I'm 47 and from the south, living in NC. Started paddling last year doing
easy whitewater, then had hand surgery and two shoulder injuries, which
stopped the WW stuff. I still paddled flat water in my touring boats. I
work in law enforcement and do sculpture and play music when I'm not working
or paddling. I'm married to the lovely Maria, who has a Ph.D in biochem.
from the University in Bonn, Germany, but obviously isn't as smart as you'd
think, 'cause she married the likes of me. We have two demented dogs that
we love dearly (Apple, an Great Pyr. mix, and Dancer, a lab/golden mix).
Dancer loves the water, and Apple believes she'll sink. Experience has
shown this to be true. Me, I wear a pfd.