"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.
5/1/2009 | 12 comments
I *should* find the time over this long weekend - May1 is 'labour day' in most of Europe. I've been so terribly busy with work and personal stuff ever since getting back home that I just didn't get anything done, sorry.
Awesome doesn't describe this event properly. I'll definitely be back next year!
Oh, and I`d REALLY be grateful if anyone who has taken pictures of my suspension could send them to me. I gave my camera to Aurora and got lots of pictures from the time I put my hooks in (yes! myself! DIY!) until the battery gave out right when I finally made it up.
4/16/2009 | 0 comments
I got into town and checked into "my" house last night. The place is
cool (there's even trees in the yard to suspend off from ;),
really easy to get to and only a 10-minute freeway drive from the event.
Those who are staying with me and would want to get a hold of me while here please note my phone no: 702-466-5892. That's an AT&T "pay as you go" thing I got for this purpose as it's a lot cheaper to use this than to pay $2.50 a minute international roaming charges on my regular one....
The "touristy" part of this trip is almost over now but was awesome so far.
Although my planning was somewhat thwarted by Mother Nature and I had to cut out some of the things I wanted to see, as it isn't really a good idea to go out hiking overnight in freezing weather and a couple inches of fresh snow in the mountains and I had to wait for the weather to improve, I still managed to see a lot. Especially the trip down to the river at Grand Canyon was impressive, and I definitely will be back there!
and now some quick pictures before I'm off to the airport to get Mikey and Rolf. More to follow. Soon. :) edit: I have no idea why these come out sideways. Will fix later...
2/22/2009 | 8 comments
Right now, I`m arranging my travel plans around attending Allen Falkner's birthday suscon that's scheduled to take place in Dallas April 17-19. Really looking forward to it!
Vacation request was approved a while ago, and I just booked my
flights. I`ll be flying into Vegas on the 8th, and back from Dallas on
For the week's time leading up to the event, I plan on doing a nice road trip around the sights the American Southwest has to offer, starting from Las Vegas and visiting Grand Canyon, Carlsbad Caverns and the like (planned itinerary so far). I`d be open for any suggestions as to what I shouldn't miss seeing! Tell me! (Also, I would not mind company...)
I`ll be in Dallas forg a week from the 15th until the 22nd and have gotten me a house there. Yes, a real vacation-property house - with a bedroom or two to spare to stay for fellow suscon attendees, about a 10-to-15-minute drive to the suscon venue. Thought this would be an economically as well as socially viable alternative to staying in cramped hotel rooms. Tell me when you'd want to share!
On the last day of 2008, although the weather gods were decidedly against me what with black ice and freezing rain on the roads, I decided rather spontaneously to make the 500km-trek to Holland and attend the fourth and most probably last New Years suspension meeting in Maastricht's "Villa Vendex".
Roel said the building is slated for destruction early this year - I always liked the atmosphere in there and will miss it.
Anyway, I spent two days with a few old and new friends there, had a nice time and did a very nice suspension (that turned out very different from what I originally envisioned, but, hey...)
I promise that come next time, I`ll have better ones. I`m going to get me a new camera - my current one, bought back in Albuquerque in '06 for $99 to record my first suspension, just isn't up to the task of taking nice pics in low light environments. But now, without further ado, on to the pictures:
That's Jackie (IAM:Gacksy), doing a knee/chest suspension . Once up there, she really enjoyed it:
Mike and a guy named Tommy going at it on the spinning beam.- they really had a ton of fun!
Both of them got cut down to one hook at the end, which wasn't without consequences:
some random pics - it wasn't really warm in this long-abandoned industrial hall - except when pyromaniac Marc stoked the fire by stuffing all he could get his hands on into the makeshift fireplace (including a whole load of coal that cost me 50 Euros and was intended for lasting all through the night...grr....) Note the red hot color of the thing! And that isn't just my camera - all that precious heat went away again when we had to vent the building because the fireplace construction cracked open because of too much heat and smoke billowed all over the place.... motto of the day: "save the trees, burn plastic":
Elke offered spiritual guidance and positive energy, which was very welcome. And Chandler would make a perfect Dad - he's really good at teaching tricks to little kids :)
And now some pictures 'o me suspending, courtesy of Dieter:
I originally wanted to do a 4-pt resurrection suspension. Well, with body suspensions things don't always go as planned and I had some trouble getting up - mainly because I could not place my legs correctly, scrambling for footing. Due to the way the rigging was set up, it was not possible for me to get ahold of the rope and pull myself up, too - a technique that always works for me.
So Chandler offered to take the weight off them by putting them in a sling. That worked like a charm, and so I did some kind of coma-like suspension, which turned out to be super-relaxed and chill. I absolutely loved it up there (especially after my head was supported also) and could have stayed on forever. But the cold got the better of me, and my legs started to go numb after about an hour because the sling cut off the blood supply, so I felt that it would be best to come down again. We briefly contemplated removing the sling and letting my legs hang free (so I could finally do that resurrection I came there for) but as I had absolutely no feeling in my legs any more I had to abort that and was lowered down to the ground again. As soon as my legs were freed from the sling and the blood started to circulate again, they started to scream bloody murder - ouch! I had to lie down for a good ten minutes as I was totally unable to get up and put any weight on them....
Even though this one turned out different from what I wanted to do, it still was a very good experience.
But I have learned a few things out of this experience - in the future, I will make sure that I`ll talk to EVERYONE involved in suspending me beforehand and ask if it's OK with them to do what I want. No more assumptions about that just talking to one in the team is enough.
And I`ll insist on being able to pull myself up in the future. For me, this seems to be the best way of getting up, and I`ll make this an absolute must in any future events.
So the new year has started very nicely for me, and I'm already looking forward to the next time!
12/14/2008 | 5 comments
Well, he pulled off what everyone, myself included, didn't think was possible. My respect.
Please go and review his story by clicking here so it will get published on BME with the next experience update, which hopefully will happen before the Christmas holidays. It is really well written and pretty informative. (you need to log in to the experience review system by entering your IAM credentials. After being logged in, just click on the link again and it will get you right there).
And speaking of Herfried, him and me did a winter excursion to "my" mountain where hopefully I finally get to organize some suspensions next year.
This is just the PERFECT location to enjoy hanging from hooks, and I really look forward to warmer weather!
(more pics to follow).