Hi folks, It’s been 12 days now since I was discharged from Swedish Hospital (and a mere 19 since I had a little something like major spinal surgery and additional hardware installed in my body), and I’m still trying to find my bearings, settle on a baseline and process all that’s “happened” over this past… Read More


“Another surgery? Oh, hell no.” — Tony Schmiesing, on numerous occasions. In my defense, I always included the caveat; “that’s how I feel today. Tomorrow, who knows?” And up until about three months ago that “tomorrow” never came. For close to seven years I felt very strongly about not going under the knife again. And… Read More


Hello kids! It’s that time of year again — fasterbarnacle time, that is — where I deliver my favorite music of the year post. It’s true my list comes a bit later than all those other bigger, more “widely read” lists, but I like to hold off in order to cover those unexpected gems that… Read More


If there’s any place on earth where it would be most unlikely to find a C 4-5 quadriplegic, then it’s where I was, on March 6th, 2014, balanced atop the equipment basket of an A-Star helicopter on a snow-covered Alaskan peak named JJ’s shoulder. With the blades spinning ominously overhead, my arms were gripped tightly… Read More


  Man, (insert favorite cliché about the apparent acceleration of time). When I last left you, back in May, I had just celebrated what some might call a semi-significant marker along this adventure we call life; more of a preamble, really, to a relatively more decorated one still to come, but one that nevertheless, according… Read More


86 years young, a senior athlete, a lover of life and a friend. from Tony Schmiesing on Vimeo. I’m fortunate in my life to have many people I can look to for inspiration, but my friend Shirley is indeed one of the oldest at 86 years young. I only mention her age, because, well, she’s… Read More


Yep… Pipe dreams (quad Superpipe dreams) from Tony Schmiesing on Vimeo. It’s not often I get overwhelmed to the point of being rendered speechless, but as you can see at the start of this video (and why I made it over 2 days), as I began to tug at the threads that connected all the… Read More


Yes, another video from my home away from home on the Cal track, but stay with me here, because this one has a little bit of everything. Just before Christmas I experienced, or more appropriately, was slammed with (yes, slammed sounds right) something I’ve never experienced in all my time as a quadriplegic, something I’ve… Read More


While there is no shortage of stoke and gratitude captured on the above video (hell, even pushing half a mile in a cold December rain couldn’t dampen my enthusiasm. Though, in retrospect that wasn’t the wisest of moves), I do feel the need to further explain — albeit briefly — why these grants have meant… Read More