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Old 01-24-2012, 11:58 PM   #21 (permalink)
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She just rolled her eyes and shook her head and said, "it fucking figures". She is convinced that I somehow coerced Vince into it just to torture her.
So your wife has a phobia of snakes, AND thinks her husband is conspiring with an international snowboard company to mess with her? We should coin a new phobia for that.
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Old 01-25-2012, 12:55 AM   #22 (permalink)
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I have tried to "desensitize" her by exposing her to snakes but had to give this up as my food began to have a strange almond taste that brought on a strange tiredness......
wait...she was poisoning you?
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Old 01-25-2012, 01:03 AM   #23 (permalink)
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I think everyone has a fear of heights to an extent, no one wants to fall off a cliff, but in others it causes a panic reflex that they can't just "get over it". Since you (OP) like roller coasters I'm guessing it's not the real bad fear of heights. Almost everyone riding a large coaster for the first time has some fear, it's normal (I live about an hour away from Cedar Point so I see it alot while I'm there). With the fear of declines, it's probably something to do with the fear of not being able to stop if you fall or the fear of going too fast. It's normal, and that's why you see beginners tense up and fall when they go past their comfort speed. Unless you're riding backcoutry stuff, there's really nothing to worry about with the steeper slopes.

Your first post really summed it up though, you said you just got over your fear of bunny hills, that means you made progress. The same thing is going to happen with the intermediate trails, and eventually, the blacks. I remember when I was younger seeing the start of the black diamond trails from the top, it looks like just a drop off because you're viewing it as a horizon.

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I have tried to "desensitize" her by exposing her to snakes but had to give this up as my food began to have a strange almond taste that brought on a strange tiredness......
I lol'd at this. My ex girlfriend had a horrible fear of spiders, I mean fear--->anger---->yelling. I've never seen someone travel such a distance from just 2 steps before, honestly it had to be some kind of world record. "there's a SPIDER over there!!! (points angrily)
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I think everyone has a fear of heights to an extent, no one wants to fall off a cliff, but in others it causes a panic reflex that they can't just "get over it". Since you (OP) like roller coasters I'm guessing it's not the real bad fear of heights.
in his first post he says he just got over his fear of the bunny hill...that seems a bit extreme.
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My only problem is I HATE heights and the declines on some of the trails freak me out. I just got over my fear of some of the bunny hills.
OP, do have a fear of FALLING and getting hurt or the actual height/steepness of the trail. To me that seems more logical in this case. If you were to just stand/walk up the scary hill in question say, during the summer on a hike, would you be equally as scared?
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But she HAS threatened to when I leave the occasional rubber snake in bed for her.
I lol'd at this mainly b/c I wonder if she is also afraid of trouser snakes
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The decline makes me FEEL like if I fall I am going to be rolling quite far and will get hurt pretty bad. Also I don't know how to carve yet I can turn but can't really slow myself down much doing that so I am obviously scared.

The bunny hill I guess is not really a bunny hill but a trail in itself although short that I have been on...According to the guy who works at the hill station there is only a little more decline on the real green trails and that I am okay enough to give them a try.
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OP,

Everything you write suggests that you are just not ready to be on anything steeper than the small hill you describe.

Your anxiety stems from your inexperience. I distinctly remember having that same fear years ago, but I quickly attributed it to the fact that I could not link turns and control my speed at such a steep pitch.

Once I improved, my confidence grew and the fear went away( on that hill). I still look down and get anxious, but its on steeper terrain than before. Get it?

As for the lift, I feel anxious nearly everytime I get on one. I have a fear of heights. I have found that riding the lift with a friend, or even talking to some random on the chair with me helps.

As said before too, do not look out too far. I focus down or on someone or my gear. I always hang on too, even when there is a ski bar.
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The decline makes me FEEL like if I fall I am going to be rolling quite far and will get hurt pretty bad. Also I don't know how to carve yet I can turn but can't really slow myself down much doing that so I am obviously scared.
Its relative, I was on the bunny hill for far too long and then a skier friend took me on the tour down a double black chute that I did heelside on my butt...however after that...I didn't die and the blues and greens looked much more manageable.
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The decline makes me FEEL like if I fall I am going to be rolling quite far and will get hurt pretty bad. Also I don't know how to carve yet I can turn but can't really slow myself down much doing that so I am obviously scared.

The bunny hill I guess is not really a bunny hill but a trail in itself although short that I have been on...According to the guy who works at the hill station there is only a little more decline on the real green trails and that I am okay enough to give them a try.
go take a lesson. period. that is the best way to learn this sport of you are just starting out.
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She just rolled her eyes and shook her head and said, "it fucking figures". She is convinced that I somehow coerced Vince into it just to torture her.
Haha. Considering your attempts to desensitize her (AND putting a rubber snake in the bed), I can understand her suspiscion! You might want to consider take-out if you ever have Vince over for dinner

She'd most likely hate my board, especially with its snakeskin textured top sheet!:
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Hahaha. Here, show her this picture. I have had this thing as a "pet" for about 3 months now. It is either a Giant Brown Garden Spider or a very venomous Hobo Spider. I really cannot positively identify it. Found this beastie in the wood pile in the back yard. We nicknamed her "Shelob" from the Lord of the Rings... She is living high on the hog feasting on fat juicy crickets that I buy for our frogs we have in a tank. She is about the size of a half dollar. It is really creepy to watch how fast she can move to sting a cricket. Then she sucks all its innards out....

The wife HATES the fact that this thing is on our kitchen counter....



That statement made me laugh..."our pet, it can either kill us, or not."

Incredible pics, though! The web is amazing!

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