Want to see me on my knees? Knee boarding, that is? I finally edited an old video file down to a smaller size so that I could upload it onto YouTube. The footage was taken in the late 90s on Lake Odessa in Tampa, Florida. My ex-fiance, Rich, and I rented a house on the lake. We called it the picker shack because it was so old and worn down. We only made our home there because we lived to go boating, tubing, and knee boarding. We were obsessed. Plus it was pretty close to the university I was attending at the time. All the other homes around this private lake were gorgeous, newer, four bedrooms with nice big boat docks. But we loved living there. It was by far the best year of my life.
Rich had a lot of friends. He was a Florida native and was still friends with all his childhood buddies. Talk about having a real-life social network. Well, they kind of adopted me as one of their own. Though we never seemed to quite mesh. The men were all talented trade workers. The women... girlfriends, mothers, and homemakers. I was a college student with an attitude. We clashed at times, to say the least. But we had some great parties on that lake. I am not exaggerating when I say we had people over at least four times a week. We had cookouts and always took everybody out on the lake to knee board and tube. Rich had just purchased a new boat with a nice Yamaha motor. It cost about $35,000. So it WAS a nice boat.
Now, this was back in the days when camcorders were all the rage--before one could film with a cell phone. When we went out on the water, we had a driver, a spotter, and a videographer, plus the person(s) being towed by the boat. Every time we went out, we filmed. After many months, I decided to try my hand at making some videos. I literally had to edit the video on the camcorder itself. Then add music by connecting the camcorder to my stereo. How primitive, eh? That is why the video is clunky and almost painful to watch. But hey, it's me. And I cherish that time and am so glad to have video footage of it. And I am happy to share it with anyone who is interested in seeing it.
The video clip starts off with Rich answering some questions. But the music is dubbed over his voice. Then it cuts to me... I am modelling my new hairstyle. I just had highlights put in. As you can see, I am smoking. I am Not proud of that. Have not had a cigarette since 2000. I am also holding a beer. Typical me. I was a college student. The song continues throughout the whole video--R.E.M.'s Crush With Eyeliner. Next we see me knee boarding. I was pretty darn good, I must say. Then Rich and I battle it out on our tubes. The goal was to try to knock the other person off their tube. A skilled driver could make tubing a blast. Donuts were a sure-fire way to get someone off a tube. I LOVED to drive the boat and was the only person that Rich let drive it. I am not kidding. That he trusted me, made me feel pretty special. That others trusted me as well, made me feel like superwoman. We also owned Yamaha dirt bikes and used to ride together. I was--still am--a bit of as Tomboy. Anyhow, wrecking looks painful, but it wasn't. In all that time, not a single person was injured.
Though Rich and I called off the marriage, we are still in touch via Facebook. He still lives in Florida and takes his boat (not the same one) out as much as he can.
Dang was I tan and in great shape. I am thinner these days... not as muscular.
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