CRETIN: /kret'in/, /kree'tn/, n.
Congenital loser; an obnoxious person; someone who can't do anything right

CONCRETIN: /kahn'kret'in/, /kahn'kree'tn/, n.
Cretin who loves to skate concrete

Sunday, August 06, 2006

Enjoying life...

That's what it's all about right? If you're not happy, than you're not doing it right.
Saturday started with a decent session with Sickzilla - who was rippin' by the way and you'd never know he was battling back from pneumonia, 'cept for the hacking cough. I was fightin' to have good runs, but enjoyed watching Dave and the Character boys rip up the 'crete. I was taking notes on the cameraman's technique and film positions. Lookin' forward to the vid guys! Went home and watched the X-Games. Rally racing... 2nd place was 1 second behind 1st, only 'cause he ROLLED his car! Crazy. And it was cool that they constantly replayed Pastrana's FMX double backflip and Shaun White's skateboard 1070 bails-he was that close. (He was going for a 1080 - 3 complete rotations). Generally repetition of the same event gets old, but those tricks were so fascinating to watch and down right inspiring - not unlike Hawk's 900 of 1999. (Still one of the greatest moments in my own skate life.)

Saturday night was a pool party with friends I haven't seen in YEARS. Had an absolute blast. (Though I forgot to ask about their health to see if they can make "the list." See previous "Can you make the cut?" post.) We talked about the old days of high school and told life-since-then stories. I would have liked an "empty pool" party, but I don't think everyone else would have appreciated that kind of jam as much as I. I drank too many beers and smoked too many cigarettes, but avoided the hurl. Never even an urge. Quite surprising really, but don't think I'll be tempting fate that much again any time soon. Thanks Hoag! We had fun. See you again soon!

Can you spot the Concretin?

Sunday morning service session... Trav, Binley, Wade, Mark, Skid, Me, and Mofo... full on session. Everyone was rippin', even if Wade felt like he was forcing it, he was doin' it right. I tried to watch him and learn as I am STILL fighting to hold 50-50s on the cope... grrrr... but my speed lines were FAST. And good ole Mofo... was sliding rail slides farther and smoother than I've ever seen. From the 6' section far into the 4' shallows. Had to be a 12' slide, at least. Bastard. There was some serious "Dodgeball" going on. (Dodgeball = some oblivious rugrat, or some really stupid adult drops in on you in the middle of your run. "I didn't hit him, that's all that matters." NO dumbass, what matters is did you learn anything! Stay outta the way. The dude was 40-something, come on!) I figured I had sweated out the beer reminants and headed home. A shower and nap lead right into the X-Games tv coverage. Ahhhh... Life is good.

Warm kitty snuggles did make it difficult to stay awake, particularly during the MotoX race, but the MegaRamp comp definitely kept me wide awake! Bob Burnquist pulled an insane SWITCH backside 180 OLLIE, which was made literally using just his toes to keep the board in position. And Bucky pulled a H U G E heelflip, which he was bailing after the grab, but then decided he could still make it, and DID! Of course Danny Way pulled off the win - he'd have to bail everything to not win. But a rocket air back flip can't hurt his case. But we learned that Danny has some SERIOUS competition coming, as if Bob wasn't already. But Bob just purchased 7 adjacent acres to his "compound" on which he is constructing his own personal MegaRamp. Look out world... the Burnquist farm is cultivating Gnar...


  • At 3:42 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    We are certainly glad you came!!!


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