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Snowboarding

Tonight I reconnected with arguably the first thing I was ever extremely passionate about that could have resulted in a career: snowboarding.

A friend invited me to see Warren Miller's Ticket To Ride.  It was awesome, in the legitimate sense of the word.  It was awe-inspiring.

If I hadn't picked up a guitar, there's an excellent chance I'd have become a snowboard bum and eventually a professional snowboarder.  I loved it.  I still do love it.  But from the ages of 10 to 13, it consumed me.  Then I got a guitar, and, well, here I am.

But I'm getting back into snowboarding.  My friend Gary, the same friend who invited me to the movie, also asked me a while back if I'd be interested in teaching snowboarding this winter (he's a ski instructor. I met him sailing).  At first I was hesitant, but then I was like, sure!  Why not?  So I'm doing it.

I'm excited to see how much snowboarding still means to me.  Maybe reconnecting with it will spark new inspiration on a musical level.  If nothing else, this forces me to get my endurance up (I've been a slacker on exercise) and take care of myself.  I can't keep up with five year olds if I'm not in my best form!