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Get Off Your Ass

Oh, man, I can’t wait to ski. A storm just raked across northern California, then moved into Utah and Colorado. Aspen is getting pounded, Vail is getting pounded. Boulder is getting pounded.

I could be skiing right now, but I’m not. Instead, I’m sitting inside, thinking about it.

Today what I’m thinking about is this photo, and I’m wondering just what that first turn’s gonna feel like. Is the snow Styrofoam? Dust over crust? How about the second turn? Is there enough room to bring ’em around in a hop turn or is it so tight that it’s turn, turn, turn, ollie over the rock, and pray there’s space on the far side of the bend for a check turn? And those rocks at the bottom—uuugly. Don’t even think about them, don’t even fill your head with negative thoughts. Think happy things, like daisies and kittens and slow-motion lovers running through sun-drenched fields.

There are a lot of stories in this issue, some of them filled with happy things and some of them filled with sad. One of the ones that shines brightest was written not by a contributor, but by a reader: Tom Bezzi, who has AIDS. Bezzi writes in the Opinion column that AIDS has given him the gift of clarity, that he can finally see what it means to live for today instead of tomorrow. AIDS has made his life better, if shorter.

I won’t tell you any more about Bezzi’s piece—you should read it for yourself on page 27—except to say that a critical theme is the notion that pure action can be both sustaining and healing. You can think until you’re blue in the face, but sometimes, Bezzi seems to be saying, the cure for what ails you is simply to stop plotting, planning, worrying, and ruminating…and just act.

Which seems more appropriate now than ever. The time for thinking has come and gone. Summer was for wondering, fall was for contemplating. January is for skiing. So, go. Put down this magazine and go. It’ll be waiting for you when you return, and you’ll be a lot happier.

First published in Powder Magazine, issue 21.5, January 1993. Copyright Steve Casimiro 2001. All rights reserved.

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