Altitude Sickness

Altitude Sickness
March 8, 2017

Comedy, Ambien and the English Channel

So the SnowPlow comedy contest at the Outback was fun. I broke all my rules, went in with new material (I usually rehearse myself silly), and engaged in filthy blue comedy (I am usually a clean comic, but contests are always basically a parade of…

Altitude Sickness
February 22, 2017

Of powder days and a broken spine

What a week of skiing, and what a terrible time to be out with a back injury! Fresh powder every day for a week! I would never, ever be the kind of guy who would ski injured. But to get first tracks in Growler, Devils…

Altitude Sickness
February 8, 2017

A chance at paternity

I have have always wanted children.  This might seem counterintuitive, given my life of fairly wild irresponsibility, travel, and transience, but it is true. I have, however, been very careful to wait to have children until I found a proper host candidate for my offspring….

Storm-lit skinning uphill in the dark
Altitude Sickness
January 25, 2017

Storm-lit skinning uphill in the dark

“Communally Acquired Pneumonia.” While this sounds like the way a deity might punish hippies, what this really means is that it is a case of pneumonia that was not acquired in a hospital (aptly named “Hospital Acquired Pneumonia”). Ask me how I know.

Remember that…

Altitude Sickness
January 18, 2017

Healthy choices: fitness, food discipline, and sleep!

Things have been alright. My back has been alright, weightlifting has been alright, work has been alright, the skiing has been alright (we keep getting these little surprise powder days, nothing on Killington Road, but really nice turns up on the mountain). Things have been…

Reconnecting with old friends
Altitude Sickness
January 11, 2017

Reconnecting with old friends

This was a week for reconnecting with old friends and people who have assisted me in some pretty thunderous ways. Last week, at the 50th birthday party for a friend of mine, I ran into a bunch of people that I had not seen in…

Altitude Sickness
January 4, 2017

Goodbye, 2016!

As you read this, 2016 is over. 2016 is roaring to a close, taking nearly every talented person with it, Pat Harrington, David Bowie, Alan Rickman, Dan Haggerty, Glen Frey, Abe Vigota, George Gaynes, Tony Burton, George Kennedy, Nancy Reagan, Robert Horton, Joe Santos, Joe…

Altitude Sickness
December 28, 2016

Gifts to myself, of safety and seeing

Merry Christmas to me! I got my new helmet and goggles! I shed a bit of a tear when I put aside my old faithful helmet, with its dents, and well … more dents.  Up to now I have only had one helmet, my first,…