Sad day at my Alma Mater

About 25 years ago I traveled up to the North Country to become a ski racer (after i came to the sad realization i didn’t have the size (or hands) to compete in football at a high level).  I enjoyed 2 years at Northwood School in Lake Placid but was riddled by injuries.  I had knee surgery in October of my first year and didn’t make it ‘on snow’ until late January and wasn’t able to compete well that year.  Senior year I was fortunate to start getting some real results until i shattered my shoulder the day before Junior Olympics where i was supposed to represent NY State.  Too bad and I sometimes wish i had pursued ski racing for another year before going to college but that’s the way it happened.

However, a month or so later i got accepted to St. Lawrence University and my whole world changed.  I was able to race D1 for two years, although not very well (i needed more training to keep up and wasn’t getting it at SLU).  But, truth be told, I was more than a little distracted by college life.  I picked that up real quick and had the time of my life.  Beyond the short term fun and stories we continue to tell about our time in Canton, NY, I cherish the friendships i made at the “Larry”.  I married a SLU girl, still live within 3 miles of 3 good SLU friends and regularly get together with the same exact friends I did back at St. Lawrence University between 1989-1993.  

So, even though i haven’t been to campus in 20 years, i was saddened by a devastating fire at Gunnison Chapel this weekend. I’ve pasted the story below along with pictures and a video.  Gunnison Chapel has been a symbol of SLU for almost 90 years and like any object that recaptures great memories, it was sad to see it destroyed  


non tshirt pursuits

Kiteboarding Cape Cod Labor Day 2013

When i’m not at work, I try to get in the water as much as possible.  I grew up waterskiing and when i was 17 my dad asked me if i wanted a windsurfer.  What made me really think about the answer was they were very expensive and I thought to myself, “if I drop this sport in 2 weeks, I don’t think dad would appreciate it and most likely these offers would never come again.” Well,  I committed to windsurfing and also began teaching it at a school in nantucket named Force 5 Watersports and have been chasing the wind ever since.

When kiteboarding came along in the 2000’s, I had no interest.  I was pretty good at windsurfing, kiteboarding was extremely dangerous at the time and I was old enough to not think that was cool anymore.  But, when i learned it was safe and my sister-in-law was intrigued with windsurfing, I suggested we both learn to kiteboard.  I knew the learning curve was faster then windsurfing and it required less upper body strength……so we both started learning.  Now, i’m addicted all over again.  Kiting (as we refer to it) can be done in less breeze and with less effort…..but the main kicker is you can JUMP HIGH!  I mean like really high.  in the picture above I’m able to get 10-15 feet in the air but sometimes i’ve been aloft for 8 seconds!  Add in you can also go super fast across the water before and after you jump, its really a thrill seeker’s ultimate sport.  Plus, its now relatively safe.  you don’t have to jump out of an airplane, off some rocks or with a bungee attached to your legs……you just POP it!  its amazing and what i spend my time doing when I’m not trying to help folks with custom t-shirts or embroidered schwag.