Casey, Your Knees Will Not Stop You!

I feel for Casey Neistat, I actually do. According to his latest video: His left knee creaks when he kneels. Presumably it is more noticeable when he runs. So he is concerned that he may never be able to run again.

I gave up running about 2 years ago, at least for long distances, because of multiple injuries suffered over the last 30-ish years. Casey, here is my list of injuries. They are why I feel for you.

1. I shattered my right knee in a silly accident 12 months ago. Stretched the ACL close to tearing. Took 6 months to fully recover, and now I feel it daily. So I know that pain. Condition as of August 2017.

Severely Sprained Ankle2. Multiple injuries in a freak accident in 2011. Not for the squeamish.

  • Left arm: Fracture, underside, close to elbow.
  • Right arm: Wrist strained & cutup from impact with bitumen
  • Left leg: Knee slashed, looked like needing stitches, instead has largest band-aid
  • Right leg: Ankle so heavily strained suspected broken. apparently not, yet swollen so bad that it looked like someone had shoved a hard-boiled egg down my leg.
  • Face: Right side battered, bruised and embedded with bits of bitumen.

3. I broke both arms in a freak bicycle accident in 1992. Took 2 weeks to get out of my hospital because the doctors wanted me to be independent in the bathroom… you get the picture.

4. In 1990-ish I lacerated the rear of my right ankle severely on a metal bike-pedal. Had both pedals replaced with plastic within months. The ankles were strapped to stop movement to stop the continuous bleeding when I walked. Took a few weeks to recover.

Tubes of Green5. In 1985, whilst holidaying in Queensland, we visited Wet’n’Wild. It was a lot different back then.
Anyhow, I was ‘travelling’ on a water-ride called the “White Water Rapids of Colorado”. Riders straddled large inner-tubes and endured fast-moving water on a slide that had multiple rock-shaped bumps at corners all along. Half-way-down a bunch of nitwits had joined arms and tubes to form a barrier – for whatever dumb reason. I was the first to hit the barrier. Accounts say my tube went flying over the edge of the slide. I continued the rest of the journey on my knees.
These days those rides have the last 20-metres of the tube in the water when it ends. Back when I did this, the tubes ended ABOVE the water. When I left the tube, I dropped about half-a-metre into the water. My right knee shattered instantly when it hit the bottom of the pool. My grandparents had no idea how bad my injury was. After much-too-much persistence, I was driven to Brisbane hospital … on the day the doctors went on strike. Flown to Canberra. Doctor’s strike started the day I got there. Flown to Adelaide. Doctor’s strike started the day I got there. Back to Murray Bridge hospital whose doctor’s decided my knee was far more important. Was on crutches for part of my last year of High School. Not many people remember it. Thankfully I recovered. The memory of having 8 large syringes of plasma removed my football-sized knee will never disappear. Nor will the beautiful TAA hostesses who treated me like a king in my wheelchair on every flight.

Casey, you are going to be OK.

You continue to inspire every content-creator on Youtube: You have so many abilities that not-running won’t stop you. Oh, and I am 12 years your senior. It hasn’t stopped me. I walk a lot, almost everywhere, and still manage to create content. Just not weekly like you do now.

If my readers haven’t seen Casey’s YouTube video showing his fear of never running again, here it is.

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Keeping a Creative Mind Boosts Your Positive Attitude

I have known this about myself for a long time: Being creative keeps my mind stimulated and happy.

Doing nothing (i.e. watching TV) is literally mind-numbing, so I get bored and have to look for something new to do.

Thus explaining my active tshirt design making, photography, small business ventures/ideas, and extra-curricular activities. It all boosts my well-being, keeps me happy, and of a positive mind!

https://www.mindful.org/something-creative-can-boost-well/

That said, I’ve had a horrific cough for about 10 days. Yes, no doctor visit. Figured I’d be over it sooner.

Last night I had a thought: It has been about 6 weeks since I had a coffee!

So I googled ‘can coffee help cure a cold‘. Yes I wanted a particular answer, so I had to dig deep. Found it:

“Coffee, believe it or not, is good for your sore throat, but only if you have a common cold. Don’t make it too strong, that’s just gross. Studies done suggest that coffee has two great benefits: tons of antioxidants and throat soothing qualities.”

https://www.getridofthings.com/health/symptoms/get-rid-of-a-sore-throat/

I had a large Mocha coffee. My throat feels better … for now … and I am feeling boosted. Positively. :)

Persistence + Perseverance + Perspiration = Walking Again

See my right knee?
It’s the one on the left.

I’m standing on it.

It still aches, particularly after walking on a rocky beach from the Kingscote Jetty to the bird-house at Reeves Points, then up 75° incline – with my amazing 5yo son Jai alongside me, my Canon 7D and new zoom lens. I shot some amazing shots, some of them without Jai in them.

It still aches because about 55 weeks ago it somehow collapsed under me for no easy-to-explain reason. I stood at the kitchen sink of our Adelaide home with 1yo Aidan in my arms, went to turn right – and my knee basically slipped to the left side of my leg, stretching ligaments and hurting so bad that Aidan’s (still sitting in the nook of my left arm) eyes bulged out from the naughty words I screamed. Holy mo…. you get the picture. But I thought of him, and twisted my leg to the left – because I knew I was going to collapse BUT I DIDNT WANT TO FALL ONTO HIM. The knee then twisted around to the right side of my leg. I fell, no I collapsed. Aidan was bawling his eyes out.

But me, despite the fuc… intense pain, I started pulling my pants down. I’ve done some seriously bad injuries to my knees, ankles, elbows, and hips in many stupid stupid accidents over the last 30 years. I knew the parademics were going to cut my pants off. But I liked those denims, I didn’t want to lose them. (I did.) But I really had to know how bad it was.

Fargnl. I screamed for everyone – who were out in the shed doing something. Probably making bee boxes for LSBeez Kangaroo Island Honey. I didn’t care. Jai arrived first. I yelled at him to get mummy. Know what he did first? Got me a towel to put under my leg.  

Then Sarah (my wife) and Lynne (my MIL) arrived. I did not care that my jocks were on show. My right knee was expanding – and only I knew how bad the injury was.

But I was lucky. Sarah knows why and how I break so easily. She rang for an ambulance. I sat on kitchen floor, ice on knee, waiting. 40mins later it arrived.

Ambulance took me to Flinders Hospital.

We ramped behind 4 other amb’s for about 3 hours. 

Then I got a bed, a vomit bag filled with ice chips to hold on my knee … and the doctor arrived around midnight. The accident happened around 4.30pm.

There’s much more to the story. 

But my knee works again. I walk just fine. I was still limping from thr injuries when I first arrived on KI in Feb 2017. I don’t think any of you would know if I didn’t tell you.

Persistence. 

Perseverance. 

Perspiration.

I may not have a paying job right now. But I know what it means to fail and succeed.

Photos from today can wait. My knee aches.

/ Originally written for Facebook. But go so long I decided it needed bigger audience!

Instagram as a Self Motivation Platform

Those following my Instagram will have noticed that recently I have been using it as a platform to verbally present my self-motivation quotes.

Yes, I face either my smartphone or camera, often sprouting a mashup of these inspirational quotes.

Mostly I do this to improve my face mannerisms, vocal confidence and sentence structure. I know I talk fast, I know I slur, and I know I often push words together. Yet I want to improve my visual appearance for both my YouTube videos and Radio work.

So take a look at these, let me know what you think. I fully welcome any suggestions or support.


This one was where I decided to start recording 3 to 8 second clips because then I could put the emphasis on the correct word.

It all actually began with this one where I say Change the World. One of my brothers gave it for my 40th Birthday with the matching book (buried here somewhere!), and that day I figured it was time to start doing it. Let’s all change the world.

Then I started recording daily

"Do what you enjoy – and nothing less!" . . #quotetomyself #talkingtomyself #inspirationalquotes #stayingmotivated

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There’s many more to come!

Using Social Media to Create a Blog Post

To create this succinct yet full article, all the text is brought in via Twitter and Youtube. (If you cannot read the tweets, the text is in italic beneath each.)

READS: Vlog 2 of 2017 finally uploaded. #Kingscote #KangarooIsland #KillerSeals Yes, I really need a stabilizing gimble!

READS: I really need a stabilizing gimble for my CanonEOSM. Saving for this: http://ikancorp.com/productdetail.php?id=1244 … #ikancorp #wishlist

There you go. Sometimes it is easier to put your thoughts onto public forums such as Twitter, Instagram, Youtube – then compile them in order for a blog article.

For those wondering, I enjoy vlogging more than blogging these days. It enables me to improve my face mannerisms, vocal confidence and sentence structure for both my online and my radio work.


Postscript & FYI

The Ikan-MS1-Beholder Stablizing Gimble suits my Canon EOS M.

GO BEYOND YOUR LIMITS! (10 Years on Youtube)

Of all the YouTube channels I subscribe to, there is only one that I return to over and over again – Casey Neistat.

A recent vlog is now watched repeatedly. This one is a gentle yet constant reminder what I want to achieve on my own channel. I have watched it 5 times. It blows my mind. Which is it? Wait, it will be the last video I show in this list.

I have had a Youtube channel since 2007 – again, another 10 years with one channel – yet it’s not the longest! I digress. Back on track…

MY YOUTUBE CHANNEL HISTORY

For the longest time I did almost nothing on YouTube. I remember saying to someone in 2008“It’s just a fad, it won’t last.” Oh dear, how wrong was I! Mostly I liked and categorized videos, probably like a lot of people did. I had a U2 collection, plus some series of cartoons that intrigued me. But YouTube kept changing the privacy on stuff, and then deleted channels that somehow violated their terms – yet nobody could see why.

In early 2012, whilst working on a Government ITC Help Desk, I worked with a young guy who said “Instead of playing PS/Xbox/Wii games, I just watch their YouTube channels – it’s cheaper!” Within a month I was hooked on a few youtube gamer channels whose style was consistent, crazy-funny, and catching worldwide attention. You may know who I mean.

Late 2015, thanks to a friend on Facebook, I was advised to check out Casey Neistat Apple batteries vlog . Then he started vlogging daily. Vlogging became a word.

Early 2016 I revamped my YouTube channel, removing all the Liked videos and vlogs, and uploaded a dozen videos shot by my wife – using them to show off her honey business on Kangaroo Island, planning to use them on our GoFundMe page. The funding didn’t pan out as imagined, so that also needs a revamp! Yet I still love the bee vlogs I created…

Then I started vlogging our weekly visits to Cleland Wildlife Park … so all our Australian-Zoo visits also got uploaded!

In mid 2016, after a very long hiatus being the Dead Reds Wine Group photographer, I decided to vlog the night’s drinking – and everyone who went appreciated it. Actually, vlogging made it all the more fun – people spoke to their camera!

I found finances to buy a very decent movie editor program: Movavi. Windows Movie Maker was insufficient! Movavi has been great for creating eclectic music to go over wind-filled footage, converting and compressing, then uploading to YouTube without any problems.

Then in July 2016, I twisted my right knee so much that my vlogging took a backseat until I recovered sufficiently to get around without pain. I still shot a lot, but I was getting so tired from the exercise needed that tonnes of footage sits incomplete.

In early 2017 we moved to Kangaroo Island. Within a month I uploaded a short vlog that received 200 views in a few days – which blew my mind and reminded me of my journey. I was back on track!

Then Casey added his “DO WHAT YOU CAN’T” vlog. Wow. It was like a smack in the face for me.

It brings me back to his channel once a week to remind myself of what I am aiming to achieve.
Yet I say it is probably not the best mantra.

I prefer to say “GO BEYOND YOUR LIMITS”.

It’s true, a lot of people set limits on their goals, consequently limiting their potential. Ashamed to say I have done the same, and possibly still do on some issues.

Some people have budgetary constraints, some have fear of success or failure limits, and many put limits on themselves because they don’t believe in their ability – even though they have never had a go!

Whenever I think I have limits, I imagine living in a 3rd-world country where there is no money, life is all hand-outs from foreign aid, and living is day-to-day. You and I have a far better life than that: We have a roof over our head, a bed each night, and we know where your next meal is coming from – and it’s three times a day!

So what is your limit? Probably next to nothing by comparison!
I am not going to lie: When I had money, I bought things that I knew I would utilise and would last a long time. Good camera gear, particularly the accessories. What I didn’t forsee is how I would use them.

The planets have recently realigned for me.
Expect more vlogs over the next few months.
What will they be about now? Well, I have to thank my Radio show for revitalizing my self-confidence, particularly my speaking and writing skills. So I have a few ideas in mind. Now to create them with almost no budget!

Let’s see what I do next (week)….