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MN Jams / MNPK 2012 Jam
« on: March 20, 2012, 07:27:25 AM »
Who's stoked about the weather turning?  Yeah, let's get outside and enjoy the warm weather!

I think we should do another jam this year in the Twin Cities.  I'm all for Memorial Day Weekend if it isn't spoken for on the National jam calendar.

Here's what I've thought up so far:

Friday afternoon: Hidden Falls ( I will try to reserve the space )
Friday Night: Downtown St. Paul this time (hot spots, anyone? Concerned about sporting event conflict)
Saturday Morning: conditioning at U of MN West Bank
Saturday Day: the Organ (Peavey Plaza) & the Pit (Hennepin Ave Bridge)
Saturday Night: Fight or Flight Academy (with permission, respecting scheduling) and Barbecue (I can cook again)
Sunday Morning: ?
Sunday Afternoon: Minnehaha Falls
Sunday Night: ?
Monday Morning: ?

Chad and Skinny have a business to run now, so the rest of the community needs to step up and do more.  This is me, trying to do more.

Minnesota / U of MN Campus training ok now?
« on: November 22, 2011, 11:00:28 AM »
Hey everyone,
  Someone very dear to me sent me a link to a two-part Youtube video:

It features the Ted Mann Concert Hall that she runs as well as some local traceurs training, recently, on the U of MN campus.  So, what's the latest, are we welcome to train there again now?  I wasn't aware of an updates from campus management.

Age 30+ / Our responsibility
« on: May 23, 2011, 11:53:13 AM »
I'm old... enough.  Mature traceurs and traceusses have an additional responsibility.  We need to, when called upon, act our age.  When is that?  When passers-by or other non-participants interact with our community.  We need to be ambassadors.  I'm usually spending my time talking to nervous Moms and Dads that worry their kid will get hurt and should just play soccer.  Ball sports ruin more knees and ankles permanently, cause more breaks... Also, when property owners and law enforcement approach, asking us to disperse, we need to abide first without being bossy to everyone else, just set a good example. 
We also need to take it the grown-up step further and have the second conversation, follow up with the individual later and carry the conversation to the point of acceptance or understood disagreement.  That's the advancement of acceptance that Parkour has over... skateboarding: not everyone is a teen.
Even when we are tired or otherwise unable to train, we need to be part of the community as much as our work schedules permit.  I am in Parkour for myself first, but I am rewarded by what I can do for others.  I know what it takes to preserve Parkour in my community. 

MN Jams / 2011 MNPK Jam?
« on: March 28, 2011, 02:31:58 PM »
Hey, I saw something growing outside.  Means winter is at least a little less central.  Should we be planning our national jam soon?  I know location scouting has been an activity for some.

MN Jams / long railing, level terrain, West metro?
« on: April 07, 2010, 11:25:49 AM »
Hey, this is a bit weird, but I am looking for a long pipe-style railing somewhere in the West Metro that has equal ground heights on either side, but isn't necessarily amazingly level itself.  Anyone have some suggestions?  It's just for a drill.

MN Jams / 2010 Monstrous Minnesota Jam planning
« on: February 14, 2010, 06:55:54 AM »
Hey everyone, Chad posted in the Meetup forum that there's the:
2010 Monstrous Minnesota Jam, Aug 21-22

and we're hosting it.  My guess is that it will be less anxious than last year, since we have already had the "campus security" discussions.  Besides, they only seem to have staff to deal with the zombie problem.

Some natural subjects:
Places for people to sleep/stay
Barbecue (venue, menu, cooks, activities)
Marketing and awareness

In our midst, we have not one, but two advertising/marketing professionals now, of which I am aware.  I do hope they feel up to stepping in and providing a little volunteer spirit.  I think with their involvement, we can easily attract larger numbers. 

I'm up for cooking again.   
I'm able to host a few guests, and there's bus service to downtown.

I think we should have a t-shirt for the event, something that celebrates what we have become in the last year, something that reminds people what Minnesota has contributed to the Parkour community.  Our trademark activity is definitely a game of "ground is lava," and last Wednesday, I learned a vault which apparently someone local invented.  This should definitely be its own thread.

Carcass, I do hope you are up for contributing some Parkour art this year?  That was really special, and I know a lot of folks simply don't own display artwork, so it may be pretty exciting to have something that celebrates the culture.

The event is six months away.  Let's see what we can do!

MN Jams / Open Gym - huge!
« on: January 25, 2010, 07:33:50 AM »
 Thanks for setting up the Open Gym last night.  I think it was fantastic to see so many traceurs and traceusses together.  If Mr. Gleason liked the cash that came in the door, perhaps we will see it again.  Chad & Skinny, thanks also for running some beginner activities.  Um, thanks for also humbling me, my son managed to get the kong vault down last night, first time at it.  I'm glad he's not cocky.  Thanks everyone for encouraging my daughter.  It's one of those moments you don't forget.

My guess is that Gleason's supply of MNPK shirts is running low.  I wonder if we ought to make another run at logo designs, with a "Ground is Lava" theme?  I mean, that's kind of our thing, right?  It seems like a nice balance to the ice and snow where we live.

MN Jams / Are we on the map?
« on: December 08, 2009, 01:27:25 PM »
Hey everyone,
  Ahead of a trip to another city, I was reading their APK forums and found that there are two popular "Parkour hotspot" maps there.  I know we have a local map on this forum, but if someone feels up to it, perhaps repeating the efforts on the national and global maps would be worthwhile.  I'm certainly glad for it when I am out of town.

New York / Thank you for the jam, NY Parkour
« on: July 21, 2009, 06:36:18 PM »
Hey, just wanted to shout out a thanks to Chris D. for setting something up last-minute this week in Troy, NY.  I had a great time, thanks for fitting it in.  NY is definitely a superior place to train.  I learned a whole lot and was pleased to be able to get so much one-on-one leadership.

You guys really make this happen!

MN Parkour

MN Jams / Plymouth traceurs - security cam notice
« on: June 29, 2009, 12:29:33 PM »
Hey everyone,
  Just reading the weekly crime reports, this one caught my eye:

"Three Rivers Park District Police Chief Hugo McPhee recently announced that the Park District has enhanced the safety and enjoyment of several parks in the Park District through the implementation of outdoor surveillance cameras. French Regional Park in Plymouth was selected for the camera program as it is one of the highest use parks in the system and has the Creative Play Area for kids."

That creative play area is an awful lot of fun.  I just hope they recognize Parkour as creative play...

Reading through crime reports, I don't know what their objective is with the cameras.  Plymouth's biggest problem is theft, right now.  Maybe people are stealing swing seats...

MN Jams / Chicago Collossal Jam -- who is going?
« on: June 17, 2009, 05:42:14 AM »
At the mid-West jam last weekend, we got reminded/invited to Chicago's jam in mid-July.  Who is going?  If there are good numbers going from Minnesota, I'll drive down.  Not sure I'll bring my rabbit hunter squad this time, they may not be available. 

Also, Cloud is looking for someone to aggregate and post the pictures/vids his group snapped and filmed.  Any volunteers?

Fair warning, the main interstate into Chicago from here is 45mph, construction, and tolls at the moment.  Don't know why they are charging to drive on roads under heavy repairs.  I took county highways last month and did about the same speed as the freeway in that condition.  Also saved $6 in tolls.

MN Jams / U of M Campus security
« on: October 28, 2008, 07:28:17 PM »
Apparently, there was an encounter with campus security earlier for our Parkour group which was a dramatic "don't do this here again or we will throw you out" response.  It took me a few hours to think about this, but campus security is no different from hotel security (except when it is a casino).  They may not have any authority to kick people off the campus, and it would be an idle threat.  For the U of M students, this is worth exploring.  There might be a bylaws of the campus security.  My guess is that they boss people around, and if those people do not listen, they can only call real law enforcement officers. 

We have two options here: disperse or respond.  My guess is that there is some "better wisdom" elsewhere within the greater American Parkour bulletin board.  Naivete strikes most security forces early, and it just builds for nanny state policies over time.  I'm aghast at the choices being made, but most simple folks fear what they do not understand.  Consider the security guard, unable to move beyond pedestrian actions.  The guard would be fearful of the more agile. Take a moment to consider their relatively benign function, and all the things they may or may not be responsible for doing.  They have to report break-ins, right?  Naturally, anyone who could ascend walls or clear other obstacles and gaps might be construed as a property safety threat.  A burglar, in someone's mind. 

This suggests some value in a response.  If we do nothing, we lose a great urban environment.

Incidentally, nobody bugged me doing the conditioning on the stairs this evening.

MN Jams / Cellar's daily training
« on: October 23, 2008, 12:22:22 PM »
Cellar, where do I go and when to join your daily training?   I'm free every night now.  Also, my skill level is quite low at this point.  This could be exactly what I need.

MN Jams / February Jams!!!!
« on: January 28, 2008, 11:02:49 AM »
Can we set up for a jam this week, perhaps on Saturday afternoon?  That's Feb 2nd.  A friend of mine from N.D. State is in Minnesota for a semester on student intern, and wants to see/learn Parkour.  I think he's pretty serious about it, long term. 

After two weeks in the Bay Area South of SF, and seeing nothing but rain, I'm up for cold, dry surfaces.  It was a true rip-off that the weather was solid lousy.  I want that $1.90 Tourism Assessment fee back from my hotel bill. 

Sidenote: My wife thinks I joined a running group, I just omitted the "free" part. 

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