I saw this sign at the Purg today:
Now, I wanted to talk about the text in this sign, and how well it relates to this post last year, but now I’m just irritated with WordPress.
This photograph is saved vertically, but WordPress inserted it horizontally – i.e.as though the above image were laying on it’s side. And WordPress wasn’t giving me any way to rotate the image. WordPress was just being stupid.
As you can see, above, I finally found a way to do this, but I had to go around Robin Hood’s Barn to do so. And now I don’t feel much like talking about how I thought I wanted a career, but how it turned out that I wanted to ski : )
This goes way back to my first job out of college; George Ritter was my first boss in that first job. And he did three things that changed my life -
1) Sitting in his office just shooting the breeze, he mentioned how he had run a marathon.
2) He also mentioned that he and his his wife had gone to Jackson Hole to go skiing for their honeymoon.
3) He later told me that he thought that I should go home and watch Northern Exposure.
The next year, I trained for and ran my first marathon.The impact of that event in my life is daily; why, just today, coming back for my first run after this bout of pneumonia, I felt my calf give out. That’s the result of years of running abuse : )
Shortly after running that first marathon, I went on my first ski trip to North Carolina, and Lord knows that had a big impact. After the first day, I told my buddy that I wanted to go home, that now I could say that I had been snow skiing. Brian allowed as to how, since we had come for two days, we might as well ski the second day.
Since then I’ve lived and skied in Arizona, Vermont, Utah and Colorado. (One of the other things George said to me, after I had started skiing and said that I wanted to go live in ski country, was “Jim, people don’t really do that”. Gee, George, guess what? : )
And it was around that time that George suggested that I go home and watch Northern Exposure. At this time, I hadn’t watched any TV for years, but Norex changed my way of thinking about television. I still don’t watch broadcast TV, but I’m willing to give the occasional excellent show a chance (we are currently in the third season of “Fringe“.)
Wow. What would my life be like right now, if I had never had those talks with George?
I might have a real career : )