The Fun Dome (#10): No Big Deal

The kids and I went to Boulder Lake for some skiing on a bluebird Wednesday. They’re on winter break and I’m just some guy between jobs.

We sat on benches.

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We climbed deer stands.

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We skied across a lake.

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We drank some free hot cider and used the energy in it to climb trees and make a snowman.

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The snowman has a goatee and angry eyebrows.

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We rested back at the car.

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We saw a plane on skis  after we watched Olympic hockey and had burgers at the Island Lake Inn.

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It was a Wednesday. No big deal.

Nick Paumgarten, in a recent New Yorker profile of James Salter said: “Salter once told his close friend the poet and novelist William Benton that one of the functions of a writer is to create envy in the reader–envy of the life that the writer is living.” I hope you wish you had a Wednesday like that. More importantly, I’m trying to make sure the older version of me is envious. When I’m so old that I can’t remember my own name, and I look at these pictures, maybe I’ll envy my younger self.

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