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More Pandemic Life

During this work at home phase of my life, we’ve been getting up and going for a walk first thing. Since I’m sitting on my brains most of the day, it’s nice to get the blood circulating first thing.

Today rather than just walking around the neighborhood, we drove up to the campus of UT Dallas, a couple of miles up the street. We got a good walk, and I actually jogged a couple of times. I have to say, I understand why people have a hard time “getting in shape”. At first it felt HORRIBLE. Now, I’m just a little bit overweight. Not horrible, but not lean. I have two physical things I like to do, skateboarding and aikido. So exercise is just an unintended consequence of doing the things I enjoy. But neither is really great for cardio, and if you haven’t run in a long time, it is kind of jarring. If you are overweight at all, you notice the movement of the flab on your gut. It’s disgusting. And it’s crazy how middle-age hits. All of a sudden you just don’t have the cardio you once did.

So we were walking and we’d pick a short section and say “jog to the stop sign. After the first couple such intervals the jogging felt a bit bit less horrible. Is it really possible to forget how to run and have to relearn it? I guess it must be.

Anyway, that’s what we did this morning. The walking in the morning is good. I kind of like it. I doubt I’ll really start “running”. I did that years ago, made great progress, and after a few months developed iliotibial band syndrome. I stopped running, let the symptoms die down, and started running again, and it came right back. No amount of stretching kept it at bay. It’s pretty painful.

 

A new post!

Haven’t posted here a lot lately, as I’ve not gotten a lot of freestyle in so far this year. I did manage to get to Florida at the end of February, right before the Covid-19 shit hit the fan, and skated with my friend Terry Synnott for three days. It was super fun and good to be back on the freestyle board. Looking forward to building on my freestyle this year, in total solitude and isolation, of course.

Also, since the World Freestyle Roundup was cancelled and they replaced it with an online event due to the pandemic, I entered, and I’m representing Mexico. My wife’s family is from there, and I love Mexico. So they are represented.

It looks cool

Just posting this because I think it looks cool. The grip tape that came on my Bustin Boombox was super coarse. Not as bad as pizza grip, but a lot rougher than regular grip tape. Man, I don’t need that in my life. I left it on the nose and tail, ripped it off the whole middle section of the board, and replaced it with pieced together remnants of normal grip tape.

Whatever, viruses, etc.

Well, this pandemic is happening. [insert comments about pandemic and politics and how stupid people are here]

We’ve been essentially “sheltering in place” for the last week, and today Dallas County issued a Shelter In Place order. Hoping that neighboring counties will follow their lead this week. Pretty foolish not too. I get to telecommute this coming week. After that, supposedly, as part of team B, I’m supposed to go in to work and “distance” from my colleagues. Which I don’t really see working very well or helping us to stay well. I don’t see how we can make it work, and I don’t see this ending any time soon. It seems probable that this is going to go on a long time. Not being pessimistic. Just realistic. Our goal is to stay healthy and not get this until there is a treatment or a avoid it with a vaccine. So who knows what the coming months will bring. Changes perhaps. But for now, we are good, and now is really all there is, and “now” is gone before you experience it.

Hope you, my friends, are all well and being smart.

 

A walk

Yesterday, New Years Day 2020, we went for a walk in a nearby nature preserve. While we do enjoy the preserve, it is pretty close to the highway (like everything around here) and you can easily hear the drone of traffic.

The only time you don’t hear that is after it slows and/or there is an ice storm and the roads are empty. You don’t realize how much noise there is in the suburbs until such a time, then you go out and it is actually quiet, and it is just glorious. No cars. No AC units.

Bones Brigade

From Tony Hawk’s Instagram feed.

I recently saw these dudes compared to the Alva crew on a video, and it was mentioned how much cooler the Alva guys were. Fast forward 30 or 35 years. Every one of these Powell guys still rips. With the possible exception of Mullen, who looks like he’s damned near crippled himself from insanely obsessive practice. Make of that what you will. These guys are all rippers.

More Peralta

Looks like Stacy Peralta will be posting more of this footage from the old Marina Del Rey skatepark. Good.

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More flow

OK, I haven’t really given a damn about much of anything the last 3 weeks. But today I saw this on Stacy Peralta’s Instagram account and found that I started caring again. This is the sort of flow you want to see in skateboarding – all skateboarding. This is the ideal. I want to see more of this, and more of Alva doing this kind of thing as well. So rad.

Opinion time

OK, I haven’t really given a damn about much of anything the last 3 weeks. But today I saw this on Stacy Peralta’s Instagram account and found that I started caring again. This is the sort of flow you want to see in skateboarding – all skateboarding. This is the ideal. I want to see more of this, and more of Alva doing this kind of thing as well. So rad.