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.