These shots were takin in Baltimore. Some of the most fun I have ever had was the times spent skateboarding with all the friends I was hanging with then.
Brandon Novak circa 1992??
Frontside 180 to switch 5-0
A friend from back east was telling me about an old friend who had just made an appearence on Howard Stern A week or so ago. Since I don't have satellite I haven't listened to Howard in quite sometime . Since then I have seen it thanks to You Tube. Brandon is a guy that I used to skateboard with quite a bit back in Baltimore.I think in the pictures above he was around 13. He had incredible talent. Very natural. In those days a bunch of us from Baltimore would drive up to Pa. a lot to skate some of the diferent skateparks there like Rip The Lip, Cheapskates,Woodward,and assorted backyard ramps.Bam from West Chester would be at these skateparks as well. Brandon became friends with Bam and back then because they were both so young hanging out with us older guys.Soon enough Bucky Lasak got Brandon on Powell and it seemed Brandon would be headed for the pro life. Then he got tangled up in some heavy drugs. It seems Bam has helped Brandon out a lot in the past few years as it seems he has been trying to kick heroin. Which he says he has, on the Howard Stern show. Brandon has recently written a book which I have ordered but not yet received. I read an excerpt from the book and I found it well written. Anyone who has maybe chosen the path which was maybe not the wisest and still came out having survived can see where this book would be a good read. Hearing about all this really blew me away. Took me back to my years hanging out with a lot of GREAT people skateboarding every day. Check out his book if ya like
You can read an excerpt from it if you click the book.
I have some more past ride photos. Anthony and I hit up the Rancho Viejo loop and I snapped a few along the way. Bask in the old ranch.
I am diggin runnin Exi's on the front and back.
Driving home on Hyde Park rd. The sun sets
That was a great ride.
Then a few weeks ago a good group of us met at the apple orchard in Dixon for a big ol Dome rd ride. Dave and Paul came up from Albuquerque to ride with us.
It was looking to be a fine day. Cochiti Lake in the backround
The moon up there chillin
Dominic taking a breather
Carl Shipman where it meets up with Cochiti Canyon.
Matt and Dom takin in the views from Alamos Trail
Robert off in the distance
Brian climbing through a lovely meadow
Brian descending Medio Dia
The ride was done and it was time to take the dusty road home
What is in your audio player? I have el ten eleven's self titled disc in mine and enjoying it fully.
We all have diferent paths to choose throughout life. Some of us choose a tuff trail for a bit and some choose a smooth path a bit. Sometimes the people that choose the ruffer path actually have a better time of it. all of our paths lead to the same place.
While I was looking through the negatives I came across this killer picture of a young Bucky hoisting a big ol frontside ollie on the chick ramp that I used to skate daily. I think Bucky is up to my chin as I watch from the deck.
Ka dish day
Saturday, November 08, 2008
Ohh my. We have a new day in America...maybe. I hope Obama does half of what he speaks of. Could be tuff without a veto proof majority in the congress. I still feel that the 2 party system that we have here in America has become more like 2 corporations and the constitution seems to not matter at all. We as people don't really seem to have a say.
The rides in Northern New Mexico have been great. Here is another set of pixels from when the Aspens were still bangin.
Mark and I parked at the top of Pacheco Canyon rd. and rode the road up to Aspen Vista where we proceeded to climb up to the towers.
The towers were a nice spot to relax for a minute and take in the views
Coming down the ski hill is a quick affair then it is onto the Winsor to Rio en Medio.
A lovely spot for a break
The girls and I went for a terrific hike up at the ski area a couple weeks ago. They had the lifts running so people could take the lifts up and down or just take em up and hike down to enjoy the fallness. We had a good ol time and I snuck a beer up to boot.
We stopped for a nice snack too.
What's in your audio player? I have the new Q-Tip: The Renaissance in mine. It is great to hear a new album from Q-Tip. I used to love me some Tribe Called Quest.