I’d Like To Share it With Y’all, But…

Last night at work I finished editing my Whistler video footage.  I’ve watched it about 79 times today.  🙂  It’s only been 2 weeks and all I can think about is when I’ll be able to ski a mountain again.  Sigh…

I’d love to share the video with y’all, but the music I added to it is copyrighted.  YouTube takes it down.  Any suggestions of how I can shere it?  It’s about 500MB and 15 minutes in length.

December’s Done Already???

I can’t believe that it’s December 27th already.  The month flew by.  I was so busy.  I’ve barely had a moment’s rest…  I will not talk about the shittyness that is my knees in the post… Except for that…

First week of December I was in Ottawa on training for work.  Every 3 years I have to go on this course.  It’s a requirement of employment that I complete it.  When I started work here in 2002, it wasn’t part of my job.  When it did become part of my job in 2006/2007, it was fun.  Now it’s just a pain in the ass.  Like everything else at work, management has tried to take all the fun away.  And they wonder why moral is low.  No fun, dangerous situations, and screwed over time and time again during collective bargaining.  For the latter, I blame our union as much as management.  PSAC has to be the worst union in Canada.  We could do so much better…

After the week in Ottawa, I had 3 days at home.  One of the day’s was my little boy’s (not so little anymore) 8th birthday!  My wife and I took him and his friends bowling.  LOL.  They had a great time.  We gave them some soda and cupcakes and unleashed them!  Fortunately there were no other people around us.  I had to explain several times that you’re not supposed to throw the ball…

Very early the next morning (3:30 am to be exact), I got up and hit the road.  I went to Whistler for a pre-Christmas ski trip.  There were 9 of us in the group.  I only knew 2 of the other guys.  I got included in this by a coworker.  Fortunately they all turned out to be good company.  The travel day was filled with mishaps.  First of all we almost missed our flight (not really), even though we were there 55 min before departure.  Air Canada is stupid.  They rushed us all through, all the while scolding us for being late, only to get to the gate and have to stand around waiting to board.

When we got to Vancouver we went directly to the rental car area.  I had used my Airmiles to rent 2 vehicles for the group.  All we had to do was pay the taxes.  Ofcourse, everything was ker-fucked.  Airmiles, idiots that they are, booked my rental for September 11th instead of December 11th and there was absolutely nothing that the rental company could do to fix it.  I was so enraged and embarrassed.  I’d assured the guys that the cars were taken care of.  And ofcourse I couldn’t get through to Airmiles to tell them off.

After some lunch and a few stops for beer and such in Vancouver, we made our way to Whistler village.  Our condo was right on the side of the mountain.  I have never stayed in such a nice place.  I don’t know how we got it so cheap.  It has a 4 star rating.  Like I said, there were 9 of us and we all got our own beds.  I shared a bathroom with 1 other guy.  Every room had massive televisions.  The whole house was wired for surround sound and it was accessible via bluetooth.  There was a giant out-door hot tub with a fireplace beside it.  The place had every amenity you can think of.

The weather was not that great while I was there.  I really wanted to spend a lot of time off Whistler peak or in harmony bowl.  The visibility was just too shitty. I went up a couple of times.  I still had a blast.  I hit some great steeps and got some good tree skiing in off 7th Heaven.  My wife gave me a GoPro as an early Christmas present for the trip.  When I have time, I’ll do a little editing and get some vids on here.

The day after I returned from my trip, I did participated in Grizzly Gym’s first ever blue belt grading.  See previous posts on this.  I still haven’t made it back to train as a blue belt.  Just no time.  I really want to tie up that belt for the first time.  I even bought a ranked rash guard incase my first night back is nogi.  LOL.  I guess it will have to wait until the new year as I am working evening shift until then.  I have to say, now that it has sunk in, I’m pretty proud of myself for achieving it.  I can now see myself becoming a purple belt and maybe even beyond.  I’m also looking forward to competing as a blue.  A little scared too…  🙂

So after that I actually went to work for a couple of days.  lol.  I took the first day of my work week off so that I could attend my son’s holiday concert at school.  Kids are so funny.  they all did great.  I also had to arrange to get my car in to the body shop (just before I left for Whistler, I was getting out of my car and a large gust of wind slammed my front door open bending the hinges and damaging the fender).  I went to work for 2 days in a row and then had a vacation day so I could take my family on a little pre-Christmas trip.  It’s the only time we could coordinate our schedules so we could spend time together.

We chose to spend out trip at Blue Mountain.  My wife and I kept it a secret from the kids right until the morning we were leaving.  they had no idea.  It was awesome!  What wasn’t awesome was the freezing rain storm that we got the night before we left.  It was terrible.  a week later and there are still thousands of people without power.  Wer had to make a decision is we were going to travel or not.  It’s a 4 hour drive from my house.  We called the resort and found that we couldn’t get a refund…  In the end, I decided that we would go.  I’ll be honest, I was scared.  I’m confident of my driving abilities, but there are so many idiots on the road.

Well we made it without incident.  The weather was shitty the whole time we were there.  The skiing was hard because of the freezing rain.  The kids were troopers though.  They stayed out there for almost the whole day.  I think their favourite part of the trip was sitting in the outdoor hot tubs at night.  They’d never seen such a thing.  lol.  It’s the little things that make family trips so fun.  They’re also the parts that the kids will remember as being special.

The second part of our little family vacation was a trip to my sister’s house.  We hadn’t been there since my son was a baby.  The kids had an awesome time playing with their cousins.  The boys were thick as thieves.  My daughter followed my eldest niece around like a puppy.  It was awesome to see them having so much fun.  This was also the first trip that we had taken our little dog (Oscar) on.  He was nervous, but did well.

Last but not least was Christmas.  I defy anyone to tell me that they didn’t have a hectic Christmas.  Between presents, Christmas eve dinner at the wife’s aunt’s house, lunch with mom at our place, and lunch AND dinner on boxing day at my in-laws!!! I’m ready for a rest.  I started exercising again yesterday morning.  I went today as well.  It felt good to get back to some sense of normalcy.

PHEW!  That was a lot.  I’ll try to get some video of my Whistler trip up soon.  🙂

Busy, Busy, Busy

Well, where to start…

Last month my blog was very depressing.  Not only to me as I wrote it, but by judging from the replies I received, depressing for the readers as well.  Nothing has changed as far as the condition of my knees.  They still hurt, throb, swell, clunk, lock, etc, etc.  At one point I was ready to give up on all that I love (not my family but my hobbies/passions).  My wife said it right, I was completely heartbroken.  It wasn’t because I had been injured.  I mean, between Muay Thai, BJJ, and skiing, I’ve been injured a lot.  I’ve learned to accept it and hope to heal quickly.  This was different though because it had been so long since I’d had a major injury to my knees.

Growing up as a kid/teenager/young adult, I suffered several traumas to my knees resulting in several surgeries (6 to be exact), crippling pain, and months and months of rehab.  I was very upset this time around because I know exactly what I face.  There’s no, “Let’s wait and see what happens.”  I know what is on the horizon, and I’m REALLY not looking forward to it.

My initial reaction was to cancel all my competitions/trips/fun.  I was supposed to go to the Provincial BJJ Championships put on by the OJA, but I canceled that.  I lost my hotel fees and still haven’t been refunded my entry fee.  Then I was going to cancel my Whistler trip.  I basically decided that I would eat the money that I had spent.  Well, my wife was against me canceling.  The guys that I was going with were against me canceling.  Basically all were against me canceling.  After a lot of thinking and a lot of research about ACLS and leg muscles, I decided to go.  I had expected to come back on crutches.  My aggressive style of skiing doesn’t bode well for ACLless knees.  Somehow though, I came back with only a little swelling.

The final thing I was considering calling off was my Blue Belt grading.  This was actually to be my first ever grading if you can believe that.  All of my promotions in SAW and Muay Thai were based on performance.  I received my SAW black belt by defeating a Judo black belt in a grappling match.  I received the rank of Kru in Muay Thai by spending my time training and getting in the ring to fight.  So this something new I was facing in my martial arts career.  Like I said, I was considering calling it off.  My wife was right, I was heart broken.  It was like my will to look on the bright side of this situation was gone.  Anyways, after talking with my wife, my professor, and receiving a surprise email of encouragement from a team member, I decided to go ahead with it.  Result…  Blue Belt!

Tomorrow I will attend my first BJJ class as a Blue.  I’m going to keep it up as long as I can.  I know that when I have surgery, I’m going to fall way behind all my team mates.  This is actually the first time in my BJJ career that I feel like purple, maybe even brown, is attainable…