Skiing into oblivion
The issue of whether or not our lifestyles are environmentally and economically sustainable has been the source of an ongoing debate and prompted an opinionative piece with an accompanying photograph by Paul Evans, “Skiing into Oblivion” (March, 2008). Contending in a predominately concerned and passionate tone, Evans argues that our consumption of the planet’s resources is irresponsible and that we are becoming increasingly motivated by the need to attain unrealistic lifestyles driven by consumerism. However, he also encourages his audience to take action through the use of emotive language, saying that “it is still possible to change direction and take a conservationist route.” Upon commencement, Evans explores the notion of “skiing” as a metaphor for the unsustainable “route” we are taking in his title, “Skiing into oblivion.” Along with the negative connotations associated with the term “oblivion”, Evans aims to alert readers that we are on a road the road to doom and destruction but are still not taking responsibility and making changes. The term also establishes within the readers’ minds a sense of urgency and appeals to their sense of fear. Followed by the juxtaposition of a “wry” anecdote of baby boomers ‘SKIing’ with the reality of people today ‘”indulging and enjoying” luxurious lifestyles, readers are made to realise how they are increasingly becoming affected by consumerism and the consequences that result. Additionally, Evans poses a threat to his readers: if “SKIing” continues, “there will be no inheritance, just a debt that [they], or the next generation, may not be able to repay.” In doing so, readers are urged to firstly, stop wasting the planet’s resources and moreover, take the initiative to correct their actions. Enhancing Evans’ claims is a large photograph, which is depicted in such a way to agree with his contention that the earth’s resources are being consumed at an...
...What compares to the feeling of soaring down steep slopes on two, small, parallel pieces of plastic? I always have thought that skiing trips provide a great deal of entertainment for me during Christmas vacations. Generally, my family travels to close, Midwest venues such as Sioux Falls, Mankato, or Dubuque. However, the Christmas vacation of my eighth grade year wasn’t exactly what I had become familiar with throughout the previous years. Pulling up to the Colorado ski resort I think to myself how different skiing on the steep slopes of a mountain is going to be compared to the moderate hills of the plains that I am used to.
I open the car door and, without warning, get smacked in the face by the cold, crisp air of the mountains. The pile of thick clothes falling off my lap reminds me that I need to bundle up in order to stay warm. After strapping on my bulky boots, I pull my skis out of the car and start trudging through the snow towards the cabin-like lodge where I will purchase the permit that will give me access to this massive, snow covered rock.
After purchasing the lift ticket, attaching my boots to my skis takes a few tries, but when I hear the “CLICK” I know they are finally ready for action. I begin gliding across the trampled snow towards the ski lift. Glancing up at the summit, I observe a few things that I didn’t notice before. Dark green patches of evergreens cover the mountain side with myriads of different sized white mazes...
...Living in Oblivion
This movie, directed by Tom DiCillo, is a humorous look at the making of a low-budget independent film. It includes cleverly blended dream sequences that make use of shifts from color to black and white which symbolize what is reality and what is not. In addition, casting for this movie really makes the film stand out as a great piece of film art. Steve Buscemi as film director “Nick� does a great job playing the roll of an over stressed indie filmmaker with doubts about his ability to ever make a successful movie. Catherine Keener is also great in this film as she plays the star actress of the film dealing with her own doubts of ever becoming a huge movie star. Overall, this movie is an excellent satirical look at independent film making from many points of view.
The film consists of three major parts that make up the movies overall story. We first start out witnessing everyone arriving on scene at 4am to get ready for that days shoot. At this point, the film is in black and white and as soon as they start filming the movie is suddenly in color. This illustrates what is real and what is not to the viewer. Problems start to occur which include the boom microphone showing up in the frame, cameras going out of focus, and li
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...occasions are few and far between. Yet, when they do happen, they should be coveted and regarded as sacred. I have these divine encounters multiple times daily while skiing. All it takes is navigating off the beaten path to steal away some quiet time.
What does snow smell like? The absence of odor is a fine quality to have. When frozen precipitation is inhaled deeply into the circulatory system, a miraculous event occurs. I liken it to a ‘spring cleaning’ that we might perform on our houses once a year, a sort of clearing out of the dusty cobwebs and far reaching nooks and crannies of neglected cupboards. A deep inhalation of such snow-kissed air has the same effect on the lungs. The feeling is one of perhaps trading in the old pair, for a brand new set. So, the smell, which is not so much of a smell, as a rejuvenating sensation for entire the entire system, is sheer heaven. One of which can only be accomplished while visiting the frosty surrounds of mile-high mountains.
The extremes of temperature can bring about rapid changes in our sense of touch. First of all, winter skiing is usually done in single-digit degree-days, which is the best kind of all, makes the powder nice and frisky, downright inviting for the early-morning run. That being said, the flesh has a tendency to get cold, painfully so at times. If one is skiing correctly though, it is a heart-pounding workout, usually rendering most leg muscles to gelatinous goo at...
...The History of Skiing
Skis have been used for thousands of years, and their use has evolved from hunting and transportation, into a multi-billion dollar industry that millions of people participate in each year. There are many technological advances that have caused skiing to evolve, along with the creativity in people’s minds. In this paper, I will give a brief summary of how skiing has changed through the years and different ways it has been used.
The first depiction of skis can be traced back to 4500-5000 years ago on a rock drawing in Norway. At this time, skis were the fastest method of transportation that there was in winter, and they were also used by hunters for quicker transportation. The first skis were simply wooden sticks that people slid along with their feet. Ski poles were also used, and they probably came from a walking stick to help with balance or a spear or bow used for hunting (History Of). Next I will skip ahead in time to how skiing has become more modern (Ski History Timeline).
Throughout the 1800’s and early 1900’s, skis were a very different style than what is used today. They were mostly similar to cross country skis and were hard to control and had uncomfortable and hard to use bindings. Ski manufacturing techniques and the actual techniques for skiing itself vastly improved leading to more people skiing and the sport becoming more popular....
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The Cruelty of Oblivion
If one is constantly bombarded with strenuous tasks, they may resort to desperate measures. The main character, Tom Benecke goes to the extremes to prove himself for his job. He spends the majority of his time trying to be productive, and sedulous, but will soon learn that work is not the major priority in life. In “The Contents of the Dead Man’s Pocket,” by Jack Finney, Tom is faced with many internal and external conflicts in his stressful life. There are battles in which he is fighting within himself and against the world. The fate of Tom is determined by allowing his pride to consume him or letting it go.
The internal conflict Benecke is facing is the struggle of balancing work with his daily life. In the city of New York, the competition of advancement is fierce. His job may require urgency; notwithstanding, it is not a valid reason to be oblivious to the main priority in his life which is his wife, Clare. She stated, “You work too much, though, Tom” (Finney). The importance of having a job to provide for one should be significant but not to the extent of missing every event in a person’s life. Clare requests Tom to go to the theatre alongside her, and yet again he is distracted by his own projects for work. “Smelling the perfume she had used, he was tempted to go with her” (Finney). Nonetheless, Tom is engulfed in his endeavor, and is unaware of his wife...
...The Thrills and Chills of Skiing
Flying down through snowy drifts, the sky overhead and your feet precariously balanced on two flat sticks. This is the challenging sport of skiing. It is sport known world wide and enjoyed across the globe, but it is also known to be one of the more difficult and dangerous. Skiing not only encompasses both challenge and enjoyment, it also shares a huge quantity of pros and cons. Exploring these aspects ofskiing brings us closer the sport itself and puts this snowy ride under the microscope of analysis and inspection. Inspecting this sport more closely, will allow the opportunity of viewing skiing from a macroscopic level, thus enabling us to give the reader a dynamic picture of this sport in its entirety.
Skiing is full of advantages and disadvantages depending on the individual and circumstances. Looking at the disadvantages on skiing there are some people who like more challenging terrain and/or harsher weather. However, there is one disadvantage that everyone can agree on, the high cost of going skiing. But, let’s not dwell on the bad stuff because the advantages about skiing completely override the annoyances. For example, skiing is healthy and very fun, especially after you have been doing it for a while. And it also provides a chance to be outside in the fresh mountain air...
Skiing in Montana: a Hidden Gem
Montana houses approximately 1 million people within its borders, most of who know all about the various options of winter recreation available, namely skiing and snowboarding. The massive mountains that extend through the state of Montana reach some of the highest heights and offer some of the best snow in North America. This allows a plethora of ski and snowboard resorts to be constructed. These ski resorts have grown to be some of the better places to ski in the nation. However, outside of Montana, the multiple exceptional ski resorts on the mountains of the northern Rockies go relatively unnoticed. Skiing in Montana has become somewhat of a hidden gem.
When the best places to ski in North America is brought up, Montana is usually not part of the conversation. Big names are brought up to the table, the more popular resorts and mountains that nearly every skier has heard of, such as Whistler (B.C.), Jackson Hole (WY), Vail (CO), Squaw Valley(CA), Aspen (CO), Alta/Snowbird (UT), Mammoth (CA), and many more. These mountains are all very big, get lots of snow, and offer exceptional skiing and snowboarding. Most of them are also known for something, they are famous for a reason. For example, the powder is so good in Utah that Alta/Snowbird is where modern-day powder skiing techniques were created, as well as were avalanche control techniques were created and refined....
...Armada Ski Company
“We are Armada. We are what skiing will become.” While each and every company in the world has a vision, Armada makes it very clear what their brand strives for. Living in Breckenridge, Colorado has allowed me to become a freestyle skier where I can spend my free time doing what I love and pushing myself to become better each and every day. Freestyle skiers choose a design specific ski that allows performance support for the technique of parkskiing. As an owner of the Armada ARW women’s park ski, the Armada brand and their slope style team is of great interest to me.
"For skiing to grow, we need more companies that embrace the sport, not race-oriented companies that happen to make twin-tips. We're not focused on racing at all, and we're coming up. We're taking over.” This quote, made by professional freestyle skier, Tanner Hall, describes the main vision and motivation behind the Armada brand. Professional ski and snowboard photographer, Chris O’Connell, saw a large hole for freeride-based ski companies and founded Armada Ski Company in 2002. After partnering with a British venture capital, O’Connell decided to form Armada, as a company that was owned by professional skiers. It was then that part owners of the company Tanner Hall, J.P. Auclair, J.F. Cusson, Julien Regnier, and Boyd Easly all decided to drop their current endorsement deals and jump on board to start a company solely focused on designing and...