Tuesday, November 29, 2011

Aaron "helicopter" Hartz's Going Away Party

My good buddy Aaron Hartz, who has been down on his luck for the past couple years, finally was handed down a dream job by the snow gods this month... a seasonal job with a heli-skiing company based out of Salt Lake City, Utah.  Yes, I now have a best buddy who is working for a heli-ski business - hooray!  I think the first year he'll be the rookie and mostly refueling the choppers but I'm sure he'll be going up with them plenty and hopefully later this season or next season he'll be able to use all the guide skills he has acquired over the past couple years to earn a good living as a professional ski guide.  Back in the day when I was single this would have been my dream job as well but now with a steady job and great lady I can only sit back and send my buddy off to his new job with a big party and ski movie night at our place.  

I emailed a ton of people and made Hartz promise not to leave town tonight.  The initial plan was to bbq and pre-game at our place before heading out to Suds or downtown but with Ski movies playing and a warm apartment full of cases of beer and a fire in the stove the party just kept raging on here late into the night.  Mo Davies showed up who was here visiting from Australia, Kelly, Betsy, Jon, Anna, Mark, Sarah, Nate, Mel, Chris, Mo, Maxine, Paul, Dennis, Matt, Kevin, Emily, I and a few others all showed up to say goodbye to a legend.  I think Hartz had a great time and I know that I will really miss shredding the Cascades with him this season.  Hopefully I'll be able to find some time and money to go visit him and perhaps see him over the holidays.   

So glad you are taking this leap in life buddy, I'm glad to have taken a few leaps with you in the past - Cheers, Jon

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