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1/6/2011 2:52:35 PM you can run in a lot of marathons without training so if you just want to run with a bunch of strangers or maybe with a friend, you don't have to register. Sometimes the last 200 feet they tell you to run outside of the normal route. If you want the shirt or the hardware then you need to sign up and most marathons are all for some sponsorship. There are a lot of training websites out there to help you prepare. To be honest, you should probably look there than on a boarding/skiing website. I'd also recommend starting off with 5k, 10k, 25k etc before you do a full marathon. good luck!
12/30/2010 5:08:49 PM This is a classic example of illusory superiority. It's a cognitive bias that that makes douche bags overestimate their qualities and abilities. In the US, when surveyed, 93% of the sample said they were above average drivers in skill and 88% were above average drivers in safety. Experience is good and so is not being so over confident. Even the most experienced drivers with the best cars & tires still get into accidents. If you aren't nervous when driving -- especially with poor visibility, slick roads, and traffic, you really aren't a good driver despite what your experience and record is. I'm sure you are all experts and know this but to reiterate: 4WD/AWD helps you move forward & with some control -- but it does not help you stop. Your tires are the only things keeping you on the road. Chains, studded tires, snow tires, and all weather tires -- invest in them. Maintain your car, check your tires, ABS, brakes, lights, wipers, and even horn. Wear your seatbelt! Stay alert. Take breaks or switch off. Have some more caffeine. Be patient. Test your car and get an idea of what your limitations are. Figure out what your minimum stopping distance and various speeds and then double that. (double the distance, not the speed ^^ )
12/30/2010 4:38:17 PM So far no new reports of death from the ski lift accident in Maine: http://www.reuters.com/article/idUSTRE6BS3JJ20101229 A chairlift at the Sugarloaf Mountain ski resort derailed on Tuesday, sending skiers from five chairs tumbling 25 to 30 feet to the snow-covered slopes below and leaving others dangling in frigid conditions.
12/29/2010 10:40:27 AM $46 is still more expensive than driving up I wish it were cheaper for a greater incentive for people to take mass transportation. You could also try craigslist ridesharing: http://sfbay.craigslist.org/rid/
12/29/2010 10:27:16 AM I second the Olympus Stylus Tough Series I saw it for really cheap at Costco warning: it doesn't do well in low light so if you take it elsewhere it might not perform well. I've taken it snowboarding, dropped it, taken it on and in the water -- very awesome. if you want a less durable but more functional camera, I would suggest sticking to Canons.
12/29/2010 10:19:42 AM I agree with Goofy. You can minimize or mitigate the injuries you get with skill, but the best athletes in any sport sustain injuries. I have a pair of Seirus Jam Master II Black Wrist Guards. they go over your gloves/mittens. It actually made putting on and taking off my Flows significantly harder so I only wear my left wrist guard (ride regular but I'm a lefty for writing/eating & righty for everything else-- go figure)
12/29/2010 10:11:52 AM I boarded for years without a helmet and had the excuse that it was too expensive, but ultimately if you can afford all the other gear required to board and you assume the risks, you can't afford to not wear a helmet. I picked mine up for probably $30 and it's more comfortable and reliable than a beanie. Concussions are no fun and I'm willing to bet a lot more boarders have suffered even a mild one without realizing it. (symptoms of a mild concussion can disappear within minutes) However research supports that repeated head trauma have serious long term effects. Now here's the point no one's made yet -- which is the moral hazard. This is people's risk increase as their confidence increases. e.g. football is more violent and dangerous due to helmets (when there are no regulations), seatbelts and car insurance means faster and more reckless (and more wreckful) drivers. It ultimately comes down to statistics and your brain box. They are comfortable and cheap. Plus, in my experience people think I'm more hardcore because I wear a helmet, little do they know I'm just uncoordinated =)
12/27/2010 2:29:44 PM I always have on me: ID, Insurance card, ATM Card, Credit Card, cash Car Key (if I drove) Chap stick Tampon Season Pass If I bring a bag: Water Flask Camera Phone Maybe small bottle of sunblock Bandanna Tissues Resort Map Headphones Lunch Snack Hand Sanitizer Small amount of duct tape String (I know, these are sounding really excessive) Gum ADVIL! ADVIL! ADVIL! -- I do like the idea of the whistle...
6/7/2010 4:39:41 PM not that Gucci is known for their utilitarianism -- but maybe it's for people that want to board with glasses instead of contacts and have really large frames? also, maybe it's for better peripherals or less likely to fog up (they do seem really big in that picture) they don't look as huge on other websites: http://www.neimanmarcus.com/store/catalog/prod.jhtml?itemId=prod106100029&parentId=cat9340749 as for buying brands -- just read a handful of the reviews on this site and you'll see how brand and style conscious people are.
6/7/2010 4:19:57 PM Poverty. it certainly relates to a lot of things other people listed -- such as bad parenting, but it's not as simple as "the parents are incompetent." It can be parents are at work long hours and aren't able to spend as much time with their kids reading to them (assuming they themselves know how etc). There are mental disabilities that prevent or hinder some people -- and again, without time and money, it's sadly easy for those people to have the same opportunities to learn. A great deal is societal and yes, political. "spekng n typig like dis iznt neczzarilee eliterate" (oh god--that was painful to type)does not mean a person is illiterate by the way. That is laziness or carelessness but not necessarily illiteracy. Wikipedia has an excellent writeup on it if you are interested: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Literacy
5/20/2010 3:37:55 PM I have the Bose noise cancelling headphones and they are amazing. Their other audio equipment is overpriced and overrated -- what Bose does very well is excellent bass and sound reproduction in small drivers. Their iPod dock and their headphones (never tried their ear phones) are amazing. Unfortunately it's 300 -- worth the investment to me. I have a pair of Shures, they are all right -- night highs and mids but noticeably lacking in bass. No punch. I got a free pair of zune earphones from Gizmodo last year that are the best ear phones I own. I do hav eto say though, the shures are pretty sturdy, had them 2 years and my friend sent them through the washer and dryer. Twice. Still work and are very clean. The 2nd running in noise cancelling and bass reproduction in headphones are the Audio Technikas. Someone all ready mentioned them in an earlier post. They pretty much use the same technology as Bose (there was a law suit... in September? i forget and I'm too lazy to check) Anyways, Bose lost -- and Audio Technika has some pretty awesome equipment. (Great for DJ equipment as well). In terms of comparison? They are not as light, bass is not quite as good and the noise cancelling frequency they use produces a higher pitch than the Bose (which to me is annoying). The Audio technikas are significantly bigger and also have smaller cups for around your ear. The Sennheisers I've tried out have been crap, sounds were muffled (best way to describe it). Just did not like. There are some other amazing headphones that are probably out of your price range (some cool open air ones)... Oh, Sony actually makes a good set of headphones as well. I think their $200 line is one of the best on the ear headphones for noise cancelling.
5/19/2010 10:14:05 AM There is also a parachute competition going on and people jumping off everest if you are interested. Also, there's an awesome TEDtalk of a guy that just body glides around places (like those squirrels!) in little winged suits. Super cool.
5/19/2010 10:11:05 AM speaking of skydiving: http://www.cbsnews.com/stories/2010/05/10/assignment_america/main6471254.shtml Heroic Skydiving Instructor Saves Life There isn't any video of what happened next, just still photos. Their first parachute opened, but only partially -- and their reserve chute just got tangled-up with the first one. "And I thought, huh, this is how I'm going to die," Dygert said. "I thought God please help us, God please help Dave and we just continued to spiral." At 40 mph and 500 feet from the ground, Hartsock did the truly unimaginable. Just before crashing, he told Shirley to lift up her feet. He then pulled down the control toggles to rotate their position to put his body under hers to act as a cushion so that when they hit, he would take the brunt of the fall. "I can't hardly believe it," Dygert said. "He broke my fall." Hartsock didn't die, but his valor cost him dearly. He's now paralyzed with just a little movement in his right arm. "People keep telling me that it was a heroic thing to do," Hartsock said. "In my opinion it was just the right thing to do. I mean, I was the one who was completely responsible for her safety. What other choices were there?" "You hear heroes say that, don't you?" Dygert said. "It's just because that's the kind of person they are." We were with them the first time they saw each other since the accident. Although she came to hospital to cheer him up, it turned out the other way around. Hartsock had her laughing, and even invited her skydiving again. "We're accident-proof now, baby. I mean what are the odds of something like that happening twice like that?" He's planning on it someday. Hartsock has a long road ahead - although some feeling is already coming back. Plus, he's got his mom taking care of him and she's got his same spirit.
5/19/2010 10:01:02 AM @BFBF Good answer. I wish I could promote it or something so it was easier to find. tangent: The tough thing about forums is sometimes it's hard to sift through pages of posts to find a relevant answer.
5/18/2010 2:41:07 PM http://www.backcountry.com/store/newsletter/a226/The-Art-of-Stickering-a-Snowboard.html Process 1.      Using the Windex, make sure all the grime is cleaned off the top sheet of your board. 2.      Dry the board thoroughly. 3.      Arrange and view how your sticker set up will look. 4.      Begin to peel and place the stickers. Remember to have a game plan, or you’ll find yourself in an unpleasant sticky situation. (Sorry, we had to say it.) 5.      Once you finish applying each sticker, use the hair dryer to get the adhesive really fixed to your board. The worst thing is to work out a great sticker pattern and have that hard-to-come-by TechNine or Airblaster die-cut come off your board after the second run. Image 6 6.      While blasting the hair dryer, use your knife or razor to poke holes in the bubbles and work the air out. (This only applies to the over-excited, sloppy, or just plain lazy person who didn’t take more care in the first place.) 7.      Once you finish, take a step back and look at the Picasso before you. 8.      Now get out on the hill and claim (err, reign) as much as possible. -- removing stickers http://tipnut.com/25-helpful-items-to-remove-sticky-adhesive-goo/ How To Remove Sticker Adhesive Nail Polish Remover Petroleum Jelly Toothpaste Hand Lotion Hair Spray Baby Oil (mineral oil) Vinegar (soak cloth, apply to goo then leave for awhile–even overnight) Rubbing Alcohol Windex Baking Soda & Water Paste (just rub gently into the goo, then wipe off with a warm wet cloth) Lighter Fluid Kerosene WD-40 (set for 5 minutes) Paint Thinner Rubber Cement Thinner Artgum Erasers Peanut Butter Vegetable Oil (set for about 2 hours) Margarine Mayonnaise (leave set for a few hours or overnight) Goo Gone Mr. Clean Magic Eraser Furniture Polish For surfaces that you’re afraid to damage, try heating the sticky goo with a hair dryer then wiping off (firmly) with a wet warm & soapy cloth. Duct Tape (stick on goo firmly, life tape up quickly, repeat as needed)


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