Tuesday, October 8, 2019

The Channel Rock Club in Boston

Damn I miss this place, and the good times.
1985 Ads from The Boston Phoenix - just look at the post punk, reaggae & blues lineup!
AND FREE PARKING!
The location now. G.E., "we bring good things to life" - they also made neutron bombs, true story.

Upon entering the club, the patron faced a large raised wooden corral that provided a view of the stage from the far end. The stage faced a square sunken dance floor, called "the pit", which was surrounded by drink rails and tables with padded stools. For punk rock and metal shows, the management locked this furniture up in the coat room. When the bands were playing and the crowd was jumping, the entire wooden floor bounced up and down, causing the 15' high PA system, to sway precariously back and forth.

There was also a back bar area that had the ability to be closed off during all-ages shows by lowering metal grates over the window openings. All ingress/egress was restricted to a single door that was manned by a bouncer who checked for hand stamps to allow the over 21 crowds to enter for a drink, as well as prevent them from bringing alcoholic beverages out into the rest of the club with the underage crowd.

Depending on who was playing, the pit would become a mass of sweaty skinheads, punks, metalheads, goth kids and the occasional hippie slamming into each other. In the late 1980s, shows would be stopped because kids were getting too violent. The bouncers had a notorious reputation of brutality, and there certainly were a number of incidents where this was the case.

Thursday, October 3, 2019

Easy Glide

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Summertime & the glidin' is easy
OK boppers, so Summer is gone. With all the clichés too. Crowds, kooks, flatness, dog days (no complaints here – remember – the ground here actually freezes) no surf zones & hours, waaa.

So, friends and rippers, It's contrarian time.

Please think about this:

Riding the smaller waves we have this time of year forces us to be resourceful, not only where to surf, but how to approach the wave. Do you do the late take off? Chase it down from way outside? Or will the wave behave the same way, only smaller? I find myself thinking about it, yes – a cerebral approach!

Learning from choices, and experimenting – that's the opportunity now. Practice cross stepping, head dips, run off the front of the damn board, who cares!? There's no penalty!

Hell, anyone can ride a chest-high wave. But when it's only knee to thigh high, squeezing an actual real ride out of the wave is hugely satisfying. Make a statement about your skill!

You're weightless, it seems. Like you just got away with something. The glide; an aquatic free lunch – ha-ha.

Riding these small and often imperfect waves, wherever, with your friends it where's it's at. Period. Yes, given the choice, who wouldn't take perfection? No, it isn't all time, not epic; you won't be talking about it in the parking lot next winter.

And here's a promise: ten years down the road, friends, you'll remember dorking around in the warm water with your freinds almost as much as anything else.

Next time – an all Big Bertha issue!

Wednesday, October 2, 2019

Ocean State Flashback

We're entering that time of the year again. A time of early sunsets and late sunrises, a time of staring longingly into distant (and not so distant) web cams, a time of missing a lot of prime swell. Like today.

All this gets me thinking about this year's RI trip. Surf-wise it was pretty much a bust. But we rented a small cottage on stilts. The weather and water temperatures were in their September glory. The waves? No so much.

Always a good time in the Ocean State – surf or no surf.

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This is about as good as it got - this is literally the view from the cottage.
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Sunset over the legendary Ocean Mist
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Vintage B-17 flyby - sadly this same plane had a fatal crash today in Connecticut

Tuesday, October 1, 2019

August & September 2019 Flashback

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Plenty of fun waves back in August
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The Mothership Connection - 4Runners do it all!
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Dorian - a little to big for me
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Day 2 of  the Dorian swell and the beaches were still closed out
day 3 it was knee high - New England Style!
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Jump in Mom, the water's still warm!

Saturday, August 17, 2019

Peter Fonda: 1940-2019

Day of sorrow


In the film The Limey (clip below) Peter Fonda descibes the sixties as "'66 and part of '67" - just sayin'