Thursday, February 28, 2008

Joe's Country

Joe [Smith's] story is most implausible. Indeed so implausible that Mitt Romney would have had a dastardly time explaining how we might rely upon his judgement in regards to say, fiscal policy, when said judgement seems so obviously impaired in discerning the credulity of a certain self-proclaimed Utah-based Prophet. That said, and ignoring Mr Smith's amusingly revisionist scribblings, he was not (apparently) incompetent when it came to mother nature and seeing the merit in locating one's hall of worship nary a twenty-five mintue drive from what is the hands-down-best and most challenging powder skiing in the lower forty-eight states, making it a fine place to escape from the strenuous market dramas taxing one's brain (and cortisol) production. This is particularly true when [God, Mother Nature, The Sugarplum Faerie] drops nearly two feet of fresh upon The Mount, munificently clearing the sky of all obstruction by daybreak!!

OK the people are a little too earnest for me. The arts & crafts rather kitsch. The food and lodging are most basic and without praise. The apres-ski wholly non-existant. But the skiing is breath-taking, and some Utah philistines do have a sense of humour, particularly the local brewers, offering up such goodies as Wasatch's "Polygamy Porter" (Slogan: "Why Have Just One?") , or Squattter Brewery's "Revelation Ale", "St. Provo Girl" (with a thinner, more seductive serving wench on the label than Bremen's St. Pauli Girl), and my favorite, a crisp lager called "Chasing Tail", who slogan is "Don't Make Me Beg!"

Religion seems to bring out the best in alcoholic-artisans, for Israel's foremost handmade beer is called He-Brew, whose slogan is "The Chosen One....."

4 comments:

Ian said...

Amen to that, although when I was there last weekend it was more like skiing in a milkbowl.

wcw said...

I am almost certain that photo is most emphatically not from Utah. Dollars against donuts it's Squaw Peak. California.

You have to walk up there to ski down, and it's steeper than it looks. A lazy man, I prefer other runs off that mountain. Except lately I'm bored with the sport. What can you do?

"Cassandra" said...

WCW...

THAT photo is part of the Peruvian Basin where you drop in offf the Ciirque traverse coming off 11000' Hidden Peak in Snowbird. It was shot Monday with a from the Tram on a shitty Cannon A400 withy low res, but even these obstacles couldn't stand in the way of a glorious pic.

OldVet said...

When I was young enough to ski, I eschewed beer permanently for Chardonnay. Especially my favorite label, "Fat Bastard" 2004 from Thierry and Guy.