Is proving harder than I thought. I love the fast-paced version of my life and sometimes get bored with going back to Hoboken or to work. I love my job, dont get it twisted, I just feel like things are too slow sometimes. I like the flying, the new destinations, the organizing, the pressure. I think I fill my life with all mayhem to stay hyperactive, to be consumed so that I dont have to think about much other than chaos. I realize that sounds strange, but when I am stagnant, I feel antsy, almost distressed like there isnt enough to do. I have a hard time just relaxing most times because even my “relaxing” can be out of control, fast-paced. I’m not even sure what “normal” is for me now. I have come to terms that it is a “new normal” but still adjusting to it all. Back to normalcy, wherever that is, should prove to be interesting.
It’s nice to see old friends after a long lapse in gracing each other’s presence. Tonight was one of those occasions. “Kicks” and I hadn’t really gotten to hang out in months, actually closer to a year, but we got to catch up over some dinner and drinks. It was more like drinks and conversation with some eats sprinkled in.
We sat down with all intentions of eating a good meal and ended up just drinking a couple of adult beverages and talking. All this was fine by me since it had been so long. We talked about life; how it gets in the way, how strange it all is, and how things change as we grow older. Not that 30 is old, but it does seem to be harder now to meet interesting people who you are truly compatible with. We talked about this as we both are single and wondering where life goes from here. I like the conversations that we have. It flows, it’s easy, nothing is forced, and it seems like I have known her for most of my life when in fact its only been four years.
It’s such a plus in the life to meet people who you vibe with. Most people have a few friends that they have known since childhood and still keep in touch with. I’ve been lucky to find and keep many people from scabby knees and grass stained times. I’ve also been lucky to meet some of my best friends in middle school and to keep them through my adult life. As we get older there are so many peripheral people in our lives, those fringe individuals that you know, but don’t really know. But then there are those that set themselves a part from the fringe and feel like childhood friends. Luckily kickball teams, skateboard companies, and veteran’s groups existed or exist in my life because many of the people I have met through these mediums will forever be called my friends, present company included. Read more…
Well I’m not really homeless, like living on the street, but I am without a place to call my own for a couple days thanks to our new place of residence having some weird rules. Instead of moving in on 1 Feb, the first of the month, like normal apartment complexes, we have to endure a 5-7 day period of limbo. Not excited, but then again, its another adventure for the books.
All my belongings are in a storage rental spot or in Chris’ place (thanks) so I am officially without a home. Let’s see how this week goes. It could be worse. I could be sleeping outside, but then again I don’t know where I am laying my head each night so that could happen. Raise your glasses! Here’s to not having a plan!
I don’t really care which one, either Summer or Winter will suffice. This being my first Winter X, I am emphatuated, but Summer has my heart because the weather is more my speed and I love me some Pacific Ocean time. I could give up the LA portion of it for Aspen anytime because I feel LA tries too hard for the most part. I know that offends the LA crowd, but I cannot help but feel the city is just trying to be NYC with a palm tree/gangsta twist.
Dont get me wrong, I always have a blast, but its only because the X Games is there. Oh and my friends Sean and Red Brother. Those guys make it a good time no matter what city we are in. LA though is lost on me. Back to X Games. If I could live there, I may eventually have to have heart valves replaced from the adrenaline that courses through my vascular. Since living at the X Games is impossible, I just need to run the adrenaline circuit and follow around Red Bulls X Fighters, the ASP tour, and Rally America. Maybe that is the way to go.
These types of opportunities are too far a part and I need to get more of my adrenaline fill more often. Hopefully this can happen as I continue on the path to working with Adaptive Action Sports. They have provided so many opportunities to action junkies that are permanently disabled and to me. I cant wait to see where all this goes. AAS is going to be a game changer for our injured/wounded veterans and I am ecstatic that I get to be included in the building of it.
Ill miss you X Games. See you in late July, early August. Soon after landing in LAX, I will be on my way to one of my favorite places in the entire world. A place at the end of LAX’s main flight path where I can watch the planes come. A place that rhymes with Sin N Doubt. Check out my other love affair here, Ode to In-N-Out.
Time to throw on these layers and get on the hill to dial in this new board. Nervous/anxious is the best way to describe my innards right now. I feel like I have butterflies in my stomach like on a first date. I mean, this essentially is my first date with real snow conditions on a real mountain on a real setup so I hope she treats me right. I dont mind paying for the date, I just need her to cuddle me in some powder and keep my ass from being sore in the morning. PRAY FOR ME! (@11a)(@946p) I cannot even express through writing how amazing this day was for me, for us. Skies so clear and bright, air crisp and clean, snow just right. Not like east coast snow where its packed down and icy, too cold and dreary to be on the mountain. No. This was 30+ degrees with the sun blazing and the greatest mountain I have ever ridden.
The ride up the mountain gave me the same feeling as the ascent on a rollercoaster or stepping to the door for my first skydive. I really was nervous. More so than I thought I could be, but after the getting off the lift with no problem, I knew it was going to be a good day.
Only a half day of riding and it was all that I could’ve handled because I am really worn out as I write this. Yeah I was on the ole bum double digit times, but no major spills and all heel-side spills which saved my face. I had trouble judging my heel-side at first and needed to find the center of my weight transfer and get back to finding my stance. New boots definitely need to be broken in but this new board is primo! It feels infinitely better than the board I had been rocking in years past. There may be a reason that Burton is the king of snowboards; they make even recreational riders better! I think there are some tweaks to be made with my bindings but it felt good to accomplish so much today. The mountain treated us well this sunny Monday afternoon and I was lucky enough to hit some real deal powder for the first time. It was everything I had dreamed it would be; buttery speed filled carves and cloud-like hovering over 3 feet of powder.
Im so tired that I can’t even think about what to write here. The brain just isnt engaging. Im brain dead from a legendary day here. Quote possibly the best winter day I have ever had. I imagine that Daniel or Amy from AAS wrote something more profound than I just have so check it out.
Driving 5-6 hours from Denver, we reached Crested Butte around 630p and just in time to watch the Jets game. Our first stop was “Talk of the Town” where AAS’s friend Koeppe (Kep) works and just hung around to watch the game. Hunger set in and we decided on some sushi for dinner so Lobar, an underground hipster-style club that looked like it was uprooted right from the Brooklyn trend scene, was our choice. They had live Jazz music and the atmosphere was a good one. Some sushi to the dome and talks of strategy for the coming couple of days leading into X Games made the night.
We partied down so hard in Denver that Daniel and I were pretty much wastes of space. The altitude is no joke here either people. Even running back and forth across the street from Lobar to Talk (where the game was on) really took its toll on me. It felt like I had smoked a pack of cigs and this was not the case. Today’s indoctrination to 12,000 ft and Rocky Mountain powder is going to be an interesting one.. The size of this mountain is immense and slightly intimidating considering that I have only played on kiddy hills on the east coast, well except for Okemo in VT.
We are basing out of Kep’s place right now before leaving tomorrow morning for Aspen. Bags laid out all over the house, people and beds laid out all over the house; I could not be more excited for this day! I woke up just as the sun was peeking over Crested Butte South and watched it for a while so today is going to be a good day. Another sunrise, another new experience, and more fun with truly exceptional people AND its “bluebird” outside. Google it.
Can you tell I’m excited? Well I am. I’m going to be popping my powder cherry in a couple of days and I can NOT be more excited. It’s all I have been thinking about this week so I would like to apologize if I seemed a little out of it or nodded in agreement too much as I was somewhere else. Dreaming of getting blasted in the face with real Rocky Mountain snow. I packed too much stuff, but I have no idea what’s ahead of me. Multiple days of riding, going out at night, Denver, Crested Butte, Aspen, and X Games. This is going to absolutely make my winter. This and if the Jets win the Super Bowl bc NYC will be rocking.
Brand new “too white” boots? check (these might get spray painted while I’m there.)
Brand new Burton Custom V Rocker never been ridden? check
Blue plaid goretex pants? yup!
Grey goretex pants so I don’t get made fun of the whole trip? check
Helmet? Like I would forget this with how I ride, si!
Goggles, hats, gloves, socks, undies? check times 5
Health insurance card? of course
Boner? Since I booked my ticket, check. Cialis commercial recommends calling a doc after four hours, it’s been 13 days!
Tomorrow just needs to get here. I didn’t sleep well last night and then had a rough counseling session today so I haven’t had my head in the game. It’s time to sleep this day away, my eyes have been heavy for hours. Please let there be sleep in my future.