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Happy “I’m now too fat, full-bellied, belt bursting, napping afterward, pumpkin pie, whipped creamed” Thanksgiving. I fricken love Thanksgiving because of the food and that’s the only reason. I have loads to be thankful for but this day allows to just letting loose with all my favorite food groups: TUBBED OUT BUFFET! This year was usual on my family side which is well over 30 people now, so we head to the Mandarin and fill up there. Then, head back to one person’s house for a couple cocktails and more… you guess it: Food. Then the actual day of Thanks we headed to my Wife’s side and threw down my best impression of a pig again. After two days I think I have that impression down to a T, LOL. It’s now back to reality for a couple days then off to “Viva Las Vegas” for Monster Energy Cup where my impression switches from Pig to Waxed Baller!
With Grassroots racing all done for 2017 across Canada, the MXON all wrapped up it’s now time to switch gears in Canada. Future West AX kicks off next weekend in Armstrong, BC with RDs 1-2. I was just chatting my BC crew this AM and once again this series will be a sneaky little pile of entertainment with reigning champion Jess Pettis, newly crowned MX2 Champion Shawn Maffenbeier, rising hotshot Casey Keast, the out to lunch personality but skilled riding of “The Seven Deuce Deuce” Adam Entiknap, a few other Washington racers like Jurin, Howell, Mcconahy, and others, the friendly Davey Fraser, the fun-loving Keylan Meston, the fan favorite Ryan Lockhart, and lastly, it looks like Cycle North will have Jeremy Medaglia back after his AX title back in 2014 under their guidance. I’m sure I’ve missed a few others which only make this little series a solid way to stay tuned on Canadian moto. The rounds are far apart but still will give us all something to follow throughout the winter. I’m stoked to be the announcer again and looking forward to seeing all the members of AMO and answering any questions concerning the plans for 2018 as well watching some great Canadian talent mixed with a few Yankees to spice it up. One thing I’m extremely excited to see is the #1 on the bike of Jess Pettis. I’m a big fan and enjoy watching him on a bike. His former “unreal speed to crash” has now become “mature raw speed with the fighting finish.” The kid was impressive last year and even more impressive this past summer so his stock is on the rise and he should be extra hungry to keep this #1 plate he earned by riding great last winter. All and all it’s an exciting time for the west coast racers and families as gears are switched to indoor races.
I’m off to Vegas this Thursday for a getaway with the Wife mixed in with the MEC to keep me getting my moto fix. Neither one of us has ever been to the city that never sleeps. She is all worried about the kids, where I’m all worried packing too much to pay the extra $25 dollars for a carry-on and if I can get a cocktail or 5 for the flight. Having kids – two of them – at there age give us little to no time to be normal; people who are in the same boat or have been knowing what I’m talking about. It’s no secret that kids are the most magical thing in the world but can also be the biggest nightmare just as quick. This break is soooooo needed for both Amy and I. No work going on but rather a retreat from reality to remember when life was so simple. I will mostly still work a little but for her, it’s time off and time away from the tough job of being a mommy. We both aren’t really big gamblers so we’ll likely really get a solid amount of relaxing in our 4 days in the city. It’s weird but I’m also excited about being broke when I get home. Does that make sense?
I had a great chat with Tanner ward today over Txt and he was able to share with me that he is going to be lining up for the Woodstock/Team Carey aboard a KTM and wearing Thor. This is exciting news for the youngster who showed great worth on the East of the Canadian Nationals. He’s got great skill indoors and having him riding with the bar bangers of US AX is totally awesome. I will find my way to one of these races now to see this talented Canadian chase the dream. He also shared that an MX2 ride with KTM Canada for 2018 is looming. Just a few things left to finalize and he should be teammates with Kaven Benoit and Cole Thompson (who is going, 450 class). This kid is on the rise and I’m one excited fan to follow all of it.
It’s funny how things can change over time. Not that long ago I had a list of people I would love to just crush. When I say crush, I mean destroy their world so much that they become a bum on the street wishing they never messed with me. Bitter Betty was a dark place I stood for a while with good cause but no real need to be. I found ways out and forged more of my own plan that not many others in Canadian moto can say they have done. I worked hard, it took a while, but it has paid off. I received a TXT on Friday from a foe from my past, which was a surprise but expected with the changes coming and the position I sit. There is a certain value certain folks can bring to the table. I’m one of them and that’s not cocky because I can back it up in this industry. I was hoping by the time I finished this article you understand just that little more of what I mean but we’ll have to wait just a little longer. Regardless, hard work, finding a happy place, and knowing that the cards will go your way with forwarding thinking will make a guy rub his hands like Mr. Burns from the Simpsons saying, “Excellent!”