2017. Cold Locals and the resurgence
March 11, 2017

A lot has happened in recent months. Nearly all of the original skateboarders from my home town have reconnected and many have actually started skating again. Because skateboarding is something near and very dear to me, I have kicked it up a notch and tried re-learning some tricks as well as began to really smooth […]

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Every year I like to get my board out at least a few times and make sure I can still actually ride it. This year, however, it was a bit different since I turned 40 back in February. Despite that fact, it was important that traditions keep alive, so that end, here is some video […]

While I was looking for a shirt to wear in my “overflow closet” (where all of my old stuff that I can’t bear to toss out goes) I came across this Santa Cruz Skateboards long sleeve shirt from ~1991.  I had completely forgotten I had it since I don’t believe I had actually purchased it […]

The soundtrack of my youth.
February 10, 2014

In 1990, something amazing happened. H-Street released arguably one of the most influential skate videos of all time: Hokus Pokus features skaters with the likes of Ron Allen, Matt Hensley, Danny Way, Sal Barbier, Brian Lotti, Chris Livingston, John Sonner, Tony Magnusson, Eddie Elguera, Colby Carter, Kien Lieu, Alfonzo Rawls and more.. An amazing cast […]

Still a few tricks..
July 13, 2013

I recently got the (almost 10 years!) old deck out and kicked around the driveway. My balance isn’t nearly as good as it once was, but at nearly 39 years old at least I can still do a kickflip. I even impressed myself by being able to still pull off a stationary switch stance kickflip […]

Saw a guy skating…
March 17, 2013

I was walking around UIUC campus last week during a particularly warm March day and  I saw a guy dressed completely in maroon clothing.  Pants, short, shoes.  All maroon.  While this wouldn’t have really been a mentionable thing, he was sticking some slick k-grinds and lipslides on a heat return/planter thing.  I watched for about […]

Cold Locals
December 18, 2012

This time of year always reminds me of a time in my life that was a pivotal, life changing period for me.  In 1988, I was transitioning out of BMX and BMX Freestyle and was looking for something individual, something I could do that didn’t require a team or a group but was something I […]

Yeah, Ocean.
December 8, 2012

I watched this video over and over and over and over until I wore out the VHS tape. These guys were wizards on a board. I think Ocean is like a professor or something now. Fantastic video.  It makes me very nostalgic of the past.

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Down in "the 727"
May 14, 2012

I happened to be down in Clinton (the 727, since the zip code is 61727) recently.  I as we drove around and went to get some of my favorite pizza from Sorrentos Pizza (one of my former employers in a past life asnd a Clinton institution), I noticed, quite by chance, a lone skateboarder heading […]

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A modern skate "session"
April 12, 2012

A few years ago I got my board out again. I was in my driveway, at age 34. I’m 37 as of the time of this writing. I wanted to see if I could still do any tricks, or even just kick around without falling down. A few of my old pals, and cold local […]