Tuesday, October 30, 2007

Thanks to all who made to my Harvest Party ! ! !

What a great party we just had over in Keene, N Y and such a yurts me and my friends have over there. The Farrell brothers were there and I saw both of them Andy and Nick and thanks Nick for reminding me that I helped you put your door on the newest Yurt built in 2003. Thanks to all who came out and helped me start to finish the sauna, it worked on Sunday afternoon and I did not wear any clothes that night. All the work was done with my father telling everyone what to do and done really well! Thanks again and hopefully everyone can read this and know how much I love everyone, respect...

love and peace,

Big John

Thursday, October 18, 2007

The Big 30 (by Rebecca)

Great article on John by Lauren at the Burlington Free Press: http://www.burlingtonfreepress.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20071017/NEWS01/710170309/1009/NEWS05

Happy Birthday, Bro!!!!!!

Sunday, October 14, 2007

John's Travels by Rebecca

Until last week, I hadn't seen my brother since my last trip to Burlington in early August. I'd spoken to him frequently, so I knew he was massively improved since I'd last seen him lying unconscious in the hospital. But, it was just amazing to see him leaning out my sister's apartment window, waving and calling down to us. Dinner that night included John, our father, Rachel, Julian, my husband Madhu and my little boy Leo (7 months old). We laughed and talked and enjoyed each other's company and toasted to his amazing force of life (not to mention amazing medical support) that brought John back from the brink. Little brother, you are amazing! I know it would be more fun to just forget about everything and go back to your old life, but please keep doing your work and respect your limits. Much love, Rebecca.

Wednesday, October 10, 2007

Feels so great to be out of the hospital ! ! !

How head injury can change your life? My first injury came to me at 2 years old when my ankle was fat down to ankle knuckle. Next at 8 yrs old and at the family farm in Massachusetts called Brookside I tore my shoulder open on a milky machine. First my tshirt got called and pulled into my shoulder and open came to me, my dad's cousin Russell hit the machine off. Cut my tshirt off and drove me to a hospital in Fitchburg. Then a little older I had a cut to my left leg after rowing across the lake in the Adirondacks behind a club in St Huberts and after taking a row back and waiting for a half hour bus back to the club. Then Dad walked to get the car and drove me a half hour to the hospital in Elizabethtown to have it sewn closed and get rid of any bad stuff. Then after than that leg was better I broke my femur skating out of my buddy Sean's driveway in Wall Township New Jersey. This was the only time I had to spend a long time in a hospital almost eight weeks in a H that told me I'd be better in 3-4 weeks! Since then I broke my other shoulder at a friends house and was taken to Plattsburg for them to fix my clavicle taken and paid by the Farrells because I could not afford it. Thanks to the Farrells and opening me to the world of the YURT's. Since then I have broken my Right arm twice, the first time snowboarding in Lake Tahoe at a resort. I had climbed out a half hour to back slide and hiked well, at the bottom I hiked out of where I rode and didi not stapp myself in really hard and fell where the trail went from steep to flat. I got up and rode to the bottom and found the ski people who brought me in and told me I'd half to wait for an ambulance which I had a ride and got to the hospital quick. What would have cost me near thirdy thousand only cost me less than a thousand cause its how I live life as a poor guy. last thing was a broken in New Jersey was the same arm in a skatepark off NSG exit 124 and drove myself back to Vermont to have it fixed at the Burlington hospital. Since then all injuries I've taken by myself except for this last one where I fell too hard on 108 near Smuggs and now have to think about killing part of myself, my brain and how to ride better. Right now I think about equipment and a helmet that will protect my head because the next time I hurt myself will be too long.
Hope to see all my friends at my birthday party next Wendsday October 17 at higher Ground, please buy your tickets now because I want the big room ! ! !
Thanks and I hope to see you all there...

Big JOHN who wants to be medium John

Wednesday, October 3, 2007

I'm out of Fanny Allen Rehab and at a house with both parents!

So glad I got out of the hospital and glad to have Dr Knakal and spending almost a week at home with my mom who leaves me Friday morning... Dad comes up on Thursday same day we all eat a Vegan meal at 420 S Prospect so if your thinking about of me send me a comment! If I don't know you please call me at (802) 355-BIGS my cell phone and leave me a message and if I know you I'll call you back. Had a great visit with a girl at the hospital where she stays now but was where I was for 37 days, man how skating shows me the best. Can't wait to have a Vegan meal with Kate Gladstein and all her crew but tonight I dine with a friend and his girlfriend near Burton so the next few days I got dinner plans. Anyone who thinks how I live with all my crew must know about all my friends, Colorado, Montana, Tennessee, New Jersey, Massachusets, up and low New York, New Zealand and of course VERMONT !!! If your not on the list write to me and we'll write down where your from.
Just brought the COOL BUS to my mechanic and how to have my transmission and other parts fixed and hope to ride longboard and skateboard with all who come down to Ridin' High at the end of Pearl St looking out at the Adirondacks of New York, Thrashin Thursday . For all who want to come to my party October 17 at Higher Ground on a Wednesday night and everyone there can know my new age. Hopefully with Jesse Champagne a friend from fith grade, Turkey Bouillon Mafia with Seth Yacovone and Band playing Grateful Dead, then Lion Pride Sound plays all reggae songs... So if you can get tickets on Higher Ground Music .Com cause I want the big run to party in wher the band from Canada "the star" wants the big room. So if your a friend of mine make sure you get your tickets today! Birthday cake by one of my friends in Vermont Willie T so hope your hungry, all drinks from HG but I'm not drinking for a year or more.
Trying to lose some weight and get down to 220 from over 300 lbs, I'm now 265 leaving the hospital and want being a vegetarian to be the strongest skater VT knows. Burton contest (July 12 th 2008) on the one year skate back on there pool is all I can do but I have to get Burton friends to let me know its all good. I know I'm not the best skater Vermont has but I can run the program but I am the fastest longboard so get your feeling up! Hope to hear from all and see all skaters at Ridin' High when I can be there, but see me being best as Never Summer sees me be thanks to Malakai for talking to me last night. If you can get a snowboard get Smokin' from California, Never Summer from Colorado, or Burton from Vermont. Hope to talk to all my friends so leave me a message or call me !

Big John hopefully Medium John soon