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Summer Trip Details *Updated with bloglink*

So it's been a little while since the last update. Whoops. I just wanted to fill everyone in a little on some more details about this summer:

I have a couple of goals for my trip.First, obviously I want to meet traceurs and traceuses from all over the country. I want to share training techniques and stories with people who are more, and less, experienced than I. I've trained with a lot of different people, and I think that I can share quite a bit of knowledge with the people I visit. That being said, I hope to learn just as much from all of the traceurs and traceuses that I meet on my trip.

Second, one of my larger goals. I am going to record this entire trip on video. I am going to edit it all together into a documentary, sort of a "This is how America Trains" kind of thing. I'll be taking a lot of footage, and I'll be releasing smaller "jam coverage" media peices throughout my trip through American Parkour, but look for a longer documentary at the end of August or beginning of September.

The current itinerary of major jams follows. Note, I may be arriving the night before, the morning of, or sometime during the day of these dates, depending on bus schedules:

*Saturday, June 7th - Philly Jam II*Friday, June 13th through Sunday June 15th - PKFR International Pittsburgh Jam*Friday, June 20th through Sunday June 22nd - PKNY (New Jersey and NYC)Monday, June 23rd through Tuesday, June 24th - Columbus, OhioWednesday, June 25th through Friday, June 27th - Ann Arbor, Michigan*Saturday, June 28th through Sunday, June 29th - Chicago JamMonday, June 30th through Wednesday, July 2nd - Madison, WisconsinThursday, July 3rd through Friday, July 4th - Minneapolis, MinnesotaSaturday, July 5th through Wednesday, July 9th - Seattle, WashingtonThursday, July 10th through Tuesday, July 15th - San Fransisco, CaliforniaWednesday, July 16th through Thursday, July 17th - Phoenix, ArizonaFriday, July 18th through Tuesday, July 22nd - Denver, Colorado*Wednesday, July 23rd through Tuesday, July 29th - San Antonio, TexasTuesday, July 29th through Wednesday, July 30th - Tampa, FloridaThursday, July 31st through Friday, August 1st - Miami, FloridaSaturday, August 2nd - Athens, GeorgiaSunday, August 3rd through Tuesday, August 5th - Charlotte, North CarolinaWednesday, August 6th through Friday, August 8th - Chapel Hill, North CarolinaSaturday, August 9th - back home to Severna Park, Maryland!

My Three Days at Vipassana

On Tynan

I first heard about Vipassana from Rivers Cuomo, the lead singer for Weezer. He was explaining that despite being a rock star, he was celibate because of Vipassana. Powerful stuff, I guess. He raved about the benefits of it, although I don't remember exactly what he said anymore. It stuck in my mind, and over the years I thought about signing up, but something always seemed to be in the way of me leaving society for ten days to learn how to meditate.

The idea is simple and extreme, both of which appealed to me. You go to a meditation center in the middle of nowhere, agree to be silent and without any contact with the other world for ten days. Then, on a donation only basis, they teach you how to meditate, which you do for ten hours each day.

Finally, after knowing about it for five years, I signed up and went to a course. No notepads were allowed in, so this is reconstructed pretty faithfully from memory.

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