64FordF100 - Walked into the MFS gym in 1999 when the sport was much smaller and less known, as a 145 lbs guy who worked full time and hung in there for 12 years. Very few at that time had heard of Hughes, Lawler, etc outside of that room. I had met Pat but I didn't know anybody else there. He was so nice to me that for some reason it terrified me. I figured he would have had more of a macho/tough type attitude and he was so nice that I drove home thinking "I am going to die". I faced those fears and had the best years of my life, and nothing since then has come remotely close to taking the place of that.
Before I die, I want to move away from here. Staying while my parents are still around though. I figured the other night I have never lived outside of about a 10 mile circle. I want to leave the whole area.
Kind of the same thing. Buddy and I went to Evansville in the mid-nineties to go to hook and shoot. Wanted to see Dave Menne fight because he grew up near us. Watched the fights and then introduced ourselves to Dave and asked if we could train with him. Spent the next 8-years training with him. Like you, just an amazing time of my life.
Also, went on a tour of Chernobyl a few years ago. Our tour guide let us go to the top of one of the buildings that was 11 stories. The roof felt like it was going to cave in, but we got to see the city from that view and it was very surreal and amazing.
Before all the shit went down, I was trying to talk Mrs. Moccaco into doing the Siberian railroad.