Monthly Archives: March 2017

20170323 – Goodbye To The Kids

Thursday – a snow storm.

Jasper even skis in a raging snowstorm. Proud of him.

After yesterdays rain today we have a snow storm. Not really a good day to ski. 6″ fresh powder onto of a slush puppy, a snow blizzard and poor visibility, but my intrepid little skier, Jasper, ventures forth. One good thing is there’s no lift queues at the First Time lift, very few people are out to get the crazy skier award.

Jasper on leashes so we can slow him down and stop him.

Jasper has a great run down First Time despite the snow and despite the ski run being badly chewed up. He takes it in his stride and thankfully is on leash to stop him.

Well done Jasper a proper little mountain man.

After lunch it’s yet another trip down to the Outlets.

Bob and Marilyn come round for afternoon tea to meet Jasper and Beatrix and the kids.

Just love the American term for the houses on the slopes around here, “Ten, ten, ten”. That’s a 10 million dollar home, 10,000 square feet, for 10 days a year.
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Tommy Robinson says it as it is:

Yes, he’s an extremist, and I don’t support a lot of what he stands for, but sadly, in this case, it’s the truth. Our government’s let us down. How can our security services possibly keep track of so many 5th columnists in our midst.

Friday – cool and sunny.

On the First Time chairlift on a blue bird day.

It’s a blue bird day. We’ve had some fresh snow and the runs are pretty good.

Thankfully I’ve survived skiing for 42 days this season with no major accident. I’ve been very cautious so I finally get to ski with my start pupil, Fiona, after 2 years.

Fiona and I leave Beatrix and Jasper with Kurt and Wendy as we head off for a morning’s skiing together. I think she’s more nervous about leaving Beatrix and what if she needs feeding, than about skiing. We get to the top of the mountain. I assure her we can be back down to Beatrix in minutes if we get the call for fresh milk. Really depends on how fast she skis.

Time for family photos.

We have a great morning together. Get in about 6 runs and she’s does really well. She’s not forgotten any of her ski skills.

After 3 hours skiing we meet everyone in the Legacy Lodge at the base for lunch. Beatrix has been fine and not needed feeding so Fiona’s had 3 hours of time to herself and enjoyed a great mornings skiing.

Butties are smuggled into the restaurant by Wendy, we take Jasper onto First Time. Kurt manages to sneak a couple of free rides upon the lift and then Fiona takes the reigns and brings Jasper down for a 3rd run. He’s doing some awesome and fast runs straight down. Still no sign of a snowplow or being able to stop but he’s starting to master tuns on parallel skis. Oh well target for next year is snow plow stops and then he can ski without the need for leashes.

Nearly have tears when we come off as he wants to go up for more.

A quiet family evening on the last night for kids.

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Greatest George Carlin Quotes

“One thing leads to another”? Not always. Sometimes one thing leads to the same thing. Ask an addict.

Modern mums.

Property is theft. Nobody “owns” anything. When you die, it all stays here.

The best thing about living at the water’s edge: You only have assholes on three sides of you, and if they come this way you can hear them splash.

The future will soon be a thing of the past.

The planet is fine. The people are fucked.

The real reason that we can’t have the Ten Commandments in a courthouse: You cannot post “Thou shalt not steal,” “Thou shalt not commit adultery,” and “Thou shalt not lie” in a building full of lawyers, judges, and politicians. It creates a hostile work environment.

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Well I bet all those marching against Trump and BREXIT will be out in force today outside their nearest mosque with placards and chants against ISLAMIC fundamentalism and these hate preachers. Don’t hold your breath.

More family photos.

And no doubt the truly devout moderate British Muslims will be screaming from their minarets on how they intend to expel the fundamentalists from the Mosques and hand them over to the authorities.

So what have our government done about this recent terroist attack?

1st the house of commons suspended business when the attack was taking place. So much for business as usual. Surely the bold message to these gutless islamic fundamentalists would have been to carry on business and show them we are not cowed,.

2nd they’ve ordered the flags flown at half masts. Well thats going to strike fear into the heart of the jihadis. We need to recognise we are at war and take some harsh measures.

All the girls.

Never mind winning a battle of hearts and minds, I think it’s really about time we fought back. Here’s my two penneth:

1 Stop admitting back into the country anyone who fought for ISIS. So far we’ve re-admitted over 400. Deny them entry. I couldn’t give a rats if they’re made stateless. Lets find some 7th century barbaric islamic hell hole of a country and ship them there, or to any country of their choosing that will accept them, even if we have to pay that country.

2 As for the 70 terrorists due to be released from prison lets ship them out too.

3 Anyone found guilty of terrorism should be in-prisoned for life, I’d even bring back hanging, and their immediate family shipped out to the hell hole.

4 Close down the mosque that anyone convicted of terrorism attended.

5 Ship out to the hell hole, or a country of their choosing that will accept them, the leaders of the mosque that anyone convicted of terrorism attended, along with their immediate family.

6 Lower the burden of proof for terrorism.

Sounds harsh, but we’re at war and the threat of deportation certainly worked for Sarkosy when he quelled the French riots.

Saturday – rain, sleet and snow

Mum and baby.

Up at the crack of sparrows to take the kids and grandkids down to SLC airport. Sad as their 11 day holiday comes to an end. It’s been great having them and we’ll miss them. How will we cope with all the peace and quiet. What no toys to climb over.

It’s raining so thankfully we pass on shopping in Salt Lake. But as a consolation prize use we get to go to Smiths supermarket to top up while we have the drug mobile.

I’ve my own philosophy for driving on the interstates over here. Stick in the middle lane and then you don’t end up snookered into an exit lane. Bugger being in the way. They undertake anyway, so it’s no problem.

Lazy afternoon then in the evening we’re back on the social whirl as our next door neighbours Dominique and Sam come round for drinks. Can you imagine that happening in the UK? What friendly people, within just 5 minutes they’ve offered us their 3rd floor to store any of our gear. And of course, in true American fashion they come armed with wine and home made Swiss cookies – delicious.

A great evening just getting to know one another. They’re leaving on Monday but will be back in summer. Looking forward to seeing more of them and the block party in July.
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“[Islam] is a religion and is a belief system that mandates warfare against unbelievers for the purpose for establishing a societal model that is absolutely incompatible with Western society” — which is a demonstrably true statement.

Sunday – cool and sunny.

Mother’s Day, cards left from Ross etc., Kurt etc. and Jasper and Beatrix. Anna sends a lovely email.

More family photos.

Kurt kids have arrived home safely.

Another 3″ snow yesterday day. After a day off and several days just on First Time I’m back in my routine. Up at 07:00; good breakfast; great coffee; gear up; catch the bus, despite having the luxury of the drug mobile; hit the slopes. A blue sky day and a tad cool so I have a mid morning start.

That’s 43 days this season, despite what the Epic Mix says, it doesn’t know everything.

Another day in our social whirl as we head off to Bob and Marilyn for dinner along with Helen and George.

Great evening with great food, wine and good company.

Then on the way home it’s time to say goodbye to our drug mobile, a GMC Yukon XL, as we drop it off at Hertz.
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Well the wave of life celebration this time has to go to having our kids and grandkids out here with us. Never a dull moment. They’re all great company and getting to ski with Jasper and Fiona has to be the highlight of my holiday. Well worth all the cautious skiing to ensure I made it without injury.

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Meryl Streep’s Lifetime Achievement:

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Amazing isn’t it the similarities of scrots in both the UK and the USA. In the UK we have those who are too lazy to walk a few yards, so they abuse disabled and mother and infant parking slots. Here in paradise we have the lazy scumboarders, and I have to admit skiers, who just can’t be arsed to walk an extra 10 feet to put their gear in the copious racks provided. Instead they just litter them on the snow for people to trip or ski over.

Just imagine if we all did it there be no room left to ski.

Monday – cold.

Me and my super start skier.

Wow isn’t it quiet and oh so tidy. Walking across the floor is no longer a life threatening perilous event, dodging all the toys. But we miss them.

Wendy’s off with Helen and Marilyn down to the Outlets to have a girly day out. Probably practicing for the 100 yard Outlet trolley dash event. Just cruelty to credit cards.

Helen backs out of a ski day. That’ll probably jinx the major snowfall thats due.

I have a fraught morning trying to re-install Dreamweaver and setting up FTP. Then escape for some sanity up the mountain.

A relaxing afternoon mesmerised by the snow falling. Wendy returns with some shopping bags. Now there’s a surprise.

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Imams in mosques (and elsewhere) can call for murder (Qur’an 2:191, 4:89, 9:5), kidnapping (Qur’an 47:4) and rape (Qur’an 4:3, 4:24, 23:1-6, 33:50, 70:30), all by quoting the Qur’an and Muhammad. So is it incitement to violence or the free exercise of religion?

Perhaps it’s time for the quran to be put on trial for hate speech and even ban it being sold.

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Oh joy.

My privacy sold to the highest bidder.

On Thursday, March 23rd, the US Senate voted to let internet service providers (ISPs) sell your web browsing history without your permission.

If you live in the US, your browsing habits can now be sold to advertisers and third parties. If you live somewhere else, it’s unsettling that this is already a $24B industry.

20170319 – At The Gun Range We Trade Water Pistols And Bows, For 45’s And 19mm Guns

Sunday – hot and sunny.

Jasper on the Magic Carpet on his way to First Time. Saves walking up hill.

Kurt and I take Jasper on First Time. Kurts got him on leashes. He loves it and the occasional fall doesn’t bother him unless he gets a bit of snow in his gloves. Hal and Angela joins us.

Ice cream time at MacD’s.

Kurt gets knackered snow ploughing down with Jasper. What about Papa, who’s also having to snowplow all the way down as he runs interference. Remind Kurt that I had the same with 3 of them. And look what a great skier he’s turned out to be – proud and jealous. Wish I was that good.

Angela shows Jasper snowplough with the hope he’ll copy but he’s having none of it. Sticking with parallel. After 3 runs down First Time Jasper and Angela head off home with Fiona and Wendy. They end up at MacD’s for lunch.

Kurt, Hal, Chris and I head up Crescent for some proper Spring skiing. Have 3 runs in slush with them and then head off down and leave them to the tender mercies of Hal. He takes them on a good tour and puts them through their paces.

Jasper on leashes so we can stop him.

Skiing down the bowling alley I get yet another scumboarder try to take me out. Fortunately he falls and just hits the back of my boots so I don’t fall. As you can imagine I give him the benefit of an expanded olde English vocabulary. Only a knuckle dragging lunatic would have gone so fast and out of control in that crowded section. Just stupid scum. Should be banned. Perhaps it should be Deer Scumboardless Valley next year for me.

Get back home for shower and change and then head off to a PCMSC apres ski afternoon. Take our own booze and some food. There’s a fantastic selection with awesome Carnitas from Helen, other Mexican dishes and amazing Key Lime and lemon meringue pie.

End of another awesome day here in paradise.

Snow may be crap but at least we’ve got some and how fortunate can we be to have the kids and grandkids out here. Just awesome to get to ski with Jasper at last and watch him come on. Brings back memories. A new generation of skiers.

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Well riding the surf board of life this week is a real treat. I get to ski with Jasper nearly every day and having the kids here is awesome, Feeling very grateful. We’ll really miss them when they go home.

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Greatest George Carlin Quotes

I’ve never seen a homeless guy with a bottle of Gatorade.

One great thing about getting old is that you can get out of all sorts of social obligations just by saying you’re too tired.

George Washington’s brother, Lawrence, was the Uncle of Our Country.

Have you ever wondered why Republicans are so interested in encouraging people to volunteer in their communities? It’s because volunteers work for no pay. Republicans have been trying to get people to work for no pay for a long time.

In America, anyone can become president. That’s the problem.

Once you leave the womb, conservatives don’t care about you until you reach military age. Then you’re just what they’re looking for. Conservatives want live babies so they can raise them to be dead soldiers.

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The picture that this whining harridan wants to get rid of.

Says it all. When will we ever be rid of this gobby harridan who’s trying to sell the jocks knitted smoke. Let’s give them another once in a lifetime vote two years after BREXIT, but this time England should get a say whether they stay or go. If this whining jockess bag pipe and her ilk are still in power then let’s rebuild Hadrians Wall and get shut of them.

Monday – hot and sunny.

Finally the 8th army gets out. No doubt about it the more people involved the more complex it is. It’s exponential 1 person has a factor of 1; 2 = 4; 3 = 9; 4 = 16 and if there’s a 3 year involved then double it. God only knows how we ever managed to win two World wars.

Even Beatrix enjoys it out here.

Driving away and Kurt realised he’s forgot his boots.

Take Jasper straight to first time – slow walking with a 3 year old in ski boots. Meet up with Helen who wants to see Jasper ski. Now Kurt can’t find his ski pass. So we ski down home run with Jasper and wait while Kurt gets a new pass. Just one of those days as I remain balanced on my surfboard of life.

Helen just can’t put Beatrix down.

By now Helens had enough excitement for a week. We take Jasper 2 runs down First Time. The snows awful slush but he copes alright. If you can ski this, you can skiing anything.

Still can’t convince Jasper to snowplough, I think he wants to miss that stage out and go for the downhill skier style. Sadly he hasn’t learned to stop yet, a fairly critical fundamental skill.

Lazy afternoon and then Helen and George pick me up to go to a slide show and lecture, at the museum, on steam trains to Park City. Interesting and well attended.

Lovely blanket crocheted by Helen for Beatrix.

H & G come round for tea and to see Beatrix and Jasper. They’re such kind and great friends. Helens crocheted Beatrix a beautiful blanket, such a thoughtful gift, and Jaspers not forgotten with a collection of trucks and diggers.

A lovely evening with good friends. I think George might be getting worried as Helen can’t put Beatrix down.

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As usual there is all this hot air and revolt from the liberal bed wetting PC storm troopers about hard BREXIT and leaving the Single market and customs union, yet I doubt most don’t even appreciate the difference. If they did they would know that remaining in the single market = free movement of people. While remaining in the Customs Union means we could not negotiate tariff and deals with other countries. Certainly not what we voted for.

Here’s a simple table that explains the various options:

Single Market = 4 Freedoms of movement of goods, people, services and capitol.

Tuesday – hot and sunny.

Mac D’s yet again.

Kids take a day off and go down to the second major sporting activity in Park City. Yes, it’s a trip to the Tangier Outlets, both a winter and summertime activity thats not yet recognised by the Olympic Committee, but who knows the 500 Metre Outlet Store Trolley Dash could become an Olympic event. Jasper gets to stay with Wendy.

I venture forth for a few runs. With all the excitement of snowploughing down First Time with our star, it seems ages since I did any proper skiing. After a few runs, some coffee and catching up on my blog I’ve had enough. Spring slush puppy skiing is not that good, but at least we have snow.

Lazy afternoon trying to figure out all the gizmos on the drug mobile. If you wave your foot under the back it opens the boot for you; if you want to fold down the 2nd or 3rd row seats then there are buttons for that; the drivers seat has an orgasm if you drive to close to an object and vibrates on the left or right; it shows you if you wander out of your lane; it warns you if it thinks you’ve nodded off; it warns you if a cars coming up in your blind spot; it even has onboard wifi and satnav. Sadly it doesn’t park itself, mind you it needs a slot the size of a football pitch and does 16 MPG.

Then it’s off to dinner at Hal and Carols. They give Kurt and Fiona the guided tour of their new home, it’s massive and awesome. You can easily get lost.The view of sunset over the Timpanogos is beautiful. Meanwhile Angela and Jasper are having a whale of a time playing and chasing one another. Dinner’s Raclet, a friendly cook it yourself style of meal. After dinner we relax while Jasper and Angela torment Hal.

Another lovely evening with great friends. All part of our PC social whirl.
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Software is slowing faster than hardware is accelerating.

The inside of a computer is as dumb as hell but it goes like mad!

Unix is simple. It just takes a genius to understand its simplicity.

The Unix philosophy basically involves giving you just enough rope to hang yourself. And then a couple of feet more, just to be sure.

Unless in communicating with it one says exactly what one means, trouble is bound to result.

What boots up must come down.

Windows is just DOS in drag.

Wednesday – rain, sleet and snow depending where you are on the mountain.

Rain, rain, rain stops play. Really cruel to the snow. Quite rare to encounter rain in winter, reminds us of home. So it’s no skiing today.

Fiona takes aim.

Wendy’s off to volunteer at the Christian Centre. The kids are still in bed. No doubt they’ll eventually get organised.

A trip to the Outlets is on the cards.

Then in the afternoon we see the news of the islamic terrorist attack in London.

When will we wake up from our slumber and smell the coffee. Let face it these terrorist activities are in the name of Islam.

Kurt with his weapon.

Islam should be held accountable.

If you doubt it go read the Quran.

I nip up to Heber to pick my mountain bike up from Hal. Angela comes round for a sleep over.

In the evening we troop off down to Park City Gun Club. Fiona, Kurt, Hal, Bob, George and I are all shooting. I think the club must think it’s a nursery invasion as Beatrix, Jasper, Angela, Wendy and Helen colonise the lounge and turn it into a playgroup outing.

We have a range of guns, 45’s and 9mm. When I’m shooting the target is the safest place to be. Take aim, fire and miss. Amazing how difficult it is to load the gun clips with those sharp pointy things. Given this ultra-convieniance society it’s a wonder that Americans don’t get the clips ready loaded. Wow those 45’s have a real kick. We all have a great evening and Fiona actually enjoys it. Quite proud of her that she went.

I think us Brits will be passing on NRA membership. An enjoyable experience but thank the FSM we don’t have guns in the UK.

Then it’s off to Chubasco’s for an awesome Mexican takeaway. Perfect end to a very sad day.
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How to Correctly Draw Muhammad:

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When will we smell the coffee and realise fundamental islam is at war with us.

Well they’re at it again. When will we wake up, smell the coffee and start to realise that the problem in our midst is Islam. Islamic Fundamentalist and the Quran is the problem. If you doubt it go read the Quran. Read the 109 paragraphs that promote violence. Realise that this is not just a religion but a complete political ideology whose aim is World domination, the overthrow of Western democracy and the implementation of Sharia throughout the World.

The Quran incites violence yet is not illegal or illegal to sell it. But the Criminal Justice and Public Order Act 1994 inserted Section 4A into the Public Order Act 1986. That part prohibits anyone from causing alarm or distress. Section 4A states:

At the gun range.

(1) A person is guilty of an offence if, with intent to cause a person harassment, alarm or distress, he— (a) uses threatening, abusive or insulting words or behaviour, or disorderly behaviour, or (b) displays any writing, sign or other visible representation which is threatening, abusive or insulting, thereby causing that or another person harassment, alarm or distress.

Read the Quran and it will certainly cause any “infidel” distress.

Fiona practicing before she gets her hands on a real gun.

Meanwhile the liberal bed wetters will no doubt be gobbing off that it’s all nothing to do with islam – the religion of pieces and permanent offence. Let’s face it these liberal PC do gooders, our political leaders and their multiculturalism are partially responsible for this state of affairs. For too long now we’ve bent over backwards to accommodate, like dhimis rushing towards our own demise. Time to get our values back, our country back, recognise the problem and deal with these extremists and any of their supporters harshly. It’s a war.

20170314 – At Last I Get To Ski With Jasper

Tuesday – hot and sunny.

Jasper and his Park City toys. It’s like Christmas day all over again.

Lazy morning’s skiing.

Pick up the Hertzmobile. Get a great free upgrade to 8 seater Yukon / XL with all the bells and whistles you can imagine. Needs a 500 page manual to know what all the knobs and switches do, but still can’t figure out how to open the tailgate from inside. You need a step ladder to climb in it and it’s a proper drug mobile in black with black tinted windows to complete the image.

Carol pops round and then we go for afternoon tea at Barbara’s – except that there’s no tea just wine. As I’m driving there’s no wine for me.

Drive down to Salt Lake airport to pick the kids up. Flights on time but Delta’s lost Beatrix’s car seat. Fortunately they get a loaner. Jasper and Beatrix were really well behaved on the two flights.
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I wish life had an Undo function.

In a few minutes a computer can make a mistake so great that it would have taken many men many months to equal it.

If Bill Gates had a dime for every time Windows crashes… oh, wait a minute, he already does.

Mac users swear by their computers. PC users swear at their computers.

Man is the best computer we can put aboard a spacecraft… and the only one that can be mass produced with unskilled labor.

Wednesday – hot and sunny.

Jasper at 05:30, just like Christmas Day.

Up at the crack of sparrows (05:00) with the kids.

Another summers day.

Off for a mid morning ski. Timing is all. Too early and its a frozen slush puppy; too late and you’re on a soggy slush puppy; there’s a 5 minute sweet spot between 10:55 and 11:00.

Manage a few easy runs – extra cautious so close to finally getting a o ski with Jasper. Have a leisurely coffee and some sun sat outside the Viking Yurt.

Beatrix in her chair.

Leisurely afternoon. We take Jasper for a ride on the bus to, yes you guessed it, the supermarket. Get some marbled rye bread ready for my corned beef Reuben’s on rye – awesome. Then had a summers day stroll back.

By 19:00 keep we are cream crackered and all tucked up in bed. We manage to doze through Billions.
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When you refuse to accept the ski seasons over:

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We-Vibe fined $3 million for spying on its customers through their smart vibrator.

The ultimate in Internet of Things abuse.

Thursday – hot and sunny.

Jasper’s first time on First Time lift.

Like a summers day.

Awesome mornings skiing on the magic carpet with the kids and Jasper. He’s coming on great, really enjoying it and really wanted to go on the big lift to the big slope. He sat still all the way up and handled it like a pro. I think we were all more nervous.

Jasper on the magic carpet.

That’s it now. Next stop top of the mountain for Jasper.

He did really well. We had to drag him off.

Meanwhile Wendy tries to drive the drug mobile, to pick me up from the locker. Three of them, all drivers, a manual to complete with a “War And Peace” manual and not one of them can figure out how to put it in gear.

All good things come to an end. As I drop Wendy and Fiona of at the Tangier outlets for a mega retail therapy session.

Family day on the magic carpet.

Kurt and I take Jasper to MacDs for an ice cream – reward for good skiing. Then we pass away the time at Starbucks. Hours later we pick em up at Walmart – joy. How can anyone manage to whittle away so much time in Walmart? In the time it takes them they could have negotiated a take over bid for the whole chain and concluded a U.K. and USA trade deal.

Mind you Walmart’s a fascinating place for people watching. Hal says only the crazy people go there. Well you certainly get some “interesting” suitable cases for treatment.

An hour later and Walmarts swallowed them all up without a trace. I’ve lost the will to live and meanwhile my bottle of Zinfandel back home has oxidised and gone off.

Moral of this saga is, show Wendy how to put the drug mobile in gear.

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Europe the theft of democracy – a blast from the past. Just to remind everyone the reason for BREXIT:

Friday – hot and sunny.

On the big lift – First Time.

Another awesome mornings skiing on the magic carpet with Kurt and Jasper. He’s coming on great, really enjoying it. After 2 runs down the magic carpet he set off towards the big lift – First Time – “wanna go on that”. A bit like av”Little Britain” wheelchair sketch. And off he goes.

On the magic carpet.

Kurts got him on the rains, so much easier and at least there’s some semblance of control, essential as he’s not a clue how to stop. He seems to be missing out the snowplough / pizza stage and going straight to parallel skiing.

He did really well again.

In the afternoon we pick Bob and Marilyn up and head off to TGIF at Deer Valley. Don’t recognise a lot of the people there, must be the Deer Valley lot. Somehow they don’t seem as friendly and inclusive. Food not that good so we go out for dinner with B & M to the Boneyard – good choice of American food and not expensive.

By the time we get home Chris has arrived.

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Greatest George Carlin Quotes

I would never want to be a member of a group whose symbol was a man nailed to two pieces of wood.

Have you noticed that most of the women who are against abortion are women you wouldn’t want to fuck in the first place? There’s such balance in nature.

So I say, “Live and let live.” That’s my motto. “Live and let live.” Anyone who can’t go along with that, take him outside and shoot the motherfucker. It’s a simple philosophy, but it’s always worked in our family.

Catholic — which I was until I reached the age of reason.

I love and treasure individuals as I meet them; I loathe and despise the groups they identify with and belong to.

God bless the homicidal maniacs. They make life worthwhile.

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The bane of my life. Wasn’t like this in my day!

We need to talk about code. Bad code. Cyberattacks grab all the headlines but they only account for just over half of IT-related incidents in corporations. Outages, data corruption, delays and poor service resulting from old and degraded software and dodgy source code account for most of the rest. Together they represent a hidden risk to modern businesses that is often referred to as the “IT debt” and that has been assessed at more than $1 trillion.

I’m sure BBC iPlayer must be experts in bad code. As incompetent as they’re biased. Time for a Saturday afternoon lion feeding.

Saturday – hot and sunny.

Wendy doing Nana duties.

Day off from skiing as it’s so busy up there.

Fiona in the drug mobile.

Take Jasper to the park, of course no day would be complete without a trip to the supermarket in the Drugmobile. Needs a football pitch to park it.

Hal, Carol and Angela come round for dinner. Have a great evening together as usual. Angela plays so well with Jasper, he tends to boss her about a bit but she’s very good with him.

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The most wonderful form of Jihad:

20170310 – Sunny Days; Cruelty To Snow

Friday – hot and sunny.

The golf course in winter.

Another Spring skiing day, so it’s Spring jacket and gear. Still way too hot.

Problem is if you start early the runs are still quite icy from freezing up overnight. Then by 10:00 it’s starting to soften up and by 11:00 it like skiing of a slush puppy. This weather is just cruel to snow. Need to investigate some warm snow wax.

Get a few runs in and then have a coffee in Miners Camp whilst I do my blog. Gone are the days by the log fire in the Snow Hut, reading the Times online. Now there’e no log fire, no free wifi just extortionately priced coffee.

Wendy’s volunteering at the Christian Centre. Thankfully there’s no toys today. Good job because they’re colonising our lounge.

In the evening Bob and Marilyn come round for dinner. Good company, good food and good wine.
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Only in America.

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Beatrix’s rocking chair.

Well the FSM be praised. Inklings of common sense at last.

“Extremists and terrorist suspects face “Al Capone-style” disruption of their lives or permanent exclusion from the UK if they try to return from fighting with Isis in Syria or Iraq.”

Let’s hope it’s permanent exclusion. Only liberal storm troopers would contemplate allow them back. Oh dear the poor we nights would be made stateless. I’m sure the liberal do gooders bed wettest will be up in arms.

Saturday – hot and sunny.

Silver Star lift.

Too hot and sunny and very busy on the slopes, so I take a day off.

Have a walk up to Silver Star cafe for Wendy’s lunch, then walk back to Starbucks, of course a supermarket and then home.

Evening catching up with TV.

Clocks go forward tonight.
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Scumboarder tries to hang himself.

Another Saudi journalist, Muhammad Aal Al-Sheikh, argues in the daily Al-Jazirah that groups like IS are a faithful representation of Islamic texts that are no longer relevant today and for that reason Muslim law urgently needs updating.
“We cannot dismiss their actions by saying that they ‘do not represent Islam’ when most of their actions originate in books from our past heritage, [books] that dealt with matters of the day in accordance with the conditions and norms of that period, which are different from the conditions and norms of our own period,” he writes.

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This is why Nigel Farage should be our P.M – Amazing compilation

Sunday – hot and sunny.

Girls just having fun at St Patrick’s Day Apres Ski party.

As the clocks have gone forward a 09:00 start is pretty cold.

Go up for a few runs. It’s one hell of an icy start to the day, as bad as skiing in Europe. Vibrates me ankles and nearly knock me new Zirconium capped tooth out.

Morning skiing with Helen, Jere and Diane.

Not the best of conditions, yesterday’s slush has frozen up so it’s terrifyingly icy. Then by 10:30 you’re skiing on a watered down slush puppy. The joys of spring skiing. Manage a few runs by picking the sunny slopes. Then I slope off down to have a dirty Chai with Eva.

View over back of Deer Valley from our hosts home.

Some entertaining people watching as this mum tries to deal with her whining 10 year old brat, who has the manners of a pig and if he spoke to me like that I’d rip his tongue out. The rest of her kids aren’t much better. Bet they’re not Mormons.

The family from hell.

Oh the joys spring skiing.

Afternoon Bob picks us up and we go to the St Patrick’s Day apres ski party. Some pretty good food and as always BYOB. Terry’s house is awesome. Big enough to house the whole cast of Star Wars, including the extras. Fantastic views over the back of Deer Valley.

Then in the evening it’s TV catch up time.

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How lucky can you be as you head up the mountain every day in the cool fresh air, blue skies and snow covered mountains. Off to enjoy the mountains again.

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More nerdy sayings:

A user and his leisure time are soon parted.

At least my pencil never crashes!

DOS computers manufactured by companies such as IBM, Compaq, Tandy, and millions of others are by far the most popular, with about 70 million machines in use worldwide. Macintosh fans, on the other hand, may note that cockroaches are far more numerous than humans, and that numbers alone do not denote a higher life form.

Home is where you hang your @.

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Pat Condell on Geert Wilders


Monday – too hot and sunny.

Hats knitted by Wendy ready for the kids.

Lazy mornings skiing, while Wendy has a clean up ready for the kids coming. Was going to ski with Helen but went up later to give the slopes time to soften up.

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Truck of Peace: Adults only.

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Typical. If they want another leave referendum lets make sure England gets a say in whether they stay. Sick of them whining.

Yeah, at last some common sense. The Commons has over ruled the Lords lunacy on guaranteeing EU citizens rights and ignoring Brits in EU, and the Lords have acquiesced. At last we can invoke Article 50, give the PM a free hand to negotiate and escape this tyranny. Now time to get on with BREXIT and we need to have a good clear out and abolish the house of Lords.

Of course the whining Sturgeon harridan tries to throw a spanner in the works by demanding another “once in a lifetime” referendum on Scottish independence. Let’s get shut of these whining Jocks. Their economy is worse than Greece. They’re a financial drain on England and constantly complaining. Financially they won’t meet EU membership criteria and to top it all several EU countries will veto them joining. Let them go. Why would anyone in their right mind want independence and then want to join the tyranny known as the EU. It’s just all about independence really. Let England have a say. LETS GET SHUT OF THEM.

20170306 – From A -8 Windchill, Then Spring Skiing And Sunbathing.

Monday – very cold and snowy

Just a reminder on blog organisation:

Basic travel blog is on a plain background with no banner.

Religion – Beyond Belief
If you’re an Islamic fundamentalist from the religion of pieces and permanent offence then this is not the section for you. I believe that this pernicious, so called religion, more a political ideology, is one of the 3 main threats to Western Democracies in the 21st century and we need to speak out against it and desensitise them before we are all under the yoke of sharia law. If you doubt the threat go read the Koran.


Warning – Rant In Progress
My daily rants on politics, lunacy, dodgy bug ridden software written by senseless pimply yobs and how to put the World to rights. Best way for me to let off steam.


My Sick Humour
Title says it all. Just remember I’m a retired nerd and ex-high priest of bits and Bytes.


Ride The Wave Of Life
Some of the good things and highlights of life.

Snow clearing. Who will clear the snow if they deport the illegals?

11″ fresh powder overnight, its still snowing and the windchill is -8F. Go out for the stupid skier pin. Most of that snow came down after grooming so there’s some hard skiing. Jonesy’s, one of my favourite runs, is just a powder keg of a mogul field, thankfully I survive it. A hard mornings skiing.

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Not me.

A South African man and his pregnant fiancée have been arrested in the United Arab Emirates for having sex outside marriage.

In 2008 a British couple who had sex on a beach in Dubai were handed three-month prison terms, later suspended on appeal.

In 2010 a British woman who made a rape complaint against a Dubai waiter was arrested for having illegal sex with her fiancé.

Two years later a Norwegian woman who reported that she had been raped by a colleague was imprisoned for having extramarital sex and released only after an international outcry.

And the response to this should be – don’t go there!

Don’t go on holiday there and don’t move there to work.

If they want skilled people and can’t get them and if they want tourist’s money they may well change their approach from the 7th century barbarism – soon to wash up on our shores if we don’t stand up for our country and culture and stop the spread of this pernicious barbaric so called religion of pieces.

Tuesday – cold and sunny.

Not me either.

Skied with the usual crowd. Great days skiing after that 11″ of powder. Must be one of the best days this season. A tad cold but preserves the snow best.

Lazy evening.
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More crazy computer sayings
Windows NT crashed.
I am the Blue Screen of Death.
No one hears your screams.

There are two major products that came out of Berkeley: LSD and UNIX. We do not believe this to be a coincidence.

Nor me.

The trouble with computers is that you ‘play’ with them!

There is only one satisfying way to boot a computer.

Those parts of the system that you can hit with a hammer (not advised) are called hardware; those program instructions that you can only curse at are called software.

All sorts of computer errors are now turning up. You’d be surprised to know the number of doctors who claim they are treating pregnant men.

I regularly read Internet user groups filled with messages from people trying to solve software incompatibility problems that, in terms of complexity, make the U.S. Tax Code look like Dr. Seuss.

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Pat Condell – Women Defend Yourselves:

Wednesday – warm and sunny.

Surprise present in the post today. This awesome jumper that our good friend Nat re-modelled for me. Fits perfect.

Ski with Helens ski group. Yet another exhausting day after yesterday’s 17,000 feet. Alas no mid morning coffee. End up in the Viking yurt for coffee at lunch time.

Pick Wendy up at the Christian centre yet more toys and food to feed us for weeks.

In the evening I’ve arranged a bowling session. Eight of the usual suspects go down to Jupiter Bowl for an hours bowling. First time we’ve bowled in the USA. It’s a bit like the cinema they do get a bit excitable, noisy and plenty if high fives. Certainly no British reserve.

Not many people have this exclusive designer label in their jumper.

At least we could get a drink on the lane, but sneaky after they’ve delivered the drinks they point out we have to buy some food – may the FSM bless these crazy UTAH laws. Wendy’s knees playing her up so she uses a kiddy slide to aim the ball.

Then we go to the “Full House” for an Asian dinner. Thankfully I’d pre-booked otherwise we’d have had a long wait. Japanese beer and hot Sake – quite nice. Prize giving of wine, chocolates and a booby prize of Thai curry popcorn. Food’s good, the usual gluttonous portions, very tasty and spicy. Not expensive, would certainly go again. Thankfully they do doggy bags so that’s tomorrow’s tea sorted.

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Greatest George Carlin Quotes

Ten pin bowling – no style.

Ever notice that anyone going slower than you is an idiot, but anyone going faster is a maniac?

Isn’t it a bit unnerving that doctors call what they do “practice”?

I don’t like to think of laws as rules you have to follow, but more as suggestions.

I think it’s the duty of the comedian to find out where the line is drawn and cross it deliberately.

When you’re born you get a ticket to the freak show. When you’re born in America, you get a front-row seat.

I never joined the Boy Scouts. I don’t trust any organization that has a handbook.

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And ten pin bowling with style.

Let me see if I’ve got this right? The goody, goody two shoe bed wetters in thew house of Lords want us to enter hard nosed negotiations saying “EU citizens can stay in the UK no matter what the outcome”. If they are so concerned about not using “foreigners” (oh my god can I use that word without being cast into the fires of damnation and non-PC hell) in both the EU and the UK as bargaining chips, why didn’t they just say “we’ll let EU citizens stay in the UK if you let UK citizens stay in the EU, let’s get that off the table”.

Well I’ll tell you why, because they plainly don’t give a rats gonads about Brits in the EU. They’re so far up their own liberal storm troopers arses that their brains have dropped out. All they want to do it scupper BREXIT and ignore the democratic will of the British people.

Its about time these unelected toadies and liberal do gooders were removed and replaced with an elected second chamber, similar to the US senate, but with a two term maximum limit.
Just watched a Youtube of the Angels Landing hike in Zion National Park. The videos terrifying enough to stain underwear.

Thursday – to hot and sunny.

What an awesome canyon.

Wow it’s a spring day. 50’s, cruelty to snow. Spring skiing jacket and gear and you still get a sweat on.

Time for a lazy day after the past few busy day. A few run, coffee and a few run back down.

After lunch it’s so hot we’re both sat out on the verandah sun bathing.

Well it may have been a lazy day but by 20:30 we’re both drifting off through an episode of the “Young Pope” – not exactly riveting TV.

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Not me either and certainly not spring skiing.

Now who said scumboarders aren’t knuckle draggers. Today we saw the ultimate in stupidity as a board scoots down the mountain, minus its numpty owner. She was about 500ft up the mountain looking somewhat bemused.

20170302 – Angela’s Birthday

Thursday – cold blue sky day.

View over the bridge onto golf course.

Bluebird day so up and out early. Gorgeous blue skies but still very cold, thank the FSM. Snows still pretty good.

Sat on the bus on my way to the slopes when 25 stones of adipose tissue plonks down with a scumboarder big enough to stop him sinking. Can you imagine the inertia in the guy as he hurtles down. It’d be like being hit by an inter-city express.

Thank the FSM and common sense for ski helmets. Just got on the lift, not even sat back and this moron brings the bar down at full tilt before we’d even got out the lift station. Saved by my helmet. Give him a few choice words and he’s sent to Coventry for the rest of the ride as we all ignore him.

Good morning’s skiing. Day 24. Another Epic day 12,000+ feet. Good snow getting back on form.

Wendy’s off down to Kimble junction on a shopping mission for Angela’s birthday present.

Jere and Diane come round for dinner, first time we’ve got to see them properly since last year. A boozy evening, down some excellent Zinfandel. Great company, great food and great wine.
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Well crap a dead cat. The government has been defeated after the House of Lords said ministers should guarantee EU nationals’ right to stay in the UK after Brexit.

I don’t believe it. Are they mad? Have their brains dropped out? The goody, goody two shoe, lefty liberal multicultural appeasement monkeys cannot be serious. Whether you voted for BREXIT or not you don’t go into negotiations and unilaterally surrender one of your key bargaining chips. How to screw your country. What about UK citizens in the EU. Who gives a shit about them?


Friday – cool and sunny.

Feeling a tad the worse for ware. I think we helped rescue the American wine industry from financial failure.

The bus to the slopes this morning had 8 cackling fish wives on it. More rattle than a can of marbles, all jostling to get their 3 penneth in. Plenty of noise, no substance.

Lazy mornings skiing. My knees not in a very good mood and I’m picking the hertzmobile up at lunch. By lunch time the snows getting fairly had packed, not the best of conditions.

Angela’s 8th birthday at the Back 40 Grillhouse in Heber.

Great deal on the Hertzmobile, top of the range turbo charged Chevy. Move like shit off the shovel. Best of all it’s due back at 12:00 Saturday but she’s not bothered when it’s returned as long as the keys are in the drop box for Monday morning. Weekends hire for just a days rental.

In afternoon I pick Wendy up from the Christian Centre and then its a major shop, while we have the car, not forgetting an all important liquor store top up of wine and beer.

In the evening we drive down to the Back 40 Grill house in Heber for Angela’s birthday dinner with Hal, Carol, Pat and Diane. Great evening, good company, good food – definitely go there again – and awesome death by chocolate birthday cake, one of the best ever.
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What do you call a doctor that fixes websites? A URLologist.

Yesterday it worked
Today it is not working
Windows is like that

The question of whether computers can think is just like the question of whether submarines can swim.

The real danger is not that computers will begin to think like men, but that men will begin to think like computers.

There are 10 types of people in this world: those who understand binary and those who don’t.

There are three kinds of death in this world. There’s heart death, there’s brain death, and there’s being off the network.

Computers are like air conditioners. They work fine until you start opening windows.

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Not that it’s really anything to do with me, it’s not my country, but why is there such a hullabaloo when the President tries to do his duty and meet his election promise by imposing a temporary imigration ban while they figure out a better vetting process.

There’s really nothing new under the sun. It’s been done in the past:

Chinese – The Chinese Exclusion Act under President Arthur in 1882 banned Chinese labourers and miners for ten years

Anarchists – After the assassination of President McKinley in 1901, his successor, Theodore Roosevelt, prohibited known anarchists

Jewish refugees – Between 1941 and 1945 Franklin D Roosevelt limited the number of German Jews to 26,000 a year amid fears that Nazis could slip in too.

Communists – President Truman’s Act of 1950 allowed the deportation of suspected communist immigrants

Iranians – President Carter banned Iranians after the hostage crisis in 1980

People who were HIV positive – The Public Health Service under President Reagan classed Aids as a “contagious disease” in 1987

Iraqi refugees – Yes even Saint Obama suspended asylum applications in 2011 after al-Qaeda operatives were found in Kentucky

Saturday – cool and snowy.

Golf course.

Reluctantly have a day off to give my dodgy knee a rest. At last a lie in. Saturdays are oh so busy so it not much of a loss.

As we have the car we drive over to Heber to see if we can pick up a bouncy chair for Beatrix. Wendy’s into this Christian Centre shopping.

Stop for lunch at Midway.

Then it’s yet another supermarket and free Sushi. When will the UN create a world standard supermarket layout, it’d save so much time.

In the evening we’ve got a night off from our hectic social schedule so we try and catch up on some episodes of Billions. Wendy gives it a “series to sleep through” rating. Pretty hard to follow with complex trades and too many similar looking people. You’ve several key characteristics like male, female, black, white, Asian, bald and hair colour so why can’t they select a cast to create unique, easy identified combinations of characters.

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Pat Condell – A special kind of hate:

“I know we’ve been beaten down by political correctness and relativism, but does anyone have a conscience anymore?”

Sunday – cool and windy.

Paradise after a major dump of fresh powder.

Howling a gale last night.

After a day off I venture forth for a few runs. Apparently yesterday was heaving. Today it’s quite icy so stop for an early coffee to warm up and let the snow soften.

My day off and some Tens machine treatment on my knee seems to have done wonders for it.

After lunch we take Bob and Marilyn to the PCMSC apres ski party. They’ve decided to join. Some great food and the usual friendly crowd. Nice thing is they finish around 18:00 so you get the evening to relax and sleep through TV after all that wine.

Drop the Hertz mobile off – keys in the drop box. Great deal, 2.5 days hire for just one days cost, thanks to them closing at 12:00 and the dropbox..
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There really is something magical to waking up to a major dump of fresh powder. All so white. All so clean. All so fresh. Can you imagine the chaos in England if we had a foot of snow overnight.

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Greatest George Carlin Quotes

When I discovered the meaning of life, they changed it.

The IQ and the life expectancy of the average American recently passed each other in opposite directions.

I knew a transsexual guy whose only ambition is to eat, drink, and be Mary.

I put a dollar in a change machine. Nothing changed.

By and large, language is a tool for concealing the truth.

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Scumboarders are out in force, the greatest health and safety threats on the mountain, a bigger risk than avalanches, and demonstrating their stupidity and knuckle dragging ignorance. They really have no consideration for others and the manners of a mute sloth. Ski patrols go out with mortars, risking their lives, in order to minimise the avalanche threat. So what about scumboarder patrols to clear the slopes of this threat to everyones safety. When will this scourge of tosspots and wankers be erased from the slopes?

20170226 – No sheep or Cows In Our Garden, Just Moose.

Sunday – very cold and sunny.

No sheep or cows in our garden, we have to make do with Moose.

No snow today, after 3″ yesterday. It’s colder than a witch’s titty in a brass bra doin’ push-ups in the snow. Just 22F but with wind chill that’s -8F.

Have a good mornings skiing, although its a tad too busy for my liking – busier than a religion of pieces stoning on a warm sunny day.

See Bob and Marilyn in Miners Camp.

Just pruning a tree.

In the evening our social life is expanded further as we have to turn down drinks with neighbours because we’re venturing out to Park City Film Institute to watch a series of short films entered into the Oscars. Free tickets from the Christian Centre so can’t really complain but most of them were bizarre to say the least. Wendy didn’t like any of them because “they’re all foreign” with subtitles. Anyone would think she’d forgotten how to read. The film theatre is in the library. Another first for us. Very impressive, and best of all you can at least get a drink, although a wrist band to verify I’m over 21 is obligatory. Well we are in Utah.

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You have to marvel and be impressed with the beauty of snow on trees. From just a few flakes on the thinest of branches, to a mass of powder on a large branch. Just such a gorgeous sight as you ride the lifts up. How lucky can you be.

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Greatest George Carlin Quotes

The reason I talk to myself is because I’m the only one whose answers I accept.

Just when I discovered the meaning of life, they changed it.

Religion has convinced people that there’s an invisible man…living in the sky, who watches everything you do every minute of every day. And the invisible man has a list of ten specific things he doesn’t want you to do. And if you do any of these things, he will send you to a special place, of burning and fire and smoke and torture and anguish for you to live forever, and suffer and burn and scream until the end of time. But he loves you. He loves you and he needs money.

Weather forecast for tonight: Dark. Continued dark overnight, with widely scattered light by morning.

If a movie is described as a romantic comedy, you can usually find me next door playing pinball.

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Stupid skier award has to go to the scumboarder who’s lay down taking a phone call in the middle of a narrow track. Do they ever learn.

Monday – freezing snowstorm.

More fresh snow overnight so all the runs are deep powder.

Ski bus to paradise.

Meet up with Helen and we set off in a freezing snowstorm, but at least visibility is not too bad. After 3 hard runs, wisdom kicks in, or is it wimping out, and we quit.

Try a dirty Chai at bump and grind then it’s back home.

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Seems reasonable to me.

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Some thoughts on fighting Islamic Fundamentalism before it’s too late with my granddaughters wandering around in black bin liners and my grandsons have to grow a beard.

“If you will not fight for right when you can easily win without bloodshed; if you will not fight when your victory is sure and not too costly; you may come to the moment when you will have to fight with all the odds against you and only a precarious chance of survival. You may have to fight when there is no hope of victory, because it is better to perish than to live as slaves.”

Winston Churchill.

Tuesday – very cold and snow sets in around 11:00.

!2″ fresh champagne powder yesterday. Abandon the idea of a lazy start for the day and set off early.

A good reason to wear a hemet if one of these skewers you.

Wendy’s volunteering at the hospital.

Bump into Helen and George in the locker room. Get a few runs in. Back to the old routine, up Eagle, down Temptation, then Mells Alley. Meet up and ski with Helen, George and Jere until about 13:00. Awesome snow, some great runs. Helps me feel a bit more confident but still a mind game. Sunrise has been groomed, but fail to understand how this isn’t a double blue. I think the marketing department must have graded this run for maximum profit.

George and Helen run me home and we put the world to rights yet again, over a few Urquell Pilsner.

Then I venture into the jacuzzi for some R&R.
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Today marks my first week without sugar. Running 2 miles each day and yoga before breakfast. I’ve stopped eating meat, dairy and flour too. No caffeine. All fruits and vegetables organic. No GMO’s. The change in my body has been fantastic. I feel great! No alcohol. Eating a healthy diet that is completely vegan, caffeine-free, gluten-free and sugar-free and working out for 2 hours a day. I don’t know whose Facebook status this is, but I’m so impressed I decided to copy and paste.

Wednesday – cold and sunny.

Natural history museum.

Yesterday was Fat Tuesday (Pancake day) and I missed out, so made up for them today at breakfast.

After yesterdays exertions I go for a lazy days skiing. Up and out late. Get a few runs in and then meet Wendy at the Christian Centre. This time she’s bought a great ski helmet for Kurt, all for the exorbitant sum of $3.

A friend from the past.

In the evening Helen and George pick us up and we go down to The Natural History Museum in Salt Lake for a 2 hour guided tour of the museum by a volunteer palaeontologist. Very interesting and gives us a greater insight into the exhibits. Then all 12 of us troop round to a Vietnamese restaurant for a good meal. Food was different and very good. The soup bowls were ginormous, you could wash your feet in them. Great evening, yet another benefit of the Park City Mountain Sports club. All part of our hectic social life over here.
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last Of Those Crazy Utah Laws

Daylight must be visible between partners on a dance floor.

Only animal services officials and policemen may molest animals

Persons are only allowed to keep one cow on their property

Throwing snowballs will result in a $50 fine.

No one may walk down the street carrying a paper bag containing a violin.

Auctions may not be advertised by hiring trombone players to play on the street.

It is illegal to have sex in a moving ambulance and if you are caught the guy is let go and the woman is punished and her name appears in the newspaper.

Pharmacists may not sell gunpowder to cure headaches.

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Belated Pancake day.

I always thought Obama Care was a good thing, finally an attempt to bring universal health care to all. Similar to the NHS. But the reality seems to be far from it. A friend of ours has to pay £16,000 a year for health care with a Texas provider. She has a £21,000 excess and is only covered in Texas because there is no out of state insurance providers under Obama care.

Not so sure anymore.

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Sunset over the Great Salt lake.

Interesting article on the problems with islam.

islam and the free world

If only we’d start to face up to the real issues and talk about it rather than this crazy politically correct speak. If you’ve any doubts, go read the Quran.