Had an interesting day last Friday, Our Asian friends form NY called about 9;00AM to ask if we would come down and take them to a ski area, where they could rent equiptment...They never been on the slopes before.
When we got to the house there was not only our friends family of 2 kids, 10 and 7 year, but thier 3 cousins from 9 to 14 years old. So 5 kids and 2 adults going to a ski area on school vacation to be on skis for the first time...OH BOY
Took them to K--g P--e, in New Hampshire, because that is where our grandkids learned to ski,15 yrars ago, and I knew they had a kiddy slope.
After about 90 minutes of getting tickets and equiptment for all of them, who's consept of the english language, not to mention the ski lingo, is limited, we got them outside only to watch them not be able to go at all.
They do not usually give first time skiers poles for fear that they may stab other people but I went in and got them all poles and they shuffled around the flat ground and fell down alot.
The wife and I had to constently pick them up and get them on there skis again and push some of then where they want to go.
I directed them over to the kiddy slope with the Magic Carpet, like a moving side-walk up the slope and they decided that was not for them so again way to the other end of the ski area to the Tow-Rope.
After one of the kids got on and fell within 4 feet of the bottom the woman running the tow told them to go over to the Magic Carpet to learn first...
Now all this time Barb and I are picking up fallen skiers.
We get them back over to the kiddy slope and they all get to the top some how, and right away 2 fall
down on the level ground at the top.
I run up the slope and get then on thier skis again and not a one exept the parents and the little girl makes it down.
The other 4 boys ranging in weight
of 100 to 150 lbs fall
down about 3 times going the 100 feet of kiddy slope.
After about 6 runs on the kiddy slope they decide to try the Tow Rope again...What a disaster...
Before I can talk any sense into them one is already half way up only to fall
and of course now on a steeper slope even with a ski off, can not get up....I run the 300 feet up the slope and get him away from the rope thinking others will want to get by and the others are, you guess it all OUR group who are falling like dominos'.
You'ld swear there was someone shooting them with a machine gun and Barb and I were the medics trying to get them on thier feet again.
Got the first person up and let him go with instruction to just FALL if he is going to hit someone...I failed to tell him to fall if he was going to hit the building, well, he did wiping out 3 ski outfits that people leave outside while inside,warming up.
No time to tend to him...Barb will get him.....Others on the rope need clearing out,,,,What a mess.....
Back to the kiddy slope...
By now I have re-injured my dislocated shoulder and torn bisept muscle and am quite disgusted with the whole deal and it is snowing.......hard.
Barb and I taught all how to take off there skis, in case they fall and we retreated to get a coffee and watch out the window for about an half hour, with Barb muttering "Gerry I've had it".
They all came in and the poor kids all but the baby girl, who by the way was the best skier, was all beat up but mostly the big complaint was the boots cut into them too tight but...get this all they had on for socks were ankle socks...GEEEEZ.
Now the coffee and hot cocoa cost me $5.45 and they came in and all 7 of them ate a big full meal of pizza, corn dogs,,hot dogs, french fries and chicken nuggets with drinks...Think about what this cost him...
Now the exiting part...
Big Nor'Easter storm and we're driving in it......on back road around the lakes of Eaton and window starts to ice up.
I reach out and try to snap the wipper to clear ice and sanp...SNAP is right... windshild wipper goes flyng off and it's still about 4 miles to Conway.
We make it to town and in the light
of town try to change passenger to driverside and snap...SNAP..Those cheap son-of a -B...tch wipers now another 3 milse to Wal*Mart with no wipers at all and now we are on RT 16 with traffic going 40 MPH into a Nor'Easter wind....
Go in and Barb has to Sh..T right away and I am looking for the wippers that will fit.
Finally get some and we stand out in the snow under a light
with snow now about 9 inches deap trying to get them on.
Finally...finally we're on the road again and remarkably with wipers on I feel like it's driving on a clear summer day.
Told Barb maybe I should slow down just because I can see doesn't make the roads any better.
Get home to a 2 ft snow bank in front of drive way but am too tired and sore and hungry to deal with it so over The banking, we go and make it in the driveway.
Had pizza and 2000 mg of ibuprophin for supper and was in bed by 8:00
What a day.
OH forgot to tell you...they want us to go again Saturday, only tubbing....Barb said no...alittle to quick and got a funny look from them but they invited us to go out for supper we said "
We didn't because I was 4 hours clearing snow from yard.