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Powder Days

11 Nov

I am currently eating chicken noodle soup for lunch. I will also have chicken noodle soup for dinner and probably breakfast tomorrow. Until I moved to Colorado I was not a fan of any canned foods but I went grocery shopping last week for the first time and realized canned foods, ramen noodles, and sandwiches are cheaper than steak, barbecue pork, ribs, sausage, bacon and all the other meats I love dearly. That being said I may drop down to an unhealthy weight by the end of winter, but the free snowboarding will make it well worth it.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

It has been snowing almost nonstop for the last two days here, I snowboarded all day yesterday in 7 inches of fresh powder as snow kept falling. Then today after snowboarding all morning my neighbor Cliff and I caught one of the first chairs up to the newly opened Ptarmigan trail up near the summit of the mountain. We dropped into Ptarmigan and were in waist deep powder almost all the way down. Deep snow is almost any snowboarder/skiers dream, it’s awesome when the snow is so deep that you feel like you are floating as you ride and you can get as gnarly as you want launching off make shift jumps or flying through the trees while going as fast as possible and if you wipe out it’s almost painless as long as you fall into the snow and not a tree. I have snowboarded more in a week here then I did all last winter in Kansas City, and I am not missing the icy slopes of the Midwest.

I had training this week Monday-Thursday I enjoyed most of it, I also got to meet all my fellow first year lift operators 99% of which live in employee housing with me and I also got a free lunch. My first day of work was Friday I worked a lift that was open only to racing teams which was a little boring because they are all so good that you don’t really need to help them load or unload, but I enjoyed it and I think I am going to love this job.

I think I am going to take an avalanche safety training course and buy some backcountry safety gear here pretty soon, that way once the heavy snow starts falling on the summits in a month or two I can go backcountry snowboarding away from the resort on the giant untouched mountains around here.

Peace, Love, and Happiness

Live A Little

-Derek

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Colorado

4 Nov

Friday I left for Colorado, I packed 99% of my stuff the morning I left but I don’t own very many things so I had no problems. I did not enjoy the 10 hour drive here very much especially since this was the 5 th time in less than a year I have driven I-70 from Missouri to Colorado, but I made the whole drive without going crazy. I stayed in a hotel in Georgetown, Colorado friday night, then I moved in (dropped all my stuff on the floor) to my employee apartment saturday morning. Then after moving in my focus became 100% on getting my employee ski pass as quick as possible and after filling out a bunch of paper work and paying my rent I finally got it around 11 am and I was snowboarding by  11:15. After the lifts closed at 4:30 I went and picked up my uniform and watched football in the super nice lobby of our building with some other employees.

The most awesome thing about living here is how close I live to the slopes, today (sunday) I woke up at 8:15 got dressed grabbed a pop tart and my snowboard then after a 5 minute walk I was on the lift riding up the mountain where I boarded untill 4:30. Also within walking distance of me are several restaurants, shops, and a grocery store.

My roommate doesn’t move in for a few more weeks, so I don’t have to pick all my stuff up off the floor for a while. I have only been here 2 days but so far this place has been pretty awesome and I don’t think I will have a problem living here for 6 months, I have 4 days of lift operator training starting tomorrow.

-Derek

Red Bull Stratos

14 Oct

Did anybody else watch Red Bull Stratos live on Discovery Channel this morning. If you don’t know about, basically a guy named Felix Baumgartner jumped from a capsule at the edge of space 24 miles (128,000 feet) above earth, then he free-fell for almost five minutes breaking the sound barrier before deploying his parachute and landing safely on his feet 10 minutes after he first jumped. I think Felix Baumgartner might be the all time king of YOLO.

http://www.grindtv.com/outdoor/blog/35850/felix+baumgartner+sets+new+records+by+successfully+skydiving+from+24+miles+high/

http://www.redbullstratos.com/live/

Live A Little

-Derek Neely

Work Hard, Play Hard

14 Oct

Copper Mountain got more snow this week, this picture is of the village at the base of the mountain where I will be living, only 18 days until I move there.

I have been researching guide jobs for next summer and I found a company I like called Ace Adventure Resort located in West Virginia. They have a lot cool guide jobs like white water rafting guide, zipline guide, atv guide, rock climbing guide, kayaking guide, sup board guide, mountain bike guide and more. Also its all located in a very scenic area of the Appalachian Mountains, and it looks like there would be a lot of awesome stuff to do when I am not working all for free. The catch is if employed by them my choices for housing would be my own tent on an employee campground for free, or a very basic cabin with no electricity and I would live in one of these from may to october. Although living in a cabin for several months would be a cool experience and I would be able to save up a lot of money  I am not sure if I want to do it. Not having electricity means I would have to cook food over a campfire or a wood stove which would be a healthy alternative to all the microwaved food I currently eat, and I would probably even have to do laundry by hand seeing as no electricity means no washing machines. The resort looks like it would be a ridiculously awesome place to work at though, and who knows if I do decide to apply there and get hired mabey I can convince some friends to work there with me (Cough cough fellow chrisman2college bloggers). You can check them out at http://www.aceraft.com/

Besides working I am still spending a lot of time rehabbing my knee, I have been running every day for the last two weeks and doing various knee exercises designed to strengthen it. Hopefully it will be healed up soon before I start snowboarding here in a few weeks.

Next weekend I will not be posting, I am going down to Bentonville, Arkansas to camp, mountain bike, cliff jump, and eat at my favorite restaurant on earth http://www.hammontreesgourmet.com/.

Anybody see this episode of the office? I thought Megan might get a kick out of asian Jim.

Peace, Love, and Happiness

Live A Little

Derek Neely

Florence + The Machine

8 Oct

Whats Up Party People?

Last monday night I attended the Florence + The Machine Concert at Starlight theater with Kendyl and Megan. The night started with Kendyl forgetting the tickets and having to drive back home to get them. Then after arriving at Starlight and walking half way to the theater Megan realized she forgot to lock her car so me and Kendyl had to wait as she went back to lock it. After Megan locked her car we finally got to the ticket gate where after getting my ticket scanned I turned around to see the event staff telling Kendyl she could not take her camera in, so I waited again as Kendyl and Megan went back to the car again. A little bit later after finally getting in and taking our seats I smiled at an events staff lady and charmed her into giving us free wristbands so we could stand right in front of the stage for the concert which was amazing. We were standing right in front of the stage by a wall of speakers throughout the entire concert, I could feel my internal organs vibrating to the music. Me and Florence had a moment when we locked eyes and she looked right into my soul, although I think she is into witchcraft I could go along with it if we were to ever get married. The concert was pretty zesty and I got to do a bit of fist pumping and screaming. I want to see Florence + The Machine live again but hopefully next time it will be at Red Rocks.

I have not done much of interest lately, I leave for Colorado in 26 days and I spend a decent amount of my time every day staring at my snowboard and giving him the attention and affection he deserves. I started running again last week for the first time since I tore my ACL in May and I can say that I have never enjoyed running more.

I have been rock climbing a lot lately, not at IBEX but out in nature where it is free. Friday I was about 10 feet up a 20 foot rock face at the lakes when I reached for a crack in the cliff and ended up pulling a frying pan sized rock down on my head causing me to fall to the ground. I ended up with a bleeding forehead, bloody scalp, a huge headache, and a deep cut to the bone on my left thumb. From now on I think I am going to pay to climb at IBEX where its safer and they have ropes that catch you when you fall.

This is Me in 26 days!

Peace, Love, and Happiness

Live A Little

-Derek Neely

Snow!

23 Sep


Last week Copper Mountain^ got their first snowstorm of the season. I cant wait to move there!

I havent done anything interesting lately I have just been working a lot at the marina and parking hella boats. Work is pretty boring since business is slowing down, I spend most my time at work sitting and doing nothing or feeding and playing with the marina turtle Jose, I also occasionally park boats which I am exceptionally good at.

Friday I read through some of my old post from last year and in one of my post from last october I wrote the following

“I am cheap (veryyyy cheap). College is expensive, so if next semester im still not feeling it I think I might quit, then work for Jackson count parks and rec for the summer, then go work at a ski resort in Colorado all winter”

I would say I predicted my future pretty well in that post.

Today I spent 4+ hours trying to seek out the cause of the check engine light being on in the Swaggon Waggon, and after cutting and burning my self on just about every metal thing under my car I finally go it fixed, I hate working on cars but doing it my self was way cheaper than taking it to a auto shop.

I’m jacked to get weird at the Florence and The Machine concert in a week, hope you guys are ready for the craziest concert ever Megan and Kendyl

I would love to live in the Workaholics house, hopefully I will one day be able to afford a house as shitty and awesome as theirs.

Peace, Love, and Happiness

Live A Little

-Derek Neely

46 Days Till Colorado!

15 Sep

I am counting down the days until I leave for Colorado on Nov 2. However I am not looking forward to driving 11 hours there all by myself. I am looking forward to snowboarding EVERYDAY for 5 1/2 months, hopefully I make it through the winter injury free. I am going to be living a dorm sized room with a random roommate, but I wont know who my roommate is until I meet him face to face hopefully he wont be weird. All and all this winter should be Legen wait for ittttttttttttttttttttttttttttttttttttt Dairy.

I haven’t done anything special lately I have just been working a lot, last Friday and Saturday I worked all day open to close. I’m trying to make up for the money I lost when I had to take a month off work for my acl surgery so I asked for extra shifts. I find Independence to be pretty boring most the time especially since most the people I know are away at college, and for the time being I do miss being in college where I was never really bored. I went up to Northwest last week to visit friends, I ended up explaining several times why I wasn’t in school and I was amazed at how many people seemed to idle me and want to want to drop out like me or take a year off once they heard what my plans are for traveling and working the next few years. I’m not sure how great of an example I am for others though if I am making them want to drop out of college. Also I visited the crap house that my friends Jon, Cliff, and Josh are living in this year. It’s on the very edge of Maryville 20 minutes from campus, there are holes in some of the walls, the kitchen window has been replaced with cardboard, theirs graffiti on the living room wood floor, the roof leaks, and there is a hole in the upstairs bathroom floor big enough to fall through but they are paying super cheap rent and party houses like theirs will soon be get trashed anyways. Honestly I would probably be living with them this year in their crappy house had I stayed at Northwest.

I am already putting a lot of thought into what I want to do next summer and I decided I want to be an outdoors guide of some sort. I’m trying to decide between being a white water rafting guide, Zip line guide, mountain bike guide, kayaking guide, SUP board guide, backpacking guide, climbing course facilitator, or working at a marina in a national park somewhere. Beside deciding what kick ass summer job I want I also have to decide where I want to do it and my choices so far are Yellowstone national park, Colorado, Utah, Yosemite National Park, West Virginia, Maine, Minnesota, Michigan, Montana, California, Oregon, Washington, Alaska, Hawaii, and Costa Rica. Honestly I have so many awesome job choices in so many awesome places that I have no idea how I am going to choose, but I have spent a lot of time on http://www.coolworks.com/ which is where I found my Ski Resort job.

Fact: Whenever I finally live in my own house I am going to spend a lot of time on the roof

You Gotta Stay Fresh

Live A Little

-Derek Neely

Life after the X Games

1 Feb

I was busy driving back from Colorado Monday and I was busy sleeping Tuesday so I am posting today.

2012 Winter X Games

So this last weekend was the 2012 Winter X Games which were freaking ZESTY. I have already decided I am at the least going to go to the next 9 Winter X Games to make it 10 Straight. Even if 9 Years from now I end up being one of those people we may of (We 100% did) bad mouth for bringing a baby or small child to the X Games (I Really really Really hope that isn’t me), though I now understand that you gotta do what you gotta do, no matter what to go. First off me and Cody went Skiing and Snowboarding on the way to the X Games at Loveland Ski area, located at 10 thousand feet. We were a little out of breath and dizzy the entire time from being so high up, but it was totally worth it, we hit every trail no matter how hard or how stupidly dangerous it was. I really wanted to and still do want to drop out of college and go work there all winter every winter FOREVER!

Normal Life

Indoor soccer with the club soccer team started up last week and I am constantly sore and dead tired from it. I have been back from Colorado for 2 days and I have already went through 7 cans of Red Bull I will admit it I have a problem I am addicted to Red Bull, but I quit drinking pop so its all good and healthy. I also have a really bad habit of falling asleep in class, so that’s where Red Bull come in handy. I am also doing something this semester that I have never done in my life, which is study for a test more then a day in advanced. I am studying for test I don’t have for weeks, sorry if that’s just a norm for you guys but I am proud of my self for it.

This Picture  is supposed to be a Lazy College Senior but it applies to me, so I guess I have all ready matured to the level of a college senior, Right?

Life After the X Games sucks!
Peace to your Double Corks, Love to you Backside Rodeos, and Happiness to perfect 100’s

Live A Little

ZESTY

Disco Pogo

Gapers

-Derek

AINT NO PARTYS IN PARTYVILLE TONIGHT

19 Nov

The Northwest campus is dead, half of the student population decided go home and skip class monday and tuesday so they could have a longer break. This is the only saturday night I been here that I have not heard about a party or dance or anything, its a ghost town here, also its 30 degrees with 60 mph wind gust (ehh).

I registered for classes thursday at midnight and only got two that I orginally wanted, ropes course and commercial recreation. I am only taking 13 credit hours next semester because all the gen eds filled up in .2 seconds (not kidding). I will have a ton of free time with which I probably wont do anything productive. My grades this semester are not great im pretty sure im going to be on academic probation next semester, mabey that will motivate me (doubt it).

Im still looking into tranfering next year and I have narrowed it down to Northern Michigan, The University of Montana, and Colorado State. Im wanting alittle more to stay at Northwest (just alittle bit). The main reason I want to transfer is because there simply is nothing to do here in your free time, all the schools im looking into tranfering to have outdoor activity clubs, but Northwest doesnt. So me and some other guys are going trying to start one its called the Northwest Missouri State outdoor adventures club (we have a facebook page so its pretty legit). Im going to have to give a speach in front of student senate to get them to vote for us to be official. In the speech I have to tell them what are goals are for the club and what we are trying to accomplish, im going to be honest and tell them that we are going to try to take as many trips as we possibly can to get away from this super boring place so we can have some freakin fun that doesnt involve partys. If this club gets made official I would be president (thats right me president of a organization), and I will probably stay here next year, if its not made official I will likley leave to go to another college, or be a bum (a happy bum) and work at a ski resort.

Today was our first playoff game at MoWest and we won. I get to cross number 93.Rush the field after a college playoff game. off my very long bucket list. I cant wait to cross off number 84. Go to winter X Games, and 117. Meet Shawn White in Jan at the X Games in Aspen, Co (swagggazz).
Live A Little
Peace to yo dreadlocks, Love to your dreadlocks, and Happyness to your dreadlocks
P.S.
Im pretty sure I made alot of errors in my grammar and I dont care.
Sincerely,
Grammar Hippy

Homecoming Weekend

23 Oct

This weekend was Homecoming weekend here at Northwest Missouri State University, and it was pretty epic. Friday was walkout day, a day when no one including professors comes to class. No school friday meant a big party night on Thursday (thirsty thursday), me and some other people from my dorm walked to a house everyone from our dorm usually goes to, but when we got there the roomates were arguing and threatening to call the cops on each other if a jungle juice party was to happen. So we left and went back to our hall where amazingly we were not able to find another party here in partyville. So that night was a bust.

Friday night all the frats were finishing up their floats for the homecoming parade so they didnt throw any partys, and we once again couldnt find a house party. Then someone said “Lets buy some booze and go party out in a corn field” and thats what almost everyone did. You know its going to be a interesting night when its started off with someone yelling “Lets go make some mistakes and bad decisions”-Wasn’t Me. They’re were six cars full of people mostly from my dorm following each other out to a random field in the middle of nowhere. I have never seen a more clear night sky it was amazing we were seeing shooting stars everywhere in the sky.We were in that field from midnight until 3:30 am or so. Anytime a car on the nearby highway passed by everyone would freak and go hide or run to the cars. Its kind of hard to describe it but that night was pretty epic.

Saturday I had to be up at 5 am becuase I was in the homecoming parade for shirtless bearcats so I just stayed awake after I got back from the field. We had to line up for the parade a hour before it started and it was 40 degrees and very windy (Thats pretty cold when you dont have a shirt on). I had lost my voice by the end of the parade and I still had the football game to go to against Washburn who we killed to the point that it was boring to watch. I was tired after the game so I went to sleep and commited what I consider a crime as a college student, I slept through my saturday night and another corn field party (smh). I was awoken at 2 am by Joe (redneck), Garret(redneck), and Eric who were all sideways drunk. Joe and Garret started boxing in my room and really hitting and hurting each other while laughing, and Eric complained about not being able to sleep because his roomate was with a girl in their room. They left and then I was awoken at 3 by a different Joe and some girls he was with who were wondering why I didnt go to the corn field with them again, to which I told him because no body frickin woke me up (smh).

Today (sunday) I went and ate breakfast in the foodcourt for the first time all semester with all the super hungover guys from my dorm, and when I am motivated enough I need to finish by six page paper on Asian carp for my comp 1 class (I have 5 and a half left to type).

Bucket List: Party in a Corn field CHECK

Live A Little

Peace to yo Fridays, Love to your Saturdays, and Happyness to your Sundays

Random Thoughts

16 Oct

We are all about half way through our first semsters of college now and well for me its starting to get old(just the academic part). I was never someone who enjoyed sitting watching listening and learning day in and day out in high school. I went to highschool for 4 years and never once put 100% into any school work (except the 3 Justin Bieber essays I wrote for Mr. Dial-70% average on them).

In college though since we get to choose our majors and what we learn about I was able to enjoy learning atleast for a few months during which I actually had awesome grades. Now im not really interested in my major anymore (probably because I quit watching animal planet when I came to college), making me not really interested in learning about it which has brought be back to my academic days in highschool of just getting by and not learning anything.

College is fun (alot better then working at McDonalds full-time)(not better then getting paid to watch ultimate frisbee)(Well it might be better)(ya it is better without the academic part).

Next semester im changing my major to parks and recreation management (classes include: Ropes course training, kayaking, racquetball, and the killer: advanced ropes course class). I hope that is a major I can get myself to focus and learn about (It will be hard (: but I think I can learn about Kayaking).

I am cheap (veryyyy cheap). College is expensive, so if next semester im still not feeling it I think I might quit, then work for Jackson count parks and rec for the summer, then go work at a ski resort in Colorado all winter (Matt Spydell did this, that guy is my hero). If I like my new major then im going to work at Jackson count parks and rec for the summer then I will go back to college at: Northwest 10%, Northern colorado 30%, Mesa state in grandjuction colorado 20%, Northern Michigan 20%, Colorado State 20% chance.

I dont really care about having alot of money as long as I am where I want to be and I am doing what I want to do, and thats why im not so sure I need or want a college education. I am having the time of my life here but I feel like I could be doing something even better, somewhere else.

I try to be all about doing what I love, and “Living A Little”, and Idk where I will be next year or if I will be in college but I probably wont be here, and I will be somewhere I 100% want to be.

Live A Little

Peace to yo Coffee, Love to yo Coffeee, Happyness to yo coffeeee

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