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You Know Not What You Have Until it is GoneAs I abandon the once freezing cold chair that has since been warmed by my presence I can not fight the smile that is on my face Maybe Im just selfish but I love it when there isnt a crowd and I dont have to share the park Looking down the hill I can see that only three other people braved the chill and had the will to get up this early As I work my way to a secluded corner to strap into my bindings my view is enhanced Though Ive seen this park enough times to burn an image into my subconscious each visit brings new wonder I push myself up and begin my descent to the staging ramp instinctively brushing off the snow that had accumulated on my backside As I glide up the staging ramp I nod at the individual already there Ive seen him here before although I dont know his name A silent friendship binds us that rarely needs words An occasional cheer or wince says more than the daily chatter most are forced to endure The sound of the second person echoes softly in my ears the chatter of his board on the freshly groomed snow getting louder as he grows closer His image creeps into the corner of my eye while I inspect my bindings I tighten each binding a few more clicks to ensure a snug fit between my board and I I dont watch him as he rides down the hill but I can tell by the sound of his board cutting through the hard-pack snow that he isnt moving at a very high rate of speed His slow relaxed warm-up run tells me that he had probably arrived shortly before I As he makes his way down the hill the sound of his board fades away until everything is silent again Just then my partner
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