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26. Riding in the Rain by Amy Walker

Amy Walker New World Library ePub

Amy Walker

If there’s one great place to enjoy bad weather, it’s on the seat of a bicycle. With a canopy of painted clouds, percussive splashing from car tires, and lights reflecting on wet streets, the watery world of rainy-day biking can be beautiful. When you’re bundled up properly against the cold and rain, it feels like being 5 years old, full of wonder and out on a field trip.

For years, I was a fair-weather cyclist and would take the bus on rainy days. The few times a shower surprised me, I ended up at my destination a soggy, miserable mess, my pants soaked and heavy, a stripe of mud running up my rear.

When finally, after sixteen years of commuting, I bought raingear for about $300, it was the biggest and best investment I had ever made in cycling. Overnight, I had an alternative to standing in the rain waiting for and packing myself onto crowded, steaming buses. I gained more freedom. I saved money and time. And I discovered something truly wonderful: a way to boost my energy and enjoy the rain.

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4 The Best of Times …The Worst of Times: 1980-1990

Christie, John Down East Books ePub

Let’s begin our story about the decade of the 1980s at Sugarloaf by explaining why it should be called “the best of times …the worst of times.” On the positive side, the decade saw the realization of two important dreams, both of which are key to the current prominence of Sugarloaf. First, the vision and foresight of Peter Webber, not to mention his personal affection for the game, resulted in the construction of what is now regarded as one of the country’s premier resort golf courses.And, second, his name is also linked inextricably with the other important development of the decade: the founding and early growth of a private college preparatory school to be called Carrabassett Valley Academy.It was clearly the best of times.

Odlin Thompson, Amos, and Stub remember tbe old days.

But up on the Mountain, despite major improvements in the uphill facilities, and seemingly rampant real estate development, dark clouds loomed over an increasingly dire financial situation. This was brought on by the combination of cost overruns in infrastructure development, and highly leveraged and expensive debt. The situation was exacerbated by discouraging results from skiing operations due to inadequate snowfall and insufficient snowmaking capacity, worsened further by customers who resisted the rising prices put in place to help support the balance sheet. Some (myself among them) would argue that a contributing factor was a major change in management focus—from ski operations to real estate and other ancillary activities—which deviated from the resort’s original raison d’être.

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Best Dive & Snorkeling Sites

Joyce Huber Hunter Publishing ePub

***** Dottins Reef, a half mile off the coast of St. James Parish on the west coast, drifts along the shore from St. James to Bridgetown. It is the prettiest reef in Barbados with visibility  at 100 feet or better. Basket sponges, sea fans, gorgonians, and thickets of staghorn and brain coral adorn the reef's canyons and walls. Depths start at 65 feet with some dropoffs to 130 feet. Reef residents include rays, turtles, barracuda, parrotfish, snapper and large grouper. Seas are generally calm.

*** Sandy Lane, a deeper area off Dottin's Reef, is usually a drift dive. The walls, dotted with sponges and vibrant, clump corals, drop to 90 feet. Superb marine life abounds. A good spot for video photography. For experienced divers only.

*** Wreck of the Pamir, located just 200 yards offshore, is easily accessible from the beach and is very open and uncluttered. This 150-foot ship was sunk in 30 feet of water by the Barbados dive shop operators to form an artificial reef. The ship's superstructure breaks the usually calm surface, making it perfect for snorkelers and snorkel-swimmers. Swarms of sergeant majors and butterflyfish inhabit the wreck. Nearby, about 60 yards out, is a small reef. Although visibility varies, seas are always calm. Dive operators request no spear fishing or collecting. An excellent dive for novices.

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3 From Ski Area to Ski Resort: 1971-1980

Christie, John Down East Books ePub

The decade of the 1970s was to mark the emergence of Sugarloaf as a true “destination” resort in the finest sense of the word. To be a destination where skiers go to stay for an extended period of time, the resort must have all of the necessary amenities (lodging, food, entertainment, and shopping), and it must allow visitors to leave their automobiles behind. They need to be able to walk or be bused to wherever they want to go during their stay. It also requires that there be a sense of place—in Gertrude Stein’s words, “a there there”—populated by a community of people constituting a real town. The 1970s saw all of these needs met with an explosion of housing development on the Mountain and in the Valley, and the establishment of a real town with the incorporation of Carrabassett Valley in 1972.

The early years of the decade also served to remind everyone involved in the economics of the ski business, not only at Sugarloaf but elsewhere in the East, how fragile was the balance between success and failure, as both sparse snowfall and the first Arab oil embargo led to diminished traffic and a tenuous revenue stream.

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7. World Tourney

Abraham Aamidor Indiana University Press ePub

Pete Ankney was dumbstruck when he saw the Chicago Stadium, that holy shrine to political conventions, college commencement exercises, and basketball games for generations of Chicagoans, for the first time. Located just two miles from downtown on West Madison Street, the stadium was a short taxi ride from the dark, imposing Morrison Hotel in the central business district, where Ankney and the new Acme Aviators from Dayton, Ohio stayed that March in 1945. Ankney, just thirteen at the time, had obtained the job as the Aviators’ ballboy through connections—his older sister was married to the team’s player-coach, Bobby Colburn—and he had caught a ride to Chicago with his brother-in-law in his maroon-colored Pontiac. Bruce Hale, Johnny Schick, and several other Tecs, as well as Rex Gardecki of the real Aviators, followed along as part of a motor caravan that traveled west on U.S. 40, then took a right turn at U.S. 41 in Terre Haute and went all the way up to Chicago. It would have been a seven-hour trip in those days, on those roads.

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