Today was bluebird, and 6" dropped overnight in a 50" storm cycle. I waited 30 minutes for the rope to drop on Ballroom and was about the 30th person in. I had untracked powder and the 20 best turns of my skiing career. Of course, the camera decided to act up, so you just had to be there (or watch this guy).
So I leave you with this — the day before, in the middle of the storm off of Wildcat. Gotta love the face-plant I do at the end, while I’m on the runout.
Here are the Bangles doing a great cover of Jules Shear’s “If She Knew What She Wants”, on the old Letterman show, back in 1987. I remember watching this particular show; I was a big fan of the group, and had been getting into the whole Paisley Underground thing.
Apart from the fine performance, and how much Shaffer and the house band are into it, it’s an illustration of the tensions that led to a decade-long breakup of the band; to wit, the attention given to guitarist/singer Susanna Hoffs. The cutest person to ever play a Rickenbacker, (and the first woman to have one named for her), she had it — cameras loved her. Watch the director’s choices during this song; I think she’s in every single frame. The medium shots all include her, and the tight shots are exclusively her.
The plane didn’t have the seatback console with which you can track your flight (or listen to Rumours over and over again; damn you, Delta – it’s not sufficient you transport me through the air across the continent in safety, I demand you entertain me while you do so!)
But using Flightaware, I believe this is the Wyoming Wind Energy Center, in Uinta. As of 2008, it was the largest wind-farm in the state. There are 80, 220-foot tall turbines, and the complex generates enough power for 43,000 homes.
Wyoming is an ideal place for serious wind-power generation - big spaces, not a lot of people.
Kudos to Councilman Steve Levin for documenting the speedway that is the western portion of Atlantic Avenue. Armed with a radar gun, he clocked 88% of motorists going at least 10mph over the 30mph speed limit.
Since speeding is the number 1 cause of crashes in the city, and fatality rates double for pedestrians when struck by cars traveling 40 versus 30mph, you’d think the NYPD would be all over this. Hundreds of New Yorkers are killed every year by cars, and they wrote bicyclists over 13,000 moving violations in 2011 (and cyclists caused zero fatalities)
So how many speeding tickets did the officers of the 84th precinct, (whose bailiwick includes the western portion of Atlantic Avenue), write in January? (the latest month where data is available) Zero.