Well, there I am, the first year of my life, topless on the back of a pick up truck! Boy, is it any wonder I am the way I am! And look at those old gas cans! I believe the trees in the background are the pear trees that were in our backyard, but I'm not positive about that.
And here I am on lead at Stone Mountain, NC. back in the day
and this was Christmas Eve, my first lead ever, it was raining and I was in about the best shape I have ever been in. See the dark part above the orange rock? That's a "roof" and I went right over that sucker! This route is at Saurtown Mt. Gerry and I had the first ascent on it, so we got to name it, and it's in the NC climbing guide and known as Clean Sweep.
So, I turn 50 on Thursday....... I have been looking at old baby pictures today and the thing I have noticed is that they are all black and white and they are fading and they all have really old cars in them. My mom either dressed me up like a doll, or I had no clothes on. There are no pictures with just a normal outfit. It's either gloves, hat, little purse, frilly dress, or a diaper. WTF? Also, I noticed that my parents were really skinny and very young and spent a lot of time on the beach!
On my birthday this year, I probably won't be topless on the back of a truck, but I will be delivering my work to one of the nicest galleries in NC and I'm pretty proud of that! And I will be delivering work for a show with some of the finest potters out there internationally and I am VERY proud of that too. So far 50 is looking like a good year! I just wish I could climb like that again. I'm doing good to go up and down two flights of stairs with boards of pottery!
So, here's to the second half of my life, should be interesting............