Friday, November 17, 2006

The first day of

Long road trip finally over. My last working trip of the year. It wasn't without incident. At 80mph, just outside of Santa Fe, NM, the wheel of the trailer came off. Everything was fine in the end, but it was just one more hassle that I didn't want to have to deal with.

Today, I decided that I was going to treat myself. So I went snowboarding. It was the first time I'd been on the board before Thanksgiving. I went to Loveland because they'd gotten 22 inches of snow a few days ago. It was positively amazing. The snow was great. The sun was shining. I rode very well for the first day on the board since March. Nearly perfect.

In the parking lot I met a newly-retired man and asked him if he'd been to Loveland before. I'd never been there so I was looking for some advice about where I might find the type of terrain I normally like. Later in our conversation he asked me if my name was Allison. I said no and asked him if I looked like an Allison. That's when he said that my personality reminded him of an Allison he knew, and he mentioned my room mates name. I told him she was my room mate and we both marvelled at how small the world really can be. He wound up being my tour guide for the day. I'm sure I had more fun being shown around than I would have if I'd been on my own.

It was one of those days that makes me feel like I really do take advantage of where I am and what I do for a living. Sometimes, anyway. It's Friday, and while so many others were toiling away behind a desk I was out playing in the snow. Most of them will probably go this weekend. I don't have to go on the weekend. Ner nee ner!