Friday, December 31, 2010


They make awesome hats. Hope you all have a kickin new years eve, guys.

Thursday, December 30, 2010

The Gills

So intricate. Adnate gills I do believe.

A Strange Situation

I was skating around downtown San Rafael on a bit of a photo odyssey when I stumbled upon this strange situation. The meter maid was not sure what to do with the car so she was calling in to her superiors. I just thought the whole thing looked a bit funny. And let me tell you, that was one nice looking VW bug. It glistened wonderfully in the sunlight.


I STILL don't have my mushroom guide and it is driving me insane. I have all these lovely photos of mushrooms and I don't have a clue as to what the majority of them are. You, however, are free to enjoy the bounty of my rompings through the marshes and forests around my house.

Apple Insanity

Seriously, went to the Apple store with a friend so he could get a little somethin somethin and is was PACKED. I've never seen such a clusterfuck over little bits o technology.

Sunday, December 26, 2010

And Back to the Shrooms

I can't place an ID on this one sadly, the internet is useless and I still do not have a guide. This is a cool site if you're interested in mycology.

Saturday, December 25, 2010

Friday, December 24, 2010

The Mountaineering Santa

Probably my second favorite ornament out of all of the ones on my tree. He kind of reminds me of my brother and all, climbing mountains and stuff. Maybe I'll do some of that this summer.

Thursday, December 23, 2010

The Creepiest Ornament of the Tree

Ever read Stephen Kings It? If so, you know why this is creepy.

Wednesday, December 22, 2010

And So Begins the Mushrooms

That's right folks. I'm sittin on a good dozen photos or so of mushrooms! They really are wonderful things. And with all this rain falling from the sky, they are EVERYWHERE. I love it. It's too bad that I forgot my field guide at my Davis house, oh well. There's fungus among us!

Tuesday, December 21, 2010

Well It's Officially Christmas

At least in my house, it has been Christmas now for at least a week, if not more, and shall continue to be Christmas until probably New Years Eve or so. The family is all together, Mom and sis are making cookies, the tree is all decorated and it smells like pine needle in my house. What more could one ask for.

Monday, December 20, 2010

Leaf Poetry

It's fun to write something and leave it for someone else to find. When I found my first bit of poetry on a leaf, it brought a smile to my face for sure. Spread some love with some ink.

Sunday, December 19, 2010

Longboard Review: The Loaded Dancer

And here we have the Loaded Dancer. 55 inches of solid, bamboo, flax, and linen dancing decadence. At its widest point, it is about 9 inches, and weighs near 15 lbs as a complete, which truly makes it a bit of a monster. Thats right, this board is a boat--heavy and stable--and it is wonderful.

I had been eyeing the dancer for awhile, ever since Loaded Boards released it, and once I heard that they were no longer in production, I was lucky when my local skate shop just happened to have a deck. Yes, I dare say it was destiny. I was a bit skeptical at first, worrying about the board possible feeling sluggish or not being able to carve. Once I stepped on it for the first time, all of my ill-conceived expectations wer forgotten.

My current set up is the Loaded Dancer flex 1 with raw Paris 180mm trucks, Venom high rebound 90a bushings, Orangatang 4 president 70mm 83a wheels, and Black Panther abec 7 bearings. The 70mm wheels make for a smooth ride on most any surface and make the board a little easier to throw around in shuvits and other various tricks. The high rebound bushings allow for maximum energy return from an already springy board when coming out of a corner and the wheel cutouts on the deck mean I can lean as far as I want into a turn without worrying about wheel bite.

Now I would like to address a certain claim I've heard a few times, that the Loaded Dancer shouldn't be ridden downhill. Well, those people have obviously never tried it. Once this board gets rolling, it's sheer momentum is enough to keep it going and going and going and going. And while it certainly is not a freeride board, with some work, you CAN SLIDE IT. Just through your hips into it a bit more. Never bash a board before you try it. The Loaded Dancer is great for going fast due to its solid constuction and long wheelbase.

So, I've had the dancer for about 2 months now, and my overall rating on it is wow. While it's size is a little intimidating, and can make it a bit difficult to carry around, it is a seriously well built board. I am thouroughly impressed that a boad this long can have such good handling. And yes, if I havn't already stated it, this board was made to DANCE! The length and width of the deck make it the ideal platform to bust all your craziest moves: piourettes, crossteping combos, nose and tail mannies, anything your heart desires. This board will be your stage.

Now it is a little sad that Loaded has stopped producing the Loaded Dancer, but it isn't impossible to find one if you really want one. Call around to some skate shops in the area to see if they have one sitting around or not, maybe you'll get lucky like I did. Or you could always check out Loaded's newest version of the dancer, the Bhangra. I've heard great things of this mystic board...almost as great as the Dancer itself. Make sure to check it out for yourself.

Happy skatings everyone. Below is an outtake of me failing to hold a drop knee nose manual.

Saturday, December 18, 2010

Orangatang Wheel Review

Since I just posted a quick little Loaded Board review, I decided to go on to another thing I appreciate from Loaded, their wheels. Orangatang first started releasing wheels to the public in the Summer of 2008 and they started off with only two options. The 75mm Orangatang in heat and the 70mm Orangatang 4 president. Both were the same brightly colored orange and both were made of their special formula for "Happy urethane."

The very morning they were released I ordered my first pair of O'tangs in heat, and at 80a and a 56mm contact patch, I could not have been happier to mount them on my old Vanguard. I was the jolliest fellow that ever were when I opened the box that they arrived in. They carved and gripped beautifully, and after a bit of rough persuasion and breaking them in, they made wonderfully predictable slide wheels. Now they are still alive after all these years and are on my commuter deck. The big diameter allows them to maintain their speed for longer distances and their soft durometer makes even some of the roughest roads just that much smoother.

Now I can't keep track of all of the wheels that I have ridden, but currently I am in possession of a pair of 70mm O'tang 4 Pres (53mm contact patch and 83a purple Happy Urethane). These are on my Loaded Dancer, and I'm tellin ya, they make a magical difference. These wheels, right out of the box, were easier to slide because of the smaller diameter and are great for dancing and cruising.

I guess it all really comes down to the question: "would recommend these wheels to a friend?" Of course! I've ridden Abec11, Fireball, Gravity, Hawgs, Powell Peralta, Sector 9, and Retro wheels, but so far, my favorite all around wheels are made by Orangatang. Bravo, good sirs, bravo. All that field testing paid off with a fine wheel. And can I just say that I am beyond stoked for you guys to start producing bushings?? YES. If your interested in this stuff at all, check for updates here or videos here.

Friday, December 17, 2010

Loaded Boards General Review

So, I have been riding Loaded Longboards for about three years now and I decided to finally write a little review on them as a company in general. Can I just say, that at the start, it was difficult to actually find a board shop in my area that carried Loaded. I definitely had to do a bit of searching before I was even able to test ride one. Thankfully, though, as the company has grown over the years, their presence in the world has spread to more shops and more locations than I ever thought possible. It seemed as though when I got my first Vanguard, that not only no one in my home town knew of Loaded, but that no one even really longboarded in the first place. Thankfully, the motto of Loaded is "spread the stoke," and it is my opinion that it is impossible ride a Loaded board without doing so.

Personally, I have only owned three loaded decks (two different sized Vanguards and a Dancer), but I have ridden nearly all of their decks that are out except for their newest one, the Bhangra. I've put in thousands of miles on my first vanguard over the past three years, and it still rides beautifully, which goes to show you that you can thrash the living daylights out of these boards and they will continue to ride on.

I must thank loaded for taking me on a ride with them. This youtube video is what first inspired me to get a Loaded board. And while I had already been skateboarding for a few years and longboarding for a year before I saw it, I never though a single board would affect me so much. It started out with a few videos on their youtube channel, as well as a few blog posts from a kid that no one knew much of (Adam Colton). Soon Adam Stokowski joined in the videos as well. It wasn't really until they released the Whirling Dervish video along with the release of their new board, the Dervish, that I noticed things really start to take off.

And what a wonderful thing it has evolved into, folks. In my opinion, Loaded's crew have helped push the longboarding industry to new places; places that weren't even thought about years ago. After hundreds of videos, thousands of photos, and who knows how many boards and wheels sold, Loaded has helped put longboarding on the map. It really is a beautiful thing. I intend to keep riding Loaded boards and to continually spread the stoke wherever I may go.

Thursday, December 16, 2010

One More Chanukah Shot

Dradel! So much fun. And the jews in my house lost twice to the goys, oy. They would not quite their kvetching. It was pretty funny.

Wednesday, December 15, 2010

Days of Channukah

Yes yes, I know the Hanukah is over, but here is one of the pics I took during the third night of the festival of lights. My pal wanted me to get a shot of his He'Brew beer (the chosen beer) and his Brother Thelonious ale (yes, that is a picture of thelonious monk there). Good stuff.

Tuesday, December 14, 2010

Boat Parade

Boat Parade through the san rafael canal on saturday night.

Car Accident on San Pedro

So this happened on saturday night. Kind of scary stuff when you really think about it. This super old guy in an old, beat-up Porsche was driving down the wrong side of the rode on Pt. San Pedro in San Rafael. He almost hit me and my family head on but we managed to swerve out of the way only to see him hit a bigass Ford truck head on. Luckily they both weren't going too fast so no one was Injured, but this could have seriously been a lot worse. The old guy was super shaken up and the guy in the Ford was pretty pissed, too.

Sunday, December 12, 2010


Now that I'm home, I get to sleep with a space heater, aka my dog Shavo. I have no clue how such a small creature generates so much heat.

Saturday, December 11, 2010

Fall Weather

It seemed like we kind of skipped a season in Davis and it went straight to winter for awhile, it was all rainy and gloomy and the slackline was hardly out; what an upset. But lately, its been really nice, at least in my opinion. Lots of fog reminds me of home, and it's actually comforting in a way. I really do love cloud cover.

Friday, December 10, 2010

Finals Are Over

And in two days, I'll be spending most of my time here.

Thursday, December 9, 2010

I Bought You Some Flowers

yes, you. All of you. You deserve it.

Wednesday, December 8, 2010

What a Guy

My grandpa. He was in my dream and it was kinda weird ha.

Tuesday, December 7, 2010


What a little beastie. It's an old Land Rover from who the hell knows when. Most of the time, I find cars pretty unexciting, but this guy is just too awesome to pass up.

Monday, December 6, 2010

My Usual Distraction

When at home, a very integral part of my study habits involved me taking regular mental health breaks in order to roll on my floor and play with my dog. Sadly, the dog is not with me in Davis. I do, however, seem to be rolling on the floor more often than I do at home. Coincidence? I think not. Here's a shot of my sister playing with my dog over thanksgiving break.

Sunday, December 5, 2010

My Head is Reaching Critical Mass

but my finals don't even start to Wednesday. This should be fun.

Saturday, December 4, 2010

Going Into Finals

Time to be studious.

Friday, December 3, 2010


okay, well not really. But I did happen to construct (yes construct) a christmas tree last night out of some tree trimmings that were cast unlovingly to the said of the road. They are now arranged into a beautiful tree that is sitting next to the menorah on our table.

Thursday, December 2, 2010

Now That's Some Enthusiasm

My mother, caught in the act. I never see too many photos like this of me. I think it would be interesting.

Wednesday, December 1, 2010

Chef at Work

My grandfather making some mashed potatoes on Thanksgiving day. Seriously, look at the intensity.