JAN 2018 A ngell A dvocate
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Ever since I was a little kid, I’ve loved the thrill of skiing. One icy afternoon when I was 10 or 11, my parents drove me to the ski resort for my first lesson. As most little kids would be, I was slightly tentative about listening to a teacher all day when I didn’t have to be at school and was more than a little unsteady on my first pair of skis. When you don’t know what you’re doing, even getting on a chairlift can be a daunting task. Luckily, the first couple hours were spent on a tiny slope near the lodge. First came the “pizza and French fries” part of the lesson, instructing us on the all-important skill of stopping. Then we took a few slow cruises down the bunny hill, careening side to side and falling dozens of times. I’ve got to admit, when you’re brand new, skiing is not the most fun activity. It’s freezing outside, you’re terrified of losing control and smashing into a tree or an older kid, and you fall on a regular basis. But at the first sign of success, when you get a taste of speed and the possibilities begin to open up as you successfully glide down your first slope, it gets addictive. From then on, I went skiing as often as I could. Though I haven’t always lived in places amenable to the sport (like San Francisco or here in Atlanta), I’ve made it a part of my life. I don’t know if I’d say I’m a great skier these days, but I am at least a competent one.
This month, my wife and I are excited to take my three young children out to Beaver Creek in Colorado to give them their first taste of cruising down the mountain. It should be an interesting experience, with our children at ages 7, 4, and 2, but I’m sure that, like me, they’ll take to it after a bit of patience. It should be a ton of fun. There’s just nothing like the feeling of being on the mountain, overlooking an incredible view with a low wind humming in your ears. And now that I get to share that with my kids, it’ll be that much more meaningful. I can’t wait for the moment when they’re able to speed down the hill with reckless abandon — although hopefully not too fast.
This is just one of the many things I’m looking forward to in 2018. Between growing the practice, realizing personal goals, and constantly working to better serve my clients, it should be a busy year. But, along with my family and awesome team at The Angell Law Firm, I’ll be sure to make every day count.
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