|The classic L.L. Bean tote (with custom ITA logo, no less)|
filledwith shirts for Mr. Haberberger's 6th graders at Orchard.
|Taking in the final spectacle before turning the Games over to the Paralympians.|
I've picked up a couple of my own, and have been sporting them as I have visit schools, ski clubs, Boys & Girls Clubs, and YMCA's, from Astoria, Oregon to the Wenatchee Valley, to Winthrop, Washington all throughout May this year. Now that the calendar turns to June, I've done a little accounting: nine schools in four school districts; two states, two ski teams, two community events. Looking back, I probably could have snuck in a couple more, but I'm proud to say it's been my most productive month ever as a community mentor. It's been a very nice bonus to have L.L. Bean along for the ride.
I was particularly stoked that I was able to join forces with fellow ITA'er Brian Gregg and visit the skiers from the north country in the Methow Valley. Flash, Laura, and Leslie were very positive influences on my early days skiing, and it was great to see the excitement such a small community has for nordic skiing. It's not hard to understand how a valley with 1916 residents produced three-point-five Olympians in Sochi.
|A small collection of the US ladies' infamous storm-trooper|
white L.L. Bean boots. Made in Maine, lifetime warranty.
I rock a pair of these as well, only in a more-muted brown.
|Go William Go. A kindergartener from Astor Elementary|
attacks the post-Opening Ceremony skills session with
some serious skill. No wonder Landon Donovan got
left off the 2014 World Cup Team.
To the best of times.
And those that will be.