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in: Ari-o; Ari-o > 2018-02-06

Feb 7, 2018 6:29 PM # 
I noticed your car. It wasn't in a demarcated spot. So I imagine that was your warning. That said, when they put down an inch of salt over the pavement, it's a little hard to see the lines...

Also, regarding yelling at lapped skiers - I feel like John and Andy need to take some chill pills. The course is open, there isn't much other skiing to be had, and it's the responsibility of the faster skier to be in control and avoid the worse skiers. Some signs would help, but if you're going to enforce the "don't get in my way" rule that Andy seems to want to enforce, then you need to make people wear bibs or something, so you know who is racing and who is not.

But mostly, they need to chill. There's no reason to ski into someone. I was skiing with Andy yesterday and it seemed like there was a lot of unnecessary yelling. You can't just yell "I'm on your left" when you're in a pack. It's a mass start, nobody has to move over.
Feb 7, 2018 9:04 PM # 
I only parked there because someone else had just pulled out of the "space."

And, yes, it's hard to tell where the spaces are when it's covered in salt. And there are more spots in the second row, and you can't see well which are the handicap spots and all. (And now they have new handicap spots up by the building, so are these even handicap spots anymore? I doubt the driveway is an ADA-acceptable grade.)

Now they certainly do need to chill, and I got a bit caught up in the excitement up front, although John was way more concerned than Cameron and myself. He also didn't say anything and I had to yell from third position. Apparently people are just supposed to sense there are people behind them? That said there do seem to be a subset of people skiing on Tuesday nights who have no idea there might be faster skiers out there and of course manage to be in the way of the first ones either on Mount Foljms or on the inside of a corner.

(I do wonder what it would cost to order a set of race bibs. I'd buy an ATO bib for $10 or $20, and then we could have others for people who didn't want their initials so they could be recognized explicitly as racers. Seems kind of silly, but might be fun.

I think it's good to ask people to yield, but the rhetoric of Andy telling people at the start that way might rub some the wrong way. And some sort of sign that goes up at 6:00 on Tuesday nights by the entrance might help, something like:

Race in progress
7–8 PM
Look for racers
Use outside of corners
Move aside when being passed

For everyone's safety.
Thank you!
Feb 7, 2018 9:47 PM # 
there's not enough use of quotation marks for emphasis in that suggested signage
Feb 7, 2018 9:53 PM # 
"Race" in "progress"
7–8 "PM"
Look for "racers"
Use "outside" of "corners"
"Move aside" when "being passed"
For everyone's "safety"
Feb 7, 2018 10:54 PM # 
Feb 8, 2018 1:31 PM # 
Feb 9, 2018 5:26 PM # 
The football coach at Newton North posted notes on the team bulletin board where every word was in separate quotes.

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