The Snowboarder’s Mantra

When I awoke the next morning in the cave of enlightenment and rubbed the sleep out of my eyes, I noticed three things: The fire had gone out and I was freezing cold; Master Fwap and the Oracle were nowhere to be seen; and I was still extremely tired from my four days of trekking through the Annapurna Himalayas and probably from my interdimensional skyboarding excursion that had taken place the night before.

I got up, slowly dressed, and lit a fire. I had no idea where the Oracle and Master Fwap had gone. I made myself some tea, and after drinking it, I started to feel a little bit better. My task then was to decide on my next course of action; I could either hang around the cave waiting for Master Fwap and the Oracle to return, or I could leave the cave and go looking for them.

I opted for a middle path instead. Since I was still pretty tired, I thought I would kick back and read from The Handbook for Enlightenment for a while, and if they still hadn’t returned by the time I had finished my reading, I was going to go snowboarding.

I searched around in my knapsack until I found The Handbook. I thumbed through its pages, randomly looking at various chapter titles, searching for something that I might find interesting. After a few minutes I found a section titled “The Ordinary and the Extraordinary Methods.” That sounded intriguing.