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The Ski Bum’s View of 30


When I originally wrote this Editor’s Note for Issue 149, I named it “A Ski Bum Looks at 30.” This was a tribute to Jimmy Buffett’s “A Pirate Looks at 40”, which reflects on the life of a dried up sailor, born two centuries too late to explore the high seas. The title was changed after many rounds editing. It’s for a good reason. “A Pirate Looks at 40” is a deep cut, known mostly to Parrot Heads like my parents. Plus, there was already a song referenced in the article and the final draft wasn’t about regrets. It was about starting anew.

In honor of Jimmy Buffett’s recent passing, I listened to “A Pirate Looks at 40” and was struck by one line: “Still could manage to smile. Just takes a while, just takes a while.” Perhaps I originally misunderstood what Jimmy was saying. “A Pirate Looks at 40” isn’t just a ballad of youthful regrets. It’s also about healing with time, gaining perspective through age and opening up to new beginnings. —Betsy Manero

Betsy Manero watches Izzy Lazarus ride to white pastures on Wyoming’s Teton Pass. [Photo] Shannon Corsi

Izzy Lazarus, a college student from Vermont, and I headed to the Rocky Mountains in September 2015.

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