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Skate Trip

I’m at the airport, on the way to Florida, to skate with my friend Terry Synnott and scout out a location for a freestyle contest next year. Should be a good trip. Terry is a great dude and a ripper. We’re going to Kona Skatepark at some point. So I have my freestyle board and my “park” board with me too, in addition to my helmet and pads.

So far it’s been a low-impact trip to the airport. I have TSA-PRE, which allows me to get in the short line at security, and you don’t have to take your shoes and belt off. It’s nice.

More later…

Another friend gone

An old friend of mine who I’d not seen, frankly, since my wedding in 1990, died last night after months of treatment for pancreatic cancer. Eric was a couple of years behind me in school. The Venn diagrams of our social circles intersected in a few places, and I was lucky enough to get to know him back in highschool. Eric was one of those people who everyone loved. Everything considered him a best friend. Super friendly, smart, outgoing.

I regret that I didn’t get to know him as an adult. I think that many of us who went away to school had paths the diverged from those who stuck around home after highschool. So yeah, I do regret missing out on Eric all these years, but I realize that our time is limited and the truth is there are so many good people out there and there’s just not enough time to connect with everyone as we’d like to. But this is a reminder to do the best I can. I can do better.

I could bitch about cancer seeming to take the really really good people too early, but I don’t think Eric would like that. I don’t get the impression that’s the kind of person he grew up to be.

Bollocks to Winter

First session since October last year. Always fun to have to relearn all my shit after the much-hated winter. Still, not too bad. Pretty much made everything today. Just need to get the smoothness back and not do weird shit with my arms.

Black Panther

I saw Black Panther last night. It was great.

T’Challa is the hero we need right now. Someone strong but merciful and noble. Not the guy who just kills his enemies or tortures them. That’s so played out and weak.

Death

Found out that today a good friend’s brother, himself a friend as well, died. Today. Two days ago he was going to see music and living his life. Today he is dead.

Death doesn’t fuck around. I resolve – once again – to live my life deliberately – without fucking around.

What I got for Christmas

So, I got a new Zoom H4N Pro digital audio recorder for Christmas, to replace the very similar Tascam I used to have, which broke. My uncle, who does this kind of stuff for a living, told me that he’s had bad luck with the durability of Tascam products. Frankly, mine saw such very light use it is pretty ridiculous that some of the buttons stopped working.

This Zoom recorder, like the old one, will allow me to plug two XLR mics into the bottom, which will be perfect for on-site recording of interviews, so in 2018 I can get back to my Texas Skateboarding Oral History project.  Suggestions for who to interview? Comment here. So far, here’s my list. Jeff Bower, Paul Neumann, Dan Wilkes, Michael Niemann, Stewart Singer. It would be nice to do one per month, but I know I’m probably not going to get that done.

Post 700

Various thoughts…

  • Yoda was cool in the Last Jedi. Yoda is cool in everything. But really cool in that.
  • They are working on a Venom movie. Venom is a dumb character.
  • This is the second Christmas with my mom in memory care. It’s still weird, but I’m glad she is happy and content.
  • I have  lot to do in 2018.
  • I want to get back on the podcasting this coming year.
  • Shodan test in January.

Wishing all my friends mucho peace and happiness this Christmas and in 2018. It’s been a rough year with a mean moron in the Whitehouse and it seems like kindness is in shot supply up there. Let’s vote ’em out as soon as possible, and in the the meantime all try to be better people.

Things I’ve Learned from Star Wars #1

When building massive space ships/stations/structures, make sure to include vast chasms spanned by narrow bridges with no handrails, store data in tapes kept in towers several hundred feet tall with no way to reach the data if the little grabbers malfunction, etc. Also preserve the possibility of someone falling to their death.

Thor and Justice League

I went to see Thor: Ragnarok. It was a big, goofy, and joyous.  Thor did lots of cool stuff. You could tell what he was doing, as the battle scenes weren’t total chaos. The interplay between the characters was really good, and brought of feeling of depth to the relationship between Thor and Loki — a relationship thousands of years old. A lot to like about his movie.

Then I went to see Justice League. It was kind of “meh”. I’m easy to please. Superheroes doing cool stuff makes me happy. I got that. The feeling of the film, however, did not leave me wanting more Justice League. The villain, and a lot of the film, just looked like a video game.  I’ll watch it again on streaming when it comes along, but yeah, I felt it was pretty mediocre, considering the insane amount of money spent on it.

Skateboarding

Well, we are now officially in the crappiest time of the year for skateboarding. Nice cool weather, but short days. By the time I get off work it is getting dark, and soon it will be completely dark by my 6pm quitting time. I will have to resort to going to a skatepark in the evening, which is always kind of a bummer due to crowds. But it’s better than not getting in any skating at all.

Reading Science Fiction

I have a stack of really great novels sitting on my table, in my “to read” pile. Great stuff. I’m going to enjoy them a lot.

Eventually.

Right now I’m enjoying reading some old (1960s-1970s) science fiction novels. Adventure stuff.  I’m on book 3 or the Dumarest saga. This is not “high literature”, but honestly, it’s not too bad. It’s not even “hard SF.” But they are really quick, fun reads. I’m getting ready to run a Traveller RPG game, and these books are really great at world building. Considering that a lot of folks would call them “pulp” literature, this series actually contains some reasonable moral/ethical dilemmas and social commentary. Not saying they are deep. But they are not completely devoid of thinking. Yes, they are pretty sexist. Not in a “let’s abuse the ladies” way —  more in a “strong man protecting woman” kind of way.

All that being said, you don’t have to think a lot to read these. Which is fine.

 

Shin Godzilla

Been a while since this movie came out. Been thinking about it a lot (or at least some).

I decided it sucked.

Toho needs to seriously up their game if they do another Godzilla movie in this particular “universe”, as this movie was damned near unwatchable. Good ideas for socio-political commentary drawn out into massive tedium. A monster you really didn’t care about.

 

Weird Times

Time are weird in the America.

I got not real answers to all these problems. I do have a suggestion. Go do some nice stuff for someone, at work or off work, wherever. Or just be nice to people, show some kindness, especially if they don’t “look like you.” I’m mad as hell about the racist uprising out there, but since I can’t make them suddenly cease to exist, I guess I’ll just try to be better than them.