I no longer have the Cult Butter - it has been replaced by a BSD Beverage. My S&M Rasta has been replaced by a Colony Prody. Both bikes are fully loaded with front and rear brakes, locking levers, four pegs and gyro's. I have become a 4-piece handlebar purist. I realized that brakes have opened up freestyle possibilities I just couldn't imagine without brakes. Although I am back to brakes (and sticking with it) I am glad I rode brakeless for some time.
I have received such warm praise from guys looking to this guide for help - so I want to say "Thank You" for looking to this guide for inspiration and help. Some things have already been outdated, but a lot of the stuff still holds true.
Good news, is that after this past year, my life has turned to the positive. I am single and not dating (which is the SMART thing for me to do) - so this has lead to more riding and more creativity. My creative "knack" - and no longer caring/copying to fit into any category of riding by letting freestyle be true "freestyle" - has bumped me to levels I would've never seen possible, and the support I get from the BMX community and their acceptance of my weird style of riding has pushed me toward daily progression. I would consider myself a better rider now than I was in the 80's and 90's. So... there is definitely a BMX life after 40 - and it doesn't spoil just because you're older. My INSTAGRAM account has a great following with the help of the attention from some well respected riders. It feels great that this old dog and his weird tricks is so well received. I owe my deepest gratitude to all the riders who like and comment on my pics and videos.
All my financial woes are at a ZERO(!), and if it weren't for my parent's, friends in Santa Cruz, and family, I don't think I would've been here, today. I am FINALLY in the market for my first home purchase. I know I am somewhat of a late bloomer, but homes in California are extremely expensive. After paying all my debts, I have been able to scrimp away money, and I'm in the position to be a home owner.
I definitely want to give my deepest praise and gratitude to my homies in Santa Cruz - BMX and non-BMX. You guys do not realize the impact you have made on my life for the positive. To my non-BMX homies: Thank you for keeping me centered. To my BMX homies: Thank you for accepting me and pushing my riding. One thing is for certain - I am never leaving Santa Cruz again.
Life takes you to the most unexpected places. When I wrote this, I had no idea I'd be here, in the same tiny room I grew up in, writing this addendum. I am sometimes embarrassed at my situation, but I accept it with the utmost humility. Thankfully, BMX can mimic life in so many ways - and life can mimic BMX in so many ways. You fall and you get up. You can always come back to that set-up and pull that trick. Life does give you second, third, forth and fifth chances. I've lived a dozen lives - in this one life.
I'm gonna keep opening my front door and pedaling out into the world of unexpectedness. Thank you for joining me on my journey.