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Mornings at the YMCA

The Loft

The Loft: We built this. Jeb lived on top of this for two years, I slept on the couch below it.

1999 – We lived at maax HQ for the first two years, sleeping on a couch and a mattress in an old mill building in Manchester, New Hampshire. There were no showers or kitchens at our offices, we’d wake early, so the employees wouldn’t see us, and walk to the YMCA to shower.

The YMCA gave my brother and me a scholarship, letting us pay about $50 for a year’s membership. It was a necessity at the time and a gift we’ll repay some day. Support your local YMCA … after 9:00 am.

As the years went on the YMCA became a great place for me, lunch basketball in particular. Every day for an hour the locals, businessmen, mailmen, drug dealers and the unemployed, would skip lunch and play basketball, not talking business.

But the mornings, I’ll never forgot those, in particular the YMCA locker room.

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