Man, where to start with Owen.
It was 5:20 pm and we were both at the basement lockers lacing up the boots to rollerski. 120 minutes steady. Or was it 1:20 steady. Who knows? Just go ski.
“Killer, you skiing tonight? Wanna hit up the ‘burbs loop?”
“Sure do man. What’s the ‘burbs loop?” Outwardly I was trying to act all cool, but on the inside, I was super stoked to have the invite. I pretty much didn’t know what I was doing, and in my own mind roller skiing with Owen was like shooting hoops with Michael Jordan.
“Yeah, it’s just this loop I do over on the South side of town.”
For the rest of the semester, I followed Owen around that burbs loop. I think watching someone doing something while trying to replicate it in real time is absolutely the best way to learn anything.
Somewhere around loop #280, we heard a cry coming from a front door, “Fluffums? Where’s fluffums? Come home fluffums . . .” That part may or may not be true, but that’s what Owen heard. I laughed so hard I could hardly stand up straight for the rest of the night.
Learning & training were serious, but there were also funny moments that probably deepened the learning even further. The ability to bring humor, light, and laughter to a training session, while maintaining a purposeful intention to the task at hand is a gift, and Owen has this gift.
Those were among the best sessions I remember. Thank you my friend.