Wednesday, July 16, 2008


Was a semi productive day. I had weak leg syndrome, so skating felt kinda wierd, so instead, I did some research for, and did some spot scouting at UNR (University of Nevada Reno), and let me tell you, there is some pretty good potential at that school for skating. A lot of the ledges are capped, but it's all good cause there is still some gem of ledges and rails, and a pretty little 14 that I would like to play around on.

After that, me and Trevdog had some garlic chips at Pub n' Sub, and played a game of pool in wich he beat the living crap out of me. It was still a good time though.

Now Sarah is back from work, and she turns 21 at midnight, so there is plans of a two day party binge, to celebrate such a celebratory event. After that, no more drinking, just working and skating. That's all I really need anyways.

Well, I think the plan is to go to the river and check out art town, and then stroll down to some penny beer night spot, and then probibly forget what is going to happen after that.

Sunshine and Lollipops yall'

What's good?

Ever sprained your middle finger floating down a river, then had the ability to flip off all of your friends in a attempt to show them how swollen one of them was?

Have you ever done a switch flip 5-0 on a box with a old school board with cruiser wheels and 215's just to be asked if you smoke crack?

Have you ever skinny dipped down the rapids of a river at 2 in the morning after skating for 5 hours?

Ever camped on the side of the road the day before the 4th of july, then woke up at 8in the morning to go to the beach to and start drinking (at 8 in the morning)?

Ever had a gun pulled on you by a dude that told you he loved you an hour later?

Ever had a cop tell you to "get your head out of your ass"?

How about fitting 4 people in a two person tent?

Ever had some dude put his foot in front of your wheels after you landed, ate shit, and then had your homie palm check him in the face, and watch him fall over backwards and spill his beer all over himself all while you were still on the ground.

I have................ and I am loving every minute of it.

Wednesday, July 9, 2008

It's been a hot minute 'yall

Since we have last spoken, well what's happened since then, well the 4th was a bittersweet day beginning by being the best 4th ever and ending up kinda sucking at the end.

The day started with us waking up at 8:30 in the morning at zephyr's cove on south lake tahoe, and drinking and partying on the most crowded beach I have ever been on my life (this coming from someone who grew up in Santa Cruz). We were surrounded by beautiful women, and good friends. Truly bliss.

Around 5:30 the nice assholes that work at Zephyr kicked everyone out, and we headed to the Casino's on South Lake where I was tricked into heading back to Reno where no one was doing anything.

We went and watched quite possibly the worst fireworks display I have ever had the luck (bad) to lay eyes on. After that we headed back to my homie's house where we heard there was a party. I got my hopes way up and when we got there there was like 15 dudes and like 4 girls. Where did all the girls go you ask? Well, they were all in South lake, where the ratio was probably like 3 to 1, leaving for one messed up ratio in Reno.

We ended the night with a 2 mile drunken stumble back to home base and passed out on the couch.

The next day, we were all so tore back, that we just sat around and watched a variety of films in a very dark advil filled room. So there isn't much to discuss on that day.

The next day was filled with skating and river adventuring. First we headed to Fared, which is a dope ass spot on the river with a plethora of bridges and cliffs to huck your carcass off of.

After a brief jaunt down the river, we headed to the skatepark in the beautiful city of Truckee, and pushed around and did some serious bowl pumping brah. beers, bowls and barneys fool!

Then we ended the day with another Fared mish, which was awe fully refreshing after skating in triple digit, smoke filled weather.

Other than that, just skating and trying to get some footy for the blog and some other various video productions.

The last few weeks have been awesome, just living life to the fullest, and loving every minute of it.

Sunshine and Lollipops yall'

Thursday, July 3, 2008

Another day, Another mission

So, I am waking up, with a nice cup of coffee in hand, waiting for Scott (Swilly) to get up so we can do work on the streets today. He just got into town last night, so I don't blame him for catching some z's for a hot minute.

I think the plan for today is to go to rattlesnake, then head over to this rail that I have a bone to pick with. Then go wherever the wind blows from there.

Tonight is 50 cent beer night, so we might have to call it a day around 8 to go cop some cheap brew.

Also art town is going off again tonight, last night we enjoyed some jazz with a bunch of very old people, but it was still a good time.

There is also talks of heading up to lake tahoe for the night so we don't get all caught up in traffic tomorrow morning.

Life is full of decisions, and the ones that we make dictate who we are.........


Wednesday, July 2, 2008

Art Town in Reno

Yep, that's right, every day for the whole month of July there is a band and other random things of artistic and aesthetic value. So that, means that this months skating travels will be intertwined with some semi reporting of the Art Town festivities.

Let's see, last night there was some crazy ass dudes dancing on stilts while this like 10 member band got down on various wind and percussion instruments. The part that i thought was the sickest though, was that there was this girl who danced while floating like 10 to 15 feet off the ground via a hot air balloon and two guys who were strapped down to it guiding her through the crowd. I wish I brought my camera so i could post some pictures of it, but I forgot to charge the battery. But I am charging it right now, so be ready for some dope ass pics posted with the next few days blogs.

Other than that, just been skating through downtown, cruising on Sarah's cruiser, and trying to skate street. Going to the parks, and still doing whatever I can do to help promote Just living the golden life.

Til' then yall' have fun ya hear. That's what life is all about.

Thursday, June 5, 2008

Let's Unite

Well people, the big race is over, and it seems that Obama has ended up on top. As we all know, it was quite a close and intense race for the democratic nomination, and it caught the attention of the entire nation. More so than any candidate race that I have ever experienced in my life.

The question is why though? Why did this race pull so many strings in our hearts and compelled all of us to get involved, Republican and Democratic? It wasn't a particularly mean or offensive campaign, granted there was some scuffles, but for the most part the candidates did their best to not snap at each others throat. It wasn't because their views were so conflicting, in fact they agreed on pretty much all of the key issues that are apparent to this upcoming election.

So what was it then? What was the reason that this primary election grabbed the headlines of every news outlet every day? Well I think the answer is the same one that can be used in determining why Obama won the race in general.

The key difference between Obama and Clinton was a very subtle one, but it made all the difference never the less. Obama spoke from his heart, where as Clinton spoke from her head.

Clinton came from the angle that pretty much every other candidate that I have observed in my short life, and that was one of a politician. The tactics of double talk, and covering up her real self were very apparent throughout her whole campaign. Her tactics for acquiring new voters were all pretty conventional, and somewhat emotionless.

Then you got Obama, who spoke from his heart every time he came to a podium. The sincerity and conviction in his voice let you know that he was for real. The man just spoke from his heart, and the nation could see that (at least the majority). For a man who came out of nowhere, the fact that he even won the primary election is an amazing feat nevertheless, but when you hear the man speak, you can start to understand how he pulled it off.

So what can we learn from this? We learned that Americans are changing. We are learning to determine what is real and what is fake much better than even 5 years ago. In a world littered with advertisement, and shameless promotion, we are in turn becoming more efficient in determining what is genuine, and what is just another attempt to get our vote (or dollar for that matter).

While this information probably has many advertising agencies shaking in their extremely overpriced boots, this does nothing but put a big smile on my face. Watching my fellow Americans wake up and pull the wool from their eyes brings me so much happiness and hope. Hope that this country will become the great nation that it can potentially be. A true United States of America with emphasis on the word "United"

So how does this effect business? Well for starters it once again stresses the fact that consumers (or voters for that matter) want to know about your company, and not about how much money you spent on that Superbowl ad. They want information, not presentation, and if your product isn't any different than your competitors that has established a real relationship with their own clients, don't even bother.

So in closing, I would like to say whatever your political party, whatever sex or race you might be, I'm proud to be your fellow citizen, and let's do what the name of our country says and unite.

Wednesday, June 4, 2008

Taking Ownership

We all know the basic meaning of this phrase, I mean it’s pretty self explanatory right? If something belongs to you, you in turn confirm that you are in fact the owner. Pretty simple concept, but there is a deeper meaning to it to me and many others.

Taking Ownership is almost synonymous with taking initiative. If you own something, you have to be responsible for it, and do whatever you have to do to maintain it. This same logic applies to when you take ownership of an intangible object, or an ideal. When we take ownership of anything, weather it be a new business venture or it be a new hobby of yours, there becomes a more underlining bond with it. We instantly feel closer to what it is we are doing and want, and make it seem much more achievable or realistic.

Now this doesn’t mean you should just walk around and just take ownership of every aspect of your life. No one wants to own too much stuff, because that just means more responsibility, and the people that do in fact want to own as much stuff as they can, usually also pay people to maintain and claim responsibility for such items

The key is to find two or three things that inspire you and everyday life, and take ownership of them. Like Tears for Fears once sang, “Everybody wants to rule the world”, but unfortunately NO ONE has the time or ability to take ownership of every aspect of their life, or even most of them for that matter. If you feel like you are capable of taking ownership of more aspects of life, I suggest starting with two or three, and then gauging weather you would like to take on more responsibility. Once you make a conscious decision to take ownership of something, you will be amazed at how much more devoted and confidant you will be at that given aspect of life.

Thursday, May 29, 2008

Accomplishing the Impossable

So, about three days ago, I started the Master Cleanse. For those of you that don't know, the Master Cleanse is a 10 day process. During this process, you can't eat anything, and the only thing you can drink is this drink you make with two tablespoons of lemon juice, two tablespoons of maple syrup, and a half a tablespoon of cayenne pepper. Then you mix that up with 8 ounces of water, and that's all you get to "eat" for this 10 day process.

Since I've started, I have had almost every friend I've talked about it with ask me, "Why do you want to do that?". At first I found it hard to explain. I knew why I was doing it, but it was hard to convey in words to my friends why I was doing it.

I mean sure, the main reason most people do it, and one of the reasons I did it, was the fact that you are cleaning your body out of all kinds of toxic crap that has been in your body for decades. That alone benefits your body in way too many ways for this lil'ol segment, but that is not the main reason I decided to do this little adventure.

The main reason I decided to embark on this journey, was the sheer difficulty of it. I don't know about all you out there, but I LOVE food. The three things that make my world go round are food, skating, and sleep. Before trying this, I remember saying to myself, "there is no way I could do that", and that alone was the main source of inspiration that made me want to do it.

I have this messed up little thing in my head that tells me to do stuff when people (including myself) tell me I can't. I don't know why, but I like to prove people wrong. It almost seems like proving people wrong super cedes the actual task itself. In other words, my hunger for accomplishing the impossable is stronger than my hunger for food. I mean, if I was told myself that I could do it, I probably would be eating a big ol' breakfast burrito right now.

In conclusion, I would like to ask all of you out there, how do you react when someone tells you that you can't do something. Does it discourage you enough to not try it at all, or are you like me and are more likely not only to try something, but to succeed in it as well?

Now I am off to go make some spicy lemonade. Stay hungry out there world.