Hello old friends. Sorry I haven’t been very active but I’ve been looking over your shoulders. Amazing what everyone is doing. I have to say I think LJ has advanced the skills of so many people. Funny how wanting to share things with friends can get you to push a little harder or try something you might otherwise never attempt.
My self imposed exile from the shop will be ending soon. My crazy training schedule for this event will be over and I’m itching to smell sawdust again. Hope you can stand it when I get start yakking again more often.
The reason I’m posting this is to ask for the generosity of my fellow LJ’s. Some of you expressed interest in donating to the cause when the time came. Well this thing is for real. We are deep in the planning. If you are interested in the ocean, the environment, and care to help you can read more about what I’m planning and will find the donation form here.
Just in case you’re wondering…this isn’t a local event benefiting just a local area. Last year the Ocean Conservancy’s International Coastal Cleanup was 378,000 volunteers from 76 countries and over 6,000,000 pounds of trash was collected.
Even if you can’t donate I’d like you to pass along this story to anyone that you might know that is struggling with health issues. Especially if they are like mine, balance related. Less than a year ago I was wondering where the downward spiral would end. The doctor’s had done about as much as they could…...then I got lucky. You can read some of the details here.
The moral of the story is don’t give up…don’t take the easy route. I almost had when a strange twist changed everything. Try something different, push yourself harder than you thought possible. Here I am 9 months later with my head feeling almost normal and the rest of my body in better shape than when I was 30. Not because of anything the doctor’s recommended, just my brother thinking it might help.
Anyway, sorry for the rare post asking for donations. It is for a great cause. If any of you are interested in standup paddle surfing and live in the area let me know. We can get together and you can give it a try. If I can do it anyone can. If you’re interested and don’t live in the area take a look at the links listed on the page link above. Lots of great info available. And for anyone on the north shore of Boston, listen to WBOQ 104.9 FM on June 21st. We just taped a show for their “North Shore Now” radio program about the event.
Thanks….hope you can help.
-- Bob, Carver Massachusetts, Sawdust Maker http://www.capecodbaychallenge.org