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.
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.
I took this image, or rather a friend took at, at my now ruined mellow hill skating spot, I think in 2014. The Camera was a Canon PowerShot ELPH 300HS. I really like this little camera. It has a great burst mode as well.
I was just thinking about how color isn’t really an intrinsic property of anything.
The early sunsets and temperatures of winter always suck. This is the first time I’ve been able to have a good freestyle session since October 2019. I did OK. It just takes me a couple of sessions to wake my feet up for the year. I always start the year just working on footwork, trying to get my feet moving smoothly. Afterward, as usual, I came up with stuff to work on tomorrow.
This is my board from the 2019 Paderborn Germany freestyle contest. After each of these trips I get all my friends who were in the contest to sign the board, plus any of them who are there but not skating in the contest (judging, taking photos, etc). This past year was especially meaningful because it was the first time my wife was over there with me, meeting my friends from the UK and Europe, and experiencing what a special event it is. Magical, really.
2019 was a hard year. This contest was in July. For the past 5 years I’ve known that any time I leave the country I may have to return at any time if my mother got sick. Amazingly, we made it through two weeks in Germany with no emergency calls from home. By mid-November, my mom would be gone. It seems likely that I will have to skip Paderborn this year, but I’m looking forward to doing a run there for my mom in the future.
Anyway, I officially retired this deck tonight and set up a new one. I’m pretty easy on boards. Rough on wheels, but my boards usually last about a year, depending on what I’m doing trick-wise.
- Try to get my mind back after a few rough years
- Avoid catastrophe when possible
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.
If you have a public library card, there is a reasonable chance you have free access to Kanopy, which is a streaming video service that a lot of libraries make available, for free, to patrons. It’s kind of like Netflix for smart people. Lots of great films, documentaries, indy stuff, etc.
Last night I was in the mood to watch a science fiction film, so I checked out this little independent film called Prospect. It’s fairly low budget, but well done. Good practical effects. I would classify it as hard SF. Highly recommend it.
Looks like Stacy Peralta will be posting more of this footage from the old Marina Del Rey skatepark. Good.
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.
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I can’t even begin to count how many places I skated during my career; how many backyard pools, how many banked walls, how many ditches but what I can say is one of the most fun places I ever skated were the brown bowls at the Marina Skate Park. Those two little bowls were never taken too seriously by anyone but they ended up providing an endless amount of pure joy for myself, Christian Hosoi, Pat Ngoho and so many other skaters. Great memories.
It’s been a rough two weeks. Some of the roughest of my life. Rough, horrible, but with the kind of beauty that I’ll never forget, and always feel. I’ll not go into the details. I’m just emotionally and physically depleted. Tremendous exertion of both of those fronts. Extrovert behavior forced from my introvert self.Time now to retreat back into my restorative cave, along with my wife, make sense of things with the help of family, friends, and my excellent professional colleagues, continue trying to do the good work, and try to be the person my parents brought me up to be.
Happy birthday, Carl.