just a quick update after a very long absence though i have been in semi regular contact with many o you via phone. finally got my laptop so will be putting up a heap of new photos here. also have skype for those pf you with a webcam and mic, would be great to speak to you face to face!!
stay tuned, luv yas
Location: revelstoke, Canada
sorry for being so slack but hey, thats what travelling does with no access to the net. saving for laptop!!!
whistler was great, lots of good riding, some fresh spring powder and some very crowded park riding. on a down note, two of my friends were run down by a drunk driver in a hit and run. they'll be ok in the long run, one is home in oz already, the other had to be trucked to vancouver in the meat wagon to get a badly broken leg operated on. have visited will a few times and he is on a steady improve, particularly since when i first got to the e r the only part of him i could touch to comfort him that wasn't covered in blood was his left forearm. not a pretty sight.
on the drive out of whistler to see will in van and helz in victoria, jade and i photographed a baby black bear only 40 feet from my truck!!
it has been great being back with helz, she left her job and we were still able to use her pay cheque to get us both free whale watching hehe!! we saw a seal from a distance, but the real thrill was getting shots and footage of a large male killer whale (orca) approaching the boat twice, once coming up only 20 feet from the boat before swimming under!! we also witnessed the pod of orcas chasing salmon near the boat, raising half their bodies out of the water at a frightening pace, moving as part of a large wave at a top speed of 30 knots!!
we are now back in revelstoke, having spent a very uncomfortable night in my truck ;last night in kamloops. the house here is fantastic, 3 stories with tons of room, hard wood floors and really nice carpet (dad would approve).
dave and nicole are great, dave helped me organise my pre approval for residency tonight. mya the dog is also slowly warming to us, she spent an hour tonight licking helz's leg as we watched the hockey playoffs, all the rage at the moment cos vancouver canucks are the last canadian team left in run for nhl stanley cup. good game.
any how, love you all must dash,
hmmm what have i been up to?
well, helz is on vancouver island and i miss he heaps, we've been texting a ton thanks to free texting which we have for unknown reasons. gary and i have been sitting around drinking whisky and ridiculing the shows on canadian tv, in particular an infomercial called booty boat where a bunch of skanky looking women lounge around on a yacht to which we inevitably end up yelling ""are you making your mother proud?" at the tv. there is a red head that we both hate on it. she is a dirty skank.
last saturday was retro one piece day so nads got me a retro one piece. it was a womens one piece. bad. it was a womens one piece swimsuit. worse. but i wore it anyways, got a tan and even pulled 5 ski passes on patrol sweep whilst wearing this social attrocity.
have been riding a bit of park, still need lots of practice but feeling comfortable. saturday is slush cup day where there is a big jump into a pool of water. can't wait.
thank you so much to my mum and dad for sending me my tools and a butt load of sweets that would get a diabetic's foot amputated. have applied for another visa as more were released and have been put aside for pano employees, including me. yay!! waiting to hear back from rmr revelstoke mountain resort, will put in more calls this week but will ultimately be easier when i have moved there. have also decided that whilst on the coast, after whistler, i'm gonna visit my girl on the island and hopefullt sit on the beach with her for a day. helz has a housekeeping job lined up, she starts tomoz. apparently its quite pretty there and really green like new zealand so i cant wait.
miss you all,
well as some of you know the internet in our lodge is up the shit again, so photos and the like will have to wait a bit.
on wednesday helz and i drove out to the fairmont chateau lake louise to have a look around, which was gorgeous. such a fancy place we almost felt bad using the bathrooms but i must say we feel a bit classier now. the lake was frozen over but the victoria glacier is quite a sight.
then we cruised over to banff to take in the sights and shopping, which is a hard thing to do when you have no money and we both found one piece riding outfits we loved, mine a lime green fur hooded number by oakley (700 down to 450 with tax!) and helz's a burton one-sie in a tan denim fashion with cool belt (a steal at 500). but all reality aside we are broke so came home empty handed shopping wise.
we were a little late for the sulphur mountain gondola but got some great views form the fairmont banff springs before a nice pub meal in banff and the 3 hour drive home.
helz is off tomorrow for vancouver, gonna miss her around here, rather looking forward to getting out of pano and making some money.
speaking of which, not sure if i told you, 200 grand was stolen from the cash office here earlier in the season. our flatmate ian has had to undergo all sorts of questioning cos he worked on that department. so this morning, before 12, april 1st, we played a little joke and texted around that the royal canadian mounted police had come in and arrested ian and confiscated gary's laptop.
god we're mean.
i have a canadian cell now too (free texts for a month within canada, yay!!) to make the job sorting a little smoother.
gotta run to work,
miss you all luv you all,
ps. benno if you still check this site do you have a new cell number i haven't got any texts back from you in a bit.
a very random few days last few. forgot to mention that at lake louise we ran into a girl i used to live next door t in ohakune loading our skis onto the gondola. the next random occurrence happened on thursday when, due to a minor misjudgement of location and relocation of some snow and myself into an unadmirable predicament i was forced to leave my skis in a precarious position to be retreived henceforth on friday by myself and two ski patrollers via abseilling down a cliff face. luck played a card, skis and i are both alright (though not in that order) and that is absolutely all i am going to say about that so don't ask.
the weirdness continued on friday when, as i was skiing down taynton trail on sweep, i turned my gaze from the avalanches above me to a freakin moose that was galloping down the trail in front of me!! the radio call went something like this:
-mj to dispatch, i have a straggler on taynton trail, it is running down the trail. it is a friggin moose!!
-mj, keeep your distance.
-no problem this thing is huge!!
-mj be careful, its mating season and they like aussies.
-that's not gonna happen cos i don't wanna hurt it.
-i can't it's too high for me to do that!!
at this stage the moose, which was about my head height at the shoulder, running 40 feet in front of me at about 40-50 km/hr ran into the trees above me. now to make matters even weirder, i responded to an injury in the small terrain park as i was closest, to find a girl from mt ruapehu with a dislocated knee that had just popped back into place, and the guy standing next to her was someone i was mates with in year 8!!!! friggin creepy.
anyways, my randomness is surely at a close and so is this message cos i am shagged.
well i finally got in touch with the powers that be in revelstoke and the news is certainly in my favour though not yet an absolute certainty.
the mountain operations manager at powder springs has my resume and is passing it along to poma, the company who designs and installs lifts, for me to work with them during installation, may through november/december, with a view to staying on full time as electrician when revelstoke mountain resort is opened. they have no electrician at all currently and are about to be the largest resort in north america and within the top five or six in the world!!!!
i am so ecstatic right now!!!
may be left for a week or two twiddling my thumbs if this goes through, though the finances available once in production should well and truly cover a few credit card debts.
now about to call real estate agent in revelstoke about room to rent in his house and then go ski some powder in taynton bowl.
but first, let me tell you about yesterday. all of the paradise loft crew except for ian headed off on the staff trip to lake louise. i took along both pairs of skis so that i could ski the park as well as ski any powder they got in the storm cycle that also hit panorama. did i say any powder? i spent most of the day on my fat skis doing laps with a big group of us tearing up and down both sides of the mountain. surprisingly, that same avy closure from last time was agian open and it was fantastic, so much fun to rip some turns in alpine (no tree) conditions in powder with hoots and hollers from all around, and when we ducked into the trees it was just as fun.
when the light went bad at the end of the day we hit the park, changing my skis so i could hit some fun rails as well as the jumps and some great little spine features. the spines were like a skate park, basically four quarter pipes pushed back to back up to one another with plastic piping along the tops to stall on. so much fun!! anyways gotta go, got powder to ride.
its a hard life but someone has to do it.
just a brief clarification on the previous entry. we were not driving on a glacier, the glacier is unreachable except by helicopter. secondly, i said that my flat mate was drunk, not me!!!
currently still in process of getting a job for summer and beyond. mum and dad, will email you re- tools.
today was a fun day of park riding, nice and soft and not (too) painful to fall in. also organising a budget trip to whistler at end of season. helz is leaving here in two weeks to do a little solo travelling and we'll be meeting up in revelstoke later on.
well its been a busy week for me. last friday night ian and i decided to try and drive up to jumbo glacier, a proposed ski resort past panorama. at 1 o clock in the morning. all was going well until we got stuck in a snow bank and had to dig ourselves out for 3 hrs, 45 min drive from civilisation, using an ice scraper and a sprite bottle. we thought all the shit scary noises we could hear were bears, but ian found out the next day that we had actually ventured into a territory reserved as a breeding ground for cougars. we got home at 6am.
the last couple of days helz and i spent up in revelstoke, where this summer they are starting a ten year, $1 billion project to expand the powder springs ski area into 6000ft, 15000 acre and 60ft of snow a year revelstoke mountain resort. i was able to meke a few good contacts and it was unbelievably helpful to be able to talk to people face to face. within 20 mins of arriving i was being given phone numbers to call, paperwork for immigrating and becoming licensed to do electrical work (with just 1 exam) as well as realty information. there are a few places to rent but i'm rather keen on 1 in particular, the real estate agent and his girlfriend are leasing a room in their 3 storey house 5 mins from the lifts for $500 a month. awaiting response from developers re my resume at the mo ( i just emailed it).
anyways, gotta run it's after 12 and i might turn into a pumpkin.
love ya, mj xoxo
oh we're also looking at getting a laptop so we won't be reliant on friggin internet cafes and other people!! yay!! give me suggestions!!
went to kicking horse yeasterday it was a f--kin shitty day, couldn't ski and rode like a retard. then had fun skiing in rain with helz.
currently looking for work, which is a bitch cos the net is down in our building and my resume is on that computer.
sussing employment in a large development bout 3 hrs north of here, check the messages sidebar for details.
helz made me a couple of headbands, one has "mjizz" crocheted into the side and is blue and pink, luv it.
anyways, back to the job hunt,
on thursday helz, jess and simon and i took a trip to fernie whre we rode boot to thigh deep powder all day and basically had a blast. helz is doing great with her skiing, so jealous, i wish i could have picked up skiing in deep powder that easily!! it was definitely one of the most fun days of the season, basically just pointing ourselves in the powder and chasing the fresh all day.
we stuck around in fernie for a bit to remind ourselves what civilisation feels like and to do a lil light shopping. i got a nice new pair of shoes for a bargain and we got some locally made chocolate.
not sure what i thought when trying chilli infused chocolate but it was nice, even if a little warm...
when we got back to paradise lodge there was a sign up on the front door that sweatshop union, a hip hop group from vancouver that i really like, was playing at rk heli ski here in the village on sat night and tickets were $15!!
well the show was last night and it was great, only 100 tickets were available but there would have been less than 40 people on the dance floor and the energy was great, helz and i shook our butts for an hour or so as they sang some of my fave songs and a few that helz likes too.
\gotta run cos i gotta work, am in the process of applying for a lift maintenance position at whistler blackcomb at the moment, there are tons of electrician positions going in vancouver at the moment too.
some more photos on the way,
miss ya luv ya,
i chucked on a few more photos. no new messages. a boo hoo, a boo hoo hoo.
back to work,
just a quick update, my boss matt has asked me to design a lift ops hoodie to be part of our uniform, i've been doing a ton of drawing on the quieter nights on the gondola, generally doodling ridiculous cartoons and what not.
once i've got a final design made up i'll take a pic and post it here. took a couple of photos today to post soon, good one of helz and i to show mum i am healthy and that my hair looks good.
hehe few people here were looking at my site and said "oh my god who sent you that? holy shit your mum said that!" they thought it was hilarious.
anyway off to bed i'll catch ya laters
just a short one cos its snowin again and i gotta head out. mum, tried to eat alot of bad food and it ended, BADLY. do not ask again.
have started a new photo page, please be patient it can take up to half an hour to upload one photo and i can't leave the computer when i do it.