Words I've tried to live by, which like many things has its pluses and minuses.
On way too many occasions, I've decided to not limit myself and ended up overbooking and overextending myself.
Which has led to lots of ups and downs; fantastic triumphs and countless disappointments.
As I approach my semi centennial, I am getting a little better at realizing and accepting my limitations. Although I still have a lot of work to do in that regards.
I just missed it by a day,(OK, by this point several) but here are a few items that I think I can stand to part with, especially given our current semi-nomadic existence and need to be in a constant and vigilant down-sizing mode, which I succeed at to various extents.
Everything is relative.
The Big Red Ball aka Walking Globes 24 Inch Diameter; I bought this a couple of years ago and its mainly been in storage or being shuttled around from coast to coast.
It's never been a very practical addition to my collection because of its size.
I had big plans for it.
Plans that never did materialize.
Our house in LA had ceilings high enough that I could put some aerial silks up.
It seemed like a good idea at the time, although I don't think Cindy agreed with me on that one, for a variety of reasons.
We no longer have the house or the ceilings.
And in another attempt to narrow down my activities and focus on a few rather than dapple all over the map, although I am quite happy that I did learn to play on the silks, trapeze and Spanish Web, I am cutting back on my aerial arts endeavors.
So I have these silks and hardware set-up needing a new home. The silks are pretty stretchy but in very good condition.
One misconception about me, I think because I do a number of crazy things, i.e. Ultra-marathons at Burning Man, obstacle course racing, swimming from Alcatraz, etc., is that I would be into things like sky-diving or bungee jumping or high-lining.
Nothing could be more opposite. I hate those things. I jumped out of plane for my 25th birthday, a tandem jump. I was miserable the entire time, because I was so freaked out. I wish I would have enjoyed it more. Skiing and mountain biking; I prefer cross-country in both as opposed to the downhill.
So knowing this full-well about myself, you would think I wouldn't buy contraptions that would require both the skill and the nerve to use. Things like running stilts or reved-up pogo sticks that one can jump over cars with.
Running Stilts, not for me.
I was able to walk in them a few steps before falling, but on this particular occasion, I couldn't even muster up the courage to try to stand unassisted.
So here I am after a "controlled" fall onto the grass so I could escape from my Air-Trekker death traps.
They need a new home.
I got my Adult size super pogo stick, the Vurtego because I thought it would be a cool aerobic activity, which it is and would be if it didn't scare bejeezus out of me.
I've been carrying it around for years now and have barely used it.
So add on pogo stick to the things to sell list.
I bought this cart on the last show and it was a life saver on one set and while on stage.
However, because of it's size it's less than practical on a regular basis and again given our space constraints, I can't really to afford to hang on to something so task specific.
So a big red ball, a super-duper pogo stick, jumpy stilts, a set of aerial silks and hardware to rig and a giant cart. Any or all can be yours. I'll keep the memories and probably end up getting new toys to get silly with.
Make me offer.