Another Spring night, another beating...
Well, it wasn't a physical beating...really.
My sunny optimism got the best of me last night. Swing Shift was well into Extra Trails when the Graveyard Shift punched in. Their Cockeyed Optimist was practically glowing when he related what they'd left for the three of us to do. I called the park groomers...they were jubilant over their progress, too...and no, they wouldn't need any help from the Free Groomers. Nice set-up I thought!
I saddled up in my old favorite BR350, and rumbled into the night, buoyed by the knowledge that I could be getting outta there early! I was greeted by fairly fast conditions, but I knew that wouldn't last...it was getting colder...fast, and I was working my way up the Mountain, and down the thermometer.
By 2AM even I could read the handwriting on the wall...I'd be getting a full shift in tonight. I set about grinding out my list. The AM side of my cat's stereo has been crippled all season by some antenna glitch, so my iPod provided the soundtrack for the night.
Entering the home stretch, the last third of my final circuit took as long as the first two-thirds...I must have been quite the sight to those who snowmobiled past on the way to their jobs. The Podcast of Friday's "Armstrong & Getty Show" had me bustin' a gut! They killed, and I was laughing out loud every minute or two!
The decent sunrise, coupled with a big dose of hilarity, made me forget all about the early-off tease. We weren't jubilant back at the fuel dock, but we were far from bummed.
Tonight's my Friday. My weekend will be chock-full of Motorsports and Baseball. Formula One in China, IndyCars at Long Beach, Giants vs Dodgers...Spring in all it's glory! My last weekend for the 09/10 Ski Season. Stream Trout opens next weekend, and Ocean Salmon will now be open 'till Labor Day.
To borrow from Steinbeck: "Once again the World was spinning in greased grooves"
According to the Reno NWS, my final Monday will be a Storm Night! Greased Grooves, indeed!