You know, in retrospect the onslope attitude could be considered more of a life skill more than anything. I've had my share of dick moments in the distant past, including wigging out an a skier who cut across the racecourse in front of me during an old USASA Giant Slalom event. No one is immune to anger, but I hope people read this and think about if it helps anything at the time, it doesn't, maybe in high-speed bomber runs, but not in other aspects.
I guess what I try to remember is that we are all out there to have fun. Some people like to do it at the expense of others, which is their choice, but more often than not they are not the greatest riders themselves. Maybe it's because I've gotten older that I can handle the bad stuff now, dumb wrecks and whatnot. Last season after strapping in I was buttering around at the top of the resort and slipped out right onto my back. Flat. There's 2 ways to handle that. One is "what the fuck", the other is "hahahahahahaha". For those that are self conscious, you'll almost always get a much better reception from the people around you when you're cool about it.
As for the slams, you're right David, giving up is unacceptable in sport driven by self-progression. If it's not a nasty slam and you can get up right away, I've found the best thing is to go for it again. Even if it's a scary wreck, or something that could of gone a lot worse. I try to teach friends and other riders that going for it again is what gets you past the fear and self-consciousness. If you do a trick, crash and decide not to do it for awhile (as long as it's within a riders skill level), going for it again will reduce the what if
thoughts from building up and clouding the progression.
As for the bad days Snowolf, yeah we all know they are coming. I agree that a brew or 2 can help immensely, but for some reason the more I drink the more I want to do rails rather than kickers or freeriding...
Anyways, I just prefer to ride with people will a positive attitude, which is usually the case around the resorts with the more adult crowd anyways. Who you ride with can and sometimes will wear off on you. One of the coolest things to hear someone say on the lift is when the snow or terrain isn't the greatest but they're just happy to be riding, stuff like that makes my day, and I'll usually keep in contact with them if I see them around the slopes.