Baby Shouks!

Trip Start Nov 17, 2008
Trip End Feb 16, 2009

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Saturday, January 24, 2009

Aspen is expensive. I actually feel out of place here because I'm pretty sure people can smell the poor off me.

I'm staying with Gary, Aidans "wee" brother who has been living and working here for almost a year and a half. He works in a 5* restaurant, and the cheapest thing on the menu is a burger that costs $17. Hmmm.

The first night I was here we almost got into a fight. We were sitting in the bar, having a quiet drink when an argument breaks out between these guys outside, and one guy punches another. Now, as you know I'm not the type to get involved in a fight.... ahem..... but what made this different was the guy on the receiving end of the punch was in a fucking wheelchair!!! We both ran outside to stop it, and things got a little heated. I tried my best to calm things down, and to pat myself on the back I did a pretty good job, until I noticed Gary was missing. I found him halfway up the street about to knock the shit out of the wanker who had hit the guy in the chair. Not wanting to get arrested again, I talked him out of fighting, and got him back to the bar. A successful night all round.

It's $100 per day to go skiing here in Aspen, so that wasn't going to happen, but fortunately Gary was able to get me a free pass for the day. :) Having only skied once before and nearly broken my thumb, I'm kinda thinking about a nice beginners slope filled with kids laughing at me. Gary had other ideas though, and took me up Mt. Aspen, a ski slope that beginners shouldn't even look at. I don't know how many times I fell, a couple of them quite serious, one almost knocking me out, but I eventually made it to the bottom alive. I went back up the mountain later that afternoon to take a few snaps, and looking at it, I can't believe I actually skied down it! At best it's an intermediate slope, so to make it on only my second time skiing is pretty impressive, even if I do say so myself.

And I do.
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