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Nov 19, 2008

Paddler Spotlight - Arlene & Jeremy

Jeremy: 11/23

Del Aire – suburb of Hawthorne/Inglewood
Jeremy: Redondo Beach

How long have you been paddling for?
2 years (tech: July-Sept 2007 & July-Oct 2008 = SF tourney)
Jeremy: One season, since Jan '08

Why do you paddle?
Adrenalin & the people (meaning SD teammates). As much commitments that I have with family life, I want to keep coming back to the Space Dragons family.
Jeremy: Emily tricked me into it!

Favorite or notable Space Dragon moment(s)?
Arlene: No notable moment, but favorite moments are being part of a race and cheer section as you watch our team cross the finish line.
Jeremy: Favorite moment was when everyone forgot that I owe the team Korean BBQ!!

Any dislikes or complaints about the sport?
Arlene: Nah
Jeremy: The smelly db practice clothes if I don't wash them right away.

Any hobbies, activities, interests outside of paddling?
Arlene: Masseuse
Working on classic cars, working out, running, various sports

How do you prepare yourself for a Race?
Arlene: Stretch the muscles more (yoga) and get more cardio in, so the anxiety of racing doesn’t get to me. (That’s why after a race you feel like you want to bang or be banged! That’s why I don’t bring my better half to a tourney; so I wont get distracted).
Jeremy: Nothing special. Rest, light meal, stretch.

Favorite form of Wobbly Pop?
Arlene: Sorry, I don’t know what Wobbly Pop is.
Jeremy: The kind with zero calories

Any advise for new Paddlers?
Arlene: Listen to the coaches (they really do give improving advise) and have fun with the team. Everyone was a newbie before you.
Jeremy: Stay off of Joe's boat!!!

Are you a better Paddler when you are Happy or Angry?
Arlene: I am a better paddler when we are pumped up as a team: Inspired (if Happy I’m too relaxed and if Angry, I would not want to paddle).
Jeremy: What does angry mean?

Favorite part about being a Space Dragon?
Arlene: As many times as I show or not able to show; I am still welcomed as if I was a seasoned veteran of the team. Enjoy the SD love.
Jeremy: I have so many favorite parts its too hard to choose.

Name a fellow Space Dragon (or five) of either sex you would want to hook-up with a close-friend, family member...maybe yourself :) ?
Arlene: Dangerous Question!!! (all I saw in this question was the word SEX). I cannot answer this. I love both sexes!!!
Jeremy: None, we are one hell of an ugly team!

Most interesting character you've met through the team?
Arlene: Cannot say, I think our team is sooo diverse. I thought of something to say about each team-mate. Each person has different backgrounds, interest, and levels of expertise; but when we come together, everyone becomes ‘One Team’. (that’s why I love coming back).
Jeremy: Galen is "interesting" to say the least

If you could change one thing about the Team, what would it be?
Arlene: Tuff one, no suggestion of changes from me; that’s why I’m not a captain or a coach.
Jeremy: I gotta worry about being part of a team that would have me as a member. We should be more selective!

Any interesting facts about yourself - or secrets that you want to divulge?
Arlene: Hell no, never written! See me at a party and you will get to know my interesting facts.
I actually wore a "fat suit" the whole time and just removed it to win the Biggest Loser Contest!