Jesse and I rallying with Lil Lex in the La Jolla Shores! $10 says he’s gonna be a lil ripper!
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1. Patience – I’ve always been a very impatient person. Instantaneous gratification = GIMME GIMME GIMME! However, short of having a wave machine I’m pretty much at the mercy of mother nature and her timing. After hours upon hours of waiting for waves, I’ve learned to enjoy the present moment more and the big ride will get here when it gets here.
2. Endurance – Cardio training hasn’t always been big on my list of must do’s. Most of my life you wouldn’t catch me running unless some meathead was chasing me with a bat, or the liquor store was about to close. Surfing has forced me to work on cardio training and has helped to build more endurance. I still have a lot of work to do, but I’m thankful for all those times I thought I was going to drown gasping for a breath of air. After writing this, I actually feel like running down on the sand right now and getting in a bit of movement.
All right, I’m back… just did a bit of Yoga too, and monkeyed around in a tree
3. Balance – If you want to surf, you must be able to balance yourself. The more hours I spend on my board, the more it seems to translate into my day to day life. Much of my life I’ve partied like a rock star. At other times, I was damn near a celibate monk eating nothing but raw foods and bird seed. What I’ve found is that I genuinely enjoy partying, and I genuinely enjoy being healthy as well. I think I’ve found the perfect balance between the two, and it’s way more pleasurable to me than having rules on what I can or can’t do.
4. More Variety – When I first started surfing I’d go for any wave that seemed rideable. It was hard to decipher what was and wasn’t a good wave. Anything that could move and propel the board seemed good enough for me. After years and years of taking unnecessary spills I got a bit wiser. You must learn to pick and choose wisely. It’s not always about the waves you catch. Sometimes it’s about the waves you let go, and when you start to let go of waves, you suddenly realize there are so many better waves available. Same goes for life. Whether it’s a job, career, relationship, material possession, or a negative belief, you’ll often open a world of more opportunities if you can just let it go.
5. Dedication – If you want to really get good at surfing, you must be dedicated. It’s no cake walk. And neither is life. Every day we are faced with challenges and hurdles that test our abilities, dedication and perseverance. The more I commit to surfing, the more connected I feel to myself. The more I commit to myself, the more connected I feel to the earth. The more connected I feel to the earth, the more connected I feel to god. The more connected I feel to god, the more I just want to go back out and surf again!
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“Winning is habit. Unfortunately, so is losing.” – Vince Lombardi
I just got home from a local brewery and got to thinking… “Damn, why is everyone such a sissy”?
It seems nowadays people are more than complacent with mediocrity, being average and finishing in second place. I say this because as I was sitting at the bar tossing back a fine local India Pale Ale the bartender muttered… “I’d consider it a win if we just tied”.
He was referring to the soccer match between the USA and Mexico. Now, keep in mind, I know nothing of soccer (or football for those of you outside the USA). However, I do know about being competitive and winning. Hearing this guy say that he would consider a tie a win made me feel… well, like this…
Mike Vick killed it last night. No, no, no, not the dog. I’m talking about the pummeling he and the Philadelphia Eagles put on the Washington Redskins during Monday Night Football. Vick threw for 333 yards that included 4 touchdowns and rushed for 80 yards with another 2 touchdowns. He threw no interceptions and had no fumbles. Pretty stellar game I’d have to say?
Which got me to thinking…
After the atrocious acts of animal cruelty, and being a overall punk thug is there any level of growth that Vick could reach to make supporting him a option for animal lovers like myself?
I’m a huge sports fan. I also believe in giving people second chances in life. I enjoy seeing people grow into mature and giving adults especially if their background is spotty like mine was while growing up. It seems only fair to offer people the chance to rehabilitate themselves and then give back to society in a way that helps overcome their original sins or crimes.
But for some reason it seems near impossible for many to forgive Mike Vick because of the graphic nature of his crimes. Dog lovers cannot forget those horrid images they saw, and I’m one of them. As much as I want to try and forgive a player who appears to have deep remorse and has done immense work on repairing his image and lifestyle, I still am not ready to let the dude slide.
It’s quite a conflicting feeling too because I love sports so much. Watching Vick light up the field last night was beyond entertaining. And hey, I even hate the Eagles since I’m a Cowboys fan. I actually found myself rooting for Vick last night quite a few times because I couldn’t deny the sheer athleticism and abilities he has on the field. That may of been one of the most impressive showings for a quarterback of all time on Monday Night Football.
Being a football gambler I am able to set aside personal emotions and just root for the games. But once the clock wears down in the 4th quarter and the final buzzer goes off, Vick is once again just a dog killer to me. Others hate him so much they can’t even fathom rooting him on or off the field.
So I got to thinking, is there anything Mike Vick could do that would make me forgive him for what he’s done to those poor dogs?
How about you?
Is there any way possible for him to pay his debt to society, be forgiven for the lives he took, and be seen as a positive role model for people who want to look up to him?
I’m very curious how others feel about this. Please let me know in the commetns
So it was Labor Day. I was on my way to get a adjustment at the chiropractor and I saw this group of 3 guys getting ready to bomb Nautilus Street atop of La Jolla with their skateboards.
I figured it would be a great time to test out my new iPhone video camera function so I pulled over and waited for them to start their descent down the hill. And I’m glad I did. These guys ended up skating well over 50 miles per hour while mashing downhill.
I wanted to get closer so I could get a better shot, but I also didn’t want to run over one of the guys in the unfortunate event that someone biffed it. And towards the end the guy in the back started getting some speed wobbles. You can see him separate from the pack a bit.
Anyhow, once we got to the bottom I told the guys that I had filmed their session and I’d post it onto YouTube. So Jimmy gave me his email address and asked if I could give them a lift back up the hill so they could have a do over. Sadly, I was late for my chiropractor appointment so I couldn’t.
So, when I got home I decided to Google Jimmy’s name to see if he had any other videos of him skateboarding. Sure enough, he did. Apparently he’s sponsored and rides for a team called the Arbor Collective. The Arbor Collective uses environmentally friendly natural materials to produce snowboards, skateboards, and bamboo apparel.
Here’s a couple more videos that of better quality that really show these guys skills…
One of my bucket list goals is to hit a home run out of a major league stadium. Considering I haven’t played baseball since I was 15 years old, I’m not sure how feasible that goal is. Could I even hit the ball still. How about at 80 miles per hour?
So pumped! We moved into the new place today and I finally got all my toys in one spot. Spoiled!
So I had an appointment to meet the realtor this morning at 10:00 AM in Hillcrest. We finally signed the lease for our new place today. I’m super excited to get situated back into a normal home that is feasible to house the lady and I and the two dogs.
After signing the lease, I met up with Rob, Ori and Jared over at the Hash House A Go Go on 6th avenue. We ordered some grub, ate that grub and masterminded on some various business ideas for each of us. Mostly we were coming up with ideas on how Ori could use his amazing talents to pocket a bit of coin and help others in the process with his photography, photoshop and design skills. I think I’m going to do a blog post about Ori in a few days and let people know how they can take advantage of some of his services he offers.
Then we headed over to Morely Field in Balboa Park to get our disc golf on. I’ve never actually played disc golf before, but I was determined to win. I’m extremely competitive with any game I play and want to rub the loss into my friends and competitors faces after I come out victorious. Truthfully, I’m really a great sport. Every time I’ve ever lost at something it makes me want to get better and come back stronger so I always appreciate a formidable opponent.
Beating Ori and Jared wasn’t so hard. It was Rob Burns I had to worry about. He’s played quite a bit and the rest of us were rookies. However, after 9 holes I was winning being just 6 over par while Rob was at 7. Then I made the big mistake and we decided to play the back 9 holes. No bueno. I sucked. Rob won with a final of 11 over par while I butchered the last hole and ended up 15 over par. Uggg.
It was a good time and congrats to Rob on squeezing out the win.