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Old 02-03-2012, 04:42 AM   #11 (permalink)
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That's three fucking keys by my count, one for your house, your car and your fence
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Old 02-03-2012, 04:52 AM   #12 (permalink)
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He's a sellout because he took an office job that he thought would give him security in life but it only made him lose sight of what truly made him happy
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Old 02-03-2012, 05:52 AM   #13 (permalink)
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I don't agree with this at all. I graduated college with a degree in photography about a year ago. Right now I am still slangin pizzas in Denver, even though I could be making 3X the money doing what I love for a living in LA, Chicago, or NYC. I do this because I can work three 12 hour shifts a week, and ride 2-3 days a week. Next season, I will be moving to either keystone, breck, or vail to do epicmix photo, and be able to walk to the lifts. After that, off to the real world, because being responsible is responsible, and not being a bum.

If snowboarding is your number one priority, and you can figure out a way to do it every day without being a leech on others, more power to you. I love snowboarding with all of my heart, but I have higher priorities. I want to make enough money, at a job that I love, to support myself, decide my own schedule, travel to new places to snowboard, and possibly support a family.
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Old 02-03-2012, 05:55 AM   #14 (permalink)
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I think the bigger problem is when you no longer work to live. Once it crosses over into the 'live to work' expectation that most office jobs try to force on you its over. I know people who think they need to work massive amounts of overtime and end up losing vacation at the end of the year. If you can keep the balance it can be a necessary evil.

I'm like jello, I grew up with no snow. W/o the job getting me out of there and the money that came along with it I would have just filled the addiction with something else and probably wouldn't even snowboard.
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Old 02-03-2012, 06:18 AM   #15 (permalink)
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If someone has a job that they can punch out massive overtime on the off season to be able to take off during the season and be able to live and support his/her family then that is smart in my mind making money and still being able to do what you like/love
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Old 02-03-2012, 07:49 AM   #16 (permalink)
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This post is pretty hilarious. I love my work. I do work hard, but I work with friends so we spend the day joking around. Sure it is a desk job (software developer). But it pays the bills and more. I ride at least 3 hours every day. But I also have the money to travel around the world to snowboard (snowboarding in the summer is great!). I have every weekend off to snowboard, and I own my car . I also have money in the bank so I can retire and enjoy the other half of my life. I don't want to be 50 and still couch surfing and bumming rides. Instead I can retire at the bottom of a mountain and walk out to the lift.

If working is selling out, thank god some one did otherwise who would make all our gear!
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Old 02-03-2012, 08:51 AM   #17 (permalink)
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Well this was enlightening. I'm made to feel guilty that I have a wonderful Husband, 2 cars, a house, a beautiful daughter, whom I've made the sacrifice to stay home with everyday. I hate to be a downer, but there are more important things than riding everyday. Disagree with me if you must, but it really isn't a reality for the vast majority.
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Old 02-03-2012, 09:58 AM   #18 (permalink)
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Originally Posted by cmo View Post
I think the bigger problem is when you no longer work to live. Once it crosses over into the 'live to work' expectation that most office jobs try to force on you its over. I know people who think they need to work massive amounts of overtime and end up losing vacation at the end of the year.
Agreed!! For me, my unintended hiatus from snowboarding was due to something similar to this. I never planned on it; it just sort of happened. I vowed never to allow that again.

I took the original post as a metaphor for staying true to yourself and living the life YOU want to live. I see nothing wrong with that.
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Old 02-03-2012, 10:39 AM   #19 (permalink)
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Living to snowboard is cool, but unless you get paid to snowboard, you are going to have to do something else to eat. Even a lot of pros work night jobs and do shit during the summer to save up. I know a guy who lives in Breck and drives plows a few days week and makes his big bank back home with his dad's business during the offseason. He probably gets in 80-100 a year. Is he a sellout for having A job? As a cubicle weekend warrior, I'll probably get 45 days in this season.

This article is true in regards to keeping life in perspective (it's becoming a fucking cliche to talk about this) but reality is reality and you have to feed yourself somehow. If life was really as easy as just having a snowboard and doing nothing but riding, eating shitting and sleeping, you wouldn't see me on these boards at all.
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Old 02-03-2012, 11:01 AM   #20 (permalink)
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I'm a college student and still have almost 20 days so far and the resort opened just around Christmas. You don't need to work overtime and sellout to snowboard, but you also don't have to be a bum and not have a job. I have a part time job and have still managed to pay for a seasons pass, gas to a hill 45 mins away, and all new gear this year. If you become a bum because you think you have to in order to do it a lot and enjoy it your just lazy and looking for excuses. However if you work overtime and think you still don't have enough money to snowboard then you need to tone it down a little and stop buying Corvettes.
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