Alex (#854) 05-06-15

I walked through my new favorite hunting grounds, the plaza by Buddy Brew Coffee. On a couch-like seating group sat Alex, rather forlorn looking. I say sat, it was partly lying.

When I approached him Alex was friendly and happy to be photographed. In his present predicament there was little else to do.

Alex teaches (taught) snow skiing in Nevada. For a vacation, he went skiing in Park City UT. Big mistake. One false move and he tore the Anterior Cruciate Ligament in his right knee. So he came “home” to be with his parents while convalescing. He is using this time to reconsider the future direction of his life. Recovery will take at least 6 – 12 months.

Alex was born in California, but came to Sarasota before the first grade. He attended the Booker Middle School, Riverview High School, and the University of Florida where he majored in Geology. I asked how many ski instructors graduated from the University of Florida. Answer: one. Although he looked a bit pathetic, Alex has a good attitude and is philosophical about it all.