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Steven Martine

Life should not be a journey to the grave with the intention of arriving safely in a pretty and well preserved body, but rather to skid in broadside in a cloud of smoke, thoroughly used up, totally worn out, and loudly proclaiming "Wow! What a Ride!"

1. I have always been a dreamer, actively working on being more realistic......

2. I am blessed with an amazing life, and am a firm believer in "if you don't like it, or are unhappy - change the situation..." philosophy.

3. I am scared of heights, especially ladders, but love hanging out of helicopters for work...

4. I never thought of myself as a "kids" person, but now that I have my two girls, I can't ever imagine life without them, and if i knew they were so amazing, i would have had them earlier....

5. I believe money is like cow manure, only good if you spread it around.....

6. I began embracing photography as a way to overcome brutal shyness.....and have always used the camera as a tool to detach myself from situations....

7. I own a banjo.

8. I am very religious, but not a fan of organized religion......

9. I am constantly pushing my physical and mental limits, taxing all aspects of each, looking for the breaking point, growing stronger and sharper in the process....

11. I use to return pop cans (for the deposit money) in order to get my film developed.

12. I have been a witness to history.

13. I played soccer (off and on) for 20 years, was a goalie because I told my first coach I didn't like to run, today I will go out and run for more than 15+ hours at a time ( see #9 )

14. I shaved my legs in high school and college, i was a sponsored cyclist, all stemming from a childhood friend/rival buying a racing bicycle. I am still racing today ( see #9 )

15. My first bicycle ride (without training wheels) ended in my neighbor's rose bushes, painfully.....

16. I had once hoped to be a painter, but as a crappy painter, photography was an easier way to actually make money.....and now, I can not imagine life without photography in it....

17. I have been known to work for cookies......

18. I can count on one hand, the people I would give up my life for, and on the other hand, people I've met that disgust me beyond words....

19. I wish I would have listened more, and try to be a good listener today.....

20. I am lover, not a fighter.

22. I took an accounting class (twice) because of a girl......

23. I love walking on the beach, but admittedly, never have time.....

24. Good chocolate, good wine and good friends are gifts from the gods.....

25. My glass is ALWAYS half full.......