Trailer Time Part 1

Every year around this time, my mind wanders to thoughts of frosty mornings and deep snow… I know, right?  It’s only August.  I can’t help it.  When you are as passionate about something, you want it all the time.  So it can be expected that when the season’s ski movie trailers start to come out, I’ll be walking around with my hand covering my crotch in an attempt to hide my boner.  Here’s a few of this years films that are causing the erection.

Sweetgrass Productions:  Valhalla

“The weightlessness of youth: every breath radiates opportunity and hope; every sense thrives on the wealth of the present; every thing whispers of brilliance and awe. When you’ve seen the season’s first great snow through the eyes of a child—you’ve known true happiness. But what happened to that simple joy? Where do we find the freedom that time and wisdom stole away?

Valhalla, Sweetgrass Productions’ fourth feature film, is the tale of one man’s search to rediscover the freedom of his youth. Feeling the distant heat of it’s fire still burning in the mountains of the frozen north, he goes in search of those tending the flame—the untamed, the wild, and the outcast dwelling on the fringe.

Weaving narrative-driven style with award-winning, face-melting backcountry ski and snowboard cinematography; Valhalla is a vivid explosion of color, character, snow, and nostalgic soul.” — http://www.sweetgrass-productions.com/films/valhalla/

PoorBoyz Productions: Tracing Skylines

“Every skier knows what it’s like to call a few friends, pack up, and head out for a trip. Rather than spend another winter chasing storms, five of the top pros and their closest pals embark on their own interpretations of a “trip of a lifetime,” taking them deep into new and uncharted territory. Sean Pettit ventures further in his home turf of British Columbia. Watch as he trades the comfy lodge for a glacier camp – finding unexpected sources of fun in the backcountry. Logan Pehota pinpoints a remote Alaska lighthouse to use as a home base, where he launches a helicopter expedition and finds fresh terrain to attack. Karl Fostvedt takes urban skiing to a whole new level by spending his time searching for the perfect jib, drop and jump amidst the concrete jungle that is Detroit. Pep Fujas leads the backcountry in pure essence. Julien Regnier is found trekking the grueling 100km (62 Miles) historic high alpine route between Chamonix, France and Zermatt, Switzerland. Finally, Bobby Brown brings the crew back together for a spring session to wrap a season that won’t soon be forgotten. Tracing Skylines follows these five skiers on several incredible adventures. Where will you be inspired to go next?” http://www.poorboyzstore.com/dvd/tracing-skylines

Matchstick Productions: MCCONKEY

“McCONKEY, a much anticipated feature-length documentary, is a heartfelt examination of the legacy one athlete left to the progression of his sports, and the path he paved to conquer his dreams. Shane McConkey is revered as a pioneer of freeskiing and ski-BASE jumping, and through his talent and ability to use his trademark irreverent humor he inspired countless lives. In a film from Red Bull Media House in association with Matchstick Productions, McCONKEY celebrates the life of one of the world’s ultimate innovators. Proceeds from the film will go to a trust set up for the McConkey family.” http://www.skimovie.com/index.php/dvds/details/mcconkey

 

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It’s Been a While.

I’m back I guess…

Not only did I delete all my blog posts back in June, but I haven’t been training at all.  Unhappiness and loneliness is a bitch.  I’ve kept up at the gym, but haven’t set foot in my Muay Thai/BJJ school.  I’m not sure if or when I will start back at BJJ.  I should be back to Muay Thai in a couple of weeks after school starts back up.  With the kids back at a regular schedule, it will be much easier.  As far as BJJ goes, I don’t know if I can make myself get back at it.  I just hate the fact that I suck so hard.  It seems like no matter how hard I tried, I couldn’t improve.

I have been working a lot of overtime this summer.  I had set a goal to get all my debt (minus mortgage and car payment) paid off by the end of August.  It looks like I have succeeded.  My final supplemental cheques won’t come until a couple of weeks of September, but the hours have been earned.  I really only had 1 week off this summer.  My wife and I arranged our schedules so that we were able to avoid paying for any daycare.  That’s a big expense we avoided.  It meant that we really didn’t get much time together as a family, but it will be worth it in the end I think.

Some fun news.  Last week I finalized the booking of a trip to Whistler in December.  There will be 10 of us going.  I only know a couple of the guys, but I am still really looking forward to the trip.  It’s been far too long since I skied at a real mountain.  I even bought a new pair of skis in anticipation.  LOL.  I know it’s only August, but it was a heck of a deal that I couldn’t pass up.