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These are some skate photos which you have likely seen over the last few years. The bottom line is this: skateboarding has been my passion ever since it came into my life. It has pushed my creative development as an artist and drove me towards photography in the first place. Growing up in colorado it was a mainstay in my life from an early age. In the winter I was snowboarding, in the summer I was skateboarding. This is what makes me tick.
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Everyone faces a degree of difficulty in their life. Per individual, these difficulties come in every size, shape, and severity. For my childhood friend Kerry, the sizes were measured in milligrams and ounces. The shapes were that of pills, bottles, pipes and syringes. The severity of these ‘difficulties’ cost him friendships, relationships, jail-time, court fees, lawyer fees and nearly his life.
Kerry began using controlled substances in his midteens. Alcohol and marijuana segued into other drugs such as prescription pain pills. By his late teens, he had already had numerous run-ins with the justice system. By his early twenties his life was an array of court dates, failed re-hab visits, and jail-time. When he contracted Hepatitis C from a shared spoon while using Heroin, the reality of his situation began to unveil itself to him. The viral infection was able to be beaten with radiation therapy and a tattoo reading “NMH” appeared on Kerry’s forearm, an acronym for No More Heroin. Many of Kerry’s friends and family believed this incident to be the final push that Kerry needed to begin living a clean life.
It wasn’t until 2009 that Kerry’s life took the much needed step toward recovery. He enrolled in a program in Grand Junction Colorado on February 25th, 2009. He has remained sober since. “I found something greater than myself and started accepting it.” A Counselor named Andrea was to be Kerry’s biggest help on his path to recovery. “I had a counselor named Andrea in treatment that wasn’t afraid to call me out on my own shit. She didn’t care if it hurt my feelings, but if it was going to help me in the long run, she would make me explore it. I went through a lot of emotional pain but I came out of the experience with much more self awareness and an idea of who I really am. These days I stay in direct contact with other recovering addicts as much as possible.”
Since leaving rehab, Kerry has held down jobs and become a beacon for others who face the turmoils of addiction. ”I’m thankful that today I don’t have the constant insistant urge to get high & I’m looking forward to finding out what I really want to do with my life. I just quit a dead end job that I stuck with for way too long just because it was familiar & comfortable.” The road to recovery has allowed a restructuring of the damaged relationships his addictions had manifested. Kerry continues to live in Grand Junction, Colorado and lives a much healthier and positive life.
Editor’s Note: My and Kerry’s friendship began Nearly 20 years ago in Steamboat Springs, Colorado. We have remained close friends even as we moved to different towns. For a time it became difficult to understand my friend as our interests changed throughout our teenage years. But every year I could count on a birthday call from Kerry, a testament to his friendship. Three years ago I received an early morning phone call from Kerry. We had not talked for some time, I found this call to be a bit out of character, but when I probed into why he was calling he was informing me of his 6 months of sobriety. I didn’t think much of the achievement until I tried to remember the last time I had seen him sober. To my sorrow it was sometime in the middle of high school. Three years later and the guy is going strong. To some people this feat may not sound impressive, but it doesn’t need to. What is important is Kerry’s will to adhere to his own set of morales, and that makes me a proud friend.
Happy belated birthday to you brother!
The Miss Nevada 2011 Pageant took place over the 4th of July Weekend. The group of contestants took the stage to compete as Miss Nevada 2010 sang her farewells before the crowning of the new Miss Nevada’s Outstanding Teen and the new Miss Nevada 2011. Miss Nevada 2011 Contestants.
Congrats to Cris Crotz, Bailey Gumm and Alana Lee.