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Edits upon edits!ย 

If you’d like to see a really well made video covering an event I hosted in December click on this link:
http://www.foxhead.com/us/bmx/news/id/31563
This was the first ever FOX WOMENS BMX JAM I held at the Walnut Creek Pumptrack in Austin, TX.

 My talented friend Angie Marino designed the flier turned out awesome!

  

If you would like to see an impromptu iPhone edit of a women’s weekend event in Cleveland, OH Last weekend, I shot an edited the entire thing on my phone, click here to watch the link (turn it up if you like 80’s hair metal! If not maybe turn it down haha sorry mom)

http://youtu.be/hLDDitXWaJU

So that edit was made on the fly, I was coaching at the event and really not able to ride with a shoulder injury so I figured I would make myself useful and try to showcase the fun vibe as best I could for being on the sideline.  

At this point, if you’ve watched both video edits, the first one was done so nicely the quality, production editing and sound was just beautiful. I really owe Fox Head Inc.a major thank you for supporting the ladies and hiring a Filmer and photographer to cover the event.  It just does not compare to what I was able to scramble out on my phone. The female riders are absolutely progressing so much and I feel there needs to be more coverage and events like Fox supported to keep everyone inspired, motivated, aware, and to want to get involved in this movement. 

Between both videos I’m pleased they were are available to showcase the good vibes, and bring excitement to our scene. Here’s a few last pics and clip from rays:

   
 
Swarm! Swarm my pretties! Haha  

I hope to see you at the next one!-Nina B
 

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“Burrito and the Lightningbolt” by Benedict Campbell and Autumn Spadaro

This really awesome film maker/photographer Benedict Campbell and his assistant Autumn Spadaro put together a lovely short film about my friend Dani (aka Danilightningbolt) and I (aka Nina Burrito). 
What a super cool experience this was, after watching it, I felt so excited and grateful for everything in life, the choices I’ve made, and the people I have met, all connected in some way from two wheels bicycles or motorcycles. This film helped me to remember how I got here, and to slow down and appreciate all that we have here in Austin. ๐Ÿ’™  what a great job Ben and Autumn, thank you! Please feel free to share this work of art. 

Click here to watch: 
https://vimeo.com/147363273Here are some photos shot by Ben and Autumn from the shoot at the t-1 ramp:
  
    
    
Terrible One

Fox BMX 

Common House Art Collective

Benedict Campbell
Huge thanks you to everyone who made this project possible! I hope you all know who you are ๐Ÿ™๐Ÿป ๐Ÿ’›-Nina B

 



Edits upon edits! Plus my Dixie Tricks Weekend adventure

I am still catching up on blog posts here, for those of you who didn’t get to peep it, my edit for Freegun Underwear dropped as soon as we got back from the yeah trip!
Major thanks to Angie Marino and Darryl Tocco for major assistance with Final Cut Pro..ha, I finally graduated from iMovie woo!!

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I am real excited to have finally finished this edit, I started initially filming for it last November when my Aussie friends Leah and B-dogg were visiting, when I had a good street bail and I ended up tearing my PCL in my knee. This took me out for several months. But after some rehab, and good physical therapy I regained some confidence on the bike a this last trip got me pumped to get this done! Thanks again everyone who helped me film!! (Angie Marino, Lindsay Hale, Stoney!, Jamie Allender, and Danny Downey). Huge thanks goes out to Austin locals heavy jam style band, “Tia Carrera,” especially their drummer Erik Conn for the song recommendation, be sure to follow them on Facebook, maybe we will see them again this year at a Texas Toast after party?! Okay here’s my Freegun edit, share and enjoy!

http://bmx.transworld.net/1000179726/videos/nina-buitrago-freegun-bmx-video/

And now that you’re done watching that one…

I flew out to Frisco, CO about a week after the yeah trip, to help coach at Dixie Trix women’s dirt jumping weekend. It was combined with Plus Size BMX’s “Outlaws of Dirt” contest.
Here are some beautiful photos of from the weekend, the campsite view (a few hundred yards away from the jumps) and I hope thy convince everyone who sees them to come to next years event!

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We had some storms that rolled in on us but that didn’t stop my tent buddy Carley Young and I from smiling or entering the muddy downhill slalom and slopestyle events with the MTB gals. “It’s like cutting a pizza with my BMX tires all this mud, ha”

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Sometimes a full face helmet is what’s up!
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I also got to spend some quality time with legendary bad ass (LBA) Anita Joy Hodgin (left) and my bestie Stacey Mulligan (right).

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These gals, together again, on 20’s?! Amazing! In addition to seeing these lovelies I got to shred and instruct with all of my favorite MTB gals I haven’t seen since the good old days at Rays.. Holy wow, what a weekend! Made so many new friends too I can’t wait until next year! Thank you Tammy Donahugh and her dude Jimmy and all of the gals who came out for putting together such an amazing weekend! A Dixie tricks edit just dropped on The Vital BMX site here is the link:
http://m.vitalmtb.com/videos/member/Dixie-Trix-2013,23060/970biking,307

Some parting shots from beautiful Colorado, gals and guys who love bicycles and dirt, don’t miss next years event at frisco!..

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Riding a ditch with Beecam and Danny one day while filming final clip or two for edit..

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This group of little kids came bombing down into the ditch and one of them did the best run of the evening, blindly pedaling full speed off where the ditch dropped down a few feet into the mossy stream of ditch water, kickstand down, he was soaked and skidded for several feet.. And lived to tell! Amazing entrance I will forever remember at this spot. Here is a photo for you to enjoy of his lil homie with a sweet mullet for the final parting shot..

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Finally finished the YEAH ZINE Fise 2013 Edit

So it was kind of really last minute, but I had an opportunity to attend FISE World Series Contest in Montepellier, France for a weekend. This contest has one of the largest crowds I have ever seen! It’s awesome! There was a girls BMX park class again this year, and the weather held up awesome! The airport lost my bike for the first day and a half I was there, so I met up with the girls and filmed their practice runs. Next day my bike arrived, and I rode the first ramp I saw with Cami, it was one of those classic European contest mini ramps, 6ft tall, super wide double coping spine with a sub box on one side..super fun!!

This year the girls got a lot more practice time on the course, they let us ride during pro practice! So I was able to step up and film a little bit of everyone the first few days before our finals. Since only 9 girls appeared for their runs, we skipped qualifications and just had a final on Sunday. This probably worked out better since we got to do a demo for the crowd Saturday and have even more time on the course to film. The ladies absolutely ripped, Katherine Diaz from Venezuela pulled several tailwhips on a quarter, Shanice Silvacruz from Rotterdam pulled several flairs, consistently on the street spine, and Cami had ultimate style and flow all weekend! I pretty much just grinded the whole course in good fun. Stoked on metal pegs again! ha It was great to see a lot of the French girls return this year with some new moves, my French improved and their English AND riding improved. Tre bien!

I also got to meet and hang with FREEGUN france crew, and a few other of the FREEGUN USA teammates: Alex Jumelin, AJ Anyaya, Daniel Sandoval and Leon from the UK!

Either way, I had a great time! I hope you enjoy this edit, I am having a lot of fun learning how to do these. Thank you DK Bicycles for hookin’ me up to go over there! See you next year FISE!

<p><a href=”http://vimeo.com/66807814″>FISE 2013 YEAH ZINE edit</a> from <a href=”http://vimeo.com/user18497108″>Nina Buitrago</a> on <a href=”http://vimeo.com”>Vimeo</a&gt;.</p>

Yay!! My bike finally arrived!

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Goulven Gothier shot a few pics
Here’s one:

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Hung out with some French lady shredders!

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Huge crowds!!

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And somehow I rode well enough to get first..

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ยกGracias Bogota por todo!

Oh my how the time flew by!! Initially, we didn’t have much of a solid plan for places around Colombia that we wanted to visit. All we knew was that we were going to meet some girl riders, eat some great food, hopefully ride some cool spots, see some sights, and get to know the culture.
DK Bicycles Colombian distributor Oscar and his wife hosted us for the first week or so, he took us to several parks, and had us sign posters for the locals.

About a week into our trip we got word that a girl rider from Ecuador named Monica heard we were going to be in Bogota, and hopped on a 3 day bus ride just to meet us and come ride with us! Unfortunately, during her travels, there was a bus strike, and she got stuck somewhere half way, and 3 days turned into 7 days until she finally got on a plane to make it. Diana informed us later that Monica had sold her camera to pay for her flight. Anxious for her safe arrival we changed locations to stay with our new friends Diana and her husband Ruper so we could at least get to spend some time with her the last few days of our trip whenever she finally arrived.

Diana and Ruper were great tour guides!! not only did they also make us breakfast every morning, but they pedaled with us all over the city, introduced us to new fruits and breads we don’t have in the states. They even hiked up AND down Montserrate with us! Their 6 year old son Matthew did the hike too ๐Ÿ™‚ what a trooper! Our legs were destroyed for the next few days after that one ha!
One of the first days in the van with Oscar..and the posters we had to sign:
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We even went to “el salitre” BMX race track, and met some kids who ride for Community BMX’s DK racing team..
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It was amazing to see so many kids at the track the few days we went, they were killing it! Some of Colombia’s fastest! ” El dragon” Juan Pablo 8yrs, Linda Rubiano 15yrs, Santiago Suarez “hurricaneโ€ข
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The rest of the time was amazing here are some photos..
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๐Ÿ” There were not only lots of dogs in the streets but also horses!!!
We hiked up to top of Montserrate and back down, and were sore to walk for days…across from the top was the virgin of Guadalupe, beautiful! Elevation Circa 10K feet!
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The view was gorgeous! Lots of beautiful flowers and plants, we even ate some tamales at the top ๐Ÿ™‚
Bogota used to be “Santa Fe bocota” the capital of the region now known as Colombia. There’s a lot of history here, a lot of battles and gold! The lake behind Montserrate used to be where El Dorado and several families would throw their wedding offerings into for good luck. At some point in time when the Spaniards arrived and got wind of the gold in the lake, they even tried to take a chunk out of the lake and drain it to get to the gold! To this day you can still see where they attempted it but most of the gold has been recovered and is in the “Museo del Oro” another awesome stop. If you’re interested in the history of metals, jewelry, weapons and trade, this place is awesome! And less than $2 USD to see!

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We also stopped in Simon Bolivar’s house at the base of Montserrate. Beautiful beautiful garden..

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On Sunday the girl from Ecuador still hasn’t arrived, so we participated in “ciclovia” which is an all day Sunday bike ride. The city closes down a lot of roads just for bicycles from morning until late afternoon. So fun!

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La plaza de Bolivar, the capital.. A lot of history here, this is where everyone comes to protest anything and everything.

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There isn’t really much of a middle class in Bogota, it’s seemingly poor or super rich.. This plus the government finally compromising some what could be “temporary peace” with the drug guerrillas and terrorists are just a few reasons Bogota hasn’t been very popular for tourists. There is definitely some sketchy areas to avoid, we saw a car in front of us get robbed at a red light, (lock your doors!)..yikes! These areas are easily avoidable if you have the right tour guide..being on the look out, always looking 360 was key to having a safe trip here. “Ojos buenos”

In a nutshell We learned that Colombian people poor or rich, truly have the biggest hearts, and make sacrifices second to no one here in the states. We got to ride some amazing spots, make some amazing friends and learn a lot about Colombia and its history..and food! Oh my gosh the food!!! Everyday there was a new type of mango or fruit I have never heard of that was delicious! Fresh juice on every corner and so cheap!

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I definitely need to come back to Colombia!! (When there isn’t a bus strike) we have yet to visit Baranquilla, Girardot, Cali, Cartegena, Sierra Nevada Santa Marta, and the amazons.
Our friends Alejo and Cassie from Chicago drove all over Colombia a week before we arrived and brought us back some “Hormigas De Colona” or famous fried, big-booty ants. It was a once in a lifetime opportunity, choked one down, woof! Tasted like crunchy salty popcorn kernel mixed with dirt. Eh, not my favorite.. Somehow didn’t yack.

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Colombia is crazy, so much talent, and SO many riders, but sadly, very few will ever afford the visa to visit the USA. Hopefully our friend Diana can find a way! She can bunnyhop higher than most dudes and has a lot of style when it comes to jumping. Keep your eyes peeled for a little video edit of our trip ๐Ÿ™‚

Longest blog update for me ever!!! Ha, thanks for reading, quite a gap without wifi to play catch up. Finally home safe in the states, time for SXSW here in Austin..aka Work work work!! Come visit at Shakespeare’s Pub on 6th

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Some love and healing vibes for my friend teammate “Maddog” in Colombia:

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Everyone loving some Freegun underwear stickers

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And some Empire BMX goodies as well (thanks Hanson!)

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More Action Shots, and AGT! Don’t Forget to Vote TONIGHT 8pm EST!

So apparently with the time zone difference, I posted the wrong time earlier, please tune in to NBC TV tonight 8pm EST (that’s 7pm CST!! like right now!) and vote for All Wheel Sports team! They have made it to the semi-finals, tonight there will be 12 groups, but only the top 3 can advance! These are some really talented performers I had the pleasure of working with and helping to replace at Cedar Point this summer while they were in NYC killing it on this show. You can vote up to ten times by phone, Skype, text or online.

The voting lines are currently closed but will open at the end of tonights show for everyone to vote, here is the link you can click on to find ALL WHEEL SPORTS and vote for them up to ten times aside from calling or texting their specific voting line phone # that will flash on the tv screen later tonight, click here to help them out:

http://www.nbc.com/americas-got-talent/vote/

Thank you in advance!

I will most likely be tuning in from Brackenridge Hospital visiting Joe Bob Montgomery, with a posse, some plain unsweetened iced tea and our lap tops to fire out some extra votes ๐Ÿ™‚

Here are some action shots I promised, these are from the All Wheels Extreme Show at Cedar Point:

So much going on! (I’m in the blue helmet) Passing with Jaren “the Monster” Grob, while Erica Madrid is on the tumble track, Kyle Banks and Andy Anderson on the trampolines in the background..ha!

This is during one of the finale passes during the show with razor scooter pro Tanner Markley, awesome timing!

Tanner is in NYC right now! So yes, vote vote vote!!

Here are some action shots from the weekend riding ninth street I promised:

andreas the greek with a no footed can

Levi Peachy, boostin’ right line in “slacker” at 9th street

look mom, one lazy hand! ha

100+ degrees, no shade at house park, Lexie Green and I talking about “cool places” to stay “cool”

Stoney killin’ it

…my purple shorts.

Scotty Mescal, THEE mayor of Housepark, circa 7:45am this morning

NOW GO WATCH NBC AND VOTE FOR ALL WHEEL SPORTS!!




Whats up blog?! Been awhile since I updated it..

The last few weeks since my All Wheels Extreme trip have been non-stop, after facing plenty of ups and a few downs, I’m happy to have made it back to the surface!

It all started not even week or so home from Ohio! I was home and starting to catch up with friends and beat the heat. I decided to meet up with my good friends Adrianne and Sam for a swim at Barton Springs pool. After a nice long swim, we parted ways, and in the midst of carrying my pile of clothes towards the exit, my phone rang on vibrate and I totally fumbled for it in the pile of stuff I was carrying and splash! It fell right in :/ Thanks to a group of little girls swimming around exploring with goggles, they volunteered to fish my iPhone out for me. After a day or two of trying the bag of rice trick and no luck, I was able to get it replaced for only $50! Thank God for Apple Care Plus insurance!!! phew!!!! That was kind of sucky few days of not having a phone, thankfully I had backed it up just in time!

Carrying on, I believe it was a day after the phone incident, a bunch of us got together for a session at the Walnut Creek Pumptrack. It’s so peaceful out there, but occasionally when you’re trying to get psyched up to hit the jumps, you need some music to help you through! My gal friend Dani and I always crack each other up whenever we ride at pumptrack together. Before we do trains through main line we always try to belt out a fun-get-psyched tune. Anything ridiculous from our favorite Salt N’ Pepa “Slide, Push it..” straight into making guitar sounds from Black Sabbath “Supernaut” haha we do our best to keep the energy up and the laughs going each lap, anything helps when you’re attempting to beat the heat and get some good runs in. We were having a great session for awhile until Dani did a sweet toboggan over the first one in main, got way stoked, and over shot the second jump a little far right, almost going over the berm. She bailed and put her leg down a little weird and ghost rode her bike. I thought she was alright because she seemed to be laughing, but when we ran over to help her up, we realized her leg was pretty jacked. A bunch of us helped carry her down the trail and out to the car, gave her a harmonica’s worth of cigarettes to puff on to feel better. (haha even though I don’t smoke and can’t stand cigarettes, I felt like this was a more than appropriate occasion to encourage smoking multiple stogies at once haha and in my car no less her leg looked jacked!!) We loaded her in the back of my Subaru “forester”, which was now converted into a rally car style ambulance blasting Metallica “Motorbreath” on full blast to the hospital. It would take a few days to find out for sure what she broke. Bummer!

Photo by Octavio Octurno from Yeah Zine issue 5 Release jam

So I end up going to my first ever pilates class the next morning with Adrianne, super rad! And as I’m leaving feeling awesome, my cousin Melanie hit me up with some sad news; our grandpa Yayo had passed away. I was floored by the news as I had just spoken to him a week before. :/ ‘walked my bike home that day.

The next day I also got a phone call that my friend and Etnies teammate Aaron Ross was feeling under the weather and was supposed to be spending the day with some cancer kids at a local children’s hospital. Since the kids immunes systems are already challenged it’s best to keep anyone not 100% good health from getting too close. This actually was amazing way for me to keep my mind off of grandpa bring some excitement and smiles to some kids facing some real challenges. Aaron hooked me up with a bunch of Odyssey and Sunday stickers to pass out along with whatever Etnies and DK stickers I had. It was definitely uplifting to share and put some smiles on some new faces, these kids go through a lot, and having them do some little bike races in the hospital courtyard was a lot of fun. One kids dad even joined in haha good times!

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After my visit with the kids, I got home to a package of goodies from Freegun Underwear! There were some swimsuits, bras and underwear, thank you Fat Tony for the hookup! So with only a few hours to kill before work and then getting on a plane to NY for grandpa, I figured I’d try one of those swimsuits out down at Barton Springs if the rope swing was up. I got there and it sure was! Thanks Freegun!

Stoked on the Freegun swimsuit

I then raced home got ready for work. The trip home to say good bye was by far one of the wildest. I worked until 4am, barely slept, made it on a flight eventually to North Carolina, and due to stormy weather, any and all flights out of charlotte into the tri-state area were cancelled! The delays had already made me miss the final day of the wake, and now almost the funeral the next morning! No trains, planes or buses were going to be able to get me to NY until the following evening, after grandpa would already be buried. Not accepting of this,it was 7pm on a Sunday, I rented a car, and drove 700 miles from Charlotte, NC to NY. I was delirious! Had my friends sending me funny photos and calling me to stay awake. I rolled into NJ around 4:30am, not even realizing what time it was had texted a few friends as I passed their exits. Haha sorry homies! Oddly enough, my homie George D hit me up and he had just rolled up back in to NJ from his band playing a show in Boston! Met up at a rest stop to say what up, and I think honestly that totally saved me from falling asleep at the wheel for the last leg of the trip. It was rad to see George for like 10 minutes, first time in like 10 years haha! Still shreddin’ bikes, playing music and driving the VW!

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pretty much how i saw the road signs pulling into NY as the sun was rising

700+miles, 4 coffees, a gallon of water, some flaming hot cheetos, and $41 in tolls and about 12 hours later, I made it to my mom’s in NY, changed my clothes and went straight to the funeral. I did it! I got to say good bye to grandpa yayo! I slept so hard that night. It was so hard to say goodbye, but I feel so much better that I got there in time and got to catch up with family.

He lived 89 years, was a hard worker, and a great man. When I was younger I couldn’t pronounce “Gustavo” his name too well or at all, and “Yayo” was how I managed to say it and it stuck haha! Yayo, in 1960 he moved with my grandma Olga, my aunts Liz, Janette, uncle Gus and my dad, Irving, from Colombia to NY. He worked for Pan Am, and eventually Avianca the Colombian airlines as an airplane mechanic. He was old school, very traditional values, and a man who only wanted the best for everyone. I feel like our time together wasn’t long enough, but I’m happy to have known him and even after the fact learn what an interesting life he lived. I miss him dearly, and already miss making him crack a smile over the phone..

Grandpa Yayo and I in the lobby of his place, on one of my crazy short NY visits last year, RIP gramps, I already miss ya!

Man that was rough, but it was rad to see family and catch up and be there for each other. Not even two days home in Austin, I hopped on a plane to Woodward West in Tehachapi, CA for DK Bicycles week with the campers. My friend Brittany had been meaning to go visit her friends and Juke Life teammates and so I told her I was going and that she should too! So she booked her ticket and boom! We were both at Woodward West about a week later shredding!!

First day there and we got to shred the Megaramp quarter! 28 ft tall!

I sent Mom a photo of me riding the quarter and this was her response ha!

Camp was a blast, we all learned “surfers” from my teammate Dane Beardsley, among some other new moves..

And so it was a fun week at Woodward West, I got off the plane back in Austin and went straight to work again until 4am, and then woke up and it was the Fun Fun Fun Fest Aqua Olympics! Basically a really fun PRE-party for the organizers of the Fun Fun Fun fest a huge music festival that takes place in November here in Austin with an indie stage, hip hop stage and a metal stage usually has a mini ramp and some amazing bands. This Aqua Olympics thing had a huge mega-ramp style roll-in lake-jump! It was my first time lake jumping ever!!!! I hopped on some other peoples bikes and bombed into the lake all day. Even got Mo Malone to give it a go! However, the next few days I felt like I fell out of a building haha after a few 360’s landing head first into the water I imagine that’s what did me in. ha! Oh well, here’s some sweet photos my friend Hippi Josh TRAILPIRATE.com posted:

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Sooo yeah ahhaa the adventure continues!!!!! I managed to catch up with girl Dani and her busted ass leg, turns out she broke her tibia, and had to get surgery to fix it. Pretty cool procedure they did, instead of putting a metal plate in with screws, they now use a “tight rope” which is supposed to help improve overall healing and range of motion after the fact, and will be less likely to have to be removed later on.

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I took her to her appointment to get her stitches out, and so far so good!! Here is a view of the tight rope. Healing vibes your way girl!

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Aside from that, I’ve seriously been just playing catching up. From blogs, laundry, bills, roommate beef, you name it haha it is good to be home. I will add some more photos later. Even though this one is long I can’t believe how much I still left out! Well, I will go ahead and end this long ass update with a quote from Ferris Beuller, (fun fact: this movie quote was used as the opening line before the music started in All Wheels Extreme show at cedar point this summer, for 2 weeks 3-4 times a day it will forever be engrained in my head..seemingly appropriate quote for my endless summer): “life moves pretty fast you know, if you don’t stop and take a look around once in awhile, you could miss it!”

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