One day when I was 7, my winter jacket got caught on the back of a chairlift as it arrived at the top of a snowy mountain. I couldn’t get off. The chairlift started to lift up so it could flip over for its return down the slope. In a panic, I jumped. One of my skis flew off and slid downhill; my ski instructor chased after it. Miraculously, I kept my balance when I landed on the other ski, my momentum propelling me forward fifteen feet until I stumbled into the snow.
The two empty chairs hanging from their lift cables in this photograph are much more peaceful. With no riders, the ski lift looks like a black linear diagram in front of an expansive view of blue sky and white puffy clouds. The upper right chair heads uphill and the lower left chair returns downhill, both without incident. However, the cumulus cloud at the top of the frame is mostly grey, a hint of a possible storm brewing.
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