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March 8, 2012

Welcome to the Slack Life; Gibbon Slackline Sale at The Clymb

I'm bumping the previously scheduled Rollerblade review until next week so I can present another confluence of announcements around recent activities of mine. Honestly, I have no idea how this stuff happens sometimes.

You may recall that I've developed something of an infatuation with slacklining - and the last time I embedded a slackline video here, that same week there was a flash sale on Gibbon slacklines at The Clymb. My line came in the mail the following week, and it's been a favorite activity for the kids and me (which, really, I could have just described as "all the kids") ever since.

Well, guess what? Slacklines are on sale again at The Clymb right now. Most of the stuff is 50% off, and you can get not only the line itself, but accessories like tree protectors (I picked up a set for myself) and even instructional DVDs. This sale ends on Sunday, and supplies are limited, so get a move on if you want in on the action.

And since we're on the subject, I may as well report a few updates ...

This is me on my front yard slackline:

Last time I checked in here, I couldn't even stand on the line - but a few weeks into this little endeavor, I can take about 3 or 4 steps. It's not such a terrible rate of progress, until I show you this:

That would be my 8-year-old daughter, who can now take about 10 steps. Not that I'm keeping track or anything. And so the humiliation begins.

One other noteworthy point on this activity: remember how I said that slackliners often refer to themselves as slackers? As I finished that report, I realized that I needed to create a new label for this series of posts, because I already use "slacker" for posts which illustrate the fact that, you know ... I'm a compete slacker sometimes. So from now on I'm referring to this whole project as "slack life" - which has kind of a sweet sound to it, don't you think?

I'll continue to report back on my slack life as events warrant, including a separate post about just how easy (but potentially tricky) it is to get one of these things set up in a yard or park near you. In the meantime, I submit to you the following brilliant video that was brought to my attention by a loyal reader: it's a promotional trailer for an upcoming feature length documentary about slacklining (yes, you read that correctly).

The clip features captivating video from a variety of spectacular locations - one of which happens to be the Bixby Bridge just down the road from me in Big Sur. Apparently I'm not the only one enjoying the slack life in Monterey County, which strikes me as an incredibly cool thing indeed.

"Cherish Your Stoke" by Grant Thompson (click to play):

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Serena 3/11/12, 5:47 AM  

I love that your daughter can walk 10 steps. Ahhh youth!

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