Wednesday, December 31, 2008

08 -> 09

2008 - what can I say - a crazy one!

Thanks to all my friends, old and new, and family who were all a huge source of support and inspiration.

Horoscopes aren't really my bag; fun for shits and giggles I suppose. But an old friend from the Phila. era sent me this, and I do hope that this one is prophetic:

ARIES (March 21-April 19): It's a great privilege to live in a free country.
You're fortunate if you have the opportunity to pursue your dreams
without having to ward off government interference or corporate
brainwashing or religious fanaticism. But that's only partly useful if you
have not yet won the most important struggle for liberation, which is the
freedom from your own unconscious habits and conditioned responses.
Becoming an independent agent who's not an unwitting slave to his or her
past is one of the most heroic feats a human being can accomplish. And
you, Aries, will have more mojo to do that in 2009 than you've had in a
long time.

I wish all of you a block-busting 2009.


Sunday, December 28, 2008

day trip to Newport, RI

My sister was in from San Diego. She'd never been to Newport. It was a plan.

the Breakers & Ruggles

Molly & the Breakers

night caps at Audubon's in Boston

Elemental/Island Sports had a gorgeous Yater Spoon. Save me from the things I want.

Tuesday, December 23, 2008

Christmas musings:

It’s comic that morons like Sean Hannity and Jay Severin and the whole neo-con right have hijacked the whole Jesus thing. Hannity even had the balls to say on air that Jesus would be a Republican. Ummm – O.K.

Who would Jesus bomb?

I'm no Bible thumper, seriously, friends, but here goes:


•Advocated peace and non-violence
•I'll say it again: Advocated peace and non-violence
•Championed workers’ and woman's rights
•Fought poverty, injustice, materialism
•Helped the sick, blind, lepers
•Called religious zealots on their bullshit
•Was a good Jew
•Alleviated suffering, and told his followers to do the same
•Advised followers to stick it to the man
•Taught tolerance
•Challenged folks to think outside of established frameworks, and to think for themselves

What kind of lefty is this?!! An ACLU lawyer? Is this Noam Chomsky? Al Franken? Bobby Kennedy? Dr. King? Gandi? Possibly, but it’s not who I have in mind this time.

Yeah, sounds good to me, happy birthday, Jesus

Monday, December 22, 2008

Car Antlers

Originally uploaded by carinp
Yeah - it's amazing how much these things make any car look like a reindeer. Really had me fooled.

Am I alone here or are these things dumb?

I mean really.

Monday, December 15, 2008

Kids – the 1995 movie

UH OH – film musings: I just watched this and was blown away.


I won't give anything you don't already know away – it deals with a day in the life of a group of kids. An HIV-positive skateboarder (played by Leo Fitzpatrick) sets out to deflower as many virgins as possible while a local girl (Chloë Sevigny) who contracted his disease tries to save his next target from her same fate. Their world is so depraved and bleak. This is Larry Clark's major breakthrough film. Has he done anything else of note?


An 18 year-old Chloë Sevigny steals the show – such a talent! This was her first major role and she hits a grand slam. Her face – wow the kid could act. Any doubts – see Boys Don’t Cry.

Rosario Dawson – amazing as always

Two unknowns for me were Leo Fitzpatrick and Justin Pierce.

The movie draws you right in. If you haven’t seen it please do!

Buy this man a drink

And the Spanish newscaster too, she's hot. This dude was able to get off 2 rounds (of footwear) despite the heavy security. But I gotta hand it to Dubs, pretty quick reflexes.

December 13-14

A strong system late last week produced waves for Friday & Saturday. The winds were so strong I was sure it would be blown flat by morning. Not the case – pulling up to the beach and damn – waves – I blew it. But with strong offshores and temps around 29°, it was hard to get into it. Plus without any gear a photo session would have to do.


I went out later at Long – fun but not as fun as the morning looked. 2 vary fast rights

Flatness on Sunday – but it had been ages since I’d been to Newport. Island Sports – now partnered with Elemental – has a super selection of logs & single fin timber. I dug the clear triple stringer Yater Spoon, the Hansen 50-50, and the wild vintage timber. They sell those killer Patagonia wetsuits - $392 – marked down from $490 – not bad but still a steep price.

Always a good time in Newport – even without surf. 2 of the coolest kids ever sprinted into the 40° water for a dip.
Passing back through Boston I hit such bad traffic I pulled off on Dot ave to exprore some dinner and found myself at Mr. Sushi - amazing.

Monday, December 8, 2008

Question for y'all:

I may be needing a packed & boxed board to be shipped to me up here in Mass from CA.

I have a DHL account, but 10'x25"x4", the box exceeds their maximum, too bad, last time I used them they only billed me $26 (acctg error?). Aren't they going out of business anyway?

Anywhoo, any ideas? Shipping companies, freight forwarders, etc? I don't have a problem picking up at terminal, and I have a commercial address if that helps.

Thanks and season's greetings.


Wednesday, December 3, 2008

more Hollywood 'innovation'


Scariest trailer ever - directed by the master himself, Stanley Kubrick in 1979, but the film wasn't released until 1980. Note the spooky Wendy Carlos background sounds. The trailer alone scared the daylights out of audiences. I'll never forget.

But hey, it's Hollywood, you can't be original. What worked in '79 will wow 'em in '09, right? You betcha. Effing ripoff artists.

Pathetic. But the sad thing is this is only a mild case of Hollywood theft.