Hello, everyone, and welcome to the Rev Up. With there being a two week lull in the AMA Pro Racing schedule, I wanted to talk about some off-topic things but still keep it as moto as possible. But, moving along, man, this is a really heavy week for me. I talk about myself too much, I realize that, and I apologize. The motocrosser’s ego is an amazing thing I guess. But don’t get me wrong; I love talking about other people more. Writing about my friends and people I have been lucky enough to meet and be inspired by is my favorite thing to do.
The sound of a baby crying on an airplane used to make me want to shove pencils in my ears, now it actually calms me and brings a smile. Ten years ago I used to just love bouncing myself off the dirt on a BMX bike after work. Today, it doesn’t get any better than a glass of decent Merlot and a good book. Going riding ten years ago meant trying to beat every single guy at the track whether it was race day or open practice. Today, just getting on a track and being able to shake out the arm pump after 20 minutes is a spiritually-fulfilling accomplishment.
I’ve accepted it. I’m getting older. I should get over it though. I mean, Guy Cooper did the entire outdoor national series for his 40th b-day, I think John Dowd got his first bike when he was 30, and I got my shot swatted playing basketball Monday night by Racer X’s Jim Manilla, who will turn 58 years young next week on the 11th. I don’t think this age thing plays as much of a physical role as it does mental. I get the feeling that when you reach 30 it’s time to do what everyone has told me since I turned 18, which is “grow up.” I’ll tell you what, working at this place for a year made me do a whole lot of that.
When I sit back and think of the events that took place between that picture and the moment I am typing on this keyboard today - It just blows me away. I have no idea why I am so lucky to have such a great family and have been able to meet so many incredible friends that have inspired me in so many ways.
Before I go I wanted to share something weird I found. I’ve never been much into astrology or psychic mumble jumble. I used to try to play the “sign game” to get dates at the bar, but never had much luck. But when I looked up the sign for people born March 21st through April 20th my jaw pretty much hit the floor. It describes people who are “Aries” as:
Adventurous and energetic
Pioneering and courageous
Enthusiastic and confident
Dynamic and quick-witted
On the dark side...
Selfish and quick-tempered
Impulsive and impatient
Foolhardy and daredevil
While the dark side fit me a little closer than the first part, it's astonishing how accurate it was. My friends that read this will surely laugh when they read that.
Thanks for reading, see you next week.