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Revenge of the early morning moon

Daily Staff Writer

Years ago, while teaching in Garmisch-Partenkirchen, we offered “Ski Weeks” to the public. During Ski Weeks, we would typically meet the new students on a Monday and stay with them through Friday.As a general rule, we would spend two or three days at the bottom of the mountain until the students were ready to ride the lift up to ski beginner and intermediate terrain.One particularly annoying student had an unquenchable need to talk. During class, after class, it didn’t matter. As long as HE was the center of attention.At the end of the second day, I suggested to all of the students to bring cameras in the morning because the view would be spectacular where we were going next.On the third morning, our talkative friend didn’t bring a camera. He brought a movie set: a suitcase filled with camera equipment, including telephoto lenses, tripods, reflectors, lens filters, extension cords, etc. Being the consummate professional, I hauled his suitcase around for the next two days. At the end of the third day, I agreed to hold on to the suitcase and return it to him the next morning.The morning of our final day together, a number of instructors agreed to go for an early morning run before convening class. We decided to play a little practical joke on our talkative friend, so we took his camera equipment with us.After reaching the top of the mountain, we lowered our trousers so that one of the other instructors could take photographs of us “mooning” our talkative client. A little “going-away” present, as it were.At the conclusion of the week, I handed my client back his suitcase of camera equipment safe in the knowledge that I would never see him again.He gushed, “Oh, this has been the greatest week of my life. I have learned so much and you have been so helpful, I can’t begin to tell you how nice you have been to me.””In fact,” he said, “I’ve booked another vacation, so we can continue this in two weeks!”- Booie Alward, QuebecVail, ColoradoVail, Colorado

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