Weekly Wed – 1/29/2014

1. New Website, So Everyone Kiss Lindsay! (Or, give her something that she really, really wants). Your friendly, formidable, fearless teammate Lindsay has completely re-done the www.livingroot.org website and it is smashing in it’s new incarnation.

It’s funny without being annoying. It’s informative without extra (booooorrrrrrrrring) information. It makes me want to join our team all over again. You guys seem like an awesome group!

It was a lot of work to put this together and result is spectacular. It’s not every day that things work out exactly the way you want them to, but this is one of those days for our team and (hopefully) for Lindsay too.

2. Practice Schedule There is practice this Thursday, January 30 but there is NO PRACTICE on Saturday, February 1. Our next practice after this week is Thursday, February 6.

3. Team Meeting, Saturday February 15 at 4:15 at the Asgard. You will be there and you will like it. Saturday, February 15 at 4:15pm at the Asgard in Cambridge. The meeting will start promptly at 4:30pm. The team will provide some snackables, but drinks are on yourselves We’re not that rich. We’ll vote for our new Board members, do a year in review, planning for the future (new shirts, anyone?), talk about what races we want to go to, marketing and recruitment efforts as well as anything else on your mind. If you have a specific agenda item that you want discussed, please let me know so that we can prep to have a fruitful and vegetable-ful discussion.

4. Aditya Kadam (DA) The paddling community lost one of it’s young superstars earlier this week with the sudden passing of Aditya Kadam (known to all as DA). He passed away of an apparent heart attack after an OC paddling session in his home state of California. He was 23 years old, an ICF US National Team member and coach, as well as a beloved member of many of the California teams. Dave and I raced with him on the ABby Normal team out in Vancouver and we saw him again at Orlando this past October. DA was adorable, positive, friendly and someone who instantly made you feel like you were in his inner circle. We were completely shocked and so sad to hear about his passing. My heart is breaking for his family.

I don’t want to end on a sad note, so I’ll use the news to say this: Take care of yourselves and those you love – physically, mentally and emotionally. We all know life is short, so take some time over the next few weeks to check in with yourself and see how you’re doing and move towards care of those nagging issues in your life that you’ve been meaning to work on (whatever they may be). I love all you guys and I want us all to paddle together forever. We’re all a team and we’re responsible for each other.

See you at the pool.