Thank you for taking your time to visit my blog. My name is Olu Ashaolu, I am from the great city of Toronto, ON, Canada but thanks to basketball, I have spent the majority of the last 10 years traveling to various other places in the world. The idea for this blog originated over two years ago throughout my final year at the University of Oregon. I began to fall victim to the oh-so-modern times and became more and more involved with online social networks. I gained a bit of 'popularity' thanks to great collegiate student sections and their adoration for dunks. (Poor me). Twitter is one of my favourite tools due to its simplicity and speed but with a 140 character limit and no longer in school, I was in need of a more spacious and slightly more formal way to express myself. Blogging seemed like the perfect hybrid between a tweet and college term paper. And with that, voilà , here I am today proud to present O.W.A.C.O. From my high school adventures in Hotlanta, Georgia to post-graduate college classes out in rainy Eugene, Oregon to playing professional basketball in Europe, it has been an exciting roller coaster of events. I plan to bring you not only the basketball experiences, but the social life happenings that my peers and I go through on a regular day-to-day basis.
I titled this blog "Overseas With A Carry On" because, that is exactly what life is for me 9-10 months of the year. I can remember the very first night I slept in my apartment last year in Spain. It was my first professional contract and I was playing in a small southern town called Cáceres. I remember taking a look at the 'Maps' app on my iPhone and pinpointing my location and being in disbelief that I was actually on the other side of the globe. As far as the 'carry on' part is concerned, you can always find my peers and I with our backpacks/book-bags. Whether heading to practice, heading to a game, running errands or boarding a flight, it is just something we basketball players always seem to have with us. It's essential and has become apart of the culture - like Nike elite socks. :-)
As mentioned above, these entries will not be solely basketball-centric, but also personal experiences, thoughts and everyday chit chatter on topics that may be of relevance. Anyone who knows me can tell that I am a huge Seinfeld fan; if you're familiar with the famous American television series from the 90s, you'll understand why perhaps I should subtitle this as, "O.W.A.C.O. - The Blog About Nothing." All that's missing is a coffee shop, an ex-girlfriend-turned-best-friend like Elaine and an eccentric neighbour a la Cosmo Kramer. Don't worry, finding a friend like George Costanza will be the least of my worries!
Until next time,