what a crazy day. i'm over in sunriver, oregon right now with the in-law family. that's 3 hours from portland. anyway, this morning, my 17yr-old sister in-law had a temper tantrum (very common ), so we started out with a real fiery morning. well, she was forbidden to join us as we went up the mountain to do some snowboarding. we took my rig b/c my truck is clearly more capable than their rav-4. only problem is that on monday morning, 10 minutes before we were supposed to leave for sunriver, my ignition key cylinder broke. so, i had ck5 member Makovai help me out hooking up a key to run the starter solenoid and the fuel shut off. works really well, but the rest of the truck doesn't know the truck is on so i don't have things such as blinkers or wipers, etc. we slapped a lot of rain-x on my windshield. then the hotel gave us a couple pieces of wire with aligator clips so i could hopefully figure out how to hot-wire my wipers, if need be. ok, so we start up the mountain, but as it turns out rain-x doesn't do sh*t for snow. well, i had a snow brush on a long rod, so i opened the window and manually cleaned my windshield while driving. well, that only worked for a while till it started snowing too much and the water wasn't being brushed off of the window. so, i slapped on a set of snow-goggles and stuck my head out the window. that worked, but it really sucked because it was cold like crazy and the snow stung and i couldn't see how close the passenger side was to the snow bank. anyway, we got to the top of the mountain safely. well, we were there 5 hours and it snowed 10" while there! that's a TON for oregon. well, the powder was DEEP. we got to the top of this lift, little 13 yr old bro-in-law gets stuck, takes off board to walk up to us. after fighting his way thru waist-deep powder, he loses his snow-board! So, i took off after it. i'm not that good of a snowboarder, but i'm flying down this hill. unfortunately visibility was limited, but i'm keeping up with his board pretty good (it had a 100ft head start.) then i ate the deep powder and lost his board! now he's $300 in debt b/c it was rented and the insurance doesn't cover it. bummer. i go down to the bottom of the hill for help, wife and bro climb back to top of run. well, i made it down this long freaking hill and back up to the top of the lift before they make it up the hill! deep stuff really bogged them down. i wait in the lift house at the top, and dude tells me he's gonna call ski patrol to come get all three of us at the bottom of the hill after we ride the lift back down to the bottom. we get to the bottom and ski patrol doesn't know a thing about it, but they agree to give bro a ride to the lodge, but claire and i have to ride to the top of the lift again and board down to the lodge which was some distance away. my clothes lost their water-proof quality, so i'm freezing my ass off and pissed. anyway, we go up and ride down again, with only a couple spots of trouble. then i decide i'm gonna figure out how to hot wire my wiper motor, so i learned how to do that in the parking lot in the snow. that was neat. everything else was pretty uneventful, but a long adventure of a day.