Monday, March 27, 2017

America the Miserable

Believe it or not, you make the choice to be unhappy, every day. By Andrew J. Pridgen Are you an unhappy person? Are you? That’s not an accusation, that’s a question. Think about it for a minute. Think about your day yesterday. Did you wake up feeling OK about stuff? Did you clear the sleep out of your eyes, heave a big...

Squaw CEO Andy Wirth’s latest email expression “Atmospheric Rivers” is revelatory wordplay—a brazen and purposeful liberation from fact, reason and truth

The free verse poem vaguely hidden by his email transmission is the Squaw CEO’s masterwork to date. By Andrew J. Pridgen Performance artist, corporate mouthpiece, serial monologist, evolutionary grammarian and internet provocateur Andy Wirth’s latest transmission to his waiting public is verily a thinly disguised free verse poem. Wirth uses repetition and occasional rhyming along with his unique sentence structure, signature...

How to remember Erik Roner’s life without focusing on his death

Truckee resident Erik Roner, 39, died Monday in a skydiving accident at Squaw. The incident was the equivalent of a NASCAR driver perishing in a head-on on the way to the store to grab a gallon of milk. That said, Roner was a guy who lived without limits and died within them. I only hope his life is recalled...

The real 395

The 395 south of the sign is south of heaven. Written by Kyle Magin Scenic US Route 395 ends abruptly. Somewhere southbound along Eastern California’s beautiful backdoor byway toward Southern California, around Olancha after you see the first Joshua Trees popping up from the shitty soil, CalTrans makes it very clear you are leaving the state-designated Scenic 395 corridor. The land beyond it--a...

I hate myself for loving Cody Townsend’s Line of the Year

You’ve seen it by now, right? About three million people have, minus the like 10,000 times I’ve watched it. By Andrew Pridgen Just in case you haven’t: Truckee-based heir to the throne Cody Townsend stands atop a giant rocky urethra on Alaska’s Tordrillos with MSP cams rolling (complete with establishing helicopter shot from the other helicopter). He points it, takes a breath...

Why Marco Sullivan’s 17-year professional skiing career was more consequential than you think

Nobody did it better...while wearing more denim. By Andrew J. Pridgen Athletes, they say, die two deaths. The first when they retire, the second when their number is called up from behind the giant deli counter in the sky. Marco Sullivan, a 17-year Alpine veteran of the U.S. Ski team and perhaps one of the finest examples of a man who threw...

No Answers for the Great Lakes, Only Questions

Major questions are looming for the Great Lakes’ only national park and its sportfishing industry. Their answers will determine how man supports wildlife in the 21st century. Written by Kyle Magin Great Lakes wildlife managers teeter on the brink of two major decisions regarding its most well-known species. On Isle Royale National Park: The Great Lakes’ only national park--894 square miles...

The Winter Wait

I did a double-take in my grocery store the other day. Here in my toney north Lake Tahoe neighborhood (it’s affluent, so I’m legally obligated to refer to it as toney or leafy, and since this is a pine tree-dominated environment, you get the former) I’m one of a small handful of year-round dirt bags. That’s why it surprised me so...

Who run the world? The female-first future of Coalition Snow

The Tahoe-bred ski and snowboard company built by women and for women expands with a youth line. Here, Coalition Snow's co-founders check back in with DPB on International Women's Day to show us who run this mutha! Interview by Andrew J. Pridgen When last we checked in with Coalition Snow co-founders Jen Gurecki and Danielle Rees, it was 2015, the pair...

Jamie Whitmore’s long, tough trail to gold

The former XTERRA World Champion takes home a gold and silver from Rio’s paralympic games. By Andrew J. Pridgen I don’t care much for movie stars or models, mostly because any adulation from me would go unreturned — famous people are like the opposite of dogs. I don’t get the butterflies if I run into a politician or a financier — and I...

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