Tuesday, November 28, 2006

250th Entry: What I Want to Be When I Grow Up

Yep, yet another milestone. It's a quarter of... a thousand! Pathetic, I know, but you take whatever milestones what you can get in this life. It can be short. This past week was a painful reminder of that.

Anyhoo... "When I grow up..." that's something you always say when you're younger, but how many times do you end up being what you say you want to be when you're a kid? It's what you want to be when you're a young man that defines you. When you're 25, that's still pretty young (Quarter of a century, quarter of a thousand entries? Coincidence? Yeah, probably :p). So what do I want to be when I grow up, in this hobby? Silly question, you might ask.

But really, how many people in this hobby do you know who are older than the age of 30? You PTC heads probably don't know anyone like that. It's more common with the FW crowd. Usually, the oldheads, like Chad, Steve, Katz and JAAAMMMMARRR~!!!! *shakes fist* don't have the time to be as active as they want to be.

However, there are a two guys who are among the most passionate in the hobby, and they're both over 30 years old. They come from the A1 community. They're Dan West, who many of you either know as The Spoiler, Chip Friendly, Victor Molotov or Steve Watson - CPA, and Shane Gerlach, who's a workhorse as IrishRed. These guys have jobs, lives, families and friends, and they're as integral to every fed or competition that they're in as anyone else. How do they do it? I can't even begin to pretend to know. Maybe it's because they love wrestling. Maybe it's because they're masterful jugglers of time. Maybe it's because they can actually stop time. I don't know.

But what I know is... when I'm in my 30s, I want to have the passion for this hobby as they have. I want to be as much a part of the hobby as they are. Maybe I'll be in the same capacity as I am now. Maybe I won't.

But I still want to be a part of this game.

14 comments:

Franklin said...

Ummmm. I'm 38. Can you put me third under West and Gerlach? =)

Anonymous said...

34 here.

R.

Jeffrey Paternostro said...

I'm pretty sure Demps hit the big 3-0 this year. But in fairness, that was about the time he stopped doing ANYTHING for me.

Jenkins said...

I'm 35. Maybe there are enough of us old-timers to do a seniors league.

Jenkins

Anonymous said...

Jenkins...

...that's called the CSWA.

--MUST DIE

Anonymous said...

Thanks for the kind words Tommy. Basically it all comes down to a couple things. Number one I am freak when it comes to time management in every part of my life. I make time for things. I always have done that even as a kid. I'm more then a little OCD.

Number two if I make a commitment to something then I follow through. I have made a commitment to the feds I participate in. I owe it to the people in the fed to do my best every week.

I honestly see myself doing this little hobby for as long as E-Feds exist.

I'm the same way about my comic books. Donelle asks me all the time if I think I will still be reading comics as I get older.

Well hell yeah I will. E-Fedding and Comics are my escape from bills, work, life...I enjoy them.

That's all this old man on the down side of 38 has to say...

Shane Irishred

franklin said...

So, I guess what we are trying to say here is...that the ones over 30 are much better handlers than those whipper snappers in their 20's. =)

Senior League Wrestling Sponsored by Metamucil and Ben Gay... The first ever Tables, Ladders and Walkers Match! I'm up for it.

Beast said...

I'm 31, pushing 32 in April... there's enough of us geezers around here...

- Beast

BigDaddy said...

37 here ... of course, I was over 30 when I even started this silly little hobby. I must be nuts.

Tom Holzerman said...

Aww geeze Phil, how could I have forgotten you? Now I feel old :p

Mr Dan said...

Thanks Tom; but, as of my next birthday, I won't even be in my thirties anymore.

Damn, I really need io get Bobby R and Torn back into the game.

Josh Ray said...

Hey Tom... you deleted my awesome post. Was it because I'm not 30? :)

Tom Holzerman said...

I did no such thing! :p

Josh Ray said...

My wife just informed me that you probably did it because it was the most retarded thing she had ever seen, lol.