Thursday, December 29, 2005
I don’t know how many of you have had a chance to ski, but I bet that those who have, loved it and those who haven’t would very much like to try it out.
For me skiing is like math, both being awful childhood traumas.
I’m particularly sensible to the cold and skiing is certainly not a conducive activity to feeling warm and fuzzy.
But since the family packed up to join the hordes of sheep-like people going to the mountains every winter, I wasn’t exactly asked whether I felt like going along.
My earliest memory of skiing goes back to when I was but an innocent child of eight.
I went along with a group of kids and one teacher (only 1 for perhaps 10 kids!!). I kept falling and hurting myself, not to mention that with every fall snow crept in my clothes and slid over my already icy body.
The teacher didn’t pay much attention to me, he must’ve thought I was a troublemaker, and the other kids all seemed to be pros, as if they had skied right out of the womb.
So it happened year after year, I complained, even begged not to have to go, but it was easier to ignore the cries of a weird child (which normal person doesn’t like skiing?) than to find an alternative to keep me busy during the winter break.
The second year I feared the worst only to find out it actually gets worse, we went higher up and for that we had to take the “platter ski lift”. To me then a frightening engine that would surely drop me, and swallow me whole if I didn’t jump out on time before the platter turned back.
I've had needles the size of a pen injected in my back around the same age and wasn't half as scared of that than of these lifts. (just to give you an idea)
Needless to say I fell out sufficient times, got hurt and lost and only thanks to H’Ashem’s kindness found someone I knew after walking with heavy ski’s for 45 minutes. That same evening I vowed to recite 30 kapitlers Tehillim(psalms) if I wouldn’t fall off the platter lift the next day, and believe it or not, I didn’t. And yes I honored my vow.
This went on for years until one year I actually dared fight back against my parents. That morning I refused to leave the house and while they tried everything from cooing to threatening, I stayed at home. Being an compliant child neither my parents nor I knew very well how to handle this rebellion
It was a very unpleasant period; I tried to make amends but insisted on not skiing and so these issues we only resolved once we got back home.
Since then I haven’t skied and I don’t intend to ever again!
Rereading this before posting I realize it’s sort of a childish post, but with my friends all running off to the mountains to have ‘the time of their life’, all these memories flooded back and I needed an outlet!
yeah, I don't do too well with the height thing. Although, I do love roller coasters, go figure!
If it makes you feel any better, I don't like skiing, either. I'd rather stay back at the lodge, sit in front of the fire, watch the beautiful snow from the warm comforts of my room and sip on hot cocoa.
But math....well, that's a whole other story! I live and breathe it!
Prag- I used to have more respect for you :-)
You can only really enjoy the hot coco after a cold day skiing.
I guess we're a bunch of creative types..
As Jackie Mason would probably say..
Jews have no business on Mountains..with lits..shmifts..skis..slaloms..dats for de gentiles..and dats it...
Missshona- Hi, I take them from hassle free clipart (see link) and clipart.com, and from various places on the web.
Barbara-Maybe there’s a connection between the two, skiing and math, it should be researched
YY- Love to find like minded people, how come no one in my circle of acquaintances hates it?
A frum- Great idea, it’s safer and cheaper and overall better!
Lewis –Thanks for posting your thoughts, it’s incredible how many ski dislikers I find here
Stacey- I’m glad you had a good laugh; I try to inject humour here and there
It definitely makes me feel better to find others who dislike skiing or hate it as much as I do!
Shop-Sorry I guess I attracted all the non lovers, but I can refer you to everyone I know in real life, my whole family to start with.
The Real-reminds me of the guy who wore shoes too small for his feet that hurt like hell because…when taking them off the relief gave him great pleasure! Sure a warm beverage is more appreciated after skiing, but is it a good enough reason to ski in the first place?
Sem- There’s little talking or bonding that can be done while skiing, so it wouldn’t make for a memorable date.The wonderful palc eypoiu described in your last post sounds much better
Genendy-You’re in, thanks
David- Well said. Indeed I am more of a creative type.
Eshet-Ice skating I could handle, but the blisters is just the price to pay.
Nobody28-Hi and welcome to my blog, thanks for posting a comment.There realy is no need to try it!I forgot to mention that one on two skiiers get seriously injured at some point.
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Lvns-Reading this reminds me of why I started blogging.
Jack’s-I should probably visit you and stay in CA while I do.
Mcaryeh-Hi, as a child I was quite ill for a long time. This will be the subject of future posts.
Kinished-Hey welcome back to my blog. Believe me there’s nothing romantic about skiing, just look at all the made for tv movies, It’s always during ice skating that sparks flow, rarely while skiing.
My Bald-Hi, obviously there’s a connection between math and ski! I think the beach is much more pleasant and safer too.
Where was my dad when I was falling?
Datingmlaster-Hi, I have a lot of work for the upcoming year, my resolution is to try to be nice and pleasant even when I’m in a bad mood. I don’t like to share personal details on blogs, it affords me to keep total anonymity.
Prag... get better ski gear next time! There is no reason for the snow and ice to get under your clothes...
I would take sitting on a hot sunny beach over skiing anyday.
i live in the mountains and you couldn't pay me enough to get on a ski lift, let alone strap on a pair of skis....
I hate math by the way:)
as to math, as a pisces, I am convinced that 1 and 1 make 11. I have always had the mental block. Maybe we should start a study... get funding, blah blah, and get rich?
Mata Hari-thank for commenting! And next post coming up soon!
Mia-I love to hear others who hate skiing, I don’t see why you can’t sky anymore, can’t you go while he reads a good book or takes a stroll?
I’m sure they meant well, but I can’t shake off the feeling that it was just easier to force me than to find alternatives.
The Real me- And why aren’t you?
Annonymosly- Hmm never thought to involve astrology in this, but I’m a pisces too. Something to consider.
Barbara-No I haven't but I was gone for a week and will be back and blogging very soon!
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