OK, yeah, the 2020 goals didn’t work out that well. In fact, they worked out so badly I didn’t do any new ones in 2021. That’s called being in survival mode. And I still am, but I feel like some goals the the last 2 months of this year might not be a bad thing. So here they are:
Finish reading 6 more books for the year. I will still not reach my reading goal (as seen on my Goodreads account) but it will be better than zero more.
Skate as much as possible. Gonna go ahead and state some skating goals for this year and 2022 as well. (see next post)
I put some fresh wheels on my Mode 8.25″ deck today. Will try to actually ride tomorrow and the next few days. These are my favorite wheels for a board this size. Light, fast, snappy. Amazing how much longer a deck lasts when you use tail skids on it.
Anyway, I like taking pictures of my boards and posting them.
OK, we did the video premier the other night, and here’s my part.
I’ve come to really enjoy participating in the this yearly project with the NeverWas Skateboarding Facebook group. It’s a video of normal skaters. Not pros. Just skaters like me and probably you. Some of them can barely skate, but they get out there, and that’s what matters. That’s what it’s about. All good people, and I’d rather see any of them skate than any pro currently out there.
Honestly, after four previous parts I had trouble thinking of new stuff to do, but that was a good challenge for me. It stretched my ability to be creative. I intentionally made a part with no flip tricks, no obstacles, and just a couple of very tiny shove-its. This is all footwork, pivots, and spinning. Sometimes intentionally limited yourself to certain elements brings out a lot of new potential, and that’s what it’s done for me. Lots of ideas for next year, already.
Crazy thing about skateboarding for a long time. I guess I started proper when I was 11. So that’s 46 years of being a skateboarder. I’m not doing a lot of bombastic stuff, but I still think I’m getting better. When I watch videos these videos from the last five years, I’m better than I was 15 years ago. A lot better actually, and the improvement is in the subtle aspects, which gives me a lot of satisfaction and makes me appreciate skateboarding even more.
Today was my birthday. Well, it was 57 years ago. I guess today is the day we celebrate my birthday. Anyway, I had a good day. Only three more years until the next scheduled colonoscopy, so I got that going for me.
As always I taped a few clips. I am still in my Pandemic Style mode. Parking lot with lots of little chunks of crap in it from recent work? Check. Gorgeous Texas sky with church steeple of the church were I got married in the background? Check. Sound of freeway? Check.
I have been listening to the Police a lot lately. Got album 1 on LP a couple of weeks ago with free MP3 download. I have album 3 on LP already, from 1982? Still sounds great. Waiting on album 2 in the mail. I had 1 and 2 on shitty cassette tape when I was in highschool. Those first 3 are genius. Not a massive fan of their work after that, though were were some great songs so I’ll probably procure those as well. The music in these videos, amazingly, is from my big red blue tooth speaker. It is pretty incredible.
My ex-brother-in-law works in “finance”. One line of business of his company involves buying or getting a controlling interest in companies that do lots of interesting things. Those companies might need capital or whatever. For example, they bought a boot company. A company that made cowboy boots. Really nice boots. I mean, these people LOVED boots. Boots is what they live for. Now, do you think McHuge Investco really cares about boots? If you said “sure, they probably LOVE boots” you should probably stop using crack.
And this is what happens when you add money scumbags, marketing scumbags, and scumbags-in-general to something like skateboarding. The abortion that was the Olympic street skating event is what results.
Survived my first aikido practice since the start of the pandemic.
Felt good. I was not in as horrible condition as I feared. I’ve been having a nagging shoulder muscle pain and a weird muscular or ligament problem in my inner hip area for a few months. Nothing horrible, but just annoying. I think the hip thing is probably the result of a skateboarding slam I took when I was 21. Things got stretched out real bad but no breaks. I think it probably healed up with some scarring, and now at 56 the bill has come due. Aikido has been keeping it from flaring up all these years. One practice and it is better.
I’m not going to jump to any conclusions, but I think I just need to keep up my practice to keep this stuff from being an issue. Clearly I am not the kind of person that is going to do the things outside of practice to keep things good. I am not really a fan of “exercise.” Exercise is just a side effect of the things I like to do. So there you go.
Going back to aikido practice in the morning, for the first time since February 2020 when the pandemic wrecked everything. I’ve stayed away a bit longer than most due to a nagging shoulder injury and family illness, but I’m ready to get back. I’m ready to get reacquainted with that part of who I am.
I’ve been spending my evenings reading recently. I tend to read in bursts. I’ll read 3 books, and then not read anything for 2 months. I made a decision not to allow social media, youtube, and all the rest steal my life from me. I’ll let books steal my life. Mostly science fiction. Mostly older science fiction. Mostly science fiction novels of less than 300 pages.
I’ll be honest. I don’t really miss the social media. I’m not totally avoiding it. I didn’t take the apps off my phone. I decided I should be able to exercise my human mind and will to simply read most of the time, rather than just dicking around on the internet.
I’ve been doing podcasting for quite a few years now. Of the last 14 months or so I’ve been working from home, and my podcasting gear has proven a real asset. In particular, this relatively inexpensive microphone, the Audio Technica AT2020 USB.
I have a Rode Procaster as well. A nice dynamic mic that I run through some combination of a mixer, audio interface, and Cloud Lifter. It sounds really good. It’s a $250 mic, and requires all the rest to make it work.
That AT2020, frankly, sounds just as good. Actually, there’s always this little bit of line noise in the Procaster that is there regardless what the setup is. The AT2020 is just about silent. No appreciable noise at all. Great mic. I’ve had it plugged in 8 hours a day, 5 days a week, for the last 14 months. Sounds fantastic.