So, my friend Ashley’s been posting all this stuff that shes Thankful for this month and I thought I should jump on board.

Top 5 in no particular order. . . . I could do so many more though 🙂

My car: This is the largest purchase I’ve ever made in my life, but its quite vital to my existence. No car, no school, no work.

Prosthetic: This goes along with the above, no prosthetic, no snowboard, no walk, no car, no school, no work.

Cool Roomies: Their could be so much drama, but where too chill for that. As varied a group as we are, we get along quite well. We’re from Utah, Texas, Cali, Idaho, and Oregon and we vary between the ages of 22 and 29.

My Family: And especially my Dad. My Mister fix all and ultimate life line.

Snowboarding: When all else fails, this is one thing that makes me feel alive, free, and happy.

Reality Check

I think we all have days when we’re just going along and suddenly a bite of reality will slap us in the face. Well, you could say I had one of those days.

Basically every aspect of my life came into perspective in a matter of hours and I think its enough to make a girl break down and cry. I’m not about piti parties and I don’t like to complain. Usually I just suck life up and deal with it, but for some reasons I really just wanted to share a small piece of things.

1. I came to realize the other day that I’m just not enough “girl” for most of the guys i happen to know. Whither they’re willing to admit it or not, secretly; they like the shopping, blond drama moment, hours in the bathroom, lipstick wearing, high heeled divas. Even if I wanted to be a high heel wearing diva, lets face it, I’m not and never will be. I’ve always been “one of the guys,” and I love it. At the same time, I’m coming to realize that it can be a problem in the dating field. So, for everyone that’s said, “I can’t believe you don’t have a boyfriend.” theres your answer. I’m just too cool for the school.

2. Shredding. I love shredding and the few people that knew me before I started shredding know what a positive impact it has had on my life. . . . but lets face it, I will never be Tara Dakides good or the Shaun White of Adaptive Shredding. Technically I’d like to tell myself I can do whatever I put my mind to, but mechanically, the physics just aren’t there. So either some mechanical genius needs to get on my case or I’m gonna need some help building a personal year round jib park in my backyard.

3. School. Ok, get with the program people. School is good, but without work skills to go along with it, its completely useless. I happen to know a few too many people that wasted a load of money getting bachelors degrees that have never amounted to anything. Like it or not, we all have to do it the hard way. Work and School come in one stressful package, period. So It doesn’t matter if you have three PhD’s, if you don’t have the street smarts to go with it, your still screwed.

4. Nitch, really does go with the above. It has become ever so clear (over several years) that opportunity is about “who you know.” NEVER burn a bridge. You want a job? Its who you know. You want funding? Its who you know. Want a place to live? Its who you know. Want a Nitch in this world? Made possible by who you know.

5. Money, no matter how much you make, get, or save. YOU WILL NEVER HAVE ENOUGH MONEY. Fact of the matter is, the more you have, the more financially troubled your bound to be. So in that case, I’m perfectly happy being as broke as ever. . . . at least that way I don’t pay the government as much 🙂

Theres a whole lot of other thoughts streaming though my brain but five seems like a number we can deal with.

2008-2009 Season Comp Schedule


Season Dates are posted. . .

Everything comes down to the last minute these days but if the season goes as planned this is when you can catch me:

January 16th: Park City Mountain Resort Halfpipe Competition
January 22nd – 25th: ESPN Winter X-Games in Aspen, CO
January 27th – 29th: Canada Snowboard Federation Nationals at Whistler, BC

February 7th-8th: USA Snowboard Disability Classification Summit
February 27th-28th: PC Snowboard Team Alpine Races

March 6th-7th: World Superpipe Championships in Park City
March ??? Italy Snowboard Adaptive Cup ???
March 28th: Queens Cup Open

April 3rd-11th: USASA National Championships at Copper Mtn, CO

Snow’s Back!

To my delightful surprise I walked out of work last week to a good three inches the fluffy stuff. With 33″ and more in the forcast, shred season is finally back! This was the sight at the Bird yesterday.

I’ve waxed my snowboard and spiffed up my gear, now where just waiting for mother nature to work her magic!

Brighton is hoping to open on Wednesday November 12th and Solitude on Friday November 14th. We’ll have to wait a week for the others. Pray S-N-O-W.


I met up with my friend Jonathan this weekend at one of our favorite sushi restaurants. Tona Sushi Bar and Grill is located in Ogden’s 25th street district and your bound to find a tasty treat or two.

Check it:

I f your in Salt Lake I would recommend Go Sushi on 2015 East and 3300 South for quality at a decent price. Go Sushi has a small industrial like atmosphere, but its still a local favorite. I love to get Nigiri sushi here.

For those not familiar with the sushi world, nigiri is the real deal as it is fresh sliced fish on a bed of rice. Most sushi goers opt for the Maki rolls. This is the americanized version of sushi and well worth a try.

Fish in a maki is sliced small and mixed with cream cheese, avacado, cucumber, mayo based sauces and all kinds of other tasty things. It is then rolled in rice, dried seaweed, or rice paper. You’ll also find lots of tempura (which means fried) shrimp and crab.

If your looking for a more romantic and creative restaurant. . . I’d check Ichiban Sushi. The food here is a bit more expensive but worth every penny.

Another Recommendation would be Sakura Sushi at about 1600 South and Foothill.

If your just in Utah for the weekend and spending time in Park City, the staff at Sushi Maru will make your taste buds happy. Enjoy the flava!



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