Friday, February 27, 2009

I can't change the world... but I can skate it!

It has been "the week of dental work". My head aches and I feel like I am chewing aluminum foil. Skateboarding might be the last thing on the list of things to do for someone in my condition, however, Skateboarding is a huge part of my well being. I want (need?) to skate daily.

I hauled my new camera out to the mini tonight and set up a few tripod shots. I am borrowing some inspiration from MC. Many skaters are artists. Skateboarding is in many ways a physical art-form.
The surface of the ramp is in bad shape. I was able to repair it enough to skate it but it skates slow. I am not complaining I am just glad to be skating.

Click here to see a larger version of the video.

Saturday, February 21, 2009

Walmart steps up!?!?

My facebook page says "Kevin is... feeling unusually fond of walmart" and its true. Here's the story: Today at the mall I scored a nice pair of DC shoes on the sale rack at zumies for $29. Later we stopped by walmart to get some supplies. I wandered into the shoe isle and tried on a pair of McGill's (airspeed). They fit great. They were very comfortable and priced much less than the sale DC's. I didn't buy them, I am too vain (or maybe just broke from buying the DC's). I wonder how they would hold up on the board. I may have to try a pair out. I did however, make a skate purchase at walmart for which I am stoked.
Check out this kiddie pad set complete with wrist guards. Unlike most kid pads, these are totally legit. They appear to be made to use. They fit my kids well. The caps are thick plastic with extra padding. At only $10 per set I was happy to outfit both my boys. Kooks in training.;) "PAD 'EM UP!"

Thursday, February 19, 2009

When the going gets tough, the tough buy more toys!

My kids are always stealing my skate. They all have boards of their own but "Daddy's rides better". I don't blame them, I can set up a good stick. So now I'm going crazy riding the "crappy board" while everyone else fights over my A,B,and C setup. Today I took matters into my own hands. Armed with the Mastercard, we packed the whole family into the Suburban and set off for the local skate shops. I scored two sets of 78a's for the boys. I got a set of zip zingers and a set of Satori's. I was hoping that 78a's would be real smooth on the street. They are not bad. The smaller diameter and narrow width makes them relatively ruff. I think they will work for my kiddos. Next I will find some bushings that are soft enough for the kids to turn. The master plan includes a mini size deck for each kid.

The best part of the night was teaching my boys how to switch out their wheels. Now my sweet daughter wants her own skate. :)

Tuesday, February 3, 2009

Maximum Damage

I did a project in my high school photography class (years ago) called maximum damage. The idea was to break all the rules in the the dark room and see if we could get something artistic out of disaster. Standing over my weather beaten ramp, I find myself reflecting back to that project. We had a heavy snow followed by thawing and freezing. The drastic changes have left my ramp in a near un-skate-able state. It is a wavy bubbly mess. I thought an extra layer of outdoor floor paint would protect the surface... I should have tarpped it. RATS!

Monday, February 2, 2009

The old night job is...

Nik-O was right... I am fired from blogging! lol! Shame on me for not posting in so long... I let both of my readers down... hahaha! Actually I have been wanting to post for quite some time... there is too much to post really.

Heres the run down. Since my last post I have...

1. Lost my day job of 10 years
2. started my own company
3. had an influx of crazed clients
4. billed more $ in one month then than I did previously in two working for the man.
5. taken on more studio work than is legal in most states
6. innovated new time to spend with my kids.
7. enjoyed tiny moments with my family as hours
8. skated any time possible
9. learned to push, ride, kick turn, tick-tack, shuv-it and ollie switch! SWITCH!!! HECK YA!
10. taught my boys to push ride and bail!
11. Helped my awesome wife throw two rage'n parties for our 6 year old!
12. went to Winter X-Games in Aspen
13. produced several jingles for local businesses
14. made countless TV commercials for local businesses.
15. worked more than my share of 18 hour plus days.
16. killed almost two bags of ice-melt
17. prospered in the face of economic downturn thanks to the grace of God, a positive attitude and good old fashion, NON-stop HARD work!

It's times like these ya learn to live again.... Look out world, I'm punch drunk and ready to tear it up! Sorry, I have also been watching Nitro Circus... I had better stay off the chocolate.
It's good to be back. I snapped a crappy picture of the new office. I hope the new year is treating all of you well!