The art of trading & Shay getting philosophical
19 Dec, 2008
I moved to the resort town for the snowboarding, everything else came with it. The people who come here on vacations, pay for the jobs and opportunities. Without them, we wouldn’t have new roads or new chairlifts. It’s a double edged sword, because it’s a resort town…it’s not cheap either.
You pay a price to live here, while I live within walking distance to the slopes, I also pay higher prices in food, gas, everyday luxuries. Even my Starbucks costs more and that is dependent upon which location I buy it. You learn that with your minimal income, to find other ways to hook each other up.
One of the perks is the art of trading. In a resort town, you know which shop guys drink what beer or liquor to get a quick wax job or fix up job on a rock gash. I needed to have my truck looked at twice last month, instead of paying labor for a new friend to check it out I paid in beer. And I hooked up his boss with discount tickets to the mountain. For my new website, I have a friend helping me with the creation of it doing a lot of work but he knows I can’t pay him so I’m trading what I do have, a snowboard. In a resort town you which bartenders will give you free drinks, which baristas will treat you well with a $1.00 off every now and then. I’ve traded plenty of liquor for my roommates to watch my dog when I’m on vacation, a bottle of Crown goes a long way.
I make enough to survive, to pay my bills but I still live paycheck to paycheck. When I launched the blog, I did it to write about snowboarding, I could care less about scrounging up $10 from google ads. I am really stubborn that I don’t want to be another site with making money the main goal. I’ll be opening up the new site to advertising, but keeping with my tradition of full control over what ads can appear. I don’t want to compromise my integrity with ads and to remain true to what I want to say.
I didn’t move to Colorado to become rich, I came to enjoy something that is coveted to me. I came to the mountains to live, to not get sucked into a world where what you drive and how much you make, determines who you are. I’m very fortunate that I can live in a place that makes me happy, even when things are tough,I can walk outside, strap on a snowboard and be happy.
It’s easy to forget the world around a resort town, many people move to escape it and I definitely am one of those people. But by escaping, it opened up a lot more opportunities and inspired me to do something, to write about an experience as I live it and to enjoy some good trades along the way.