On December 31, 2014 I opened a new chapter in my life… I didn’t know it at the time, but I was dawning on myself.After months of uncertainty, anxiety, and sleepless nights working at the computer, the Snowfoot dream had actually ‘started up.’ We had some money from a crowdfunding campaign and an obligation to ship them our product. Five days after Christmas, my plastic producer called to say that the first ‘production level’ prototypes were ready. The next morning, on December 31, 2014, I opened a new chapter in my life. On New Year’s Eve I ran on the mountain, then visited my friend and watched him try, and then partied the night away with my neighbours. With a good humoured hangover I edited and published the video in the early hours of January 1st.
I still celebrate when I watch this short film I put together for our crowdfunders and social followers.It is an incredibly intimate look at where I was on the first day of the Snowfoot era. Up until that point everything was ‘unborn’, in the sense that the whole project was really just a costly mess of uncertainty, wishful thinking, conflicting interests, and scraps of paper. When I made this video, much more was dawning on me than another ‘new year’. I didn’t know it at the time, but I was dawning on myself. Having this ‘realization’ was going to be very difficult in the coming months and years.
I’m happy to share that this year, 2018, I married the lady who I kissed in the video. Our friends with the Chinese Lanterns came to the wedding, and we all celebrated NYE2019 together. The next day we had lunch at the refuge where the man in black from the video is still the highest sheriff in the valley and my most trusted product tester.
As a little bonus, I’ve put a little treat in the background: that image is the first composite computer rendering of what would only become ‘real’ on December 31st, 2014. The Snowfoot we were using in the video were identical. As you can see, it doesn’t look like the Snowfoot we actually shipped three months later. And that’s a story for another post…