My Wet Suit Shrank

That’s my story and I’m sticking to it.

Hit the water yesterday. Nice weather, but a little breezy. We (7, Beau and myself) tried to avoid the wind by hitting the lake early (10am), but still no luck.

I left the dry suit at home and wore the wet suit to brave the 50 degree water. Just cold enough where when you jump in, you go, damn this is cold, really cold… and then you kinda get use to it.

Still no major accomplishments or feats to document, other than getting my wet suit on over my barefoot shorts and thermal shirt – it fit fine the night before without the barefoot shorts and thermal shirt, I zipped it up myself without any difficulties.

Really, it wasn’t this difficult the night before. It zipped right up.

Managed to do 5 back to back barefoot runs, all fairly short as we cruised the south shore of the bay, the only calm spot of water.

And I wonder why it felt like I had a face full of water on some of the runs?

7 tried out his mad wake boarding skillz, but really didn’t stay up long enough for us to get any good pics. Here he is doing a step off since he didn’t want to ride around on his ass all day trying to do a deep in the cool water. And yes, he is sporting a dry suit.

Beau tested his old school jet ski out in the main lake and braved the 45 degree water. It is with great difficulty I admit to helping a jet skier get out on the water. Can’t believe I let a mosquito loose on the lake.

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Boats Have These Things Called Plugs…

My antics of making silly little mistakes that are water skiing related in the early spring continue. Last year I left my wet suit and thermal shirt on the sun deck and nearly lost both of them. John and I managed to find the wet suit floating on the shoreline about 2 hours later.

On Tuesday, I was pumped to go skiing. I had just returned from a business trip and while I was on it, my buddy Dale kept messaging me about how nice the weather was back in Wisconsin, commenting about how the lake was glass calm. Needless to say, I was anxious to get on the water, so while flying back on Monday I managed to round up another skier and the game plan was set for skiing on Tuesday.

Although the morning started with glass calm water and a temp near 60, by the time we hit the lake after work, the temp was still about 60, but the wind was now about 15 MPH out of the NE. The water was no longer glass. And to top that off, the docks weren’t in the water yet. That meant I’d have to launch the boat and then swim out to it after parking the truck. Not fun in the cold water. Just as T-Bell and I are ready to head out and launch the boat, Dr. Sandy rolls up on her blades. We manage to talk her into backing the boat in and parking the truck (it wasn’t difficult) and that saved me a swim in the lake. Needless to say, this made the trip just a little bit better. So we quickly rush and put the boat in the water.

After cruising for a couple minutes to let the engine run up to temperature, we headed to the bay looking for calmer water (this requires a slow idle through a no wake zone). We then cruise around the bay, checking to see where all the crew teams were and where the UW-Ski Team was. We stop and chat with them a bit and then head back to the bridge to set up for the first run. All the while in the bay, I had noticed the boat was taking off just a bit sluggishly.

Then T-Bell chimed in… “Why is there water coming up through the floor?”

I glance down to where I keep the plug and it is sitting there and not where it should be, which is in the bottom of the boat. I turn off the engine, turn on the bilge pump, open the engine cover, and there is water up to the level of the floor. After a little twisting and turning, I manage to get the plug in and then we wait. Wait for the water to get pumped out of the boat…

A few minutes later, the water is just about gone so I grab the handle and hop into the water, ready to go. A couple quick runs later I’m ready to let Teri take her turn.

Now Teri is notorious for talking the talk about going skiing in cold weather and cold water, but on a night like tonight, with the wind thrown in, I thought she might wuss out. But she went. She takes a few runs, trying some tumbles and then calls it a night. She even commented that the water wasn’t that cold. I then take one more run until I to finally fall when we get to the rough water. Tired, and now cold, we call it a night.

And yes, back at the dock I had to jump back into the water, swim to shore to get the truck.

Here are some pics from the evening of cold weather skiing…

Nothing special, just me footing…

Nothing special, just me footing… again…

T-Bell in the Driver’s Seat

A Blurry T-Bell
One of T-Bell’s Runs

First set, T-Bell tries a tumble… didn’t quite make it all the way around.

T-Bell and Me – Dry Suits don’t do much for my figure

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Beer Pong Ringer

I think there are just a few collegiate water ski teams that could use this guy on their team. Not sure if he can ski or anything, but if they get into a beer pong challenge the night before a tournament, the other team won’t be feeling too well.

Billy’s Balls 2

And this is what he did to warm up for that impressive feat…

Billy’s Balls

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It is Officially Go Time!!!

I’ve been sitting in the Cleveland airport waiting for my plane from Syracuse to take me home to Madison (apparently they are getting some rain there today) and my buddy Dale has been sending me emails & text messages all weekend describing the glass calm water in the bay, the blinding glare of the sun of the lake and the warm sunny weather that I’ve been missing while I’ve been here in the cold, rain and snow, so it is time to issue an ultimatum…

I’ll be back on the water (again) skiing this week. One of these next two nights, I’ll be footing with a big shit eating grin on my face, enjoying the adrenaline rush and then I’ll back out there on the weekend.

Yes, I sneaked in a run in March, but the weather, after teasing for a couple days, took a turn for the worse and brought back a taste of winter to remind us where we live. Now I need to start getting my weekly fix of footing and it is going to start being weekly this week.

I have just a few weeks to get my but in to some sort of shape for the Beaver Dam Barefoot Race.

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For those that don’t know, Grindhouse is really two movies. It is a double feature. Apparently some people don’t know because they are leaving after just one movie.

As a whole, Grindhouse is great. You get a very well done zombie type movie and an even better slasher picture that is just a little different from the average slasher picture. Rodriguez and Tarintino do a very good job with homage to the grindhouse movie. It is more than just two movies though, it is an entire experience. It starts with some made up previews for movies that would be fun to see. Previews of the same type that drew me to Grindhouse. Between the movies in this double feature there are some more previews that are just as good. Maybe, just maybe, they’ll pick two of these previews to make into actual movies to make a Grindhouse 2? The movie was also aged to make it look like the prints have been used and abused. The brand new prints I watched showed their digital age. It really added to the experience. The funny part is to go along with the really old looking prints, you have just about impeccable surround sound, current high tech gadgets in the movie and fairly well done effects. It makes for quite a contrast.

The first movie of the two is Planet Terror. Is this movie anything special, going to win any awards, be critically acclaimed in any shape or fashion? No. But it is a “zombie” movie and in that it is very is entertaining. I laughed and throughly enjoyed it. You have the local sheriff who seems to have a grudge against someone for no good reason, the scary looking restaurant, feuding family members, and characters that just don’t seem to get it that they are in a zombie movie. Plus, once Cherry, played by Rose McGowan, has her peg leg replaced with a gun, the action, which was already good, gets even better. It isn’t just for looks, she makes excellent use of it. Still not entirely sure what triggered the gun to fire because she wasn’t pulling the trigger, but I really don’t care. You watch the movie and are entertained. The movie was a lot of fun to watch.

The second movie, Death Proof, is a different type of slasher movie. As most reviewers have already given away in their reviews, the slasher doesn’t use knives, he uses his car. And in one of his stalkings, he bites of just a bit more than he can chew. The movie starts with a disclaimer… it may be missing one or more reels. It starts off a bit slow, girls on a night out. Most of the conversation is a bit inane, but you really get to know the characters through their conversation. I believe I picked just about the worst spot to go to the bath room because when I came back it was a completely different movie. I’m guessing that is where the lost reels were. But then the movie really took off. I’ll just say that I loved it. Very intense way to finish a movie.

Final verdict, I loved it and I know not everyone will. Some will hate it.

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My Comment on the Stupidity that is Imus

I won’t often do this, but I feel I need to make a comment about a current event. I just want to make a small observation about the stupidity that is Imus… To me, it wasn’t that he said something completely distasteful, or that he has done it before, just not to this extent. Or the fact that his apologies and reasoning just don’t come across as sound.

What made this incident so bad was the impact that it had on the women of Rutger’s basketball team. Did the comments offend them, more than likely… Was it going to scar them for life, probably not. To me it was the timing that made it so bad. The comments coming just a few days after their appearance in the national championship game and turning all of the attention away from their successful season and to the idiot that is Imus is the horrible part. This is a time in their life they will never get back. They should be celebrating their success, not making comments about their opinions on Imus. They have been robbed of something that is irreplaceable.

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Midwest Deep Freeze

Deep freeze may be a bit drastic, but when we’ve had a taste of warm weather (temps in the 60 & 70s) going back to highs in the 20s suck… especially in April. I skied in March, but haven’t touched the water since. Last year Easter weekend was awesome, high of 85 & I put the dry suit away. This year, granted it is a mere two weeks earlier, we have snow flurries in Wisconsin. ARGH!

Needless to say, this is probably putting a damper on the midwest collegiate ski teams’ water time.

The one redeeming part of this, my suffering is not alone. Looking a the national weather map, temps are in the 20s, 30s & 40s for most of the country. You need to go west of Texas/Rocky Mountains to find warmth, or right on the coast or in Florida. Most of the country is suffering through this weather… it just hits water skiers a little closer to the heart.

Links: NOAA

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Blades of Glory

Blades of Glory is a movie I’ve been looking forward to for a while now. Will Ferrell doing for figure skating what he’s already done for NASCAR.

First, a little background about me… People are probably going to give me crap for this, but I’m a fan of Olympic quality figure skating. Granted I only watch it about every four years, but I still like to watch. I just think back to the day when in a youth hockey practice our couch had us try some of the stuff. It isn’t nearly as easy as they make it look. I fell on my ass… a lot. So I appreciate the sport. Not a big fan of “judged” sport, but done well, figure skating can be really good.

Simply put, I loved this movie. I laughed my ass of and so did the rest of the theatre. I occasionally felt bad for what I was laughing at, but knowing they were doing just for that effect made it a little easier. They rip on every aspect of figure skating there is (kids enslaved as youths, living weird lives, the guys aren’t that interested in girls, the costumes, the coaches, the announcers, everything). You name something that people make fun of related to figure skating, the do it. And they do it well.

Ferrell nails it. Heder hangs right with him. We get Craig T. Nelson reprising his role as coach, albeit it is coach of a different sport. And we get the creepy FBI agent from Prison Break playing the creepy figure skating parent. (Note, not all figure skating parents are creepy, for lack of a better word, but like any other type of parents, there are some.)

I won’t go into details of the plot because I don’t want to give away what little there is (think Tanya Harding) but there is enough where they can seamlessly work lines like “I put the bone in Zamboni” without it sounding contrived, and that takes some work.

The most amazing part of the movie is the number of real life really famous figure skating people that are in the movie that is ripping on their sport. They know what people say and they know the movie is being done in jest and they eat it up. Much props to Scott Hamilton, the voice of modern figure skating, for even poking fun with his announcing in the movie at how he announces in real life.

Finally, with the name of the movie, the first thing that comes to mind is the Bon Jovi song Blaze of Glory from Young Guns II. I so wanted to here this song in the movie somehow. But sadly, no dice. However, they do have Bo Bice, of Idol fame, singing a song that sounds somewhat similar to Blaze of Glory (video) called Blades of Glory (video). The song was different enough where it isn’t the same, but has that same sound to it (mainly the refrain). Oh, how low Mr. Bice has already sunk.

Horrible movie, incredibly funny and I loved it. If you want to laugh your ass off, go watch it.

Here’s the trailer…


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World Record Pyramid

A while back, the Mad-City Ski Team, along with the Beaverland Must-Skis, Badgerland and Wisconsin Rapids Aqua Skiers, put together the largest human pyramid ever behind one ski boat powered by 3 Evinrude Motors. I previously posted a couple pictures, now here is the video…
World Record Pyramid

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