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Messages - Tom "Hayabusa" Johnson

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Socialize / Re: Word Association
« on: October 08, 2008, 09:00:12 PM »
Bohemian Rhapsody!!!!

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Socialize / Re: Animal Crossing WildWorlds DS
« on: October 08, 2008, 08:54:25 PM »
My gf plays Animal Crossing all the time, and she seems really into it.

Nothing more disconcerting than practicing your rolls on the lawn and your gf runs out of the house like she's been attacked.  I ask what's wrong, and she puts on this sad face and goes, "People are leaving my TOWN!".

Double-depressing...lol.

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Socialize / Re: With Parkour Comes Discipline
« on: October 08, 2008, 08:51:29 PM »
You do have a lot of control there man. I absolutely know for a fact I would've gone MC Hammer on that guy.

So you would've made two hits and then filed for bankruptcy?  ;D

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Socialize / Re: Homeless Guam Forum Trolls!!!! lol
« on: October 08, 2008, 08:43:16 PM »
States only?  Booooo.

S'alright, the U.S. federal gov't lets us have a Congressional representative, but they don't let us vote for President.  We're used to it...lol

[/sarcasm appreciated]

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Socialize / Re: The Snaps Jar
« on: October 08, 2008, 08:41:10 PM »
Snaps to...everybody.  Everybody?  Everybody...lol.

This community is a fantastic asset to traceurs and freerunners of all levels, and I'm proud to be a part of it, and I hope I can contribute by extending the knowledge I've gained here to others.

Snaps to the big names:
-Mark Toorock for creating this online PK Mecca, and all the moderators that keep this place up and running
-Ozzi for his comprehensive tutorials, and the HawaiiPK team in general for showing me an island isn't such a bad place to learn PK...lol
-Charles Moreland and Chris Salvato for all the diet and exercise advice they've given me and countless others(I'm now down to 226 lbs. from the 235 I was when I first signed up for the site 3 weeks ago.)
-Jereme Sanders for showing me that you really can train ANYWHERE
-Muse, for inadvertently teaching me the value of a good post-workout stretch
-My roof, for giving me somewhere to do pull-ups.
-My island, for being there for me to explore
-My dog Lucky, who forced me to invent new forms of QM while I was trying to dodge him during my training
-My ankles, for giving me so much support over the years(har har)
-All of you....AGAIN!  I really do appreciate all I've gained here.  Thanks can't ever say enough...:)

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Socialize / Homeless Guam Forum Trolls!!!! lol
« on: October 08, 2008, 08:15:11 PM »
I posted this on the suggestions forum, but after seeing it was in the retired section, I wasn't entirely sure I was supposed to post anything there, so I'm posting it here as well...please forgive my wandering...lol

To M2, any and all other Powers That Be, and anybody else who might be interested:

There's probably only a handful of Guam residents on the forum atm, but I've been trying to recruit several friends into the discipline, and have redirected them to the site. 

There's a common misconception on the Interwebs that Guam is another country, and not part of the U.S. even though we have U.S. ZIP and area codes.  The main reason for this is that shipping companies, not being required to acknowledge Guam as part of the United States, classify us as another country for the sake of charging us international shipping costs, etc.  But, yes, we are part of the U.S.  Which leads me into my main point...

As a U.S. territory, and not a state, I'm not sure if it's within my rights to ask for this...but is it at all possible for Guam to have its own child board on the Local Discussion forum?Pretty please? lol

Thanks for takin' the time to read this.  :)

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I'm a little embarrassed to propose this, but here goes.

To M2, and any and all other Powers That Be...lol

There's probably only a handful of Guam residents on the forum atm, but I've been trying to recruit several friends into the discipline, and have redirected them to the site. 

There's a common misconception on the Interwebs that Guam is another country, and not part of the U.S. even though we have US ZIP and area codes.  The reason for this, mainly, is that shipping companies, not being required to acknowledge Guam as part of the United States, classify us as another country for the sake of charging us international shipping costs, etc.  But, yes, we are part of the U.S.  Which leads me into my main point...

As a U.S. territory, and not a state, I'm not sure if it's within my rights to ask for this...but is it at all possible for Guam to have its own child board on the Local Discussion forum?  Pretty please? lol

Thanks for takin' the time to read this.  :)

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Socialize / Re: You know you're a traceur when...
« on: October 05, 2008, 11:44:43 PM »
...when you hear Jesus walked on water and you go looking for his YouTube video.

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Socialize / Re: You know you're a traceur when...
« on: October 05, 2008, 05:15:01 PM »
This seriously happened to me...


When you ask your girlfriend, "Hey, do you wanna learn parkour?"
And she says, "Yeah."  O_O

Haha...my girlfriend actually watched me training and said, "Hey! I wanna learn parkour!"  I redirected her to the forums, she should be starting soon...lol.

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Parkour And Freerunning / Re: Traceurs As "Warrior Poets"
« on: October 02, 2008, 04:34:01 PM »
lol...Oh, man, that brought back memories.  First time I watched Braveheart many many years ago, I became obsessed with that final line(My screen name on MSN was Warrior-poet for like a year, it was kinda sad...haha), and for years, I decided to pursue Eastern religious study(mainly Buddhism), then I hit my anime phase and became obsessed with samurai, because it tied in to the "warrior-poet" concept, so it's always stuck with me.  Always annoyed me that I could never find a place to apply that unique combination of artistry and discipline, though.  And then I found Parkour, and I fell in love...haha.  You're dead on, though, parkour is like a light that the souls of the brave and the free-spirited tend to gravitate towards.  It's an art form in which we can transcend physical, mental, and spiritual boundaries all at the same time...although I have to admit, everytime I think about parkour and samurai at the same time, I picture a traceur trying to perform handstand pushups while being drenched by a rushing waterfall...lol.

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Socialize / Re: You know you're a traceur when...
« on: October 02, 2008, 04:23:49 PM »
...you're one of several grown men staring intently at a childrens' playground as you drive by, but your car is the only one without candy in it.

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FAQ / Re: I feel embarrassed practicing in public...
« on: September 29, 2008, 09:19:17 PM »
lol...I honestly feel your pain when it comes to practicing in public.  My problem's a little bit compounded by both my age and the social atmosphere here on Guam.  It's okay to be rolling around on the ground at a park when you're a kid, or a teenager, but a 28-year-old grown-ass dude trying to bust out quadrapedals in a public space garners a crapload of attention.  And by social atmosphere, I mean, Guam's kind of a "rigid" community when it comes to certain social trends.  If you're a guy, you're supposed to be into MMA or suping up your ride, and if you're a chick, you're supposed to be into whatever MTV tells you you're into that week.  So for someone to be practicing and conditioning for PK(and please note, I'm not even doing the "cool" stuff yet, I'm just rolling around in the grass, doing sprints, squats, and quadrapedal movement), it's a huge break from the norm.  It hasn't been the easiest thing for me, either, especially because I'm slightly overweight(though PK is really helping me burn it off quick).

But eventually, you just have to muscle through it and realize that just because you might get some weird looks from folks in your immediate community, there are still folks out there that truly respect what you're doing, both out there and in here.

A couple of friends of mine have heard that I'm training, and I just discovered, weirdly enough, that they've secretly wanted to train for some time, as well, but they were self-conscious about it, too.  Training with other people does go a long way towards relieving your self-consciousness, especially if, as the most experienced of the bunch, you're the one helping them along.  As traceurs, I'd venture a guess that we work harder to condition our bodies than 90-95% of the rest of the world.  We are the exception to the rule at the moment(which makes us exceptional), and as such, we just have to accept that not everyone in our world thinks the same as we do.  Perhaps they're jealous, perhaps they're contemptuous, perhaps they just don't get it.  But if they don't take our ideas into account when they judge us...we shouldn't take theirs into account when we're training, yeah?...:).  Hope that helped.

I'm long-winded! lol.  Peace out. :D

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Welcome! / Re: Welcome Thread - New Members please announce here!
« on: September 25, 2008, 07:07:57 PM »
Hey, all, I'm Tom.  I'm 28, I'm from Guam(it's a U.S. territory, folks born here are U.S. citizens), and I've been self-training for a few weeks now.  I've been learning about parkour for a while, but it took me a long-ass time to get it together and actually start training...lol.

I actually started learning over at a British parkour/freerunning site that shall remain nameless, but rhymes with worldwideham...haha...but, yeah, I got word of this site by reading some of their forums and seeing the plight of a couple of other lost Yanks, so I wandered over, and I'm way more comfortable here.

The explanations here are way better, the exercises and diet advice make a lot more sense, and the forums are filled with helpful info and advice, rather than drawn-out pseudo-intellectual arguments over the philosophy behind why we do what we do.

Keep up the great work, I get the feeling I'll be here for a good long while...:)

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