I saved my money all year and the next winter I bought the first Burton Craig Kelly from the classified ads in the newspaper. This is before snowboard boots, so everyone wore Sorels. I got some off-brand Sorels called Tundra’s at Walmart.
I also got what became my prized possession, a blue tie-dyed-looking Rusty coat from Marshalls. It was epic, but I lost it— and I was devastated. Five years later, my senior year in High School, a girl named Susan handed it to me at school. Her family was moving, and they cleaned a closet in her basement. It had been in there for years after a serious game of 7th grade spin the bottle one night.