July 31, 2003

When in doubt, predict that the present trend will continue.
--Merkin's Maxim

July 30, 2003

"I hear the sound of a skateboard rolling down my back street,
reggae music coming from the neighbor across from me,
as time ticks by, as time ticks by
I never stop to ask, I never wonder why"
--Buck 0-Nine

Whenever I hear those lyrics I think of my days living in Santa Barbara. Life in SB seems like a dream when I look back on it all... did that all really happen? Skateboards rolling down the street, loud music cranked to 11 flowing out of 60% of the houses along Sabado and DP, bright sunshine, Girls riding cruzer bikes to the beach with surfboards under their arms, people chillin� on the stoops, friends talking trash with their crews, hanging out at the beach, Dudes riding broken down spray-painted bikes all around Isla Vista, shred doggin� the red curbs in the church parking lot, lunch specials at Woodstocks, Sandwiches at Javans, IVBC, Freebirds at 2am... It was the life. I don't think I ever paused to realize how lucky I was, I never looked up the road to glance at the future coming up in front of me, never slowed down to see the changes that were coming around the bend, never stopped to think that someday I'd have to join the real world and spend my time "working" for a living. Was it a Utopia? maybe not quite.. but damn if it didn't seem like it was close... But then again, I look at my life now and think would I go back? No, I think not, there is a time and a place for everything and that time was then, not now... and not ever again either. Sometimes I do miss that place though.

Life was different back then.. and I guess I was different back then too. Lots of things have changed since I came back to the Bay. Almost all of my friends down in college were skaters. Nowadays only a hand full of my friends ride. Down in SB I never went anywhere with out the skate crew... Sabado locs por vida... Now, I skate by myself 70% of the time. There isn't a skate crew of brothers and homies that I roll with everyday... Just a few friends here and there that I sometimes go ride with. There isn't a house where everyone always goes to hang out at... There are no parties with kegs at them... Keg'er?? what's that?? Steel Reserve??? Are you kidding me??? We drink New Castle, Fat Tire, and Sangria at our shindigs. Our parties are broken up by us instead of the IV foot patrol... a lot has changed... shit, there was a time in SB when I probably never woke up earlier then 11am... and never went to bed before 2am. Nowadays I am down for the count by 11 or 12 and I am up by 9:30 am at the latest.

I think the thing that I miss the most about SB is the fact that you could run into 20 of your best friends while walking to class. Even just walking down the street a few blocks could take you an hour because you had to stop and chat with so many people. I loved that. Setting up plans while skating through huge crowds of people on campus, running into people at the berry blocks, catching up with people at Woodstocks... it was great. There was always something going on somewhere. If you set up the fun box in the street, 20 min. later you'd have a fat session going with all the local shred dogs. Build a mini ramp, the sessions would go into the night. Sit out on your front door step and see all of your friends within the afternoon. The community was great down there. I miss that. I miss that a lot. A word from the wise: Stay true to the crews, enjoy what you've got, and KIR... haha
--Capn' Sabadoloc S.S. Porvida
We're all in the gutter, but some of us are looking at the stars.
--Oscar Wilde

July 29, 2003

So yesterday was lame... not for any real reason... but more like a mix of reasons... I normally love Mondays. Yes I said it, and no, I'm not crazy. Monday is usually the highlight of my week. This week monday sucked. My fresh baked turkey sandwhich from the deli wasn't as good as it usually is. For some reason work seemed like it lasted for 5 million years too long. My dives off the spring board down at the lake were nothing to shout about. I found out the hot life guard has a man in her life (which is a good thing really I guess). None of my favorite shows were on the Discovery channel, instead they had 3 hours of "Monster House" on. That show sucks. I didn't go to the market like I usually do. I rented Shanghai Knights, which as it turns out totally sucked. It was just one of those days I guess. Today will be better.
--Capn' Oneof S.S. Thosedays
Things turn out best for the people who make the best out of the way things turn out.
--Art Linkletter

July 28, 2003

This weekend ruled. I didn't do much except have lots of fun and act like a 12 year old. It was great. so with out further pause: THE WEEKEND IN REVIEW!

Friday: Got out of work a little early and headed straight for the ole lake! I dove with the kids off the spring board for over an hour. It was exhausting. I learned how to do "Can Openers" or as some times known: "Jack Knifes". It was a lot of fun. The kids at the lake are super rad. Cannon Ball contests are the best thing ever invented. After I did about 20 more dives then I should have, it was off to the house to clean up and get some grub. We ended up cruzin out to Palo Alto Sol for some great Mexican food. That place is the bomb. Good Margaritas, great food, and lots of chips and salsa. Dinner was amazing, I had worked up a serious appetite for destruction after diving off the board so much. Palo Alto Sol was just what the doctor ordered. After dinner it was back up to the house to just chill and relax.

Saturday: Woke up early and watched the second to last stage of the Tour De France. It was a big day for Lance. Our house was very fired up. Lance won, and that is all I need to say about that. Lance is the man. After watching the tour, it was time to get my shred dog on down at Greer with Capn' Stew. We skated for almost 3 hours in the blazing hot sun. It was great, tho I kind of got a bit of a sun burn on my back from skating for two long with my shirt off. It was a great session tho and I had a lot of fun. After getting served a few beat downs and hitting countless lines it was time to head up to the lake. It was a beautiful day and a great day to hang out at the lake. I didn't dive for quite as long on Saturday, but I still threw it down with the best of em. The lake is so rad. I don't think I can say it enough. After yet another great day at the lake it was up to the house to eat some food and then off to Sunnyvale to hang out with Pete Rock. Pete, Justin, and I worked on editing the skate video till around 12:30 or so. It was fun. Pete and Justin are super cool. It was rad to see all the old footy and to talk about the old days skating crappy spots and taking crazy road trips. It was fun to hang out with those guys. After we got done editing for the night it was back up to tha RWC for me so that I could catch some z's and get ready for Sunday. I think I was asleep before my head even hit the pillow. It was yet another great day in the life of the S-dog.

Sunday: Slept in until around 9:30 or so. Which is late for me nowadays... chilled on the couch for a while watching TV and talking bikes with Damian. At around 12:30 or so we decided to take a ride down to PA to meet up with Geoff at a bike shop. What started off as a nice easy bike ride turned into an all out throw it down hammer fest. It felt good. I love going fast through rolling hills. Nothing makes you feel more powerful and alive then a hard fast all out sprint threw rolling hills. After we finished the ride we met up with Geoff and checked out some bikes and shoes at Mike's Bikes in PA. It's fun to window shop, I wish I had more money. After the stop at the bike shop it was off to the Lake. I did lots of dives and as always had lots of fun. I even threw down a pretty good flying squirrel. It was a very successful day at the lake. I love that place. After the lake we cruzed up to the house and made sangria and bbq'd and drank beers in honor of Lance winning the Tour. It was a great night and a perfect end to a perfect, well, almost perfect weekend. viva Summer!
--Capn' Badcompany S.S. Tillthedayidie
As you grow older, you'll find the only things you regret are the things you didn't do.
--Zachary Scott

July 25, 2003

It's just a job. Grass grows, birds fly, waves pound the sand. I just beat people up.
--Muhammad Ali

July 24, 2003

I'm listening to Dio right now. Holy Diver..... "Jump on the tiger, You can feel his heart, but you know he's mean, Some light can never be seen!" I don't know what the hell this song is about, but I do know that it f'n rocks... The picture on the album cover is rad: there's this huge monster/devil type thing standing like Godzilla behind some crazy fiery mountains... it is pretty awesome and makes me want to go get hesh. I did some pretty hesh "Holy Dives" last night at the lake. Worked on my Flying Squirrel technique some more... got one to stick pretty well which felt awesome. I then proceeded to do an impressive back-flop on my last attempt. That wasn't fun at all and probably looked pretty horrible. It almost knocked the wind out of me and felt like someone had taken a huge wet towel and whipped me across the back with it. The kids at the lake are funny. I had a cannonball contest with a few of them last Sunday. Now every time I see them they ask me if I'm gonna do some more. I am in the cool crowd now, which is awesome. And to think, it only took me 26 years. I love going to the lake. It makes me feel like a kid again. Kids are funny. One of them asked me why I always come down to the lake so late. I told him because I have to work for a living. He looked at me with an expression that said: "Why don't you just quit your job so that you can hang out at the lake and do cannonballs all day long fool." If only I could. If I was a few years younger I'd ask the super hot life guard out on a date. But I'm not so I won't. After the lake I rode my bike down to the market to pick up some food for dinner. It is about a 20 min ride each way. Riding fast in the cool night air is great, especially when you pass people on bikes wearing spandex when you are wearing cut off Ben�s. Everything is a race. After a filling steak dinner I went down to the studio and got my punk rock on. It was a good jam session, I felt like I was really in the groove last night for some reason. By 12 o'clock I was beat and I crashed out as soon as my head hit my pillow. It was a good day.
--Capn� Norestfor S.S. Thewicked
You can't depend on your judgement when your imagination is out of focus.
-- Mark Twain

July 23, 2003

I skated like an out of control dragster last night at Greer. It was great. I was carving lines and slashing corners like a crazy ninja out to vindicate his fallen brothers. I haven't skated with so much flow in my entire life. I was riding at close to 5000 miles an hour and barely hanging on to the edge. Walking the fine line between glory and death. 99% out of control 1% in control, yet I still managed to live and ride on. It was awesome.
--Capn' Runtothehills S.S. Runforyourlife
Dreaming permits each and every one of us to be quietly and safely insane every night of our lives.
--William Dement

July 22, 2003

I got kinna bored today and took a pirate name quiz. My pirate name is: "Bloody Sam Vane" My description reads: "Every pirate lives for something different. For some, it's the open sea. For others (the masochists), it's the food. For you, it's definitely the fighting. You tend to blend into the background occasionally, but that's okay, because it's much easier to sneak up on people and disembowel them that way." I guess that would be me if I was a pirate, though I am kind of surprised that the description didn't involve the activities of drinking and raising hell. Well, I guess no test is really perfect. I went to the lake yesterday after work as usual. The water temp. was perfect. I don't know how I lived my life with out the lake... I don't know what I am gonna do when the summer is over and the lake closes... that is going to be a sad day. I guess I will probably start skating more again... Which will be good because I have been MIA at Greer lately. That kind of sucks. But when it comes right down to it, there is nothing I'd rather do then work on my dives off the springboard down at the lake. I am pretty sure that I think about diving and swimming more then most guys think about sex. I swear I don't even remember what girls even look like these days... all I think about is how I can perfect my flying squirrel technique and how I can make a bigger splash from my cannonballs. The lake rules. Viva the summer of 80�s.
--Capn' Mightaswell S.S. Jump
The men who try to do something and fail are infinitely better than those who try nothing and succeed.
--Lloyd Jones

July 21, 2003

The author of this site linked to me because they were talking about pirates in their blog. I feel like I am letting people down when they come to this site expecting to find a "pirate blog" and instead they find a blog that really doesn't have much to do with anything except skateboarding and beer... The ole 7 seas isn't much of a pirate blog now a days is it... or is it? This weekend I "sailed" around most of Northern California (Lake Tahoe area to be specific) drinking spirits, raising hell, eating lots of food, cussing, and basically causing chaos everywhere I went. That is kind of "pirate-like" behavior isn't it? Yea, I guess maybe not. "Yar!"... haven't said that in a while... I guess this blog has really changed since last year when for the most part every entry was a mass of sea going lingo..... Well, anyway, my apologies to anyone who came here looking to be courted by pirate lingo and tales of adventure on the 7 seas. Most of what goes on here has nothing to do with being a pirate in the traditional sense... but then, my friends and I do raise a lot of hell and drink a lot of beer. So maybe this is a pirate blog in spirit... if not in form. Here�s to you me hearty, may your voyages be full of fine wines and chest's full of gold.
--El Capitan
There are people who make things happen, and there are those who watch what happens, and then there are those who sit with a funny look on their face wondering what happened. Don't be caught on the sidelines.

July 17, 2003

Only those who will risk going too far can possibly find out how far one can go.
--T. S. Eliot

July 16, 2003

What if the world was really flat. I mean really, how do we know that the world isn't really shaped like a super fat pancake instead of a sphere like blue and green basketball. And by the way since I am asking off the wall questions: has anyone ever solved Descartes' conundrum of whether or not we are awake or asleep dreaming that we are awake? Am I awake and really walking through this physical world, or am I in my bed dreaming that I am awake and walking through this physical world.... And if I am dreaming what will exist when I wake up? What if I'm just a brain in a vat? Does anyone else think that the Matrix was just a big action packed sci-fi version of Descartes ideas? Cogito Ergo Sum. "I think, therefore I am." ah.. the things I learned in College... Go Gouchos!
--Capn' Thoughts S.S. Fothatazz
Courage is doing what you are afraid to do. There can be no courage unless you're scared.
--Eddie Rickenbacher

July 15, 2003

I learned how to do Iron Cross dives last night off the spring board down at the lake. It was pretty scary at first, but once I stuck one it felt great. By the end of the night I was rockin them as high as I could bounce. It was awesome. I also learned how to do the "Super Man" last night... you know, the dive where one hand is raised in a fist and the other one is at your side.... kinna like the Black Panthers used to do, except off of a spring board into the water, not at a Black Power rally... er.. yea... anyway it was fun. I will learn flying Squirrels by the end of the week. Then I may move on to some David lee Roth type dives. Life is good, I play hard.
--Capn' Mightaswell S.S. Jump-911isajoke
Anything not worth doing is worth not doing well. Think about it.
--Elias Schwartz

July 14, 2003

This last weekend was really fun. I didn't really do much, but I had a great time doing it. Actually now that I think about it, I kinna did a lot of things, but only a few of them are really worth talking about. So that being said here's another short Weekend in Review: The coolest and most fun thing I did all weekend was learn how to do front flips off the diving board down at the lake. That was super fun. I love the lake. The only other super fun thing I did this weekend was riding my skateboard. I did some pretty fun "frontside-180-olie-to-4-wheel-slides" down the face of the piramid at the RWC skatepark. I love the sound of hard wheels screaching on smooth cement. Being an old hesher is a lot of fun. The dumbest thing I did all weekend was get new rear tires for my car. I hate spending money on stuff like that... but sometimes ya gotta do it. Not fun at all tho. Well at least now my new rear tires DON'T match my older front tires... how rad is that??? Not very rad I guess, but it kinna fits with my car's personality. My car is like the Hooptie of Acura's, and that's allright with me. I think it's kinna funny. Maybe I should spray paint it black and write "Kit" on the side of it or something... haha Well, at least it still get's me from point 'A" to point "skatepark". Keep on rollin baby, I can't afford ta lose ya!
--Capn' Lochness S.S. Monster
The difference between a rut and a grave is the depth.
--Gerald Burrill

July 11, 2003

Last night was bowling night. I drank a lot. I emptied 3 beers before I even threw my first ball downt the lane. I lost count at about 7... I didn't really bowl too well... I didn't bowl to poorly either I guess... 156, 223, 167. The 223 was pretty dope. I yelled so much that my voice sounds bad today. It was pretty fun. I got loose and caused a lot of chaos. I hope I didn't make too big of an ass out of myself. I am sure I did. 110% or nothing.... that's what I always say....
--Capn' Drinkinand S.S. Causinaruck
If there is no struggle, there is no progress.
--Frederick Douglass

July 10, 2003

Well it's Thursday again... my how time does fly lately... Guess I should blog about last weekend finally...

So instead of doing my usual day by day thing, I'm just gonna write about what I did last weekend in two words: Drinking and Swimming. Ok so maybe that is technically three words but whatever. I didn't skate enough but I did have a great f'n weekend. One day skating at Greer and Sunnyvale, only Two days of "real" work last week, Three days of BBQ and brew. Four days in a row filled with swimming down at the lake. Lots of beers, mixed drinks, and a ton of Sangria. Tons of great food, good friends, lots of sun, and lots of fun. I love the summer time. Last weekend was great. Now all I need is a mini ramp in my back yard and life will be just about perfect. A few million dollars and a girlfriend wouldn't hurt either, but for now, I am livin tha life.
--Capn' Maxin S.S. Andrelaxin
The road to truth is long, and lined the entire way with annoying bastards.
--Alexander Jablokov

July 09, 2003

I went out to the ole Nut House down in PA last night with the Crew. It was fun, I hadn't been there in months. They have a great jukebox there.... I could go hang out there every night of the week and never get tired of it. The best part about it was the fact that not that many people were there, so when I put my money in the ole jukebox my songs started playing instantly. There is something really great about hearing Black Sabbath's "Sweet Leaf" being cranked on an old jukebox over the speakers in a bar while drinking a nice cold Budweiser... Heaven? Maybe....
--Capn' Rockandroll S.S. Ain'tnoisepolution
I'm listening to Body Count on my launch station right now... that f'n rocks...
--Capn' Bowelsofthe S.S. Devil
All you need in this life is ignorance and confidence -- and then success is sure.
--Mark Twain

July 08, 2003

Busy busy busy.... I need to take some time to write about what I've been up to... Maybe in a little while... but for now: check out my radio station, if you really want to rock.... Warning, this ain't no mainstream happy live 105 isht... this is the good stuff.... The Ramones, Motorhead, Iron Maiden, Minor Threat, Black Flag, Faith No More, Sabbath, Deep Purple, The Pixies, Etc etc... Metal for the masses, with a side of punk rock points to get you in the mood. Soon to come and now in the works: "The Hip Hop station"... so come on all you hip hop heads, get yo mix tape ready... but for now, it's all about Metal Maniacs, Metal Militia, and Rock and F'n Roll. Gabba Gabba Hey!
--Capn' Djjazzy S.S. Slaydog
Drink what you want, drink what you're able. If you are drinking with me, you'll be under the table

July 07, 2003

I have been working hard.... I will post something fun tomorrrrrroooowwww....
--El Capitan Busyfoo
Sometimes when I reflect back on all the beer I drink I feel ashamed. Then I look into the glass and think about the workers in the brewery and all of their hopes and dreams. If I didn't drink this beer, they might be out of work and their dreams would be shattered. Then I say to myself, 'It is better that I drink this beer and let their dreams come true than to be selfish and worry about my liver.'
--Jack Handey

July 03, 2003

The weekend in review:

So last weekend was pretty good. I have lagged at doing a write up so here goes a sorry attempt at what I can remember of it:

Friday: I went out Friday night to celebrate with my roommate. The occasion: the drug that our company has been working on for the last 6 or so years was approved by the FDA. This announcement meant a big celebration at work with champagne and hard alcohol followed by heavy drinking in down town Palo Alto, which was in turn followed by Capn� Damain throwing up later that night. It was a great night. The approval process and all it�s tasks had been long and tedious. The celebration was a long time coming for the company and Damian. I am super stoked for him.

Saturday: Saturday came around before I could blink an eye. I spent the majority of the morning being an ice cube and just cold chillin. At around 12 it was time to start getting ready to go to one of my best friends, little brothers, wedding. Hard to believe that "The Big D" aka Big Betto was getting married� seemed like just a few weeks ago that we were all in grade school and that Mike and I were stealing his toys� Anyway, it was kinna crazy to see him becoming a man right before my eyes� and even more crazy to think that one more of my friends was getting hitched� tho I must say it was kind of expected. He and his girlfriend Lisa had been dating for almost 9 years. It was awesome to see them so happy and excited. I had a great time a the reception talking to old friends and acting like a fool. Mike and I even got up on the m.i.c. and busted out the lyrics to �I wanna be Sedated� by the Ramones, which by the way went over far better then I would have considering that only about 12 of the 100 people in the room even knew who the Ramones were. It was a fun night and I had a really good time. After the wedding I decided to go home and fall asleep on the couch�. Party on man, party on.

Sunday: Sunday was all about getting hesh and going skateboarding. I skated all day with Capn� Stew. It was more fun then I have had in a long time. Stew is fun to skate with, that guy cracks me up. I got a lot of sun and a lot of exercise and not a lot of scrapes so it was a great day of riding. We skated Greer for about 2 hours and then headed down to Sunnyvale to shred down there for another couple of hours. It was the most I have skated in quite a while. It felt really good to have my board rolling under my feet. It�s a feeling I will always love. Went home at around 7ish and cruzed on down to the ole Canyon Inn for some tastey beverages and a huge burger. Went home and crashed out. A perfect end to a perfect day.

Life is good. Skate or die.
--Capn� Iwannaskate S.S. Allnightandeveryday
I don't think this day will be done fast enough... yarrrrrr... Is it time to go yet?
--Capn' Isitthe S.S. Weekendyet
Don't ask the barber whether or not you need a haircut.
-- Daniel Greenberg

July 02, 2003

I'm listening to Iron Maiden right now. "Iron Maiden! EXCELLENT!" I feel like running free now... running wild and running free.
--Capn' Sixsixsix S.S. Thenumberofthebeast
I haven't been writing much lately... so here is a random bit of information. I have a huge tomato plant in my back yard. It started out only about 5 inches tall. Now it is almost 3 feet tall. Soon I will be able to climb it up into the sky and I will get the goose that lays golden eggs and then I will be rich and famous. the end.
Right actions for the future are the best apologies for wrong ones in the past.
-- Tyron Edwards

July 01, 2003

Victory is sweetest when you've known defeat.
-- Malcolm Forbes