JoshuasTravels — ikons

ikons

Written by . Posted at 7:49 am on April 7th, 2007

a picture’s worth a thousand words, just ask a cameraman
– J.Buffett

13 heaven exists. it's in Pittsburgh
when Rory Page says he'll pick you up at 3pm, that means wait 25 minutes and then text him again
when Rory Page says he'll pick you up at 3pm, that means wait 25 minutes and then text him again
<opening lyrics to Gaga's Bad Romance>... ra ra ah ah ah ga ga ga ga
<opening lyrics to Gaga's Bad Romance>… ra ra ah ah ah ga ga ga ga
introducing Mikey Fraas (with a name like that, you just know we're gonna be friends)
introducing Mikey Fraas (with a name like that, you just know we're gonna be friends)
cue the Reservoir Dogs soundtrack
cue the Reservoir Dogs soundtrack
so I stayed in Rory's little brother's room and these are some kickass dinos
so I stayed in Rory's little brother's room and these are some kickass dinos
whoa, Rory - whoa
whoa, Rory – whoa
Poppa Page, Carolina lady, Rory Page, Mr. Mikey
Poppa Page, Carolina lady, Rory Page, Mr. Mikey
concerned looks from the chick from Carolina - say that three times in rapidity
concerned looks from the chick from Carolina – say that three times in rapidity
bah-zang-ah!
bah-zang-ah!
hey! there's no lauging in baseball!
hey! there's no lauging in baseball!
this is my game face
this is my game face
looking at these pictures, you'd think I just spent all day kinda standing around the slopes without doing much of that sweet sweet shredding
looking at these pictures, you'd think I just spent all day kinda standing around the slopes without doing much of that sweet sweet shredding
well, standing or sitting
well, standing or sitting
don't worry, he's pretty much a pro
don't worry, he's pretty much a pro
...professional POSER! oh snap!
…professional POSER! oh snap!
....showboating for the crowd...
….showboating for the crowd…
a little ski fuel... and a younger brother
a little ski fuel… and a younger brother
and that's the view from Page's dad's houes.... helllllllo Shenandoah Valley
and that's the view from Page's dad's houes…. helllllllo Shenandoah Valley
four trouble makers, making trouble
four trouble makers, making trouble
hey me, looking pretty Hollywood there
hey me, looking pretty Hollywood there
the slushie was shit, but you gotta respect a pun based on Milton's Paradise Lost
the slushie was shit, but you gotta respect a pun based on Milton's Paradise Lost
East Coasters, psha
East Coasters, psha
what are you doing, Mikey?
what are you doing, Mikey?
what ARE you doing, Mikey?
what ARE you doing, Mikey?
har har har
har har har
Standing, not skiing. They're East Coast Trash.
Standing, not skiing. They're East Coast Trash.
falling and grinning
falling and grinning
first time tracks ever, you believe that!
first time tracks ever, you believe that!
one
one
two
two
three
three
looking pretty BA, there Page
looking pretty BA, there Page
... you big teddy bear, you
… you big teddy bear, you
portrait of the artist as a young man
portrait of the artist as a young man
hey! Steeler's suck!
hey! Steeler's suck!
whazam bang!
whazam bang!
never had one lesson!
never had one lesson!
please, you're embarrasing the Hold-The-Line state
please, you're embarrasing the Hold-The-Line state
taking pictures of taking pictures
taking pictures of taking pictures
you lost a ski there, Mr. Fraas
you lost a ski there, Mr. Fraas
mid-Pizza hugs
mid-Pizza hugs
it's West Virginia, they actually DO that thing with mason jar beers
it's West Virginia, they actually DO that thing with mason jar beers
proust!
proust!
nachos +beers + shredding = good day
nachos +beers + shredding = good day
tres amigos
tres amigos
whatchu got, Mountain!
whatchu got, Mountain!
thas right, thas right
thas right, thas right
no no, you gotta look at the spaces BETWEEN the trees
no no, you gotta look at the spaces BETWEEN the trees
sticking to the courdory for a while
sticking to the courdory for a while
why do we fall, Master Wayne?
why do we fall, Master Wayne?
next time I see you, remind me to tell you a funny story about Augusta Ski & Scuba renting me the height of 90's ski-technology
next time I see you, remind me to tell you a funny story about Augusta Ski & Scuba renting me the height of 90's ski-technology
lesGO!
lesGO!
see, it's West Virginia so we couldn't ski back to truck... we had to take a shuttle to get to a bus to get back to the main parking lot
see, it's West Virginia so we couldn't ski back to truck… we had to take a shuttle to get to a bus to get back to the main parking lot
the content of this photo has been modified to protect the identities of the innocent
the content of this photo has been modified to protect the identities of the innocent
Serve and Protect, Copper
Serve and Protect, Copper
they ain't got sleven's where I now live... pretty big moment right here
they ain't got sleven's where I now live… pretty big moment right here
Mikey, bless his soul, doesn't take duffel bags when he goes on trips. He takes tupperware.
Mikey, bless his soul, doesn't take duffel bags when he goes on trips. He takes tupperware.
excuse me, Rubbermaids
excuse me, Rubbermaids
sleeping in ANOTHER little brother's room... they mis-assembled the bunk beds like five years ago, never bothered to re-try
sleeping in ANOTHER little brother's room… they mis-assembled the bunk beds like five years ago, never bothered to re-try
four beers in
four beers in
if I caption this photo "what's up?" will you get it?
if I caption this photo "what's up?" will you get it?
Page's Dad's Sister, cooking us up some daaaaamn fine eating
Page's Dad's Sister, cooking us up some daaaaamn fine eating
and she acutally dug out some Apple Cider from the carport, microwaved it, and threw it at me in this adorable mug... big props
and she acutally dug out some Apple Cider from the carport, microwaved it, and threw it at me in this adorable mug… big props
.... needless to say, we didn't make First Chair
…. needless to say, we didn't make First Chair
"man, I can really ruin a photo"   (no, I'm not going to tell you which one of us said that)
"man, I can really ruin a photo" (no, I'm not going to tell you which one of us said that)
Mike Fraas, Seven Springs, Feb 2011
Mike Fraas, Seven Springs, Feb 2011
(just like a Roadrunner cartoon)
(just like a Roadrunner cartoon)
zoom zoom
zoom zoom
Page always takes FOREVER to snap in. Like prima-donna-ballerina amounts of time.
Page always takes FOREVER to snap in. Like prima-donna-ballerina amounts of time.
not to jam my own mic, but I'm pretty much always ready to rock
not to jam my own mic, but I'm pretty much always ready to rock
I call this "forgot gloves"
I call this "forgot gloves"
zoom zoom
zoom zoom
a little less talk, a lot more action
a little less talk, a lot more action
maxing and relaxing
maxing and relaxing
this isn't skiing, this is standing in line
this isn't skiing, this is standing in line
....I hate the East Coast
….I hate the East Coast
After we finished our power-runs, we spent about ten minutes looking for the rookies at the rendezvous point. Being the gentlemen I am, I moved out of the main path. Rory blocked-progress the whole time. I'm a West Coast hippie, he's an East Coast prick. It's amazing we get along so well.
After we finished our power-runs, we spent about ten minutes looking for the rookies at the rendezvous point. Being the gentlemen I am, I moved out of the main path. Rory blocked-progress the whole time. I'm a West Coast hippie, he's an East Coast prick. It's amazing we get along so well.
a good candid is worth a thousand posed
a good candid is worth a thousand posed
a Yinzer, drinking a Pilsner
a Yinzer, drinking a Pilsner
a Yinzer and a... Portlander? Puddletowner? Granola-breath? Hipster?
a Yinzer and a… Portlander? Puddletowner? Granola-breath? Hipster?
snow tubes
snow tubes
some sort of snow-skeeball
some sort of snow-skeeball
lesGO!
lesGO!
getting my slope on
getting my slope on
oh wait, he had gloves? what a smug k-wad....
oh wait, he had gloves? what a smug k-wad….
getting it while it's good to get it
getting it while it's good to get it
how many whirlybirds do you think this dill-weed can knock out in 63 seconds?
how many whirlybirds do you think this dill-weed can knock out in 63 seconds?
<cough cough>
<cough cough>
I went right-to-left and then left-to-right when I should have gone left-to-right and then right-to-left.... I know, right?
I went right-to-left and then left-to-right when I should have gone left-to-right and then right-to-left…. I know, right?
don't worry, Rory's mom - it's not that dangerous
don't worry, Rory's mom – it's not that dangerous
last run of the last day
last run of the last day
(I had to teach him how to carry his skis like that)
(I had to teach him how to carry his skis like that)
it was cold as a polar bear's derriere... and the door wouldn't shut all the way. Nobody seemed to care, and I've been in (one desert or another) for way too long
it was cold as a polar bear's derriere… and the door wouldn't shut all the way. Nobody seemed to care, and I've been in (one desert or another) for way too long
introducing the man in black
introducing the man in black
Fiori's Pizza, in the south hills of Pittsburgh - PDG
Fiori's Pizza, in the south hills of Pittsburgh – PDG
...and we enter HEAVEN (the Hofbräuhaus House)
…and we enter HEAVEN (the Hofbräuhaus House)
Malaise
Malaise
Concern
Concern
Discontent
Discontent
Excitement
Excitement
I'm betting he knows something I don't know
I'm betting he knows something I don't know
peas in a pod
peas in a pod
a well-framed photo, no cropping at all (promise)
a well-framed photo, no cropping at all (promise)
that's some mighty fine, mighty fine beer
that's some mighty fine, mighty fine beer
okay, enough pleasantries.... this place was incredible: a massive open room with everybody milling around talking to everybody else
okay, enough pleasantries…. this place was incredible: a massive open room with everybody milling around talking to everybody else
and this is the picture where you see how exhausted we all are from two days of driving and skiing
and this is the picture where you see how exhausted we all are from two days of driving and skiing
...and HEAVEN-VALHALLA connects to another huge beerhall with a kicking band (but not stupid-loud) and half the people were dancing on the tables. that's it, that's the best part of the story, there ain't no more.
…and HEAVEN-VALHALLA connects to another huge beerhall with a kicking band (but not stupid-loud) and half the people were dancing on the tables. that's it, that's the best part of the story, there ain't no more.


let's lose charley