Tuesday, September 27, 2011

It's alive!!!

Oh man, the last month has been awesome. You had to be there.

I'm going to give this blogging thing another shot. I'm sad to see all my old images disappear, but I do think a lot of the value of blogging is in the "live" aspect of it.

My life has changed in fairly large ways recently, some of it hopefully is and will be blog worthy. When I first moved to San Francisco, I was belting out 10+ blog entries a month at times. I had a lot on my mind and was experiencing a lot of things for the first time. The following years I was in the grind of sailing a bunch and working. I was practicing freestyle moves that took literally months of consistent practice so my sailing life was "Drive to spot. Try 100 times. Go home beaten and bruised. Try to remember to shower. Rinse. Repeat." I had less new material, I was sailing the same spots repeatedly, I wasn't having many cathartic moments or experiences. Occasionally I would make a new move then I would probably make sure to brag about it on the blog.

Change makes for stories. Stories are good for blogging. Change is good for blogging.

I assure you, there is no element of importance to any of this. I know; I have a blog that 13 people read when they have reached the very end of the internet. After one has exhausted every blog on the topic of paraglide-sailing, they look at a windsurfing blog like mine by accident, then move along to a 13 minute video of people crashing their bicycles into various objects.

The major change for me either has nothing or everything to do with windsurfing. I got laid off by the company that employed me for five years. It wasn't just me, they laid off 10,000 people. I probably took it better than 9,999 of them. Why? Because I'm doing what any self-respecting windsurfer with no wife, kids or job would do with a severance payment. I'm going to buy airline tickets to windy locales until the money runs out.

First stop, Maui. Next stop, Chile. After that? Who knows.

Oh and -- A HUGE thank you to Mo Gunn from teamcoyote.net for drawing me a new banner. She's a talent the winds(ports)urfing community is lucky to have!