(Kiri describes the ski suit
she has custom-made for each of the members
of the ski team. Unfortunately, due to a
heavy snowfall at the site of the races on
Centauri Base, there was the possibility she
was worried about the races having to be
moved to Sirius. We hear Lyka is on Sirius
training the biathlon team under the excuse
of Arctic warfare training.)
so how goes it my dear?
Kiri: it goes good.
Russ: good. Getting ready for the
Kiri: yeah, I’m all set and
dialed. I’ve got my suit all done,
team suits are all done.
Russ: are they?
Russ: good job.
Russ: did you put your little army
of workers on it?
Kiri: yeah. It’s red, dark red,
dark blue, black and white.
Russ: wow, colorful.
Kiri: uh-huh, legs are white.
Russ: a special Kiri designed team
Kiri: uh-huh, well I did it last
year for the first time.
Russ: people will want to keep
that for a while.
Kiri: oh they've got them kept.
Russ: there should be a line of
Kiri: nope, because each one is
next week right?
Kiri: starts Sunday.
Unfortunately, I won’t be here to
see my niece have her baby.
Kiri: my heats start on Monday.
Russ: nope you won't be.
Kiri: uh-huh. Finals are on Friday
for the slalom, Lyka’s is…..her
heats I think start on Wednesday
and then the finals are on Sunday.
Looking forward to it, I’m skiing
great at the moment.
Russ: are you?
Kiri: uh-huh. Spent the afternoon
on the hill….
Kiri: working real…..
Russ: is your time coming down at
Kiri: uh-huh, managed to shave
2/10’s of a second off.
Russ: pretty good.
Kiri: uh-huh, I thought so too.
Really burns my legs though
getting in tight to those poles.
Russ: large parts are there.
Kiri: uh-huh, slalom?
Kiri: short, powerful turns?
Kiri: uh-huh. The only thing that
I’m worried about is that we may
have to move the whole entire
Russ: to Sirius?
Kiri: yeah, the latest reports I
got is that they’ve got a unit and
a half of snow. I think it’s like
three feet of your measurement to
Russ: snow? I’ll take your word
Kiri: so that would be four and a
Russ: damn, that’s a lot of snow.
Kiri: uh-huh, makes your El Niño
look like a wimp.
Russ: well, what’s projected for
the week’s projection?
Kiri: unsettled weather.
Russ: hmm, could be anything.
Russ: it could clear up too.
Kiri: uh-huh, it could, I’m hoping
it does but if it’s a howling gale
so much the better for me.
Kiri: that’s what I used to ski a
lot of the time in back home.
Russ: hmm, it's not going to help
your skis out though.
Kiri: they're regular skis, well
I’m on regular skis anyway.
Russ: yeah but I mean your wax,
you need a special wax for that.
Kiri: I formulated a special wax,
when I was young I formulated a
special wax for it.
Russ: well let’s pray for gales.
Kiri: you’ve got to remember,
where was I born?
Russ: the highlands, I know.
Kiri: uh-huh, from the highlands.
Russ: yeah but you didn’t have ski
Kiri: no we used to hike up the
Kiri: mind you, admittedly it was
in the backyard. Well, we called
the backyard. You know that big
meadow behind us that climbs up
Russ: oh yeah, the one in the
Kiri: uh-huh yeah, that’s where we
used to ski.
Kiri: it was great growing up when
mother was home. We’d hike up the
hill and she’d hike up with us and
we’d ski down. I think she
would’ve been a great racer.
Russ: oh no doubt. Is Bunny going
Kiri: hmm I don’t know, I haven’t
talked to her for a while. Leah
talked to her a couple nights ago
Russ: well Lyka will be there,
Leah will be there….
Russ: Bunny will be there, you’ll
Russ: all the elements you need to
really....plus you have a nice
Russ: I imagine a cabin with a
Kiri: uh-huh. I’ve got some
romance that I planned.
Russ: you do?
Russ: taking Mark off to a
Kiri: well yeah, I’ll take Mark
off to a snowdrift as well but
there’s an old friend of mine that
I went to school with showing up
Russ: oh, your old professor.
Kiri: no, it’s a love interest
that we never consummated.
Russ: oh really?
Kiri: closest we ever got was
Russ: what, have you contacted her
Kiri: she contacted me actually,
she’s on Centauri base full-time.
Russ: oh is she?
Russ: oh really?
Russ: and she’s on the team or…..?
Kiri: no, she’s not competing or
anything, she saw my name on the
Russ: oh did she?
Russ: all right.
Kiri: she contacted me that I was
on the Hades Base team and
contacted me and everything and
asked if I was coming out and that
I could stay at her cabin if I
Russ: ahh interesting.
Kiri: yep. Her children will be
there, not at the cabin but
they’re coming up.
Kiri: and her bond mate is going
to be there and not be there.
Russ: what do you mean he’s not
going to be there?
Kiri: well he’s going to be up
there but he’s going to be making
the commute every day.
Russ: hmm, well interesting.
Russ: I look forward to this.
Kiri: yes, I’m looking forward to
Russ: I’ll have to add that to the
Russ: post the results like I did
Kiri: yeah, Mark will have the
results and everything. But last
time I talked to Lyka, she is
very, very hot.
Russ: really, she’s cooking huh?
Russ: so she’s practicing on
Kiri: uh-huh and she’s doing,
Russ: so she’s using Sirius’
Kiri: uh-huh. She’s got her
company up there on exercise which
means that the……
Russ: the biathlon team.
Kiri: biathlon team is working out
and it’s hard to say who’s on the
Kiri: because they’re doing winter
Russ: oh, so the whole squad's
Kiri: the whole company.
Russ: the whole company is doing
Kiri: uh-huh. And in their free
time they're allowed to do skiing
and of course as she’s the only
one that is from Hades Base there,
Kiri: it’s hard for them to figure
out what’s going on. She’s got I
think the biathlon team she took
with her this time.
Kiri: under the auspices of doing
Arctic warfare training.
Russ: well that’s pretty good
Kiri: uh-huh so she’s up on the
slopes doing Arctic warfare
training as well as in her free
time skiing and so is the biathlon
team and of course the biathlon
team is all under assumed names.
Russ: oh geez.
Kiri: and guess who they're skiing
Russ: who? The Sirians.
Kiri: biathlon team.
Kiri: and they don’t know.
Actually I wonder if that would be
Russ: scouting out the other side?
Russ: done all the time.
Kiri: yes but actually using your
team to scout out the other team
to train with the other team.
Russ: doesn’t matter. I don’t know
if you saw the Olympics or not but
the figure skating?
Russ: they had the warm-up rink or
the training rink…
Russ: and they had the regular
rink for the show.
Russ: but in the training rink,
all the competitors from all
around the world would be taking
turns and all the coaches….
Kiri: would be sitting waiting for
their....and watching and......
Russ: sure, it’s perfectly
allowed. At least our Olympic
Kiri: well this isn’t an Olympic
thing, it’s a yearly thing and
it’s just the Tri-Base races.
Russ: this is as close to the
Olympics as you guys are going to
get for a while.
Kiri: uh-huh. I don’t like that
idea of Mark’s.
Kiri: I think it’s too much strain
and work on him.
Russ: I think it’s too much strain
of work on everybody.
Russ: I mean it’s not…..
Kiri: you’d have to go to every
two years at that rate.
Kiri: because it would take two
years to get it all organized and
straightened up instead of nine
Russ: uh-huh. I think you should
have balloon races, Tri-Base
Kiri: (chuckles) where we going to
hold it on here?
Russ: well right there at Dolphin
Kiri: oh yeah right, the
unpredictable nature of those
winds in there?
Russ: I think it’s perfect.
Kiri: you’ve only got at the top
maybe 40 feet.
Russ: well yeah, imagine if you’ve
got all these other balloon teams
from the other bases and you have
to meet at Hades Base.
Kiri: you’re a sick puppy.
Russ: you guys have got a
(Russ is laughing pretty hard at
Russ: just a thought dear.
Kiri: yes just a thought indeed.
Russ: all right.
Kiri: as we don’t have very much
time left on the recording device.
Russ: we got Tia still to come on.
Kiri: yeah, we’ve got a few
Kiri: where do you come up with
these ideas? Not from my sister I
Russ: I know, she’s not really
into that one. It’s just a
Kiri: the fact that we’ve
have......out of the three teams
we have the worst medal count.
Kiri: last year we came in third,
the year before we came in third.
Russ: well at least you’re
Kiri: yes, consistently in last
Russ: yeah but I mean you’ve had a
lot of…..some of the medals you
did get were big medals.
Russ: that’s what counts.
Kiri: yes, downhill.
Russ: and remember the races up on
Kiri: uh-huh, guess who picked up
Russ: yeah, see?
Kiri: uh-huh. I’m hoping to do
better than that and of course,
the defending champion in the
downhill for what’s it? Four years
in a row or no, two years in a
Kiri: and I think that she’ll do
an awesome job. She’ll defend her
title for a third year in a row, I
think she's going to come off with
Russ: well I don’t but we’ll see.
Kiri: well she’s pushing hard now,
she’s back to how she used to be.
Kiri: I think Leah helped
tremendously on that.