First off, should you be advising Cro and the OP on what he/they should or shouldn't be using?
Please, after stating that you have only been riding 3 seasons, live in a city and vacation to a resort once or twice a year I would like to ask a simple question.. How many boards (or times expecting you still have the board you began with which is understandable.) have you actually waxed??? Honestly.
Bought a 2 lbs block of bluebird wax a little over 2 years ago. It is 25% gone. I wax my 2 (soon to be 3) boards, and the snowboards of other riders on the trips I go on. I even occasionally wax my roommate's skis if we are going on the same trip. I wax before a trip and half-way through a trip (I bring the wax with me and buy an el-cheapo $7 iron wherever I am staying). Its cheaper, faster and more convenient for the folks I am staying with, and the $5 I charge helps offset the $40 I paid for the wax. 3 scrapers, brass brush, 2 brillo pads and a spray can of citrus cleaner. Is that legit enough for you?
Do I wax as much as a tech in a ski shop? No. Do I wax more than the typical rider? Depends on whether they wax themselves or have it done at a shop. To date I have waxed boards and/or skis ~12 times. I started doing it myself when a local chain shop charged me $35+ for a wax and tune (back when I first started riding).
The weather is great here, best time of the year to be outside. (Highs in the low 70's, and fewer bugs/gnats than in spring). I spent most of it playing bass and drums (the instruments, not D&B music), so I only made it outside for exercise twice.
REgarding your trip, how was it? My roommate&friend are talking about a trip to south america next year, but if I go I will probably want to spend most of my time in the cities sight-seeing since I speak the language. I will have the same problem if I decide to go to Japan cuz I did 3 yrs of Japanese in school.
I just fished my block of wax out of my snowboard bag after posting this. I think perhaps it was just 1 lbs when i bought it. Bad memory
Here's a photo in some of the users here want to claim that I am just "listing stuff". lol http://riftwave.net/misc/IMG_8254.JPG