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We’re on the road again making our way through some big fat Utah snowflakes and will be in Salt Lake City by the time you read this. This past weekend in Denver was a blast. It reminded me how much I liked living there. I took Shanghai to two of my favorite Japanese restaurants, Domo and Oshima Ramen. We met up with several friends including locals Joy, Tony, Christina, Noah and crew. And by some strange stroke of luck, our friends from Chicago, Iris and Brian, just happened to be in town that weekend. We also made an excursion to Fort Collins, home to Colorado State University and many breweries. I don’t know how the college students there get anything done. We hit the New Belgium Brewing Co, makers of the Colorado favorite, Fat Tire. It’s like Shiner is to Texas. But the highlight of my weekend was a stop at the Singletrack Factory, a small mountain biking and snowboarding shop in Denver, where I bought my first snowboard package! Here’s my setup:

> GNU Rider’s Choice snowboard w/ Magne-Traction
> Burton P1 Wingtip bindings
> Thirty-Two Lashed boots w/ heat molded liners

Those of you who know me, know that I research anything and everything to death before I buy it. I seriously considered going all Burton (Custom X board, CO2 bindings and Ion boots) but think I will be really happy with the GNU. It has won many awards and people who have ridden it swear by the Magne-Traction cuts along the side that allow it to handle ice and other poor surfaces well. Thirty-two is a lesser known brand (outside the snowboarding and skating communities) but their boots feel almost like a regular shoe, at least on my feet. I also bought the store’s only remaining snowboard bag, an orangish-red plaid (Burton calls it “Industrial Average Distressed Plaid”) Burton Gig Bag. It definitely stands out but I kinda like it. Burton also makes matching clothes but I think the bag’s enough for me. I can’t wait to put the new gear to use!! We didn’t go up while we were in Denver but there are several opportunites ahead. Park City, Tahoe, Mount Hood, Whistler, Jackson Hole, Big Sky, Stowe, etc.

After leaving the Denver area we stopped in Fruita, Colorado, home to some world-class singletrack mountain bike trails. It was an interesting small town. As I explore more and more places, I see myself leaning toward a medium-sized town or a large city next to a ski mountain and/or ocean (snowboarding and/or surfing). I don’t think I want to live in a pure resort town though because I appreciate the diversity of people in places that subsist on more than just one industry. But we’ll see…I’m still keeping my mind open to anything.

-SammyB

SammyB’s New Snowboard
Justin (my salesperson) and I installing my new bindings!

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4 Comments »

  Christina wrote @ February 26th, 2007 at 1:02 pm

It was good to see you guys. Hey, did you all find a “bunny”??

  Anna Hung wrote @ February 26th, 2007 at 5:42 pm

Oh my goodness, the food looks YUMMY IN THE TUMMY! I’m so hungry right now!!!!

It looks like Korean food too. Waaah I want Koren tonight!

  Aileen wrote @ February 28th, 2007 at 6:06 pm

Nice board! 🙂

  Iris wrote @ March 1st, 2007 at 12:07 pm

Great to see you guys!!
Snowboarding hurts!!!!!!!! But if we’re looking for our own gear in the future, we’ll know to ask you! 🙂

Drive safe!

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