Things I Do
It would probably be easier to describe things I don't do instead of things I do. I can be talked
into doing almost anything! Mind you, most of the time I don't need much encouraging.
Blading is a religion to me. There's just nothing like it. Feeling bad? Tired of the rat race? Just
throw on those blades and watch your cares disappear. Given a decent path, you can get quite
a work out, too. I'm anything but a natural athlete. The first time I rollerbladed I must have fallen
10 times. It took me a month or two to get any semblance of balance. But, it eventually
comes... even to klutzes like me. Even more importantly, you learn how to fall so when
you can't avoid it you don't end up hurting yourself.
Who doesn't love to ski? Zipping down a beautiful mountain just after a new layer of snow has
fallen... drinking hot cocoa in the lodge... taking a long, hot shower after a day on the
slopes... what could be better?
And, another great thing about blading is that it keeps you in shape for the
slopes. The muscles and balance used in blading carry right over into
skiing. I'm not saying that you won't be sore after a day of skiing but if
you blade regularly you'll be less sore and probably fall less often, too.
Talk about being talked into things! Actually, I've really enjoyed rock climbing but I'm not very
good at it and don't get to do it often. But, even the little bit of rock climbing I've done has
taught me how to negotiate rocks and has greatly reduced my vertigo.
The first time I went camping after I had started rock climbing, I was amazed by
how easily and confidently I bouldered up and down the mountain sides. I used
to be a total wimp but rock climbing has turned me into a regular old billy goat.
Hiking / Camping
To be honest, I usually prefer day hiking to true camping. But, there is something
truly sublime about being a day's hike from civilization and having not showered
in four days. That's when you start to truly feel nature and start being an animal again.
Grand Canyon trip
I've run off and on during my many years. But, Christmas '95 came along and I
realized that I'd better start doing something to stay in shape. So, for the first time in
recent memory I made a New Year's resolution that I actually kept. I've been
running two or three days a week for half a year now! So, if you saw the number
to your left pass you while you were running in the Bay to Breakers, you should be
ashamed of yourself considering that I've only been seriously running for half a year. I
think my New Year's resolution for '97 will be to run a marathon.
My most important obsession now, though, has to
be horsing. Whether it's
jumping during one of my lessons (Can you believe it? An Arab that jumps!), trail
riding in the hills or just hacking around the stable, it's always a great time. Also, it
teaches you a lot about control (both of your body and of the horse) and a lot about
animals. If you own a 20 lb. dog or a 10 lb. cat, control over the animal isn't usually
that big of a deal. But when you own an 1000 lb. horse, control truly becomes a
matter of life and death. Communication with the animal is much more critical, too. You
learn how to read the animals every move and he yours.