Friday, April 15, 2011

An Excerpt from 'Dining with Giants'

I recently started to write my book 'Dining with Giants' a humorously self-depreciating and introspective story about my time in rowing and the greater life lessons it has taught me. Here's a quick excerpt from Chapter 1 for interested readers...

"By the time I was 9 years old I'd spent the majority of my childhood swimming and sailing, both recreationally and competitively. My family owned a small fleet of small sailing vessels that ranged from a competitor of the ever popular Sunfish to a 1970's Sears catalog sailboat called a Snark, to which, my overly zealous eccentric cat loving grandparents had taken the most permenant marker they could find and had drawn cats all over. Needless to say I spent more time in the Sunfish. We spent the better part of our weekends traveling between swim meets and down at Onondaga Lake, where we spent more time with the sail boats upside down in the water then actually sailing because my brothers and I found it a more of rush to try and flip them upright then sailing them. That summer of 1999, my mother recieved a pamphlet in the mail advertising different summer camps for kids to participate in. Knowing her three children who when sent to regular summer camps, you know the camps where kids get to play ultimate frisbee and glue macarroni to a paper plate and take it home for their parents to throw out, didn't really get along. Not because the camps didn't provide wonderful activities, but because her three children spent more time checking their watches for when they would get picked up then they did kicking the ball during a game of kickball.

So when she saw an advertisement for "Syracuse Charger's Learn-To-Row Camp" and knowing that her children already loved playing in and on the water she signed us up.

I don't know if I can say for sure that on day one I was hooked, but since that day there hasn't been a single year since where I haven't been on the water."

Enjoy and keep your SWAG on.

IB