Centre.

My law of maximum perversity, often known as sod’s law:

No matter where you want tot turn there will always be a snowboarder in the way.

 

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More PC terms:

 

Senile – Bag o’ Bones, Alzheimer’s Victim

 

Serial-Killer – Person with difficult-to-meet needs.

 

Shoplifter – Cost-of-Living Adjustment Specialist 

 

Short – vertically challenged

 

Sighted Person – temporarily visually abled

More religious intolerance:

The BBC asked pop star Eliza Doolittle to drop a reference to Jesus when 2014 03 19 erforming a song on the radio. Doolittle was asked to re-word her love song Walking On Water for an appearance on the Radio 2 breakfast show, hosted by Chris Evans, because she refers to Jesus walking on water, according to the Mail on Sunday.

Her lyric refers to putting on a pair of trainers to run across the water to a yearned-for love. She told the Mail on Sunday that she had to change the lyrics from:
Sometimes I wish I was Jesus, I’d get my Air Max on and run across the sea for you.
to
Sometimes I wish it was easy to get my Air Max on and run across the sea for you.

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BBC bosses are facing justified accusations they were oversensitive over Doolittle’s religious reference.

Now the BBC claimed there had been a misunderstanding , and that the corporation would not request a singer alters their lyrics.

Friday – Another blue bird day.

Wendy and I are up at 06:30 minding and feeding Jasper, because his poor wee parents need a lie in. No stamina these modern parents. So it’s Tweenies at dawn. My brains going to jello. Jaspers so excited, he’s eating his hairbrush. He’s entranced by it, doesn’t seem to matter that he’s seen it 44.5 times before.

We’re off skiing. Need to get in the car park by 10’ish or else it’s likely to be full. IMG 2933We finally manage to get Kurt and Fiona dressed and ready for skiing. Worse than getting kids up and ready. 

Spend the morning on First Time. Meet Hal, Carol and Angela, and of course Wendy with chariot and Jasper, for lunch at the Corner Cafe.

Carol and Angela take Fiona up Crescent and start the descent of Home Run. Fiona makes it all the way down Home Run. A great achievement after only 3 days skiing.

 

More PC terms:

 

Computer

Slum – Economic Oppression Zone

 

Slut – suffering from a sex addiction (female)

 

Someone who has no other reason to park in a handicapped zone – morally handicapped 

 

Spendthrift – negative saver.

 

Stained – creatively re-dyed

If builders built buildings the way programmers wrote programs, then the first woodpecker that came along would destroy civilization. Weinberg’s Second Law.

Given the crap served up these days by so called programmers, sadly, I’m DSC03230 shamed to admit, in pleasant society, that I was a systems designer / programmer.

More stupidity and dhimmitude from the UK:

David Cameron criticised the Islamic Shakhsiyah Foundation during Prime Minister’s Questions in 2009 as a ‘front organisation’ for a radical Islamist group Hizb ut-Tahrir.” Hizb ut-Tahrir is an international Muslim organization that is banned in many countries and openly works for the imposition of Sharia. Yet “the Islamic Shakhsiyah Foundation is being awarded grants worth more than £70,000 a year.

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Pots for rags. What chuckleheads wasted our money on this? Heads should role for sheer stupidity. Thank the Flying Spaghetti Monster that I’m not home most of the year.

Saturday – another blue bird day.

Wot no skiing for me.

Wendy and I take Jasper down to Monkey Mountain play centre, while the parentals lazed around. He has a grand old time, even though he was bait young. Wendy enjoyed the slide.

Then in the afternoon the kids went a bike ride while we entertained Jasper some more. All took a drive up to the Canyons for the concert and Smores, sadly no smores, but there was a magician. Bit of a disappointment really, very crowded.

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Mexican takeaway for dinner – my favourite. But remind me not to bother with stodgy Tamales again.

Scotland wants independence. It’s just madness and will result in more bureaucracy and more self serving, power hungry politicians with their noses in as many troughs as possible – something we all need like a virulent dose of the pox. If they get it then we, England, should make sure we withdraw all assistance, currency etc. Next it’ll be Wales, then Cornwall and finally Rutland (has anyone heard of it).

 

More PC terms:

 

Stoned – Chemically inconvenienced.

 

Stud – suffering from a sex addiction (male)

 

Stupid – differently-brained, intellectually impaired

 

The Elderly – Senior citizens 

 

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Sunday – another, too hot, blue bird day.

We’re up at 06:00 looking after Jasper so that the parentals can have a bit of a lie in. More Tweenies turning our brains to Jello. 

I set off in the car, luxury, for an early morning ski. Manage to get 4 good runs in – a tad icy this early – before meeting Kurt and Fiona. After a quick run down First time Fiona’s chomping at the bit to get up Crescent ski lift and come down Home Run. She does great. Makes it all the way down, non stop, not a single fall and in perfect control. It all seems to have come together.

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Meet Wendy, Jasper and butties at Pay day for picnic lunch.

Get some family photos on the snow. Then Fiona’s off again up Crescent for another, even faster, run down Home Run. She’s done really well but is knackered by the end of the day. Never mind the jacuzzi and a beer / Pimms sorts all that.

Watch the last two episodes of the Following – pretty good. Can’t believe that there’s a 2nd and possibly even a 3rd season.

 

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More PC terms:

 

Thin – horizontally challenged

 

Thirsty – osmotically challenged

 

Tone Deaf – musically delayed

 

Too old/young – other aged

 

Too Tall – people of height

 

Tree-Hugger – environmental activist

 

Trees – Oxygen Exchange Units

Now here’s a surprise:

British authorities enforcing political correctness have allowed Muslim paedophile DSC03267gangs to sexually abuse children with impunity for more than two decades, according to a comprehensive new study that examines the harrowing epidemic of child grooming in towns and cities across Britain.

“[T]he agencies responsible for child-protection have almost entirely failed in their job to protect vulnerable children. From a fear of being called ‘racist,’ police forces across the country have buried the evidence…. Political correctness would be used to make sure that people did not speak about this phenomenon.” — from Easy Meat: Multiculturalism, Islam and Child Sex Slavery

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“[A] 2010 document by the Rotherham Safeguarding Children Board stated that, ‘great care will be taken in drafting…this report to ensure that its findings embrace Rotherham’s qualities of diversity. It is imperative that discussions of a wider cultural phenomenon are avoided.'” — from Easy Meat: Multiculturalism, Islam and Child Sex Slavery

When will we have the gonads to speak out without fear of being accused of racism (islam / muslims are not a race); islamaphobia (a made up word used by extremists. A phobia is an irrational fear, given islams track record on violence etc. it is perfectly rational to fear islam); or the new weapon of the extremists, multiculturalist, liberal, PC storm troopers to stifle free speech – blasphemy. 

Monday – another blue bird day.

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Look after Jasper from 06:30 again. Parentals have a lie in. This time try for a bit of intellectual stimulation with Sesame Street, but Jasper’s having none of it, he craves the Tweenies for the 46.5th time and still gets as excited. Never mind tonight we get more mind numbing as we have a weeks worth of crap enders, the adult equivalent of Tweenies, to catch up with – joy.

Morning is last minute shopping and of course Wendy’s weekly fix at the supermarket.

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Then we drop the kids off at the airport and say our goodbyes. Life will be so quiet and we’ll miss them and especially Jasper.

Drop the car off at hertz and have a pleasant walk home. The Traverse was a lovely car to drive and with 7 seats was just big enough. Now it’s back to walking and the bus. Much more healthy.

More evidence of the barbarism of that so called religion:

A new report on human rights in Afghanistan released by the U.S. State Department reveals that girls as young as six can be “married” away or betrothed and are the victims of frequent sexual abuse from older men, sometimes within their own families.

Although the Taliban have a reputation for religious conservatism, that IMG 1038 onservatism does nothing to protect women and girls from the sexual depredations of men. Women and girls are commonly victimized and those that speak out are likely to be blamed themselves, regardless of age differences.

The report reveals that girls as young as six can be “married” away or betrothed and are the victims of frequent sexual abuse from older men, sometimes within their own families….Afghan law requires that girls be 16 before they can marry and boys 18. Such laws are rarely respected and about 60 percent of all girls are forced to marry before 16.

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In 2013, incidents of rape also increased in Afghanistan. Most of the victims were children.

The Taliban argue that restricting child marriages is “un-Islamic.” In their culture, it is perfectly acceptable to marry children or to promise them in marriage. Traditionally a girl may be betrothed, but the marriages are supposed to be delayed until puberty. However, this is not always respected. Also, early onset of puberty can occur in some girls, sometimes as young as eight.

Wake up and smell the coffee, my real fear is that as we are a democracy, not DSC03238something that islam respects, this could become the norm in the UK (or whats left of it) within the next 25 years, if we don’t stop the spread of this pernicious, so called religion. I really don’t want my Grandkids having to grow up wearing a Burka or a beard. I used to work with so called “moderate muslims”, they were lovely moral people in every respect. But it’s no use relying upon these so called “moderate muslims”, they are cowed by the extremists and would fear the bearded ones in the mosque and being accused of apostasy.