On the T-Bar, introductions are made. Discussions of one’s origins and length of stay follow (though usually in reverse order) comments on the weather and snow conditions follow this, typically accompanied by recollections of years past, or reports of conditions at other resorts. Then, as suddenly as it began, the brief association of strangers ends. On the chairlift, a lengthier discussion is afforded. Career and educational achievements and aspirations are discussed, dreams are carefully revealed, and apposite advice and anecdotes are almost always offered. Future paths are considered and dreams are changed as we sit through the icy-cool sky. Then, as the summit nears, the whispered promise of wisdom disappears into the wind, and for a brief instant, it seems as though, if the mountain were just an inch taller, the secrets of life itself would be discovered.