Tuesday, April 26, 2011

Closing Day @ Breckenridge

Spent Easter with seven fresh inches. Mom and Juno hung at Coppertop at the base of Peak 9 while I skied from first to last chair (I was literally the fifth to last person back up the quad lift at 4:00 p.m.). The stuff at the top of Peak 8 where the Imperial Chair drops off was killer for April - a bit heavy but knee-deep in spots, which is always good. And I picked the absolute right time to stop for lunch: I caught the last six minutes of the Sixers game, including Lou Williams' ridiculous behind-the-line three pointer to clinch the win. We ended the day with sweet, sweet Breckenridge brews and crashing out across the street from the lift.

Thanks for a great season, Breck... now we move to the A-Basin beach.

Before first chair, peak 9.

Peak 7 access point, top of peak 8, Imperial Chair.

Bunny ears at the base of peak 8.

Greetings from 12,300 feet!

Top of the Imperial Lift, highest chair in North America.

Monday, April 11, 2011

Follow the Leader

Philly Pain

In the wake of yesterday's veritable snuff film of a sports choke that was the Master's, Sports Illustrated released their photo-list of the 23 Most Memorable Sports Collapses. I'm proud to reveal that a Philadelphia sports team factors prominently into four such moments on this list.

Why would anyone be proud of their sports team being involved in this?

Well, because contrary to the popular belief (and the schadenfreude that Philly fans have bemoaned for years), we were the victim of only one such collapse. For the other three in which we factored, the Philly team caused the collapse.

Pain - we bringz it.

Friday, April 8, 2011

MJK, Jaxon & the Art of the Interview

Yesterday, my friend Jaxon texted me to let me know that he scored an interview with none other than Maynard James Keenan of Tool/A Perfect Circle/Puscifer/Caduceus Cellars/Merkin Vineyards fame. The multi-talented Keenan is one of my rock idols, has written some of my favorite music and is an artist through and through. This also means he's moody, idiosyncratic and has a notoriously dry sense of humor. He may be a prolific artist - and an intriguing person - but a difficult interview.

I've got to say that Jax handled him really well. If you've never actually interviewed someone (let alone someone whose work you're a fan of), I don't think you can appreciate how difficult it really is. When I interviewed Mike Doughty, I brought up Soul Coughing (because, you know... duh) and he pulled the "That's the past and I don't want to talk about it" card (and I didn't have a heads up from his publicist either). You have to then scramble to regain your train of thought and find something else to talk about; it's even more dire because you're worried about accidentally pissing them off again. It's difficult enough to do this when you're a print reporter, but radio presents a wholly unique challenge. While jocks can edit their audio, they can't fake comfort or rapport. There's only so much you can do in Audacity to make a segment sound natural. The flow just has to be there (IMO, Pierre Robert is one of the best at this. Click around and see for yourself).

I'm jealous of and proud of and excited for my friend because he 1) landed this interview 2) asked some great stuff and 3) rolled with the Puscifer-flavored punches and ended up with an interesting product for his listeners (and I know it's not his first trip to this rodeo, but no matter how long you've been in the game, interviewing consistently well is an accomplishment). Take 15 minutes and listen for yourself.

Jaxon interviews Maynard James Keenan