Okay first things first, I apologize for my lack of new entries and for my atrocious spelling. I was abducted by aliens and when I got back down to earth (after a vicious examination) I came home to my laptop only to discovered that my dog had eaten it. Bummer. But now I got myself a new desktop computer, one of those big screen, flat sexy machines that can do twice the work load twice as fast. Somethings in life just need to be upgraded like computers and bad wallpaper and then again, some things don't, like family pets or an old leather baseball glove.
Anyway, I want to say two quick things before you go on your marry way and explore the day. One, Sean McColl kicked ass at the Kelowna Tour De Bloc Comp. That boy needs to expand, get out of B.C and get into World Cups with the rest of the elite. Any sponsors out there? Also the comp was a bitchin success, thanks to Mike and April for putting on such a monumental event and for inviting me to route set and congrats to all the competitiors who pulled hard and smiled all day long. That was the best part for sure. The music was pumpin, the girls finalist put on a rowdy performance and pulled as hard as most of the boys. Nate Woods put his shoulders to work and came out in second but for full results check out the Bloc webpage or the BTC site. In regards to the finals, I sincerely appologize to anyone who got stumped trying some of the problems, they were often mind benders not crimp ladders and for that we're sorry, it will never happen again (insert straight faced lie here).
The second thing i wanted to mention was that I am now 28. It's funny because for about a year I've been seeing some reports saying that I was already 28, don't know where that came from but now it's officially true. I got many nice e-crads from imaginary friends, and I even made a cake for myself. My mother and sisters called which is always a nice surprise and sushi and saki never tasted better. my girlfriend bought me a stylish pair of new ski goggles for all the powder and I also got some new music for my CD collection. The funny thing about getting older is that it gets easier. Maybe it's just me, but when I was 23 I didn't want to age another second – 24 was a very hard thing to accept and 25 was even harder. But something changed at 26, I felt nothing and now, I am beginning to see the way. Aging is a beautiful art and it takes practise. Hopefully someday (before I kick the bucket) with much dedication I will become a master of aging, an expert if you will, nothing makes me happier than to see elderly people walking briskly down the street, friends and couples alike locked in arms. Or the older folk down at the rec center, swimming endless laps, not to mention circles around me and my battered ego. A few years back, I didn't have the imagination to see myself living past 30 or 40, those years were of no concern to me. But, now I realize that nothing is what it seems and we all have the capacity to shift our perception, this realization, (as small and insignificant as it may seem) is a big one for me, because I now know that I can never say something with an absolute attitude, or matter of factly, because most likely that view point will shift with the days that pass. A new experience, an old perspective. Being stubborn or judgemental is for the youth.
And here is something else. Old man strength. I didn't believe it ever before, but I think I am beginning to tap into this a little bit, if just a little bit. The other day, I opened a jar of pickles that I couldn't open just a few days ago. You see, it's all happening, soon I will join the ranks of Ben Moon and David Clifford, both of whom are climbing V14 at 40. Or what about the ancient legend of Mike Dolye who climbs whatever he wants, whenever he wants. Or check out Knut Rockne, the dude always looks the same, he hasn't changed since I met him like 8 years ago, he's got a secret I know he does. These man are my hero's. Chris Sharma is strong now ya, so are hundreds of other 26 year olds, but I'm more excited for when he hits 31, like Wolfgang Gullich was when he started to get really strong, that's when we'll see climbing take it's next leap into the future. As for me, I still got lofty goals and they are only a matter of time.
Okay, so that was a lot more than two things, so sorry. I hope ya'll are having a killer awesome day and if not, do something about it.