"There is no coming to consciousness without pain"

Well, I just got here. That's not really true anymore, but all this still feels new and exploration-worthy to me.
I'm not really good with this whole 'talk about myself' affair, so if you'd want to know what, why and how I got into all of this, please read the story of my personal ascension.

I definitely seem to have developed a passion for body suspension. And because this community seems to be THE place to be to live that passion, I decided to join your little world here. I want to learn as much as I can about it.

No Forum - but I like getting messages. And don't be afraid of the tracking thingie; it doesn't bite.

Events I`d want to attend this year:

My favourite pastime when I`m around here:

 

Diary

Blame it on Eyjafjallajökull....
5/27/2010 | 1 comments


Ever since getting home from my involuntarily extended vacation I've been so swamped with work and rather pressing family business that I never found the time to update. Sorry -  I know there's a few of you whom I have promised this to for a long time, but courtesy of said Eyjafjallajökull volcano, my flight home got delayed by almost a week and you cannot even begin to imagine the pile of work on my desk after almost four weeks of absence...
Well, today I  read what Justin had to say about how the whole Dallas roadtrip adventure started and I decided it was about time to go through my pictures and start....
I flew in to LAX on March 30, arrived there in the evening, collected the rental van that was to be my home for the duration of the trip, picked up Aurora and Justin and we took off east, heading for Dallas where we all wanted to attend the 2010 Dallas suscon. Been looking forward to this event for one year and things were finally happening!

The following is stolen from Justin's page (thanks for saving me the work! :))

Mar 30 2010
10:57pm Bastian and Aurora arrive in Long Beach, CA
11:50pm 28 Miles from Palm Springs, CA
Mar 31 2010
3:36am Stop in Phoenix, AZ for gas
6:20am We pull into a beautiful rest stop. Bastian runs around with Sabrina (the dog) I try bouldering out side of a gym for the first time. We all snap some photos then it's back on the road

and here's said pictures - yes, it was really beautiful. And I guess Sabrina and me took to each other right there  (click through to embiggen)





8:48am Stop in a small town in New Mexico. Bastian and I discover there are no juice bars in the area, only a lot of old people.
2:43pm Entering the final hours of our drive, Bastian refers back to the driving techniques of the autobahn, pushing our rented minivan to 110mph. This is still sort of slow for him...
editor's note: 110 is not only "sort of" slow, it's freaking slow (my car goes 155, and as we don't have such stupid speed limits I'm going that regularly). Oh, and for the record: I did not get one single ticket or get pulled over once on the whole 6,500 miles I/we drove on that trip! And the being flashy-thingied in PHX so far hasn't manifested in anything either. :)


3:00pm We reach Pecos, TX
4:43pm Big Spring, TX
6:00pm Merkel, TX (200 miles from Dallas)
7:09pm Quick break to fill up the tank. Aurora makes her way from the drivers seat to the back with Sabina, then we're back on the road. 115 miles from Dallas, Bastian slows down for a construction zone and for the first time in 18 hours a car passes us
7:14pm The construction zone ends and the second lane is opened back up. "Don't mess with Texas," Bastian chuckles as he hits the gas and speeds passed the car that had passed us a couple miles prior. We have half an hour before sunset, I'll have to wait till tomorrow to see Dallas in daylight
7:30pm 80 MILES TO DALLAS!!!!!
8:21pm "So are we in Dallas yet?" "Yes, as you might have noticed, Dallas is fucking big."

Nothing much to add to that... Anyway, we took possession of "my" house which I rented for the week and conked out pretty soon.

To be continued.... SOON! (yeah, I feel guilty...)

2010 Dallas Suscon
4/2/2010 | 0 comments


on top until April 2 - new entries below



So it seems like I get to help out a bit with organizing the 2010 Dallas suscon, which is scheduled to happen from April 2 to April 4. As I have gotten a sweet deal on a house and apparently got everyone from and to the airport all safely last time I am now responsible for accommodations and transportation for the 2010 edition.
Well, today I got a call from the agent who was supposed to rent me a bunch of vacation homes and told me that I'd need to decide and commit NOW or everything would be snatched up by someone else who was looking to accommodate his wedding guests. So that's what I did - signed the paperwork and wired the money, and now there's space for ca. thirty people.
UPDATE: Everything's set up quite nicely - all the details are now available on the event info page over at suspension.org: http://suspension.org/2010payandstay.htm.



Please use the attached forum for discussion and questions!

the 30,000ft entry....
3/31/2010 | 0 comments

Writing this in-flight, on my way from NY to LA from where I'll set out on an epic road trip to Dallas (and beyond, right after suscon) together with LotN. Three weeks of vacation are going to start in just a few hours! That's been long overdue and I'm more than ready...

I won't have internet for awhile after landing, so if anyone feels the need  to contact me, please call me at 424-236-9288.
AND THIS IS THE LAST CALL TO SEND YOUR "I WANT TO BE PICKED UP FROM THE AIRPORT IN DALLAS" INFO, so everyone who needs a ride and hasn't sent his/her data yet - please do so!

See you all pretty soon!

Blast from the Past
3/23/2010 | 8 comments


OK, so seeing that Birthday Girl and Don have put up some photographic memories of their pasts, I was challenged to do the same - and who am I to not listen to my friends?. So I raided my parents' old photo albums for a few remembrance shots of me as a young one, and without further ado, there you go:
Please excuse the very poor quality, but I had to photograph them with my digital point and shoot camera directly from the photo albums. They are behind some protective plastic covers which I didn't dare to remove, and that's why they are pretty blurry and lack contrast - but hey, you get the idea :) These were all taken by my dad, who preferred black and white film to color and refused to use color for a very  long time.
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First one is me in mom's arms, just a few days old. Second one's is of me in my playpen, at about half a year. Very typical pose...  Third one is, well, me at around one year, doing what everybody needs to do :), According to my mom, I could sit on that thing forever and get lost in my thoughts. Who knows what I've been thinking about there.... Click through to enlarge:
 


That is me at a two, proudly demonstrating my newfound ability to fly, helping grow some trees by watering them in the garden, and getting ready to fetch some milk (we were getting our milk from a farmer back then, and I always wanted to carry the container, although it was way too heavy when it was full) :)

    

a rare color picture, taken at a winter vacation when I was three. The last one was taken on the first day of school - I was 6 at the time. Note the open book in front of me. Yep, I could read a little even before entering school, and that has remained one of my favorite pastimes to this very day, some three-and-a-half decades later.

 

I haven't looked at those albums in ages. In fact, I always dreaded when they came out to show some distant relatives how us kids looked when we were wee. I could very well live without these "oh how cute" comments. Not so this time - I spent a nostalgic evening at my parents listening to the countless stories behind all those pictures and had a very good time. So, thank you IAM friends for this opportunity, and I keep hoping for more installations! My dad has a few thousand slides that he wanted to digitize for years.....

Visual proof
3/19/2010 | 0 comments


that madly swinging about while hanging from hooks in your skin can be fun (something I denied not that long ago). Well, I definitely have to say Alice was right when she told me right afterward that she loved seeing me enjoying myself and having fun for a change!
Helene Fjell finally sent me a few pictures she took from me at last years' Oslo suscon. She really is an awesome photographer and it was well worth the wait!
Getting these made me anticipate our fun suspension plans even more. 15 days, and I really can't wait!  Spinning beam, here I come!

  

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