There was madness in any direction, at any hour. If not across the Bay, then up the Golden Gate or down 101 to Los Altos or La Honda. You could strike sparks anywhere. There was a fantastic universal sense that whatever we were doing was right, that we were winning.
I love this quote from Hunter S. Thompson ala Raul Duke because even if I didn’t live in San Francisco in the 60s I feel it speaks to me. I feel it speaks to all of us. Whether you were a raging hippie in the 60s looking for free love and drugs, or you were a punk rocker in the late 70’s and 80’s, or you were an up and comer in the 90s wearing sick fluorescent tops and zebra pants, or building the sickest MySpace page 10 years ago, there has always been something that you identify with, that identifies you, that links you with the time around you. It’s what is so cool about life, so cool about this country, that no matter what you are into, no matter where you are, there is always something you can be into, something you can truly identify with.
I used to lament about being born in 1983 because I missed so many cool things. I missed Guns N’ Roses really being a band. Yeah I can listen to them whenever, and I could technically see the atrocity they are now, but I couldn’t’ see them in 1987 in LA. I missed the 60s and the 70s and the amazing music and lifestyle changes that happened in those decades. I missed the roaring 20s. What I would give to be at one of Gatsby’s parties, man. I would absolutely become one of his go to guys. I spent many younger years being pissed that the 90s and 2000s were so dumb with all the twitters and the facebooking. Maybe I’m just getting old, or maybe the world is getting cooler, but I don’t feel this way anymore. I am lucky enough to live in a time where health and fitness are at the forefront of life. Even better is there is a movement that we are all part of that is literally changing the way people live around the globe.
CrossFit. 5 years ago it was nothing. 3 years ago it was a dirty word. Even a year ago it was “oh that’s that thing on TV”. Now it is it. We are living the revolution of not just health and fitness but the revolution of living. Out is smoking cigarettes and eating grass and soy products (if you want to see me in a heated debate bring me a Vegan, please), and in is getting up early because you went to bed early and want to spend an hour or more working out, refueling your body, and planning your vacation around where you can eat clean and workout.
Yeah there are people out there who would say that is stupid. I might even be one of those people. I am bipolar in my desire to fully invest myself in fitness sometimes because I truly believe in balance of all things. But, and this is a big but, it’s pretty damn cool that 5 years ago we were the weird people doing workouts in garages and making our hands bleed like maniacs, and now the weirdos are the people who can’t get their lazy asses out of bed to join a gym or hit happy hour right at 5pm because they don’t care to get their workout in first.
I am not hating on anyone, I am just loving on us, US being the people of the world who have worked so hard to put fitness and health on the map. Yes, being fit is now cool. Working hard is awesome. Women being jacked is sexy as hell. Going to bed at 9pm on a Friday night doesn’t make you a loser because your friends will be at the gym with you early on Saturday morning. When people ask me if I ever am tired of my lifestyle I say absolutely not. I mean if you look at me you know I don’t exactly take strictness to the grave, but I think some of the most fun I have ever had is days and nights with my fitness friends. I guess the whole work hard play hard thing really does exist. Or maybe it’s that truly and honestly the desire to not die before 90 brings people together in ways nothing else in life can.
With our 2 year anniversary coming up I have plenty of chances to get sappy and say thank you so I will keep this short. Thank you all, from the new members to my great friends, thank you for sharing this lifestyle with me. Thank you for choosing to share it with me. I have many things to say about New Year and resolutions and they will be brought out tomorrow. For now, for tonight, remember that you are part of an always growing but exclusive group of people who loves what they live for, and that is to be healthier than they were the day before. Enjoy your night. You earned it.
HAPPY NEW YEAR. CROSSFIT LANDO WILL BE CLOSED NEW YEAR’S DAY. OPEN FRIDAY MORNING 5:30AM.