This blog marks the last video from the dynamic team of Ray Sewell and I. It was a beauty and will mark one of the funnest partnerships of my career. We had some solid results, some great travels and more importantly the most amazing experiences of my life.
Ray, you were a slice buddy. A slice of Redheaded delight, perhaps only rivalled by the key lime pie served at Delirio Tropical in Ipanema, Rio de Janeiro. From Bahrain to Dubai, England to China, Toronto to Cali, Spain to Uranus, U24 Nationals to the top level in the world, we had some unreal trips, met great people and impacted peoples lives through our inside jokes, moustached months, untamed dialogue and raw uninhibited gay jokes when the situation didn't call for it.
Unreal times sleeping illegally overnight on a bean bag in Dubai next to smelly camels; riding the smelly camels
having matching goatees while winning the 2010 Grand Cayman NORCECA
wearing pink junior girls short shorts to a bar in Bath, England on a 16 hour pub crawl; dining with Gwen and her husband (the president of IMG Golf) at the same table as Roge (Roger Federer) and Tiger dined on the previous week then having pancakes at their place while getting visa's to China; sharing the virgin viewing of "spanish uprising"; taking Chinese rikshaws together
wearing full floral outfits in Sania
watching copious amounts of "the family guy"; nearly dying of heat exhaustion in Manzanillo but pulling off one of the most daring redheaded feats I have ever seen; viewing a cock fight with team USA; whispering sweet nothings to each other mid game on the FIVB; you being the runner up in the FIVB moustache competition yet winning Liz's heart with your upper lip hair; almost watching you drown while surfing in Mexico; flying in the same plane as a bird of prey in the middle east
Getting the finest pears in the world at the local Ipanema Market from George; having a romantic heterosexual day together in Paris
and last but not least, sporting a speedo together around the world while everyone thought it wasn't appropriate. (EDIT - believe it or not we have no photos of us kicking it in our speedos! That being said, check out the video below)
It has been a blast Raymond and to all you volleyballers out there, there are few people who compare to Ray's silliness, conviction, work ethic and heart towards beach. He is a champion of champions; my "Piece de Resistance".
To all the nights we shared the same bed but didn't make sweet love when I know you wanted to,
This last kick at the can is for you Ray. Kiss on it?
Yours forever (but don't tell my girlfriend),