I’m a 21 year old business student about to graduate community college. I should be excited, taking the next step towards adult-hood, towards becoming a well mannered contributor to society. Yet I find myself feeling “meh”. All I can think about is getting out of school and moving on with my life. I don’t mean get out school like graduate in 2 years, I mean get out now. I’m constantly trying to look for the next big thing, the next “facebook” as they might say but I have yet to find it. Lately the two things I have been the most stoked on is snowboarding and electronic music movement. Thats what I will be focusing the blog on. It will be a sort of memoir as I travel deeper and deeper into the business and recreational side of these two things.
I have been doing the snowboard instructor thing for 2 months now. That is 2 months of actual working, doesn’t include the 2 weeks of training we had to go through before the break. I have come to one major realization, “Don’t become a snowboard instructor if your poor” Now I’m not saying that they don’t pay you, well if you consider minimum wage and barely 4 hours a week pay. But there is a definite shortage of cash of the front end. I mean first you have to go to training for a minimum of 4 days. Now this is 4 days of no pay but free snowboarding. It was basically like taking a lesson for 4 days for free. Now that doesn’t sound that bad at first but when you start to factor in the gas that it takes to get up there in the 4 wheel drive jeep liberty or my personal favorite the 96′ Toyota Previa with no traction tires, we have already spent at least 200 dollars in gas. On the last day of training we were suppossed to find out who was getting hired and who was making the cut. Now normally this would be a stressfull situation. I mean during the whole training process I spent the 4 days hearing our instructor tell me and the other new hires that pretty much everything we were doing was wrong and that we weren’t as good as we thought. But since there were 10 spots and only 10 people showed up for training I felt my chances were pretty high I was getting hired. So we began the hiring process which basically just entailed a shit ton of paper work. It was pretty standard consisted of a application, a w-2, and than the word charges caught my eye. Sure enough it was a charge sheet. It was a sheet were you could charge stuff to your employee account and pay the mountain back later. There were things on it like a meal card or a bus pass, you know optional things. As I got farther down the page i noticed a uniform charge of $20, which we have to have, a proximity card(secruity card) for $20, and a season pass for $20, and you guessed it have to buy it. So now i have spent close to $200 in gas, and I know owe the mountain $60. Needless to say It took me about 2 full paychecks before I paid it back.
Now I know you’re thinking, “Bryant, why didn’t you just quit?” Two reasons. One, if it wasn’t for this job I wouldn’t be snowboarding at all. Two, our clinician, that is the guy that trains us, happens to be on of the best snowboard instructors in the country. Just spending 4 days with this guy is training valued at over$450 that we received for free. But without money being put in my pocket it was very hard to keep my interest. So I was forced to turn to other means of finding ways to get “paid” out of this job. For example, taking advantage of the fact that I’m able to go to any mountain in the pacific northwest for free. I have already spent 3 days at Mt. Batchelor, 1 day at Timberline, and planning many more. Let’s also not forget the improvement in my riding. When I entered this job I was an intermediate rider that thought i was the best. I mean I could get down the double black diamonds at Park City, UT and mash down the backcountry bowls. But after spending a few days at the job I discovered theres being able to get down the run and theres being able to get down the run looking good. My freestyle riding is where the real improvement has shown. Starting this job I could ollie pretty much an jump but i wasn’t trying to go big or anything and I definetly wasn’t hitting any rails. Now I’m prepping myself to get ready to enter a railjamp competition and can slam down 360’s and working on 540’s. The improvement curve while have this job has been great
Luckily I landed a second job at Oregon State University washing dishes and that jobs actually pays me money so its been pretty much supporting me. But we won’t go into detail there its fairly boring. It did however make is possible for me to buy a new turntable and mixer so more on the music aspect of life soon