Skateboarding and Life

Skateboarding and Life

When I was a kid and through my teenage years and early 20’s I loved skateboarding (still do).  I use to say that it was a way of life.  A way of life that was mine.  I once got paid $500.00 by my grandmother to spend some time with my great grandmother while my grandmother went out of town.  I think I was 16 at the time.  I spent every last penny at Cheapskates, the local skate shop in Memphis.  I bought clothes, shoes, decks, wheels, stickers, sex wax, all kinds of stuff.  It’s a memory that I’ll carry with me forever.  I was happy and I didn’t care what anyone else thought.  Every once in awhile I will come across a senior picture I took in high school. and I’m wearing a shirt that I bought that day with my $500.00.  I immediately think back to that day that I’ll never forget and smile.  Those were fun days.  We did whatever we wanted.  We had a car, skateboards, and a very small amount of cash.  Who could stop us?  As long as we (sort of) told our parents where we were, we were good. There were 3 of us, me, Phillip and Todd.  Sometimes my friend Matt’s little brother Sam would tag along with us.  We liked to call him “little guy” because he was younger.  These were some of the coolest guys.  Some of the best friends I have ever had in my life.  We went to a Southern Baptist High School, and since we liked long hair, skateboards and rock music just about everyone thought we...
JLA: Rock of Ages

JLA: Rock of Ages

I just finished the (Justice League) JLA:  Rock of Ages by DC Comics on the suggestion of a good friend of mine after watching Batman v. Superman.  There was a lot of it that I just did not understand, but overall it was absolutely amazing.  I am going to have to go back and reread it to try to get more understanding of what was going on.  The timeline was a little hard for me to follow since this was my first real comic book reading and I do not really have any knowledge of the character history and such outside of movies and/or TV shows.   There were a lot of things that peaked my interest as I read this book. The biggest thing was probably the writing of Grant Morrison.  I’m guessing that is the reason the book was a little hard for me to keep up with.  I think Morrison is famous for his “nonlinear narratives” (according to wikipedia anyway).  I wasn’t ready for the “out of the box” ideas that are inside this book, and it kind of took me by surprise.  This is nothing like a superhero movie you would go watch at the theater.  It’s pretty heavy.  You are forced to think about other dimensions, time travel, other universes, worlds, and much much more. Things that we don’t normally think about on a regular basis.  Even if it’s just imagination it’s REALLY fun to think about and read about.  So much so that some pages take 2 or 3 times to read over before you really get what is going on and will...

Celebrating 1 Year

I may not make 500 words because I don’t have a lot of time.  We have been celebrating the gym being open for 1 year, and I have a 50K race to run tomorrow morning early.  I wanted to try to check in with as many words as possible.  Look at the awesome people in this picture.  I would say 95% of them are all Olive Branch CrossFit athletes if not all of them. I don’t want anyone to take this the wrong way but when we had our “Grand Opening” event one year ago I remember being a little bummed out because not a whole lot of local people showed up.  Most of the people that came to our grand opening event were friends of mine and John’s from the local CrossFit community.  I had put a lot of effort into promoting the grand opening event and I honestly thought there would be a ton of local Olive Branch folks there.  Most of the people in this picture are members of our gym.  No effort to promote, just our 1 year celebration. As I stood before this awesome group of people in this picture this morning I immediately felt a huge wave of emotion.  I had them all circle up in the gym.  I looked around from right to left as I got ready to “warm everybody up.”  It hit me that this is exactly what I wanted. I did not know probably 90% of the people in this picture one year ago.  I think we had more people in the gym today than we did at the grand...

The Guitar

I bought this guitar when I was 15.  It cost $139.00.  24 years later I still have it, and I still sort of know how to play it.  I carried it to school with me every day.  I played and played and played and played for hours on end every day.  Tom Petty, Bad Company, Skid Row, Boston.  I must have played Free Fallin’, Shooting Star and More than a Feelin’ thousands of times.  It was so cool to learn to play songs and when I learned a new one or a new riff I would play it over and over and over.  I have callouses on my hands now from pullups and deadlifts, but back in the day the tips of the fingers on my left hand looked much worse than my hands do today.  I was dedicated.  I practiced and practiced.  I loved it, and still do. From the time I was 19 years old until about 24 or 25 I played in a band here in Memphis.  We played just about every dive you can think of in this town.  It was great.  Most people go to college and party I partied on stages and ran around jumping and windmilling E chords playing very loud rock and roll.  It truly was amazing.  It was my first experience having a real “wolfpack.”  A group of guys that would literally do anything for each other.  It sounds cheesy, but it was true.  At that stage in our lives, we would have done anything for each other. That’s me on the left. 🙂  So why am I telling you all of this?...

A Day of Chill

There was something different about today.  I haven’t figured it out just yet, but I feel like I have been on a different level all day.  I started my day coaching early as usual.  This is a “race week” for me so I did not train today.  That gave me a big break between my 6am class and 8:30 class which is when I usually train.  I have a lot of things going on right now, and a lot of things I need to tick off my todo list.  However, I decided to just take a moment and chill with my favorite album of all time.  When was the last time you just sat down and listened to an entire album?  Hopefully it was recently.  I haven’t fully embraced the idea of meditation just yet, but this is my own little form of meditation.  Sitting down with No Code and just letting my mind wander.  You should try it sometime. Once I was done coaching classes, I got to spend the afternoon with some of the Barbell Shrugged team.  Since I was in a meeting with them the day before I knew everyone was going to be at Barbell Buddha’s house filming some sort of video.  I always love getting to hang out and work with the guys so I cleared my schedule and drove over there.  I stopped at Starbucks on the way and ended up with a free coffee because the machine was broken and I had to wait (Score!). I knew everyone was going to be together, but I didn’t realize they were going to be recording...

I Don’t Wanna Miss a Thing!

I just replied to a text from a good friend of mine that he sent like two days ago.  I have been missing a lot of messages lately.  Either in email, on Facebook (which is becoming more and more overwhelming every day) or text message.  Until recently the message hierarchy of importance has gone like this:  Text Message > Email > Facebook > Phone Call.  Seriously, I hate talking on the phone unless we have something super cool to talk about.  So if you really wanted to make sure I got the message, the best method would be to send me a text.  To a certain degree, this is still sort of true.  However, now text messages, Email and facebook have different levels of importance within themselves.   Facebook I now have Facebook pages and groups to manage and those pages have messages as well as my personal Facebook messages.  Now it seems to be common practice to just tag people on your own page when you want to ask them something so now there are like 5 or 6 different things to pay attention to just within Facebook.  Who has sent you a message?  Who has sent a page a message or who has tagged you in post?  Did I look at all the little red notification bubbles? Email Then there is email which I now have cut down to 3 accounts that I need to check.  I am forwarding a couple of email addresses to my personal email address, but there are a couple of accounts that I still need to access directly and communicate with clients using those addresses.  Fortunately...