I’m writing this at 35,000-feet above the Earth on my way to Edinburgh, Scotland. There will be two posts from Scotland and then one from Zermatt, Switzerland.
Saturday, January 13th, 2017 was a day of passing on traditions, sharing a legacy, remembering my past, excited about the present, and creating opportunities for the future. The intention of this post is not to share a story of my past and how it lead to this day of creativity and excitement, but to impart the importance acknolwedging that everyday we have an opportunity to have a life long lasting impact on those we come in contact with.
The YouTube video you see embeded in this post is the very start of a project evolving from over 25-years of skating with Gary Visconti. Years ago he had expressed interest in wanting me to be the demo-skater for an instructional skating series for ice hockey. Approximately 10-years ago I started teaching skating in Seattle, Washington, passing on the skating techniques that I had learned from him, that he had learned from his coaches. The legacy lives in those we pass traditions onto. In this case, it’s skating with impeccable attention to detail. My excitement for this project coming to life was not evident until I watched the play back of a single take of us standing in front of the camera talking about what we are doing. The two hours we spent on the ice talking about progressions, teaching techniques, and coaching cuees felt like 20-mintues. I’m very much looking forward to continuing this project. We’re shooting for a September 2018 release. You can tell by this initial video which we shot ourselves that we have a lot to learn and will more than likely enlist the assistance of professionals in our network.
Not only was this day about working with my mentor but it was about reconnecting with another friend as well. We got a surprise visit from a long time friend. I knew Raul was coming, but Gary didn’t. It was wonderful getting to catch up. Raul drives one of the two Zamboni for the Los Angeles Kings. I got to catch up second time at the King’s game. The Kings have been my one and only home team ever since I started playing. Hearing Raul introduce me to regular game attendees as someone who really held a place in his life while he worked at Culver Ice Arena really made me feel special. It’s sad that the rink that held so many memories and was a place of maturation for me is gone. But the people who made it special are still in my life.
As previous generations give way to younger generations, I am filled with hope that the future is going to be beautiful. I was once that younger generation. I still am young and my mentors are still mentoring me everyday. This feeling was driven home when I found out that this particular game I was lucky enough to attend was the evening of Bob Miller’s retirement ceremony. Bob has been the voice of the King’s for 44-years. I associated his voice with hockey and my youth. The exuberant narrations of the televised games are engrained in my memories. The jersey numbers hanging in The Staples Center represent the players I idolized growing up. My first ever hockey number was inspired by Marcel Dionne, number 16.
What a day! From being on the ice with a mentor to witnessing a once in a lifetime event. Taking in the team sport that is giving me the opportunity to pass down a legacy of skating techniques to the next generation. I am blessed for the community that I get to participate in. The community I am doing my very best to create via Primitive Optimism would not be what it is without you, my readers. I am truly grateful for your participation and sharing of this blog. I want to hear about your mentors. The legacies and traditions that you’re sharing with the world.
Thank you for being you and being a part of my primitively optimistic community.