This post was inspired while watching Tosh.0 one night and they had a clip of a really impressive-looking “yard-sale.” For those of you who do not know what the term “yard-sale” is in conjunction to skiing…it’s where you take a tumble on the slopes while skiing or snowboarding…and leave parts of your equipment all the way down the mountain as you fall.
The first time I heard about this concept was at my National Sales Meeting last year which was held in South Lake Tahoe. Our company had a specific quarterly goal that, if we attained it, meant we would get an entire day to hit the slopes or the spa. We hit that revenue marker, and so was gifted with an entire day in the snow…left to our own devices….this is always a great recipe for wacky antics and hilarious stories.
Later, at dinner, I heard some of my co-workers talking about who had the most impressive yard-sale. There apparently were a few very close contenders…but the award was finally given to the guy who was six foot two inches, about 240 pounds, not super athletic, and who made a LOT of noises as he went falling down the mountain while losing his ski equipment along the way. This post is a very random observation about the difference between how guys bond versus how ladies bond. I look at all my close girl friends and at what we do when we bond…we basically sit around making fun of each other in a loving way, do spa treatments/mani/pedi/dinners/dance like goofballs when we do go out…and connect on an emotional level of understanding and similar lifestyles. At my National Sales Meetings there are about 7 guys for every lady and so I get a LOT of time to observe bonding time and co-worker interactions…last year it involved beaning each other in the face with snowballs, having contests where they rate who had the best accident that could have landed them in the ER…and then sharing that embarrassment with anyone who wasn’t there but was willing to listen. So I guess the point of this post is…next time you’re bummed out that you didn’t get included in the guy “bonding time” at work…maybe think long and hard about the fact that you MIGHT not want to be a participant in the “yard-sale contest.”
Below: Two co-workers and I decided to participate in the snow activities…that did not involve the chance of a yard-sale