Podcast #24 – Not the End of Summer Blues!

The end of summer is upon us and everyone is trying to get in their last days of fun in the sun before the beautiful snow starts to fall. The bums are talking about summer’s end, but we’re certainly not blue.

Weekly Flavor

Quick Follow Ups

Ski News

  • Six-year-old girl sued over Austria skiing accident (telegraph.co.uk)

    “A six-year-old girl is being sued for €38,000 (£25,000) in Austria for causing a skiing accident.

    An adult woman is taking legal action against the child over a collision on the ski slopes which she claims left her with serious injuries.

    It appears the highly unusual case was brought after the courts dismissed an earlier attempt to sue the adult who was supervising the child at the time of the accident.

    A judge will now have to decide whether the six-year-old can be held legally responsible for her actions.

    None of those involved have been named under strict Austrian privacy laws.” (telegraph.co.uk)


  • What South American Ski Town Are You? (tetongravity.com)

    “Head here if you… are a legend–or going to be one, real soon. You need a place that can hold up to your badassery. That place is Leñas, with lines in every direction that are so steep, aesthetic, perfect, and fun, every line of every day is like starring in your own ski movie, just the way it should be… albeit alongside every other gringo/a from Europe and North America who scraped up the pennies for a plane ticket.”

    Mario – Esquel and La Hoya, Argentina

    Head here if you… like beer, uncrowded skiing, and country people. You also might really lose it if you have to drink any more watery, chemical-y Quilmes or Andes beers, share a ski line with another Euro or American freerider. You left the usual gringo ski spots with only your gear and handful of bus tickets, until you found the paradise of Esquel, Argentina. This summer resort town surrounded by vast offerings for big, exciting ski touring.

    The place happens to have a micro-brewery, Esquel Cerveceria Artesanal, that makes delicious beer! It also has a cute little ski hill. You can ski inbounds, or hike little powder laps, or drop in to some of the best roadside skiing you are not really going to tell anyone about, or else they might show up with helmet cams and the stupid hashtags. Luckily, the ski hill infrastructure is tiny, it is hard to get around, and the police really like to search the occupants of incoming busses late at night in the bus station… thoroughly.

    Brian – San Carlos De Bariloche, Argentina

    Head here if you… want to be an expat skier, but long term; not this seasonal crap. You’d try France, but the ego you’d have to develop seems like a lot of work. Something more laid back is your style, but also a place where you can fit right in with what everyone back in the U.S. thinks are homicidal driving habits.

    You can subsist entirely on meat, red wine, chocolate, the world’s most incredible ice cream, and microbrews from La Cruz every now and then. Your fairy tale life has cute Swiss and German alpine architecture (via decades of immigration, not a marketing gimmick) everywhere, bohemian people, a massive lake, world class climbing, skiing, and a whole bunch of other totally laid back, super sick athletes who couldn’t muster the energy to develop a big ego either, so they stayed here, too.



  • Trip Report: 16 Days Chasing Patagonian Powder by Van (snowbrains.com)

    “The freedom to chase storms from behind the wheel of your very own van. To live life on the fringe, rigged and outfitted for sleeping through the coldest nights in the most unusual locations all the while going weeks on end without showering. Van Life. The ability to unbound yourself from those societal rules that say you’re suppose to have a house, a car, a job, bills…the flexibility to travel, the novelty of a different life. Surely, this is something most skiers have contemplated while laying down to sleep during those month long high-pressures we get during January in Colorado when we often ask ourselves, ‘how can this be, will it ever snow again?’ ” Full story at tjdavidski.com/ (snowbrains.com)


  • Mt. Rose is Spending $1.2 Million and Looking to Open Early (ski.curbed.com)

    “Mt. Rose, the local’s favorite northeast of Lake Tahoe, is dropping $1.2 million this year for on-mountain improvements that should make the ski area more attractive to beginners. The Ponderosa lift, originally built in the early 1990s, will be will relocated and renamed the Wizard. The hope is that the new lift, along with the construction of four additional beginner trails, will make Mt. Rose a better experience for newbies. But those aren’t all the changes planned for this Nevada gem.

    The $1.2 million total also covers expansion of the resort’s snowmaking system and renovating the Rosebuds registration area for kids lessons. The registration renovation will hopefully make it easier to sign those first-timers up for lessons by reducing wait times and providing more room in the staging area. Also on the slate are investments in equipment, relocation of the Main Lodge ski check-in and renovation of the Timbers Bar.” (ski.curbed.com)


  • Beatleweek: When The Beatles went skiing (telegraph.co.uk)

    Beatles on Skis Picture: Obertauern Tourism

    “The Beatles, just like all the coolest people throughout history, loved a bit of a jolly in the mountains. To mark International Beatleweek, a week-long festival (August 26 to September 1) organised by the Cavern Club to celebrate all things Beatles, we’ve found some pictures of them having a whale of a time in the snow.

    The Beatles famously visited the Austrian resort of Obertauern for scenes in their 1965 film Help!, also recording the video for the single Ticket to Ride while there.” (telegraph.co.uk)


  • Warren Miller’s Chasing Shadows Official Trailer

    “For the fall of 2015, Warren Miller Entertainment releases Chasing Shadows, the 66th annual winter sports film. Warren Miller once said, “A pair of skis are the ultimate transportation to freedom,” and this year, we’re chasing the world’s biggest names in skiing and snowboarding as they find that very freedom. Explore what it means to be inspired, and what it is about exotic locations and snow-covered summits that keep us searching for more. As skiers and snowboarders we chase a feeling, a memory, a storm, a turn — we’ve been chasing it our whole lives and we’ll keep chasing it a lifetime more.” – warrenmiller.com


  • Your Chances of Dying (besthealthdegrees.com)

    Your Chances of Dying
    Source: Best Health Degrees

    “There are so many ways to die early; from risky outdoor activities to smoking. At Best Health Degrees we decided to take a look at just how much you increase your chances of dying through these activities. Life after all is one big series of risks. And some risks are worth the shot. One study shows people have a 1 in 100,000 chance of dying while attending a dance party. Another study shows the odds of dying while skydiving in the United States is 1 in 101,083 jumps. What follows is a list of activities, from the ordinary to the extraordinary, and your chances of dying from them.” (besthealthdegrees.com)


Not the End of Summer Blues!

To sum it up, Brian had too many hospital visits in the beginning of the summer, tried to understand why people like beach vacations and most awesomely – got to drive a Tesla Model S! Mario’s been training for his bike race coming up in a few weeks. The bums are doing their best to make the summertime tolerable and we think we did an admirable job!


Around the Horn

  • Rattlesnake Bites Man Taking Selfie (outsideonline.com)

    “A man from Lake Elsinore, California, was bitten by a rattlesnake Monday while trying to take a selfie with it, according to KCBS-TV. Alex Gomez found the four-foot-long snake in a field by his family’s ranch. It bit his hand after he put it around his neck for the photo. He was transported to a local hospital and treated with anti-venom. Gomez’s mother, Deborah Gomez, said the skin near the wound was rotting and that he may lose his hand.

    Gomez isn’t the first to be bitten by a rattlesnake in California while trying to take a selfie. A San Diego man was nearly killed in July under similar circumstances, according to KGTV. Todd Fassler was charged more than $150,000 after doctors depleted the anti-venom stores at two different hospitals to treat his bite.” (outsideonline.com)


  • Your Favorite Fall Beers May Be in Jeopardy (outsideonline.com)

    “It’s that glorious time of year when craft brewers begin moving their fall seasonals from the fermenting tanks into the finished bottles. But if these brewers didn’t start the label approval process early, they could be in for an unwelcome surprise.

    The notorious king of beer labeling, Kent “Battle” Martin, has vacated his throne at the Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau (TTB), and it’s causing headaches for craft brewers across the country.
    Let’s back up a moment for context. If a brewery wants to sell beer across state lines, it must have its label approved by the TTB. For years, Battle was the sole TTB employee tasked with approving beer labels for the federal agency. A decade ago, that likely wasn’t too hard of a job. But with the growth of the craft movement, Battle became exceedingly busy.

    Because Battle was such a pro, brewers could generally count on their labels being approved quickly. But a few months ago, the process came to a virtual standstill. “Usually it takes two weeks, but this summer it started to take between four and six weeks,” says Troia. No one knew why. “That’s a real problem for us. Everything needs to move in unison. We can’t always just let the beer sit in the tank longer.”” (outsideonline.com)


  • North Korea Has a Meth Problem, an Unstable Leader—and Nukes (thefiscaltimes.com)

    “We already know that North Korea has nuclear weapons, an insecure and possibly unstable leader, and a habit of lashing out with borderline-insane threats whenever it feels threatened. Now it has a crystal meth crisis. This can’t end well.

    The recent admission of a British citizen that he had participated in a plan to move 100 kilograms of high-purity crystal methamphetamine from the hermit kingdom of North Korea to the U.S. raises all sorts of questions. But for most people, the first one that pops up is, “Wait, North Korea has a crystal meth problem?”

    It turns out it does, and it’s pretty serious. According to reporting done by a number of international news organizations, the movement of crystal meth over the country’s northern border and into China reached epidemic levels earlier this year, causing a brutal crackdown by the government on one of the very few elements of the nation’s economy that the government doesn’t control.” (thefiscaltimes.com)

    BONUS – check out “Official News feed of Democratic Peoples Republic of Korea” Twitter account for plenty of yucks.


  • Usain Bolt wins gold, then gets wiped out by cameraman on Segway (cbsnews.com)

    “A Segway-riding cameraman collided with world record holder Usain Bolt on the sidelines of the International Association of Athletics Federations Track and Field World Championships in Beijing on Thursday, Reuters reports.

    Bolt, who was waving to fans after winning his fourth straight world title in the 200 meters, took a spill when the cameraman, following closely behind him, lost his balance. Both fell to the ground and Bolt was scratched, but sustained no serious injuries.” (cbsnews.com)

    Mamma mia, indeed


  • The Original Westerly – The Dude’s Sweater from ‘The Big Lebowski’ (pendleton-usa.com)

    Picture: filmgarb.com

    Based on a vintage 1972 sweater from our archives and immortalized in the film The Big Lebowski…at a very Un-dude like price $239!!!

    BUT, you can helphere’s the Bum’s Amazon Wish List if you want to send us to positive vibes and love!


  • Kangaroo Punches Out a Drone (nypost.com)

    “A drone has once again come out second-best in a tussle with the animal kingdom. A Press Association video on YouTube shows a drone flying near a group of kangaroos in Hunter Valley, Australia. One kangaroo, unimpressed by the flying intruder, leaps up and punches the drone, which plunges to the ground.” (nypost.com)

  • Drink Invented by Flight Attendant now available on Delta (latimes.com)

    “Next time you board a Delta Air Lines flight, you may be sharing a seat with Jack and Joe. That’s the name of a new drink created by an Atlanta-based Delta flight attendant, whose cocktail recipe won an international contest among flight attendants.

    Three finalists were chosen to compete in a “taste off” judged by Delta’s onboard service department and a team of flight attendants. The Jack and Joe drink took first place.

    The drink, now available on most Delta flights, combines Jack Daniel’s Tennessee Honey Whiskey with coffee and Baileys Irish Cream. The price: $10.” (latimes.com)

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