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Un-Grooming Report July 5, 2019; you can be my hero; Scoop Ice Cream

Un-Grooming Report July 5, 2019 I know some of you feel I lack sufficient cynicism to properly opine on conditions; grooming or otherwise.  I can assure you, when appropriate, I can muster a good deal of what Diogenes  called eudaimonia.  Regardless that, NTN’s ice cream scooping program (although not for a lack of the attempt) did not create the thermal event that washed out last night’s fireworks display.  Followers of Diogenes are convinced we seeded the clouds so tonight’s fireworks display will drive ice cream sales.  A decade ago we had the identical scenario and sales were prodigious.   Food Fest

2019 June 30, Un-Grooming Report and 4th of July Ice Cream Scooping Opportunities

2019 June 30, Un-Grooming Report and 4th of July Ice Cream Scooping Opportunities I know at least half of you don’t want me to post ramblings unless they show true wit and insight.  The other one has a spam filter.  However, regardless the evidence, I agree with a great grooming report writer’s quip; “brevity is the soul of wit”. To that end I will get right to the point.   There are still open spots in the ice cream scooping schedule.  No less a heavy hammer than Cary admonished me for failing to fill the scooping slots. Forgetting there are

2019 June 12, Un-Grooming Report and 4th of July Ice Cream Scooping Opportunities

2019 June 12, Un-Grooming Report and 4th of July Ice Cream Scooping Opportunities One can learn all secrets of the cosmos or gain vast insight after reading the world’s great literature but the appreciation of desert remains unchanged. After special dinners in my youth we would look forward to the secunda mensa.  All horrid children think they are so cute.  We would pipe in that shrill pre-school pitch.  You all know the rhyme: “We cuss you cuss, we all cuss for asparagus.”.  Over the decades with fresh vegetables becoming available year round our palates have changed.   So, after an

2019 June 8, Un-Grooming Report and Important Forestville Festival info too;

2019 June 8, Un-Grooming Report and Important Forestville Festival info too; I know you would expect to see this section of the report filled with the fluff that would never be on the test.  Isn’t that the nature of the universe?  Once; just once I would like to see the milk and eggs in the front of the grocery store but no. You always have to walk past the liver and onions section coming and going.   Well, today I am going to lead with the important stuff.  Now, that does NOT mean you can skip sections.  There may well be

2019 June 3, Un-Grooming Report and some real information too;

2019 June 3, Un-Grooming Report and some real information too;   Please see some real and useful summer event schedule information below the Un-Grooming Report drivel:   Having never lost the ability to resist an urge to shut up, I feel compelled to provide the denouement to last week’s derailleur dust up.  So, after the good Samaritan provided door to door service I had just enough time to coast down to see my trusted wrenches at the shop.  I forced my foot in the door as Matt was trying to lock up and explained my plight.  The very next day

2019 May 30, Un-Grooming Report;

2019 May 30, Un-Grooming Report; In our tireless effort to keep you both up to speed, I am spamming you yet again.  When you get to use one of these in National Mine your day is not going as planned.  Always seeing 50% too much glass rather than questioning ½ full vs ½ empty I couldn’t help but wonder at my good fortune.  After all, I was comfortable in a summer jersey, there were no biting insects and didn’t even think about bringing a rain coat on the ride. I was all set to run a photo of what was

2019 May 26, Un-Grooming Report; Forestville Festival July 13-14, 2019

2019 May 26, Un-Grooming Report; Forestville Festival July 13-14, 2019   There are really important things buried in the non-grooming report below.  I know what you are both thinking; “ok, just tell us what we need to know and skip the other bovine processed grass.  Sorry, but to quote the great grooming report guitar maestro,  Jimmy Hendricks after being admonished for his sharp edged performance.  With a quarter million revelers at his feet begging for some silky stuff that would “just grab them”, he prepared to unleash his National Anthem and told them, “Dig it,… I just can’t do that.”.

2019 May 21, Not Even Kind of a Grooming Report;

2019 May 21, Not Even Kind of a Grooming Report;   Lacking actual data has never been an obstacle to the Grooming Report in the past and there is no reason to break with tradition now.  I know the news reports show a trace of snow fell on June 3, 1990 but this grooming report writer was not a witness.  With the Mother’s Day snow storm proving a bust and even the ski hill’s base all but gone, the Grooming Report is about to name winners in the Last Ski of the Season contest.  You do have one more chance

2019 May 4, (only kind of a) Grooming Report;

2019 May 4, (only kind of a) Grooming Report;   So, if you are need an excuse to put off the storage wax thing, here it is.  Look at this from yesterday!  Now, granted, I missed yesterday’s Goldie Locks zone so I cut the ski short but not for lack of snow.  I expect the early birds this morning may have some real skiing.  I’ll be looking for some Last Ski of the Season entries this weekend.  I should add, we had best not get too smug.  Not so many years ago a 90 year young skier picked up the