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 Post subject: The TPR Disco Ball Caper - 4/20 - 2007
PostPosted: Tue Apr 24, 2007 9:51 pm 
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So this is what you need to pull off a successful backcountry disco ball caper.
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You need the disco ball, of course. You need a motor to spin it, and a spotlight. Also, extension cords to power it up. Maybe some cable ties, a little wire, and nylon cord to help hang the thing. What else..?

How about a ninety-three year old backcountry lodge in the heart of the Eastern Sierra...
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(photo credit jimw, last year)

...and perhaps a daring and elusive partner in crime...
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...with the stealth of a ninja and the cojones to walk around on polished furniture in stocking feet.
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On the evening of 4/20, all the elements came together. By some stroke of good fortune, everyone at the Tioga Pass Resort was in bed early and the Disco Ball Caper was on!

The disco ball motor has three little holes around the edge for screwing into a ceiling. To avoid any wrath from Ron, we decided not to go with screws. Instead we looped a piece of cord through the three holes and tied it off with a square knot backed by overhand loops.
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Then we tied a bowline through our impromptu harness.
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And we used a wire to feed the cord's standing end through the wagon-wheel light fixture above the couch.
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Hoist that funky disco ball motor, jimw!
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The fit was so perfect I could only conclude that our pioneering forefathers envisioned that day when wagonwheel would meet disco ball motor.
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Jim tied the cord off with a tautline hitch so we could pull everything snug.
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And finally we are ready for the disco ball!

But which to choose? I am the proud owner of two disco balls! The larger, clear ball, when mounted on the fast motor provides a frenetic, dance party vibe. But Jim and I both felt that the stately grandeur of the Tioga Pass Lodge, and indeed our awesome natural surroundings, were better paired with the slow groovin' vibe that only the rainbow ball mounted on the slowest motor could provide.
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Then we just had to run the wires...
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...and position the spotlight!
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Sadly (for you) it is impossible for me to describe the full beauty, and yes, comfort that this little slice o' slow-groovin' brought to our wilderness outpost. Jimw put together a sweet playlist on his mac and when we left that night, the lights were down and the room was bathed in glorious disco.

Throughout the night, as each over-hydrated, high-altitude guest got up to visit the communal loo, they would see the slow groovin' of disco lights spinning across the snowbank outside the lodge's window. And their hearts would warm with the knowledge that they had been visited by the disco ball fairy.

My little camera is too crappy to pick up the disco ball in low light conditions, so I took this video in the morning:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8EAQCDkH5yg

I just wish my camera had picked up some sound. TEX got some hi-def footage so maybe that will come out one of these days, hopefully...

The next night was both our last night at TPR and the last night of the winter season. Bob the cook was retiring to the poker table, having cooked his last TPR meal. And a new storm was bringing the prospect of powder as we drank beer in the disco ball's glow.

Thanks Ron, Julia, and the whole TPR crew for putting up with our splitboard invasion. It was the best!

-Edited to correct misspellings of both 'ninja' and 'cojones!'-

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PostPosted: Wed Apr 25, 2007 9:47 am 
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Hell yeah! That must have given a few riders an added 4/20 bonus to their trip...I know I would have enjoyed it!

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 Post subject: Re: The TPR Disco Ball Caper - 4/20 - 2007
PostPosted: Wed Apr 25, 2007 10:23 am 
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I would like to add that this is a purely hypothetical report... i.e., IF one wanted to hang a disco ball at TPR, this is how one might accomplish said feat. I can neither confirm nor deny if said events might have actually occurred. :)

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Throughout the night, as each over-hydrated, high-altitude guest got up to visit the communal loo, they would see the slow groovin' of disco lights spinning across the snowbank outside the lodge's window. And their hearts would warm with the knowledge that they had been visited by the disco ball fairy.

Either that, or they would have wondered what was wrong with what they were smoking, and how they ended up in a strange disco backcountry hell.

Next time we'll have to figure out how to suspend both your (disco) balls from the ceiling.


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That's it! No 4/20 weekend for you next year!

I am going to be in sooooo much trouble!

Wait, I didn't post these pictures. Storn! you are in soooo much trouble.......


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Really, Julia... You should have known better than to let a bunch of snowboarders visit your beautiful lodge:

Uncooperative... too much to drink... smart alecs that lip you off... more hassles, more confrontations...

We were bound to stir up trouble! :P :P :P

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