Wednesday, August 31, 2011

Boots, Boards, and Karma

I got new boots! They are last years model Burton Mints.

I find that staying a year behind on buying new gear really saves some money, and tech really doesn't change that much in just a year.

I do need a new board. My old faithful Burton Blender is on her last leg. My top 3 picks for new boards are the 2012 Smokin' Vixen, 2011 Burton Blender, and the 2011 Niche Minx.

Maybe if I put enough positive thought into getting a new board, karma will be on my side and the cosmos will make it happen!

I'm a firm believer in the 'Law of Attraction' and know that it does work! The positive energy and thoughts that you put out into the world will be returned to you in one way or another, usually with what you want! That's why I try to stay away from anything negative or anything that will make me sad, mad, or angry that would cause me to send out negative vibes. Ever woke up in a bad mood? The rest of the day seems to go bad as well. Nothing goes right, and little things that do go wrong pisses you off when it normally wouldn't. That's the Law of Attraction in action. So if you wake up in a bad mood, change it immediately! Think happy thoughts, do something that makes you happy before the negativity takes over for the day!

Now how this post about getting my new boots in the mail turned into a philosophical view on positive energy and good vibes is beyond me! Haha.

Hope everyone has a great, negative-vibe-free day!

Tuesday, August 30, 2011

Beech Mountain Gravity Nationals Qualifier Race

Beech Mountain Resort held the Gravity Nationals Qualifier Race over the weekend, and it was a huge success! Saturday was the downhill qualifying and mother nature was barely on our side. It was a lil chilly, very windy, and foggy all day. Despite the weather, everyone seemed to be having a blast and loving the new AM trail! Sunday was much better with bright sunshine and warmer temps. The Dual Slalom course was insane, and everyone was stoked on it! I didn't get to stay to see the podiums either day because I had to leave to go to work, but I got to watch most of the races both days.

USA Cycling Mountain Bike Gravity Nationals will be held September 22-25th at Beech Mountain Resort. This will be one hell of an event, so don't miss it!

Here's some pics from Saturday's downhill race...

Riders' meeting before the race

The finish line was the only part of the trail that wasn't foggy!

New bike trays sponsored by Monster Energy

Rider boostin' it over the final table top jump before the finish line

Section of the course before entering the High Ground Park

Rider showin' everyone how it's done

Sunday's Dual Slalom race...

Walking up to enjoy the awesome ride down

Start gate

One of the many berm sections on the course

Another technical berm section

Pro rider boostin' the last jump on the course

Tuesday, August 23, 2011

Spring Shred 2011

It's been a few weeks since my last post. I miss my daddy so much. He was the one I turned to when I needed advice about anything. It feels so strange when I go home... the house is just not the same without him there. But I know he's in a better place, and he'll be looking out for me for the rest of my life.

On a lighter note, I ordered snowboard boots today!! :)
So pumped. Even though I can't wear them for another 3 months
I'll be happy to wear them around the condo and pretend I'm shreddin'!
I got last years model of the Burton Mint boot. I have the same boot, but the '08 model. They are super comfy and have the perfect softness and flex.

Speaking of shredding... I can't WAIT till the first snowfall. There will DEFINITELY be a party to celebrate the first snowflake of the season. It's been wayyy to long since I've been on my board.

So... 4 months after my last shred, I've finally put some of our spring park footage together into a lil edit for everyone to enjoy. I'm still very VERY new to video editing, so please don't be too harsh lol. Hope you enjoy!

Friday, August 5, 2011

The one thing we will never escape.

Yesterday at 6:10pm, my dad left this earth for place far better than where we all are now. He fought long and hard till the end, and was the best father that I could have ever asked for. Why God took his soul away from us is beyond me, but, like my dad said, "God has a plan, and if he wants me here, he'll keep me here, and if he wants me in heaven, then he'll take me."

The infection that he had was extremely rare. Actually, he's the only lung transplant patient to ever get this type of 'mold' infection. The doctors tried everything, even experimental drugs and methods, and thought they had a cure, but the mold proved to be too strong for the drugs. At least he wasn't in pain. The docs and nurses did a good job keeping him as comfortable as possible.

He was doing so well with the recovery after the double lung transplant... his surgery went well, we had a few scares after the surgery, but he pulled through all of them with flying colors. He was weeks ahead of schedule in recovering than what they had expected. All this happened because the paramedics who tried to save his lung donor was not sterile enough. One little speck of dirt, soil, dust, whatever, got into her lungs when they were trying to save her, which then turned out to be my dads new lungs. That's all it took to spark this whole thing. Maybe because of his fate, someone down the road will be saved from the same infection. Maybe they'll try new screenings and find ways to make organs more sterile before going into surgery. Thats what he wanted... something good to come out of this. Everything happens for a reason. Maybe the person he saves will end up saving us all, or doing some kind of good in the world at least. We'll never really know.

His doctor really cared about him. When he told my family the bad news, that mold had grown stronger than the drug that was working so well, he had tears in his eyes. He said out of all the patients he's seen, my dad had the strongest will to live, was the most willing to try anything to make him better, even the experimental stuff that could've killed him then, and was so willing to participate in research studies that might help someone in the future.

The thing that saddens me the most is that my little sister, who'll be 7 years old in a few days, will grow up without a father. She'll never get to experience the things that I did with him. My parents got divorced when I was young, and I lived with my dad. I know it wasn't easy for him, but he's taught me so much over the years, and raised me the way he thought was best. I turned out ok, so he definitely did things right. He touched the lives of many, and would do anything for someone in need. He had many friends who loved him and will miss him dearly.

I truly believe he's in heaven. He was a good man, strong in his faith, and was not afraid of death because he knew that where he was going would be far greater than anything we can even comprehend here on earth. I'm thankful for the time I've gotten to spend with him, and I know he's happy in heaven, and that gives me the peace and comfort I need.

Thank all of you for your thoughts and prayers.

And by the way, a friend of mine talked me into reading 'Heaven is for Real', which is an amazing book and tells the most beautiful true story of a young boy who I think really experienced heaven. If you haven't read it or heard of it... buy it. You'll be glad you did.