Monday, March 5, 2007

Have You Tried Standing?

Work has afforded me quite a few opportunities to travel to interesting places lately. Last weekend, I was in Keystone for a retreat put together for my firm's Intellectual Property Practice Group. The main purpose was for people in the group from our various offices to get to know each other better and integrate their practices more effectively. The slightly-less-main purpose was to have lots of fun.

We were welcome to invite guests so long as they paid their own way, and I took full advantage. (I found it amusing that the only two associates who invited more than one guest were both Asian. We sure do know how to maximize value.) I've got one friend from Orange County (California, that is -- as in the O.C.) who's an avid snowboarder, and another from Dallas who just got started. So I asked them to come along and show me the ropes.

From Keystone
Guess which one's the beginner? Yup. That's right. The dope without a helmet who's futzing with a camera on the lift. I'd never snowboarded, and it was definitely a challenge. Take a look below for a recurring theme from the weekend.

It's no surprise that the parts of my body that ached most were my arms -- from picking my ass off the ground so many times. But a jolly good time was had by all. Thanks, O.C. friend, for documenting my ineptitude.