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The horror...the horror...the horror...
OK I'm kidding here. It was tough. But not as hard as it was for the sick, elderly, and the downtrodden. It was no joke. I was of course making light of those (and I'm including myself) who depend on the nicer things in life. Cell phones, laptops, cable TV. All that crap.
We take it for granted.
hotwater. Thank God we had a fireplace. At least we could burn wood
and keep somewhat warm. It's not easy dealing with these elements during
this these cold harsh winter months. Which brings me to the often asked
question of the week. How on earth did our ancestors survive these winters
up here? Are you kidding me?
Man, I'm as crazy as he is.
It's really a mindblower to witness what an ice storm can do to a region. A Million people without power. Damn. That's a lot of unsettling circumstances unfolding all over New England. And all you expatriates of New England, these are the times that you should be thankful that you don't live here. Especially, all of you who live in warmer climates. You made the right move. Trust me. It was dark and cold for days on end. And, it's easy to see why some folks can't handle the cold, and make the move to warmer climates as part of their ultimate escape plan.
When in doubt- Get Out.
Am I one of these? No. Hell no. I know what these winters are all about. Besides if I had to, I could fend for my family. I'd go out and harvest some healthy New England wildlife, gather some maple syrup, and get plenty of water. As long as I had fire and ammo, I'm pretty confident I could survive out here. Don't be giving me that anti hunting crap either. Cuz unless you don't eat ANY meat/chicken what so ever, and wear NO leather (shoes, belts, coats, etc etc), then don't you dare judge me, when it comes to harvesting game.
Years ago, I had one woman tell me how inhumane it is to hunt. This same woman, drives her kids through the McDonalds drive up window to stuff her kids faces on Happy Meals. Sounds like a hypocrite, wouldn't you agree?
her, "when I shoot at a game bird and miss, that bird keeps on
flying. If your little Happy Meal hamburger gets in line, and
somehow misses the death hammer, he gets in back in line. Same with
ole Mr Chicken McNuggett. At least the wildlife I hunt, has a
chance to live another day. None of the chickens, cows and pigs we all
But I thought of her last week during the Ice Storm. Heck, I even thought of dropping off some of the bounty to her and her family, if need be. But thankfully, I didn't have to go and hunt for our next meal, and neither did anyone else. I was just pointing out, that if I had to, I could and would.
again, brings me back to our ancestors. They not only had to provide
heat for their families, they had to provide food. As I casually observed
the near panic, in and around the community, I couldn't help but think
of the what ifs. And honestly, there were only a few out there, who
I thought could survive. If they had to. Hunting and gathering. The
primal instincts of man.
Hint to Scumbag Terrorists- "Don't mess with our Cable TV and Cell phones, or you'll be meeting Allah before you're ready. Got it?"
GREETING SEASONS is out and at the shops. It's strictly a Shortboard movie. GROOVEMASTERS my second movie, is coming along, but that Ice Storm threw me off track for a few days. So I'm playing catch up. I still plan on getting it out before Christmas, so hopefully, if you're a longboarder and waiting for this first ever local New England Longboard film from SFOD, we should have it finished by this week. My goal is to get it in the shops by December 21st. Which also happens to be the first Day of Winter. Winter solstice.
a soft opening at Los Olas last week for the premiere of GREETING
SEASONS and it was fun. The small, but enthusiastic gathering, really
seemed to enjoy it. So a big thank you for all who came out last
Wednesday. The day before the Earth Stood Still. Also, a big thank
you to Matt Burke and his wife Julie for hosting
the event. As well as Cinnamon Rainbows and Dave Cropper.
Matt and Julie are hoping to make this a monthly gathering. They
are looking to show one surf movie every month, and one skate/snowboard
every month. This week Wednesday December 17th, it's Pioneers
showing a Snowboard movie at Los Olas. It's all about keeping
the stoke in our community.
And local comedians.
Yes Jimmy Dunn makes a couple of cameos. Both in and out of the water. And there's the first ever SUPB footage of the illustrious SFOD history of films. And it's at (of all places) that famous left point break. Nothing funny about that. But I am making an effort to sharing the love.
Now for some casual observances last week.
found the skeletal remains of a small child in Florida this week.
How does that kind of evil live in the hearts of young parents? I just
don't get it. But the Police do, and that young woman in jail will pay
for this mistake the rest of her life. The other big news stories are
the Auto industry Bailout and Illinois Governor Rod R. Blagojevich
trying to auction off the vacant Senate seat. I don't know what
to make of the bailouts. And I certainly don't know what to make of
the Blagojevich deal. However, that haircut is making me ill.
That Beatles 65 look is ridiculous. Although, it may be popular
in prison. We'll see.
know I have been lack luster as of late, about the Celtics and
the Bruins ,and I apologize to you hardcore fans of both teams.
The "C's" and The "B's" are off the
hook HOT! Are you kidding me? It is a great time to be a New England
Sports fan. So wherever you are NE fans, feel free to rub it in
to your friends. And do it with a smile on your face, and use your best
New England accent.
SEASONS" is in the Shops. And "Groovemasters"
the first ever Longboard ONLY movie from Surf Free Or Die comes
out on Sunday December 21st.
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Northern New England Winter, 1978
The scene of the SFOD Premiere of GREETING SEASONS. December 10th, 2008.
Blue on blue on white. Mother Nature takes a breath.
A beauty of it's own. Overcast gray storm surf.
2008 Today-Last Week in California-2008
Tom, this ain't right. This is Dummy abuse. Charlie McCarthy...in some
serious trouble here.
Now this guy looks familiar...but how would he know about Dummys?
2008 Today-Surf Scenes from This week in Hawaii
Today 2008 PARTING SHOT- Even The Best Mess up.