My film Debut
As more requests for a better quality video on how to make the High Protein, Low and Slow Carb, “Bad Ass Orange Roughy” recipe have been rolling in, I was able to shoot this in my spare time. Since this is filmed post workout, and my make up assistant is doing a bikini spread in Bora Bora this week, (not to mention my image consultant is probably a gassed that I would choose today to step on to the business end of a camera) this is the best I could do with my Giada impersonation.
With that video now going viral on You Tube now I wanted to talk a little about some remarkable things that have happened to me that are just great stories of humanity.
First, the Bone and I were driving into Silver Creek on a brisk but sunny November day to catch the tail end of the epic Thanksgiving helgramite hatch. Since our recently acquired Leanergetix energy levels were hitting all time highs, our already silly life of peregrination was taking us from epic adventure to epic adventure. As we pulled across the ever-soothing wash-boarded Kilpatrick bridge we saw this dapper gentleman from Scotland enjoying a pipe between Native Idaho Kamloops runs. Notice he is not wearing and gloves brrrrrrr.
Not only the Keep Moving and everything is epic landscape;
But I met two more amazing Sun Valley residents that gave to me without expectation. Boy I am really liking Ketchum, ID these days. I rolled into the Starbuck’s after my morning adventures taking photos and the setting was so inviting. There was an artist playing indie music of some kind off in the corner and there were free unhealthy treats I avoided, neatly displayed on the bar top against the window. Immediately I bumped into the most friendly gentleman. A skiing enthusiast who was selling the Ketchum story as if he was trying to re-elect Randy Hall.
Now I chewed his ear off with why life was so great and he cheerfully gave me a gratis, extra smooth, Smith Optics Beanie to show Ketchum’s thanks for my patronage. As if that wasn’t enough he then handed me a 30 year anniversary edition of “Powder Magazine”. He then directed me to a “photo spectacular” article by, Jake Moe on the history of Powder Magazine. This is Lodge coffee table material (if you would like to buy a massive lodge coffee table call me 208-724-3791). The name on the article was familiar however, being I only ski March and Aprils’ in shorts, on top of hero snow, the name was only vaguely familiar. I had skimmed through Powder and enjoyed over the years but I always thought is was more for the eyebrow deep, obsessive types. Definitely not me.
I have been converted. What a spectacular story and issue. Powder 40th Anniversary Issue Here.
What I came to find out is this energetic, extra awesome, powder hound, was Jake Moe himself. The author of that killer history of Powder. Not only that, he is the founder of Powder Magazine. And I thought he was a well meaning barista – completely mind blowing.
Nothing more could possibly happen on this epic early Sunday morning in Ketchum that had been so eventful thus far….. But it was only 8:30 AM (oh the energy). So as your pastor used to say 30 minutes before the end of his sermon every Sunday, “IN CLOSING”:
I returned to my trusted GMC Denali only to find that I had left my lights on after photographing a herd of elk up the east fork of the Wood earlier that morning. Hence a dead battery. Only after standing on the intersection in Downtown Ketchum with my “will work for jump start” sign for a few short minutes, and nearly suffering the ill effects of a grand-maul seizure, I returned to the comfort and warmth of the Starbucks/Visitors Center. (Apparently Sun Valley residents commuting through Ketchum are terrified of would be panhandlers. I me c’mon you think that I do not know where the best free continental breakfasts are in the valley).
Inside the Cafe I humbly requested the assistance of any would be mechanic. Once again as if it were fate a wonderfully kind fellow, clad in killer Patagonia puffer coat, came to my assistance. We chatted a while and jumped the limping Denali back to health. A firm handshake and off to the whacky shred fest on the mountain he went. Another extra specially awesome human interaction in Ketchum. Who was this stranger? Well it was Don who boasts Sturtavants as his passion, and maybe owns some additional interests there. Sturtavant’s is an outdoor enthusiasts shop in Hailey and Ketchum. I will go and shop there more than usual because of Don being such a great guy.
Wow there is something this town. Eating right. People always moving, staying active, being kind, and just overall common decency. I would deem it especially rich (not $), and functional living. I now declare Ketchum my third home. Behind 1 Boise and 2 Hagerman as if you were interested. It should be noted I will not be paying property taxes there however. What a great life we can have if we only live a little each day! Cheers.