Another tale for the records here. Yesterday at Kirkwood, end of the day I came up with my wife, relaxing groomers day, testing angles and boot plates, new board, bindings, I am safe
and listening to my tunes trying to snatch a single ride on the chair to smoke in peace...but this multi-colored skier slides besides me in the last feet of the line. We start to ride the chair, adjust to accomodate the different pieces of gear hanging off out feet and the cirumstantial "good day uh"? I look at him and think " You're so a cop....you're a cop for sure...I know it. I must have thought it out loud...lol...he looks like he heard my thoughts, I crank the music higher meaning " No mood for small talk man" and think about my business...Once ready to leave the chair, I look at him with a "have a good time man" (while I still think COP...COP you're a COP) He looks at me, grabs the chair and literally swinging back and forth before the landing he ejects himself from the chair ahead of time, almost swinging me off my spot, and lands and immediately cuts in front of me, whikle I veer to my right avoiding him and his tails....he tried ti knock me down, and in a pretty obvious way. He even turns around to check if I fell...ending up crossing me looking back as I wave my hand at him.
I Do my smoke, my run, and decide to get a last one a the shorter chair...the 5 before calling it a day. I get in line as single, and get paired up by the lift fuy to a couple...lol the same guy and his GF or wife... "But hello" I say smiling as we line up for the chair...he looks at me worried, then at his female partner..then back at me.....and starts to slow dow to et me ride the chair alone. " Better if you go alone this time" He says,
Yeah, better, I agree too.
Bottom line yest, it's not the tool, it's the person....but most of the time tool and person are of the 2 boarded kind...
Another example...the super stuck up mono-ski rider that still looks at skiers as "family" and then turns around talking about carving and sidecut edge....but if you tell him he is riding a board he says that no, they are 2 skis...lol...Then he started explaining me how cool hard board riding looks...
and how he could do such a tight turn....just like a carve board...:P