Drawing A Snow Line Under The Day

I’m skiing. In Italy. In the shadow of the Matterhorn. Cervinia, which apparently is ‘Matterhorn’ for the locals and the town, originally Breuil, was renamed by Mussolini…. but I digress.

I’m with six friends, a small hand-picked elite of post menopausal males with folicle challenges aplenty and an insatiable desire to be 27 again.

There’s been the usual mix of banter and badinage, more appropriate for those of the beardless years, some unnecessary toilet humour and several ten minute organ recitals*. We are intellectually athletic and physically arthritic and combing the two is rather like dad-dancing on ice: we know we look good even if the occasional video clip is more redolent of Postman Pat having just discovered a pet rat in his salopettes,  than Frank Klammer circa 1987.

* the ten minute organ recital is a rule introduced by a friend of the Textiliste to their get togethers: the first ten minutes are given over to a discussion of the latest ailments (including those of best friends) after which they are not to be mentioned again – we used each coffee/lunch/hot chocolate break wisely.

What has made a difference this year is the acquisition (by someone who in every sense is old enough to know better) of an Apple Watch. Said watch  has a ski function and it has provided us with some statistics.

Distance skied: 71km

Top speed: 66.4 kph

Highest elevtion: 3460 m

Is this good? Healthy? Downright foolhardy?

Who knows? Who cares? Like Dog in this picture Stop the irrelevancies, just serve the food.

About TanGental

My name is Geoff Le Pard. Once I was a lawyer; now I am a writer. I've published four books - Dead Flies and Sherry Trifle, My Father and Other Liars, Salisbury Square and Buster & Moo. In addition I have published two anthologies of short stories, Life, in a Grain of Sand and Life in a Flash. More will appear soon, including a memoir of my mother's last years. I will try and continue to blog regularly at geofflepard.com about whatever takes my fancy. I hope it does yours too. These are my thoughts and no one else is to blame. If you want to nab anything I post, please acknowledge where it came from.
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35 Responses to Drawing A Snow Line Under The Day

  1. barbtaub says:

    Love the organ recital! What a brilliant idea. Hope your trip goes well and you survive your regression back to age 27.

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  2. willowdot21 says:

    Have a great time Geoff be careful and make sure to return to the UK with all bones and joints intact! Love the yellow salapets I hope there is not a Dulwich council worker missing them! Love Dogs photo too 💜

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  3. LOL… Geoff, I relate to the ” intellectually athletic and physically arthritic.” I am far to clumsy to even attempt to ski. Heck I’m safer not even trying on the things. Have fun! Hugs.

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  4. Allie P. says:

    I haven’t been skiing in ages. Between your pictures and the Olympics, I feel like it may be time to give it another go.

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  5. Darlene says:

    That is the best dog picture ever!! Have fun.

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  6. I have never been skiing but I live tge idea of it😉 Enjoy.

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  7. Ritu says:

    Never been skiing… not tempted! But loved your pics!

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  8. Forget age…………. act your shoe size. 🙂 Great pics, though skis and I are not destined to be partnered.

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  9. I’ve gone downhill skiing, and gave it up when I kept falling off the t-bar. Your expedition with your post menopausal friends is hilarious. I had to look up the word ‘salopettes.’ What a great word and so funny when imagining a pet rat hanging out in them. And the organ recital is priceless! Glad you made it to the dinner table. That would be my favorite part.

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  10. josypheen says:

    Ha! I love your idea of the ten minute organ recital! I sort of want to get my grandma to start that rule…but i don’t think it would go down well if I suggested it!

    I am sure you are all faaar better skiers than me (I just graduated to be “beginner plus” level!). 66.4 km/hr sounds really speedy! Have an amazing holiday anyway!!

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  11. I am sure this was awesome, Geoff. My one and only attempt at skiing was horrible as an unusually rotund man who was also learning skied right into me and knocked me flat.

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  12. JT Twissel says:

    I like your rule about discussing ailments! I have a friend who starts and finishes each discussion with complaints about her finances and her weight. She is practically anorexic and, as we say, loaded…

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  13. You’d be picked out in a line-up anywhere 🙂

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  14. Mick Canning says:

    have a great time, Geoff. I’ll be like Dog.

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  15. Charli Mills says:

    Beautiful shots! But this reads like an ad on Tinder: “I’m with six friends, a small hand-picked elite of post menopausal males with folicle challenges aplenty and an insatiable desire to be 27 again.” 😀

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  16. Jane Gealy says:

    Fabulous! I’ve just got back from a week in Morzine in France and we were able to ski over to Switzerland. Great company and superb conditions. Happy days.

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