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Happy Birthday Lizzy!

It’s Lizzy’s birthday..

from 1999.. here’s a pic of the sis…sy!

god those Sony Mavica camera SUCKED!!!

fire ignited here.

Every now and then, people ask where this whole “AT thing” started. The story starts wayyy back in High School with a schoolmate named Ed Wren. He was in the grade above me and our group (mishmash of both grades) was always out having fun, seeing concerts like the Violent Femmes in Springfield, Ohio and […]

snow more…

This past weekend I spent my last days riding with friends at Timberline Four Season Resort in West Virginia. Phil and Liza were the first to make it to our house, slope side, off Salamander (gotta love those ski in ski out places.) Shortly after they arrived we suited up to head out for some night skiing. We didnt make it too far before Deanna, Dennis and Dave showed up. After getting caught up they made their way to opening beers and catching up while Phil, Liza and I were on the slopes. Conditions were good, zero wind (most excellent) and decent snow. Fortunately, the crews were not blowing any snow.. the forecast was that we would see high snowfall totals overnight.

(Phil and Liza on lift at Mid-station)

When we finally returned home from night skiing, everyone made for the hot tub to continue to enjoy their tasty beverages. Also, we were met by CJ and Adam whod also arrived while we were out. Half the group stayed up late into the morning before crashing/passing out. The rest was well deserved. Woke up to newly fallen snow.. not much, but it was snowing and would not stop until late Sunday night, only to pick back up early Monday morning when we were leaving. I took my time getting ready to go out while Doug, CJ, Adam got an early start. Phil waxed his board and I, finally, changed out my bindings on my snowboard. The straps on my Drake bindings were starting to give me problems so during demo days (some months earlier) at Ski Chalet I purchased a new set of Ride bindings. They are this years model and they came highly recommended. Glad I took the advice.

(Doug and CJ on Salamander)

(Phil and Liza on top of the mountain)

We skied a majority part of the day until I made a huge error in judgment. Because our house is below the trail, you have to climb down the snow bank to reach the road to the house. Why step out (of your bindings) when you can ride down, no? Luckily I cleared two obstacles, however, I didnt see the small limestone culvert covered in snow. My snowboard sustained a serious injury from this encounter. It would require about 1 hour of operation and 12 hours of recovery before wed be able to play in the snow again. Hrmph.

(my poor snowboard 🙁 )

Saturday night, the group of us hung out and watched a few movies.. some drank, some slept.. we were just exhausted from the great conditions we had all day long. All day Saturday, as well as all through the night, dumped more snow on the trail. I was eager to get going. Woke up Phil (he was already up, miracle) and made it out before 9am. Yea! The conditions were most excellent.. I believe that they were the best conditions since Ive been going to Timberline. We skied all day long.. meeting up with different people from the house intermittently. Phil and I were playing the the terrain park. Ive come the conclusion that, whoever is skiing, is not reading. Park etiquette is (usually) detrimental to the safety to all those who are going through. Unfortunately, most amateurs and most skiers do not recognize this. As I am sitting on the snow waiting to drop in, people just go straight on the runs without calling or observing whats going on. Very annoying. At one point, I was dropping in on a box and as I am approaching the box (20-30 feet), a patroller comes down, cuts in on me to drop in I was on my approach!!! This is a very effd up move, without question. Patrollers are the people who are supposed to enforce these rules. Needless to say, I was pissed because one, that was a shit move and two, now I have to stop (because I wasnt going to risk injury to myself or others) and I didnt have enough room to get good speed to hit the jump correctly. As he cut me off I started in on him. I was yelling the whole time he was riding. No, it was not kid-friendly language either. Not that I am proud of it, but I wished him to wipe out on the jump, seconds before hitting the element. Wipe out you stupid F*&K. And he did. Luckily, he was not physically injured, but I know his pride was.. he sulked away very quickly. Hindsight, I should have gave chase and let him know that what he did was not appreciated, but I was just more dumbfounded at the retard than anything else. Liza went back to the house to get her and Phil packed up, they were leaving Sunday afternoon for NoVA. Phil and I made our last few runs, met up with Doug and then I dropped Phil off at the house before going back out and meeting up with Dennis and Dave. A couple hours later, wed all be in the warm confines of our trail side house.
Ski conditions all day Sunday were spectacular. There were some places where riders and skiers had scraped away the snow.. but that made the going downhill so much faster all the more better. Mostly, on the outside of the trail and through the trees were the best places to find good stashed of fluffy white powder a snowboarders dream. Ahhhhh.

Woke up on Monday morning to not only additional snow but it was still snowing! Worse yet.. there was practically NO ONE on the slopes no lift lines, blas new runs awh man!! I really sucked leaving. Maybe it was that I knew it really was my last trip of the year at least it was a good one with great friends!

Brandi Carlile plays Rams Head in Annapolis, MD

The last time I saw Brandi was at Rams Head LIVE! in Baltimore, MD last on October 20th, 2005, it was great to see her play again. A couple smaller bands opened for her, the first being a 17 year old who seems to have a good idea of where he’s headed and then The Wood Brothers followed. They played a nice size set and jammed with power and soul. So much so, I purchased their live cd, “The Wood Brothers – Live at Tonic” for a paltry $10 bux. Nice.

Fate can be fun!
– MattBob

Im a bit different when I do things due to my schedule, I was not certain if I was going to be able to even go. Fortunately, one of my clients rescheduled a meeting and I found myself with the evening to go out. I zipped off to Annapolis to the show. Upon arriving I was shocked to see that the show was sold out! Not that I dont doubt Brandis selling ability, but how fast it sold out. Hrmph. So, I stood around like a chump, chatting with people and hitting on chicks to get a ticket (no ticket, but I got a photo gig with a Baltimore band, bonus!) As I was standing and chatting with people, a guy came up and told me that he had a ticket available seems as though his female companion was not going to be able to attend the show.. damn! So, I slapped down a Hamilton and I was in the show! Even better the seats were in the second row of tables. Double bonus. See? Fate can be fun.

Brandi came out minutes before 10pm and played like a banshee on crack being run through a diesel powered wood chipper.. the house was on their feet!! IT WAS ON!!

WHAT??? You were believing that crap? Sheesh.

If you know anything about Folksey Jazzy Blues.. that was not how it went. The crowd was definitely anticipating her and she did not disappoint. There was a certain chill with the crowd having been wood by the previous artists that amped everyone, including Brandi. I dont remember the set list but it was largely composed of songs from her self-titled album. Halfway through the show, she told a story of how she had met/played with Patty Reece who had a friend of hers on tenor, Ron Holloway. Anyway, she brought him up and he played for a couple songs, jamming with the band. He added a wonderful dimension of what Brandi Carlile is and at the same time, could be. Good stuff. He would later rejoin Brandi for her solo encore.

After the show, I reacquainted myself with Brandi. She remembered that I was photographer and that my name was Steve. One out of two aint bad. I told her that I wanted to shoot her on Feb 14th at Jammin Java in Vienna, VA. She said no problem, called over her manager and I was on the list. Sweet. Well see what happens next.

not California Dreamin’

.. and so it has begun.

On Tuesday morning, I had my first dream about the AT (Appalachian Trail). Now, I’m not one who likes to just to rationalize or interpret dreams, but I think that my subconscious is really trying to get a message to me. Here’s why.

My dream begins […]

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