Colorado snow has been light this year, but the snow making crew has been providing. We have started receiving a few storm cycles in the Central Rockies, and that is helping quite a bit. I’ve been traveling a little for the powder days. Traveled to Monarch Ski Area last week for a day. They have received more snow this week as well. I am looking forward to planning a few MySnowPro.com trips this winter. Snowcat Trips to Monarch, Silverton, and Steamboat are in order.
They say nothing is free, but this is pretty darn close. If you are able to come to Breckenridge before December 18th. This is the deal. You can stay in a studio unit at the Grand Timber Lodge for No Cost on WEEKDAYS, and No Cost @ Breck Inn on Weekends.
What’s the catch? Breckenridge Grand Vacations is showing off their new lodge with a 2 hr tour walk-through Tour of the Grand Lodge on Peak 7 during the stay. If it seems like a fair trade, just print out the certificates below.
And if you mention my name (Jonathan Lawson) as an owner you will also get a Friends of owners “2-Day Pass” for the Grand Lodge on Peak 7 pools and hottubs. 866.476.2315
Rules, regulations, laws, and complexity. Since the birth of the constitution there has been no year with fewer laws than the previous year. Simply look at tax law, and realize that there is no one person who knows all the rules. These rules become so complex that it requires a professional to navigate the waters for us.
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Sometimes a story resonates with you. Gaining an understanding that things are not always what they appear, and accepting others at more than face value.
As she stood in front of her
primary 5 class on the very first day of school, she told the children an
Like most teachers, she looked at her pupils and
said that she loved them all the same.
However, that was impossible, because there in
the front row, slumped in
his seat, was a little boy named Koko Bassey.
Mrs.Thompson had watched Koko the year before
and noticed that he did not
play well with the other
children, that his clothes were messy and that he
constantly needed a bath. In addition,
Koko BASSEY could be unpleasant.
It got to the point where Mrs. Thompson would
actually take delight
in marking his papers
with a broad red pen, making bold X’s and
then putting a big “F” at
the top of his papers.
At the school where Mrs. Thompson
taught, she was required to review each
child’s past records and she put Koko’s
off until last. However, when she reviewed
his file, she was in for a surprise.
Koko’s primary 1 teacher wrote, “Koko is a
bright child with a ready laugh.
He does his work neatly and has good manners…
he is a joy to be around.”
His primary 2 teacher wrote, “Koko is an
excellent pupil, well liked by his
classmates, but he is troubled
because his mother has a terminal illness
and life at home must be a struggle.”
His primary 3 teacher wrote, “His mother’s
death has been hard on
him. He tries to do his best, but his
father doesn’t show much
interest and his home life will soon
affect him if some steps aren’t taken.”
Koko’s primary 4 teacher
wrote, “Koko is withdrawn and doesn’t show much
interest in school. He doesn’t have many
friends and he sometimes sleeps in class.”
By now, Mrs. Thompson realized the problem
and she was ashamed of herself.
She felt even worse when her pupils
brought her Christmas presents, wrapped in
beautiful ribbons and bright paper, except for
His present was clumsily wrapped in the heavy,
brown paper that he got from
a grocery bag. Mrs. Thompson
took pains to open it in the middle of the other presents.
Some of the children started
to laugh when she found a rhinestone bracelet with
some of the stones missing, and a bottle
that was one-quarter full of perfume. But
she stifled the children’s laughter when
she exclaimed how pretty the bracelet
was putting it on, and dabbing some of the
perfume on her wrist.
Koko Bassey stayed after
school that day just long enough to say,
“Mrs. Thompson, today
you smelled just like my Mom used to.”
After the children left, she cried for at
least an hour. On that very day,
she quit teaching reading, writing and
arithmetic. Instead, she began to teach
children. Mrs. Thompson paid
particular attention to Koko. As she worked
with him, his mind seemed to come
alive. The more she encouraged him, the faster he
By the end of the year, Koko had become one of
the smartest children in
the class and, despite her lie that she would
love all the children the same,
Koko became one of her “teacher’s
A year later, she found
a note under her door, from Koko, telling her that she was
still the best teacher he ever had in his whole
Six years went by before she got another note
from Koko. He then wrote that he had
finished secondary school, third in his
class,and she was still the best teacher
he ever had in his whole life.
Four years after that, she got another letter,
saying that while things had been tough at times,
he’d stayed in school, had stuck with it,
and would soon graduate from the university with the
highest of honors. He assured
Mrs. Thompson that she was still the best and favorite teacher
he had ever had in his whole life.
Then four more years
passed and yet another letter came. This time he
explained that after he got his bachelor’s
degree, he decided to go a little further.
The letter explained that she was
still the best and favorite teacher he ever
had. But now his name was a little
longer….The letter was signed, Koko A. Bassey, MD.
The story does not end there. You see, there was
yet another letter that spring.
Koko said he had met this girl and was going to
be married. He explained that his father
had died a couple of years ago and he was
wondering if Mrs. Thompson might agree to sit at the
wedding in the place that was usually
reserved for the mother of the groom.
Of course, Mrs. Thompson did. And guess what?
She wore that bracelet, the one with several rhinestones
Moreover, she made sure she was wearing the
perfume that Koko remembered his mother wearing
on their last Christmas together.They
hugged each other, and Dr. Bassey whispered in Mrs. Thompson’s ear,
“Thank you, Mrs. Thompson
for believing in me Thank you so much for making me feel
showing me that I could make a
Mrs. Thompson, with tears in her eyes, whispered
back. She said, “Koko, you have it all wrong.
You were the one who taught me
that I could make a difference.
I didn’t know how to teach
until I met you.”
Warm someone’s heart today. . . pass this
along. Just try to make a difference in someone’s life today or
tomorrow. Just “do it”. Random acts of kindness, I
think they call it.
Find time to laugh… but not at the weaknesses
Yesterday is History, Tomorrow is a Mystery,
Today is the present, so let’s call it a Gift!!!
And if you have another few minutes, listen to the Shia Story…
I am happy to have escaped from the oppression of Vail Resorts as an employer. I will be working with another fine ski area in the county build their training program. I will be teaching on a part-time request only basis this season. And you may contact me directly.
Vail Resort just announced EpicMix for the 2010-11 season. Reliving your ski or snowboarding day into the evening. Bejeweled has nothing on this. The connection with Social Media should be fun for a number of uses. I am excited to see how this is used by the skiers and riders. It is a very compelling and free product. However, having a pass with RF technology will allow VR to collect your daily usage data. For some people that is no problem. For others, we feel we don’t need to give this data if we choose not to do so.
1.6 million skier/rider days make Breckenridge one of the most popular destinations in the world. Parking in Breckenridge can be at a premium. If you are staying in Breckenridge, you probably have a parking spot and use the excellent bus system to get from your home to the Gondola.
But if you are like many who visit Breckenridge for some skiing, here is a quick primer on parking. When you are arriving from the North, I-70 and Frisco, you will first see the FREE parking on Coyne Valley Rd (stoplight) make a right turn and you will be guided to the Airport Rd parking lot. There are many buses which can take you from Airport Rd to the Gondola (1mi).
Parking for the 2010-11 season will be the same as last year. $5 Monday-Thursday, and $10 Friday-Sunday with $5 discount if there are 4 or more people in the vehicle! That’s right FREE parking during the week if you have 4 or more in the vehicle. You may also buy a season’s parking pass for $159.
If you come into Breckenridge (which I would suggest). You have convenient options. The map to the right shows you 3 of the main lots. When you pass the Breckenridge Recreation Center, make a right BEFORE you get to the roundabout, this will keep you on HWY 9. You will pass the City Market on your left. Make your first left on North French St, and this will take you to the NORTH GONDOLA Lot. This lot is paved, so during a wet spring it is a good option.
However there are two more options if these fill. Go to the next street and make left on Watson Rd, then a right into the SOUTH GONDOLA lot. This is an unpaved lot, but still very convenient. The Gold Rush and Postal Lot (possibly returning) are overflow lots. These will both be charged at the rate of the Gondola lots.
BONUS: Insider Tip
During busy days Weekends or Holidays, instead of making the right before the roundabout go THROUGH the roundabout. Drive down Main St, then make a RIGHT on Watson Rd. You will see Ski Country Sports (Yellow Building). You will access the South Gondola lot and save yourself 5-10 minutes.
The Gondola will take you to the bases of Peak 7 and Peak 8 (Main Facilities base). You can pick up lift passes at the base of the Gondola.
We have been enjoying our summer riding, rafting, parades and golf. However, we can’t help but think towards the autumn season and golf. And this morning Park County, CO highest peaks saw a little snow.
I had a pleasant surprise when we woke this morning. Although skiing and snowboarding came to mind initially, I started thinking about the great events and weekends in Breckenridge coming in the fall. The Labor Day Weekend offers cool mountain air and sunshine. There are art festivals right behind Ski County Sports. Then one of the great events of the autumn, Breckenridge Oktoberfest on Sept 17th weekend.
The golf courses, mountain bike trails, fishing, and hiking are all in prime condition this time of the year. There is no reason to have to endure city traffic and 90+ temps when Breckenridge and Summit County is so easy to visit.
I had a great 2 months skiing with the ladies of the Babes on Bumps. We came to the season with diverse goals.
We trying to focus and integrate 1 of the 3 skills (Rotary Movements, Edge Ctrl Movements, and Pressure Ctrl Movements) during the first 4 weeks of our time together.
Lessons for Ski and Snowboard have been busy over this Christmas holiday. I have also been transitioning from Futures and Dollar Index Trading back to equity options and teaching skiing. In addition we have been growing the MySnowPro.com instructor database, and growing our Web 2.0 reach via Twitter. You can actually follow us @MySnowPro or me personally @JonnieLaw on Twitter.