Thursday, October 31, 2019

Sweet Melissa

Melissa swell, warm temps and fun waves. In time to shoot a few pictures, but I had to wait until the next day to get in the water.

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Wednesday, October 30, 2019

In the Woods Near Lake Winnipesaukee, New Hampshire

My girlfriend's folks have a place up in the New Hampshire lakes region. We were there with her folks over the Columbus Day weekend. The color was amazing. Also some talented nephews shot some drone footage that gives a nice overview of the area.
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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!