Tuesday, March 27, 2012
Translating Patrick's Ski Report
Over the past years, we've learned how our friends have a translation system for interpreting Patrick's trail report. Since I met Patrick almost 13 years ago, I've learned how to loosely interpret what the ski trail conditions actually are based on what he says.
-If Patrick says, "When we ski today, these conditions will really help with your technique" ...I"ve learned this translates into "Taking Zoya on these conditions will be hard on our marriage"
-If Patrick says conditions are "fast" it actually means "icy".
-If Patrick says, "Its not too bad" it translates into "Bad for Zoya".
-If Patrick says, "This is sort of advanced intermediate conditions" it "means "I'm the only one on the island who will enjoy this"
We all very much appreciate Patrick's trail reports...we've just learned the art of interpreting what he says..as he has a different idea of "fun" sometimes than the rest of us. To his credit, he doesn't take me out to the back country unless he is VERY confident that the conditions are going to be good. And for that, I am appreciative!
(And thanks to Philip T. who helped with this post!)