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Minnesota / Re: I'm in Two Harbors
« on: January 20, 2015, 03:20:28 AM »
You don't need money to advertise.  We've had plenty of jams in Duluth over the years.  There's a Minnesota Parkour group at and Facebook.  What you need to do is post there.  Maybe send a note to Fight or Flight Academy.  The most important thing you need to do is be organized.  Pick locations, activities, help people with places to stay, and so forth.  For example, the jam on Jan 10th-1tth in the Twin Cities was a lot of fun. 
Also, if Carcass is still around, you should talk with him, he's been organizing the Duluth jams in the past.

Minnesota / Re: Where are you all at? Haging with Chad at F or F?
« on: October 22, 2012, 03:16:52 AM »
The hype may have died down, but the interest has not.  I keep seeing new faces every month.  Try to make it to the Halloween party at FoFA.  There will be excitement.

Minnesota / Re: bloomington hotspots
« on: August 17, 2012, 07:57:20 AM »
Make it to the Saturday and Sunday parts of the jam, then, and ask there. 

Training Journals / Re: Deborah's Log
« on: July 25, 2012, 08:13:17 AM »
  It sounds like routine is interfering the most with your training.  I can relate.  My best advice is to simply get up at 6:00am and train.  Nobody will call you so early, you know?  I was on business in Santa Clara, CA last week, and it was very long days for me, with compulsory "evening receptions," which means, for everyone else, free alcohol.  Fortunately, one of my co-workers from Austin, TX was there, and she nudged me to train in the mornings.  I got in a good 45 minutes before an 8:00am start time for the conference, and it was enough.  Why bring this up?  You need to get up early.  Even if it is to go do some quadrupedal movement down the path, it is still training. 
   When I'm home, it's easy.  My wife has fallen in love with Parkour now, and we got my youngest daughter into it, so Parkour means family time now.  Maybe there's an opportunity with one of your more supportive and encouraging friends or family to train?  All you need is one person.
   Regarding piano tuning, I'm very fussy about my piano (it has a colorful history for a piano), and eventually, because of where my wife works, I got access to one of the best around.  Considering he has work with the university, he has steady business.  My advice is to find places where a piano is in regular performance use, and work there.  Alternately, you could get some part-time work at a music shop.  If music is really your thing, you should make it your life.   Surround yourself with it.  I realize Redding isn't exactly a sprawling metropolis of culture, but you would be surprised where you can find pianos in businesses.  Maybe there's a retirement home out there with a piano that needs tuning.  Don't be afraid to volunteer once or twice, but ask for business leads afterwards. 
   If I may impart beyond the secular for just a little, I believe you need to spend more time listening to how God sees you and not the tiny boxes into which others sometimes try to conform you.  Finding your own path in life is a matter of taking steps and awaiting guidance.  One meditation I have found exceedingly powerful is a labyrinth.  You are very fortunate to live in Redding:
   I really believe in you. 

MN Jams / Re: MNPK 2012 Jam
« on: March 22, 2012, 07:50:53 AM »
Thanks, Chad.  Any dates picked?  I'd be glad to help.

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.

Training Journals / Re: Deborah's Log
« on: February 23, 2012, 10:30:09 AM »
Hey, glad to see you're still training!
Weight management is difficult.  The thing though about Parkour is that you run a pretty good chance of your scales not telling you anything useful, as you build muscle mass.  From your posts, it sounds like you do a few very physical chores as part of a regular routine.  Those do not sound aerobic, generally, though.  If you really want to focus on reducing the fat balance in your body, push-ups and pull-ups won't do much for that.  I don't know where you are in Sacramento, but I know my cousins used to spend every day swimming in the American river, because they lived along it, and it gets hot out there.  Sandburg Drive, if I recall. 
You know, I've been meaning to tell you, since I first posted on your training log, I started a fitness and wellness club in the town where I live, and ran it for 17 months and it continues to this day under leadership I appointed.  For a good number of the participants, it was the first time they had exercised in ten or more years.  My largest event had 150 participants.  I had some difficult situations which brought me to start the club ( a tool to let go of a loss ), but the club became a way of taking one kind of feelings and making something useful out them.  My friends have not-so-sarcastically joked that it was "my other child."  Anyway, I'm bringing it up to you now because of a few reasons:
  • The inspiration of doing this club came from encouraging you and others like you
  • I wish something like this existed in Sacramento
  • It is very clear to me that you desire a group to train with you

You've mentioned your depression.  I respect that, but I hope you treat it with respect in your life.  It is important to separate the bio-chemistry from the thoughts they bring and the thoughts you intend.  At the end of the day, it feels to me like you just aren't connected enough with a community of women for Parkour.  I can't fix that from where I am.
As a fan of cross-training, I'm going to make a suggestion:
That's two of the local Roller Derby leagues in Sacramento, and the second has a youth league (you mentioned children).  Women of all different sizes come together and train for excellence and for each other.  I'm pretty sure they have a recreational team in their league which means you can train with them without having to do contact skating.  WFTDA is not the roller derby of years past.  For some inspiration, read this popular blog from a woman who started where you started with Parkour, but in roller derby:
I think that's what you're missing: a community of women who will train with you.  Parkour is catching on, sure.  But, for the present, I think you need a good peer group of women. Who knows?  Maybe some of the skaters have wanted to try Parkour but never met you. 

Best wishes,
"Exercise doesn't make you tired.  That's your brain giving up because your body is uncomfortable."

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.

Minnesota / Re: One More- Please Watch!
« on: August 16, 2011, 06:41:13 AM »
Well-edited.  Well-run!

MN Jams / Re: MNPK Duluth Jam 2011
« on: June 28, 2011, 05:40:11 AM »
Carcass, thanks for hosting a really solid jam.  When I die, I hope the "stairway to heaven" looks just like the one over by the shore.  Plus, there's no one to bother you, save passers-by promising ice cream for flips and then sneaking off.  The falls were beautiful and refreshing.  Skinny, thanks for spotting my pet monkey as she was going up that rock face.  You can't turn your back for a minute (which I did).  I hope your shoulder is doing better.  Thanks *everyone* for helping me with the wall run, and Chad, thanks for the muscle-up training tip, I really appreciate having something to work on.
By the way, for Ku Yung:
That's the official "food code" and there is no requirement about hamburger.
However, there is a recommendation that you cook to 160F any ground meat:
This does not apply to steaks, just ground meat.
160 is about Medium.  The waitress was arguing 170+, which is nigh on inedible to my tastes. 

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 / Re: 2011 MNPK Jam?
« on: May 14, 2011, 10:12:26 AM »
That's a good weekend for me.  I'll remind a few folks to post here.  I'm pretty sure David S. would be up for it, although if he advances in A. Ninja W., I heard his schedule gets complex for June.

Minnesota / Re: bloomington hotspots
« on: May 03, 2011, 04:18:02 AM »
I don't know any spots to train in Bloomington, but maybe since you are going out that way, you could scout some?  I think Terminal C has some promise at MSP, but I've never really been dressed in suitable attire at the airport, and I'm really not very fond of the Transportation Safety Administrator. 
See if you can find more than playsets and parking ramps. 
The only thing I've found in Plymouth is an auditorium. 

National Jams / Re: 2011 Chicago Colossal Jam (June 10th-12th)
« on: April 09, 2011, 07:33:22 PM »
They could take their picture with the wedding party in front of Buckingham Fountain.  Yeah, Chad, have a talk with the betrothed.  Tell them what they are missing. 

Minnesota / Re: Leave No Trace!
« on: April 09, 2011, 07:31:09 PM »
Sign me up!  I will bring the squad with me.  A little community service with them would do good.  Back when I was a kid, we had required community service in grade school.  I suspect that's not really part of the education these days, but it is a shame that more kids aren't helping their community.  Dates, times?  Agreed that cutting a check isn't the same.

MN Jams / Re: 2011 MNPK Jam?
« on: March 29, 2011, 07:57:06 AM »
  That's pretty smart, actually.  The late August time slot was rough on people moving for college season, so after the move makes a lot more sense, and it also reaches folks who are going to be here.  Plus, it's later in the year, so the sun is not so intense.  I will definitely cook again!

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.

Minnesota / Re: Leave No Trace!
« on: March 25, 2011, 09:54:00 AM »
I'm with Charles.  Send them a check for facilities and maintenance (call first to find out who to send it to), include a letter, and send a copy of the letter to the folks that booted us in the first place.  Doing things that are emotionally charged in this fashion are an opportunity to overcome obstacles.  Besides, I'm sure they can buy some more Hosta or whatever shows our trace.  I'd take it a step further and offer to bring a volunteer team to do some clean-up work.  Even if it isn't footprints 6 1/2 feet up the side of a wall, it is reputation.  When was the last time skaters cleaned the wax from axle grinding off the edge of a low wall?

Minnesota / Re: Someone Gotta Do This!!!!
« on: March 02, 2011, 12:55:08 PM »
I've dated a mime, and I can tell you from conversation that even acting like you are on the other side of a glass wall (much less trapped inside a glass box) will freak out even the most astute and sensitive of security guards.  I'm not sure we want the freakish behavior of a mime to be related to Parkour in any way. 

We are getting broadcast time already. 

Minnesota / Re: Chad and Skinny Winter Training
« on: January 07, 2011, 08:54:31 AM »
I shall forever expect to see a mustache or a tail disappearing on the roof above me if ever snow falls off a building and hits me.  Skinny, use your physics and build a lever next time to get the 2nd snow mound on top of the first.  It requires less preparatory Japanese expletives.

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