Monthly Archives: February 2018

20180213 – Valentines Day Meal; Some Snow 35″, But We Need More


A snow morning.

Up and off skiing early as I’m leading the Leisure Ski Group. Four of us this week. We get our marching orders early and set off. Have a great morning skiing, good snow, coffee break as always. Manage to ski until 13:00. It’s pancake Day (Mardi Gras) so ski leaders get beads issued.

Wendy was volunteering at the Hospital so I go to Tipsy Tuesday – pass on the Margaritas.

In the evening we go down to the new Wholefoods (AKA Whole Pay Packet) Supermarket. Wendy’s orgasmic with excitement. No it’s not for shopping but a quiz. Can you believe have a pub quiz in a supermarket. Questions were very hard. Usual obsession with music rounds and dammed if we didn’t get the only Brit question wrong. “Queen Elizabeth is to Windsor as Henry 8th is to ????”. My answer “Hampton Court” as I immediately focused on Windsor Castle / place. Correct answer “Tudor”. We left early as we got fed up trying to decipher what the quizmaster was saying, mumbled the questions out as if he was chewing on a sticky toffee pudding. And no it wasn’t just our English ears, even our American friends struggled. There should have been bonus points just for hearing the question.
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I remember when.

Good start to the ski day.

Blobby: “Have you been watching the Olympics?”.
Me: “No, haven’t had time to watch any of it?”.
Blobby: “Didn’t you see Shaun White win a gold?” – obviously his logic and reasoning not up to scratch.
Me: With an incredulous and confused look. “No”.
Blobby: “Haven’t you heard of him?”
Me: “No”.
Blobby: “What stone have you being living under”. Manners seem to have been absorb into all that adipose tissue.
Me: “I live in England”.
Blobby: “Well you must follow sports”.
Me: “No. I didn’t realise it was compulsory”.

How very strange to encounter a rude American. Most unusual.

The gold winner in question was snowboarding half pipe. I have to say it is quite spectacular to watch but in my opinion anything that glorifies, popularises or promotes scumboarding should be banned.

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Valentines meal.

Up early and out skiing with Helen. Blue bird day and snow was pretty good. Awesome mornings skiing, gained loads of my confidence back, thanks to Helen. My skiing really seemed to come together, although still not as fast as I used to be, but who cares. Mountains are just so breathtaking.

Lazy afternoon and pick Wendy up from the Christian Centre at 16:00.

Off to the Blue Boar Inn with Bob and Marilyn for a Valentines day meal. Food, ambience, service and company was awesome. Not too expensive for the quality, would certainly go again for a special occasion. Smart move to take two of our own bottles of wine and pay the $15 corkage fee.
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Why bother with romance when you both have an iPhone?

Really missed a great photo of the couple on the table next to us, at a special Valentines day meal, are both sat there using the their smart phone. It was so very tempting to try and sneak a great photo, but would have been a tad obvious.


A good snow dump at last.

Yeah, 7 inches of snow overnight and it’s still coming down.

Lazy start to the day to let the snow clear, thankfully it doesn’t stop at 12:00, carries onto 17:00. We get 12″ go champagne powder in 24 hours. Good day skiing with just a few white outs at the top. Ski until 15:00 then go to the quiz.

Wendy wins the shout out at the quiz, so she gets a Helly Hensen backpack – good prize. Sadly we don’t win the quiz. That’s what you get when there’s only 4 of you in the team and as usual there’s a daunting excess of those inane music questions – whatever happened to good old quizes that used to have sensible topics like science, history, geography, literature etc.
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Paths are cleared early every day.

Has the World gone mad? Have the police over there nothing better to do?

A British man is being investigated by police for taking drunk and naked tourists on buffalo tours on a remote island in the Philippines.
Liam Cox has organised the excursions on Siargao for several years but attracted the attention of local officers by posting pictures of a nude couple riding a buffalo while covered in mud.

Home sweet home.

The water buffalo, known as “carabao”, is revered in the Philippines and has been declared the national animal by President Aguinaldo. In another photo posted by Mr Cox a nude, tattooed, man is seen smoking while cavorting on the back of an animal.

Police have filed a case of “grave scandal’’ against the Mr Cox, a local surfer, and officials have accused him of ‘’disrespecting the culture’’.
Inspector Joel Liong, chief of police in Surigao City, told MailOnline: “The case against him is that he caused grave scandal by insulting the culture and traditions of the Philippines. We have filed the case against him and the people who were involved in the viral pictures. They were seen riding carabao naked and this is very disrespectful.”

Friday – hot and sunny.

Waiting for the bus.

Another awesome day here in paradise.

Lazy start to the day. Read the Times and get the depressing news from back home, makes me appreciate being here so much more. Do the crossword. Go ten pin bowling with a regular group from the Newcomers club, two games and shoes all for $6. Pop home to pick up my cross country skis. Do a 3K loop in the fresh snow dumped on us yesterday. Gorgeous sunshine; -5C; improved time by 25%; avoided any fall. Hardwork – wot no lift. Nip in the liquor store for a bottle of interesting Armagnac I’ve had my eye on and been lusting over, if it’s not up to my expectation of it Wendy can drown it in lemonade. Pop in supermarket for a free sushi sample. Wander over to Starbucks to get some more coffee – try a luscious sun dried Ethiopian Kayon Mountain Farm small lot reserve. Get a free sample of their Cafe Verona. Drive round to the Christian centre and drop the gas guzzler off for Wendy. I walk home in the fresh blue sky sunshine.

Cross country – wheres the lift?

Then it’s dinner at Bob and Marilyn’s. Papa Murphy’s pizza. Made fresh in front of you and you cook at home – possibly even within my technical ability – awesome pizza and not expensive.
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Angela on rope bridge.

Blackout ski day. At least it’s on a super busy Saturday so not too bad.

We go to the Salt Lake Aquarium with Carol, Angela and Mitch. Not a bad little aquarium, 3 hours just enough for an 8 year old.

Now Wendy has a go.

Then it’s a quiet evening in. Watch the L B Johnson biopic “All The Way”. Excellent and informative on the civil rights struggles of the 60’s. Makes you appreciate political compromise and dodgy dealing to achieve an end result.
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Looks like an AR15. But is a pistol extended into an automatic rifle – avoids licensing issues.

Pick Randy up and go down to the gun range with his arsenal of weapons. .22 LR, 1911 .45 ACP and a ‘pistol’ AR15 compact platform 8″ Barrel with 300 Blackout ammunition – looks like an AR15 to my uncultured eyes. Have a great couple of hours, especially enjoy the .45 without a silencer. It makes sizeable holes on the target that you can so easily see. Quite pleased with my accuracy. Unlike last year when hitting the target was a minor miracle, with that .45 I can get some good groupings. Red dot sights on the .22 and AR15 are amazing. Especially love the grip safety on the 1911.

Think I’m getting nerdy.

Then pick Wendy up at the supermarket but alas she’s not ready so I have to adjourn to Starbucks – such a tough life.

Afternoon is an Apres ski party with PCMSC, at another one of these amazing homes around here.
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I don’t believe it. Somebody really has to be making this up:


That’s better with a tad more snow.

14″ of snow overnight. Presidents day (bank holiday). Recipe for overcrowding. Takes the bus just under an hour, 30 minutes to do just 200 yards. End up being very un American and walking.

Slopes and lift lines are the worst I’ve seen. King Kong looks like an infection of flies slithering down, more skiers than muslims around the Kaba. My it’s cold – thankfully. Get a few runs in and a coffee. Now there’s first in that I get back to the locker after George.

Cross country skiing.

Nip down to walmart for some ear defenders and targets.

In the evening Helen and George come round for dinner. What great company they are. Just never stop laughing and joking. And of course put the world of politics to right in just under 3 hours -not bad eh! Fantastic evening.

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Just being up in the mountains pottering around on my skies is really awesome. Cannot think of a better way of spending the day, even if it’s cold and a raging snow storm. But almost equally awesome is going for a walk down in the town when you’ve a foot of fresh snow on the ground or driving around in a 4 wheel SUV when the roads have been mostly cleared but there’s till a lot of snow around is another treat.

Good to be alive with enough money to enjoy life. You really don’t need a fortune. “Wonder what the poor folk are doing”?

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20180206 – Wendy Gets Her Gun. Don’t Mess With Her Now She’s Armed.


Working hard making snow. They run all day and produce a small molehill. Then nature comes along and snows for a hour and you have a 10″ powder day – well at least in the good years.

Given up on reporting the weather every day. You’ll all just have to imagine how freaky it is. I’ll let you know if there’s anything worth reporting, such as 6 foot of fresh snow.

Yeah, 3″ of snow overnight. It’s my first day to lead the leisure ski group, easy runs, no pressure and of course a stop for coffee. Have a group of 5 and we do a mixture of blues and greens. The fresh snow makes it best days skiing so far for me. Makes all the difference. Perhaps we could order 3″ every night from Amazon.

Wendy’s volunteering at the hospital, so it’s a quiet afternoon for me, get some French studying in.

Lazy evening catching up on “Peaky Blinders” what a great series, so glad we persevered.
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Paradise at night

Get out on the slopes for about 10:00 and have a leisurely morning skiing by myself. It’s still a mind game getting over my track record on breakages, so it’s quite relaxing to ski on my own along with some music. If I ski with friends then I either hold them back or I feel pressured into doing runs I’m not happy with. Think it’ll take a few weeks to get my head back together.

Walk round to the Christian centre to pick Wendy up and then we walk home in brilliant sunshine.

In the evening Hal and Carol come round for dinner. Hal’s looking good, being a ski instructor obviously agrees with him.
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Quiz winners. Mind you not surprising given the team size.

Lazy start to the day. Hit the slopes about 11:00 and ski through to 15:00. Can’t believe I get +9,000 feet in. Didn’t think I’d done that much.

Then it’s off to the quiz with friends. Sadly questions are very US biased – now there’s a surprise – well at least that’s our excuse. Can you believe we actually win – more hats and Starbucks cards. Pity about the beer in Legends bar, try both the Amber and the lager. You can tell how bad it is, pinckle water, I think I’ll drink tap water next week.
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That’s my girl. Who know’s perhaps she’ll get a NRA subscription for her next birthday!

Busy day need a social secretary. Bowling in the morning while Wendy has her supermarket fix.

Didn’t she do well. Don’t mess with her when she has a gun in her hands.

Then in the afternoon it’s shooting at the gun club with Bob and Marilyn and, wait for this, Wendy. Yes, Wendy gets her gun. Rent a .22. She does great once she’s got over the noise and the shock. I have a go with Bobs revolver, wow that’s got a kick.

Get a 30 day pass for the gun club, it’s good fun and something you can’t do in the Uk – I have to settle for my Sig Sauer P320 air pistol. No I will not be joining the NRA.

Then in the evening we’re off with Bob and Marilyn to a wine tasting with the Newcomers club down at Midway. A selection of 11 Spanish wines to try, along with punch and some great appetisers. The Spanish wines, in the $10 to 20 range, were quite pleasant, not the usual Spanish rot gut.
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Pat Condell – Come On, Ireland. Yes, another reason why we need to escape the EU:


Don’t we just love the Americans pride in their flag. Our snowflakes and PC bed wetters could learn a lot.

Took the day off skiing. Saturdays are getting too busy so won some browny points by going for a walk into town with Wendy. Then more excitement as we catch the electric bus down to Kimble junction. Pick up some targets at Walmart. Wow it’s snowing. Just great going for a walk in the snow. Bring it on. 10 foot would be great, not that I’m greedy.

Turns out we only get an inch of snow.

Bob and Marilyn come round for drinks and dinner in the evening. Melt in your mouth beef, but I notice that Wendy sneaked in vegetable and it’s not even Sunday – dodgy.
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Our daily mornigning visitor.

Lazy mornings skiing for me.

Then in the afternoon we go to an Apres ski party with PCMSC. Good fun, chatted with a lot of people, new and old friends. The only down side is I end up committing a grave sin of drinking, usually a full bottle of wine, before 17:00. Then of course I nod off through TV in the evening, but today I set a new record as I manage to stay awake until 23:00.
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Happy days. And snow was in short supply that year too.
Sundays lessons are taken from Psalm 147, Verses16-17.
Meanwhile prayers for more snow are being offered up to Chione and the Flying Spaghetti Monster – covering all bases.

Still walking upright without crutches. Still skiing. Still having an awesome time in the mountains and mind blowing scenery, despite the lack of snow. Still enjoying catching up with old friends. Still meeting new friends. Still thinking how lucky I am to be a geriatric, despite all the downsides that age brings, but keep reminding myself it’s still so much better than the alternative. Still enjoying some awesome red wines, and this year topped off with some great cognac, armagnac, bourbon, single malts and legendary German Beers.

To quote a good friend “Wonder what the poor people are doing?”.

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Up early and out skiing.

9mm so much better than my air pistol.

Then in the afternoon I’m Billy no mates as I go down to the gun range and try to puncture some cardboard. Must be getting a tad better as I get through 4 targets and a hundred rounds of 9mm. Not cheap, despite my 30 day pass, but it’s good fun and a touch of the forbidden fruit, it’s verboten in the UK. Somehow a water pistol or my Sig Sauer P320 air pistol is not quite so satisfying.
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Don’t you just love the universal incompetence we’re surrounded by these days. In order to reduce risk of yet more breakages – Wendy threatened to confiscate my skis for good if I go near the hospital this year – so I always check the grooming reports. Last thing I need is to encounter any more molehills, AKA moguls; Icebergs in the middle of the slope; or witches that stamp on your skis for fun.

More snow being made – keep it up, we need it.

Back to the incompetence. Grooming report says Keystones not groomed, yet it’s the groomers pick of the day. Now go figure that. What can you expect there’s a computer involved again. Time for a spot of cheap entertainment for the Netflix ogling masses, with some Damnatio ad bestias (Latin for “condemnation to beasts”, a form of ancient Roman capital punishment in which the condemned person was killed by wild animals) feed the incompetents to the lions in a Flavian Amphitheatre Saturday afternoon spectacular. May sound a tad harsh but certainly stop them screwing up again.

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I wonder which so called religion of peace, understanding and FREEDOM OF RELIGION treats women like this?

Yes it’s Islam in the enlightened, Western loving, Islamic Republic of Iran: Woman arrested for removing hijab refuses to repent despite facing 10 years in prison

Women such as Narges Hosseini and Vida Movahed deserve the wholehearted support of all free people. That they do not receive it from the supposedly feminist Left reveals the self-serving hypocrisy of Western PC snowflake feminists.


Narges Hosseini, who was arrested for protesting Iran’s compulsory hijab, refused to appear in court to face charges punishable by up to 10 years, including “encouraging immorality or prostitution.”

“Ms. Hosseini did not even appear in court to express remorse for her action. She said she objects to the forced hijab and considers it her legal right to express her protest,” Hosseini’s lawyer, Nasrin Sotoudeh, told the Center for Human Rights in Iran (CHRI) on February 5, 2018.
Hosseini, 32, has been in detention since January 29, 2018. She was unable to pay the $135,000 USD bail set by the judge presiding over her case.
She was arrested on January 29, 2018, for posting a photo on social media of herself standing on a bench holding her white headscarf like a flag on Tehran’s Revolution’s Street.

I’m bet you’ll all be surprised to hear that, thanks to Islam, ALL women in Iran are required to cover their hair and bodies in public.

20180130 – Paradise Here We Come; Skiing Again – Living Dangerously!

Tuesday – ungodly warm for the time of year.

Virgin Upper Class – definitely the way to travel.

Up at the crack of sparrows and off to Manchester airport. The 40 minute drive takes 90 minutes with all the traffic, even at this time of the morning. How do people cope with this every day.

Wendy at the bar.

Upper class Virgin flight, courtesy of our air miles. As a result we get lounge access. Good job really as the Priority Pass lounge is full yet again. Wendy’s in luck, there’s 2 bottles of brandy in the lounge. That should be enough to wash her tablets down with. All we need now is snow.

Flight to JFK is awesome. Comfortable, with your own bed; great food; great wines, the Peach Canyon Zinfandel was the best I’ve ever tasted; great brandy – Outard; luscious vintage port; smooth single malts. This is the way to travel.

We’ve a 5 hour lay over at JFK, but fortunately get in the Virgin lounge, all very swish with awesome choice of food, drinks and cocktails – all free. Even has showers and a spa.

Arrive in Salt lake at 23:00 and can you believe it’s 51F.

Pick up my Hertz mobile should have been a medium sized. Get offered a superb choice of any car in the Presidents Circle stall. Pass on the giant 250 pickup truck – needed a step ladder to get in it – settle for a Ford Explorer 7 seater SUV. It probably drinks petrol but it’s a 4 wheel drive and we can probably sub let it over night to a family of 7.

Arrive at our home from home at about midnight – 25 hours door to door.
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Absolutely crazy the amount of traffic on our roads. Surely a goodly percentage of these people could work from home. Why aren’t the government offering tax incentives to companies that adopt more home working. Surely cheaper than building more roads.

Wednesday – ungodly warm for the time of year.

Watching a film in bed – courtesy Virgin Upper Class.

For my welcome to ski town, breakfast, cholesterol special of bacon, eggs, fluffy thick buttermilk pancakes drowned in maple syrup and boisson berry jam. Now I know I’m home.

Leave Wendy sorting out and configuring the home with all the things we’ve left in storage there, while I slope off for a spot of skiing. Worst year we’ve ever seen for snow, but at least on the groomers it’s not too bad. Take it easy as it’s a mind game, given my track record these past 3 years. It’s weird really. I know I can ski quite adequately, yet I need to get my head around it all and regain some come confidence.

Having a locker (share it with Helen and George) is great means I don’t have to lug my skis and boots up every day. Especially good because even though we have a car I’ll use the bus, it’s right outside our door, drops me off at the mountain and don’t have to struggle parking. Don’t think our American friends can quite understand us using the bus or worse still even walking.

Get home after lunch. Carol and Angela pop round to say hello and then I do my duty, gain some browny points, with a trip to the supermarket with Wendy.

To top the day off we both have an awesome Burrito from Chubasco’s. Now I know we’re home.
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40 years of marriage..

A married couple in their early 60s are celebrating their 40th wedding anniversary in a quiet, romantic little restaurant.

Suddenly, a tiny yet beautiful fairy appeared on their table. She said, ‘For being such an exemplary married couple and for being loving to each other for all this time, I will grant you each a wish.’

The wife answered, ‘Oh, I want to travel around the world with my darling husband.’ The fairy waved her magic wand and – poof! – two tickets for the Queen Mary II appeared in her hands.

The husband thought for a moment: ‘Well, this is all very romantic, but an opportunity like this will never come again. I’m sorry my love, but my wish is to have a wife 30 years younger than me.’

The wife, and the fairy, were deeply disappointed, but a wish is a wish.!

So the fairy waved her magic wand and poof!…

The husband became 92 years old.

The moral of this story: Men who are ungrateful bastards should remember fairies are female …..

Thursday – ungodly warm for the time of year, not doing what little snow we have any good.

Costco walk in freezer, complete with bright orange Parka’s to keep you warm.

Up at the crack of sparrow and we’re in Costco for 08:50 to do our usual big shop. Back home for 11:00 in time for me to nip out and get a couple of hours skiing in.

Then we meet up with old friends (Bob, Marilyn, Helen and George) along with two new friends (Lynette and Glen) for a pub quiz in the Legacy Lounge.
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Britains hate speech police:

Friday – ungodly warm for the time of year.

Can you believe anyone would buy this?

Lazy start to the day.

Off down to Kimble to join the PC Newcomers for a couple of games of bowling. I’m really back on form with a score of 146, but then 2nd game is sub 100. Follow up with a Starbucks with Wendy and Helen. Then it’s back home, get changed and go cross country skiing. Try out my lavish, 2nd hand, $25 cross country skis. It must be about 4 years since I did this so have to take it easy. Takes a hour to do the 3 Km loop. The conditions are awful with ice, puddles and ski tracks that are worse than a drunks meandering. Not too good. Have to give it a few more go’s but they really need some more snow. Fortunately it’s free for us geriatrics.

In the evening Helen and George pick us up for a TGIF up at one of the luxury homes in Deer Valley. This home is awesome. How the other half live. Have a good evening with PCMSC crowd and a pleasant Zinfandel.
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Why does Islam think that women are to blame for being raped if they don’t wander around in black bin liners?

The Qur’an says: “O Prophet, tell your wives and your daughters and the women of the believers to bring down over themselves of their outer garments. That is more suitable that they will be known and not be abused. And ever is Allah Forgiving and Merciful.” (33:59) The implication there is that if women do not cover themselves adequately with their outer garments, they may be abused, and that such abuse would be justified.

Saturday – ungodly warm for the time of year.

Desparate for snow this year.

Set off for a mid morning ski. Lift lines are unbelievable as not only is it Saturday but the Canyons lifts are on a wind hold so they’ve all pilled up to PC. Too busy. Just do one run and abandon it. Nothing on in the evening so a quiet night in catching up on “Peaky Blinders”.
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A millennial job interview:

Sunday – wow an inch of snow.

Yeah, it’s snowing. Bring it on.

Skied in the morning.

In the afternoon we’re at a Super Bowl party at Bob and Marilyn’s. Awesome food – Mexican carnitas and some great spice. As usual didn’t fully comprehend the game but I’m gradually getting better. More adverts than posters at an islamic protest march. Amazing how there aren’t fewer injuries. Missed most of the half time show as we were eating dinner and quaffing wine.
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George Carlin: The Islamic Extremists Will Win

Monday – hot and sunny.

Paradise. This photo says it all.

Leisurely ski in the morning with Helen. Nice thing about skiing with Helen there is no pressure, she understands what it’s like to be a recovering broken bone skier.

Off to Bob and Marilyn’s for dinner, to finish off the leftovers from the Super Bowl party. Tasty carnitas again.
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The truth about Jerusalem: