I'm 42, married, and we have a daughter. I'm a born again Canadian living in Ottawa, Ontario. I make my living out of puters, nets, and such, but we won't get into that here.
I started paddling 13 years ago. I had never been in any kind of paddling boat. Then I went to see Bill Mason's film "Water Walker". Half way though the film I had my moment of epiphany and I KNEW what I had to do. The very next weekend I got on a canoeing course and I have never stopped paddling since.
These days, I mainly OC"-1" in a Dagger Ocoee in class III/IV. In moments of weakness I have cross dressed into a skirt and picked up the devil's extra blade, but never long enough to have changed my orientation.
I have been a whitewater instructor for the Ottawa YMCA Canoe Camping Club for a few years. I just received my Ontario Recreational Canoeing Association (ORCA http://www.canoeontario.on.ca/orca.htm) level III instructor accreditation after a challenging 9 day course, under the mentorship of Mike Yee.
I also love tripping, usually with family and friends, in places like Algonquin Park, Killarny Park, Parc de la Gatineau.
I also enjoy travelling on solid water. I'm a Canadian Ski Marathoner
http://www.csm-mcs.com/csm-mcs/e/ ) and occasional Arctic sojourner (http://www.canadianarcticholidays.ca/file06.htm).
Eddy "that's who" Rapid.