I've competed in the Olympic Games 5 times. My experiences are immeasurable, my regrets are few....and I wouldn't trade them for all the world!
Saturday, July 26, 2008
BACK IN LA.....
So two nights ago, I flew back to LA to take care of my last minute preparations before heading off to Beijing. I've been gone for quite a while and I didn't really miss it while I was gone, but as soon as I got back, it felt good to be here. I've missed my roommates and friends here so it's definitely good to catch up with them.
Yesterday I went to do a workout with my strength coach up at UCLA and it was good because he made sure that I put some good work in that I might not have accomplished on my own. I guess that's why he's the coach and I'm the athlete!
Then last night, my roommate Erica and I went to the Comedy Union for a night of good laughs and fun. My boy Chris Spencer was one of the comics so it was really nice to see him. I laughed so much that by the end of the night on the drive back home, my stomach was literally hurting!!!
Today I am headed up to Northern California to visit my parents for a few days before they head off back home to The Bahamas for some work and R&R. I haven't seen them in a while and I am really close with them so it'll be nice to see them even if only for a few days.
It's funny how life is....last week at this time, I wasn't doing so well. I was stressed out and out of sorts. Fast forward to this week and it feels like everything has just fallen into place, in more ways than one. Spurred by this young lady that I met on my flight from Phoenix to LA who appeared to have suffered severe burns over her entire body, her face, her arms, her hands, but who had the most pleasant countenance, the best attitude, the greatest smile in spite of her circumstance, I had to take a moment and ask myself some questions. She and I joked around and had a good conversation and by the end of the flight I was left realizing just how fortunate I am and that I should not take that for granted. This woman was the epitome of joy and I will never forget that.
Well, I gotta get going, but since I promised to post a couple pics then I figured I'd show a curly 'do up top and a profile self portrait below. The things we do when we have too much time on our hands, lol.....