prepare yourself. Long post:
I am currently living with Megan and Robert in Corvallis, Oregon.
I came to Oregon to pursue a few things:
-make a trip across the USA in my grandfather's honor
-visit mt hood
-enjoy the scenery
-get a job up on the mountain
-train with Robert
-pursue healthy living
-figure out who I am and continue the journey
I completed all of those except for actually getting to snowboard. I fractured my ankle skateboarding, and I realized as much as I love snowboarding, that I must give it up. If I was to continue my extreme sport lifestyle I could find myself in very poor health, physical/mental/emotional state, and going backwards in life. I've decided my health is more important then the sensation I get snowboarding.
Snowboarding was always an escape for me to get away from problems...but I no longer have any problems to escape from.
since our winter in PA is only 3 months long...
9 months of the year I found a way to cope with not being able to snowboard....and that is bodybuilding and music.
I have been involved with music for a good 5-6 yrs now. It has become one of my biggest passions. I've travelled many miles and states to see bands. I've slept in cars, vans, floors, you name it...just to hear music and attend shows. In the past couple years Ive picked up a few different instruments, and not even snowboarding can replace the feeling I get when playing music. nothing can duplicate it.
Back in highschool I was homeless and went thru many problems. I had a few friends there and their music to keep me alive. I spent everday and night with one person in particular. he became my bestfriend thru rough time. and his bestfriend soon became mine. I had a select few to call my true friends. But my family problems consumed me and we grew apart. and I lost contact with those 2 friends. I then went on a personal quest for health and escaping my problems thru the gym and fully submerged myself into the music scene. I became straight edge thru music. Ive become vegan thru music. I made and lost many friends... going to shows, playing and dancing. I am who I am because of music. When I play guitar or bass or sing, my little sister sits next to me and smiles. It is one of the only real time she has ever communicated with me . we communicate thru music. and in fact her schooling is music based. its really unique. anyway...
I came to Oregon and realized that my journey does not stop here. I had to come here to figure out where I am going next. always one foot in front of the other, always moving foward. while I love it here, in less than a month, its time for me to go.
That old highschool friend., has gotten in contact with me, and that same brotherly love is still there. I couldnt be happier. We grew up in the same small town, and I was surprised to see that he too had moved across the country. He moved to a little town of Flagstaff, Arizona.
About 3 weeks ago, his bestfriend moved from PA to AZ also. he took a greyhound bus across the whole USA and with no money left in his pocket to pursue music. There are the 2 of my bestfriends living together. and they are so close to where I reside and both have asked me to come reunite with them and play in a band with them.
I have tried playing in many bands over the years and I have yet to be able to duplicate the chemistry Ive had with these 2 guys. I couldnt be any more stoked for this opportunity. the chance to be able to create music again with them is significant to me.
I am putting 100% of myself into pursuing music. I do not care about the end result (fame, money, or lack there of), it is the journey I pursue.
Nothing is more satisfying then creating. and in the same respect, destroying.
I have sold my vehicle and bought myself a Bass guitar again. and will use the excess money to pay off some financial debt and to support myself til I get a job.
I have been practicing my vocals and guitar playing ever since I got to Corvallis. I always thought of music as just a hobby, but over the years I see now it has always been more than that. It is a passion. A way of life.
I paid Robert back a couple hundred dollars for the kind generous times he has provided for me. but I honestly could not pay him back enough with respect. cause without his nudge in the right direction, I would have never ventured out here. thank you robert.
Megan is also a really awesome person and her and I have had some great times together. hehe Team Awesome. hope you enjoy your new piercing.
I will in a way be sad to depart, but my friends are always in my heart.
I look foward to being in a band, touring, creating music and putting a smile on people's faces, playing shows, etc.
I will continue to be vegan and straight edge and I will continue to bodybuild and pursue health.
I proved to myself, my family, and my friends that I can be vegan, strong, and healthy. And I have inspired others.
I no longer feel the need to be in the spotlight or compete to PROVE to the world that I am strong and health being vegan. Ive proven it to myself and that is all that matters.
I might continue to "model", I might not.
I still love to wear veganbodybuilding shirts..especially on stage . hehe. to help Robert out with his site. he has put so much effort, time, and sweat into this, that I will proudly wear the shirt on stage to help get the site out there.
I wish you best of luck on your movie. and hope to collaborate with you on future business ventures.
and of course I will continue to post on the site.
maybe not as often due to not owning a computer, and once the band is in full effect...we'll be touring. it could take a year , it could took 5 or more, but you are all in my hearts and I am not disappearing off the face of the earth. so dont be upset if I dont post. yes, I am still vegan. I'm just busy living my life off the computer. yes life off the computer exists. hehe.
My gym membership here ends december 17th. and I plan to move after that date. I will take a bus to AZ.
take care everyone.
p.s. I met brandon brazier last night. awesome dude. I love vega supplements. please support him www.myvega.com
and please support robert's new movie and the calendars.
Love for the animals and people who help protect them. I'm off to robert's movie premiere.