| Send your SURF Pics to me directly. (See link
below) Just make sure they're BETWEEN 700 and 800
pixels wide. PLEASE NO smaller.
In fact if you have any questions about the size, email me first and I'll write back. Start shooting my brothers and sisters!
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Nothing really. You still get the gazillion pics every week from all over the world. You still get the video clip each week. And, you still get my take on surfing and the community we live in, here in Good Ole New England. Plus, my views on this totally wacky world, and whatever else I happen to be thinking about, at the time I write the column. Lord knows there's always something brewing in our lives. And the sponsors you see on the right, well they are ALL surfers. They are friends and neighbors, and people I have surfed, snow boarded, and traveled with, over the years. I trust them like I would my own family (well, most of my family) . I'm kidding. (Nope).
But there are some changes. And they are for the most part better. At least I think they are. For starters (starting NEXT week), all photos will be be 800 Pixels. What does that mean? Well, they are currently 700 pixels. The new pics will be 100 pixels bigger. And Bigger means Better. There will be thumbnails now on the home page, but I think you are all more than qualified to click on a damn thumbnail. I know you are. Otherwise what the hell are ya doing on the Internet in the first place? So ya gotta click a thumbnail. And next week when you do- you'll find yourself staring at a larger photo than you do now.
My brothers and sisters, I'm trying to make all of our lives better.
Some other changes that are coming, will be multiple web pages. I know what you're thinking. You're thinking, this simple blog, is turning into some kind of damn website. Well, it is and isn't. I mean, having multiple pages is a website. But the content of the photos, and the writing? Well that my friends will remain the same. The other obvious change, besides the thumbnails, is the actual column. Gone are the Two column, newspaper look. It's just easier for me, to write in this format. And, from what I understand, it's easier for you to read. You no longer have to scroll up and down the the column, to read this stuff.
Again, I'm just trying to make this easier for everyone.
Change is good people. President Obama ran his campaign on Hope and Change, The new Ralph's Pic Of the Week is running on Change, with HEAPS of HOPE! I'm hoping you welcome the change and embrace it with hope. Damn, I almost sound like a politician. H-m-mmm I wonder, should I go into Politics? ...nah forget about it. (First time, I ever used that line). "Forget about it!" So, no doubt you asking yourselves. What are the other pages going to have you ask? Well, some typical website stuff. And some, not so typical website stuff.
I plan on having a page called RALPH's RULES. And it's your basic Do's and Don'ts of the unwritten Code of Honor in our beloved Lifestyle/sport. And yes, I will tell it like it is. And, there's going to be a Ralph's TIPS page, where I can help some of you beginners, and some of you intermediates, better yourselves both in, and out of the water. That's right. Surfing is not just about surfing. Oh hell no. There's a whole lot of stuff you need to know. Some stuff that, us older, hipper types, just take for granted. We have evolved since the 60's my friends. And I'm going to share with you, some of the wealth of knowledge, that I have learned along the way.( And learned mostly the hard way). Look, we WERE ALL BEGINNERS at one time in our lives. I know that's a hard fact to own up to, for some of you. But we ALL Know it's true. Unless you're Kelly Slater. You started out as a Kook. We all did.
I want to share, the short cuts, to being a better person both in, and out of the water.
It's my way of giving back something to this lifestyle/sport of ours. It's the least I can do. Besides, it will be fun for me to write this stuff down for the first time. I have it all stored in my head, like some internal hard drive of information. I need to get it out and share it. Some other page ideas will be, pages dedicated to Photographers and Artists. These pages will have info on some of our most talented Photogs and Surf Artists. Another idea is a Classified page. I mean why the hell not? If you need to get rid of something, that you wouldn't be able to trade in at one of the shops, you can sell it here. I plan on having a Community page that will be Global in it's reach. On that particular page, we will have links and info on how to help our Surf Community. Both here at home, and abroad.
And finally, I plan on having a letter to me page. Sort of like letters to the Editor. And I'll be calling that page "Dropping In on Ralph". I of course, can't print every email I get, but some of the more poignant and sincere ones, and the funnier ones should get posted. With your permission of course. And if it's a hurtful email, I'll either print my reply to yours, or simply delete it. I can do that because...well, I'm Ralph. It's my column. But seriously guys. I've gotten thousands of emails from you over the last 6 years. I am truly humbled by the love and the support. I still get so many emails from total strangers each week, and it blows my mind. Every single week. I get emails from you. I guess, this whole surf/New England thing that we all share and love, is real.
I truly hope and pray, that we all live long and healthy lives, and are all able, to keep doing what we all love to do. The simple act of riding waves. Or, being around them. I think, that as long as I am able to be near the ocean, and hear her sounds, and watch her sheer beauty, I am convinced, that I will be content. I may not be rich. But I will be happy and content. And I truly wish that for each and every one of you.
Last Sunday, I wrote about our friends, The Rowlees. They're a local Northern New England Seacoast Surf Family. I told you about their oldest daughter Molly, ("Miss Molly"), being diagnosed with Lymphoma. Well, after a week of tests and other medical procedures, Lil Miss Molly came home from Children's Hospital in Boston.
That's great news for the whole community. But we all know, that this battle against Cancer is not over, and we need to fight it on all fronts. This is a disease, that has touched us all, at one point in our lives. So, we need to join together and fight it. How? First and foremost. Your prayers, along with your continuous positive thoughts and vibes, are still very imperative for Mis Molly's recovery. Don't stop praying. Don't stop sending positive thoughts. Second, the family could use some help. Look, we all know the economy is tanking. But if everyone could contribute just a little, imagine how far that would go? We all have to make sacrifices in our lives. And if parting ways with a few dollars, is all you can do, well, for sure, that gesture will mean so much to the Rowlee family and to the community at large. Please help.
the shops are collecting cards, gifts, and other provisions for the Rowlee
family. Miss Molly still has to endure the Chemo treatments and the family
still has to take time off from work to make this all work. PIONEERS
, CINNAMON RAINBOWS, BRICKHOUSE, ZAPSTIX and many more shops are drop
off points of interest for Miss Molly. Skip Brunette has opened a
Little Miss Molly account at the SEACOAST CREDIT UNION on 887
Lafayette Rd, Hampton NH. (see poster below for info). There are several
fund raisers in the making as well.
Miss Molly is on the road to recovery. But there may be a bump or two ahead. We need to be an extra pair of hands on that steering wheel. Miss Molly is going to get better. Please keep the Positive energy and prayers flowing. More information is available for specifics by contacting or by stopping into Fitness Revolution.
is the info for the ONLINE Auction.
So what did you think of my Three Days in February theme last week?
California, and Hawaii. What was I thinking by posting 172
photos? Oh my God was that nuts or what? And you don't know the half of
it. As I was uploading the images we had a power outage. I almost screamed.
Well, I may have cursed out loud. But can you imagine? Uploading all of
those images only to have to restart. I was fit to be tied for sure.
Three Days In February. Man that was some swell. Now it looks like
the first three days of March may follow suit.
I will tell you the JoJo the Monkey story at a later date. Just not today. The reason is simple. I get very upset talking about it, and I am subject to horrible nightmares involving that little bastard. JoJo was very hurtful to me. I was not kidding about the Monkey bites. Horrible, frightening, lightening fast- Monkey bites. On my legs and my arms. Constantly. I was living on the edge with that ape. Never knowing, if the next bite, was going for the jugular or not. Terrible time in my life.
name, let's move on.
you again for your support. If you have any questions, please feel free
to contact SHI by email firstname.lastname@example.org
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SEASONS" and "Groovemasters"
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my friends...Surfing heals all wounds....
2009 Some leftovers from last week's
(Above) Joe Somgyi and Moira Daly at the Wall
at 10th Street. They are both gone from this earth. They were deeply in
love with each other. Joe passed away in 1978 from cancer related Agent
Orange toxins and Moira passed away in 1981. I was with Joe the day he
passed. His last words to me were..."I'm ready for a New Adventure."
He died a few hours later. Moira was killed in an auto accident, in broad
daylight. Some inexperienced 17yr old kid, hit her head on on Rte 101
in Hampton. She was in a coma for 3 days before she passed. It's hard
to believe they are both gone. They had plans on eloping to Tahiti. Maybe
they are there. Who's to say they are not? Not me. I miss you guys, and
love you both.
2009 More leftovers from last week's
2009 More leftovers from last week's
2009 More leftovers from The Phantom 3 DAYS In February.
2009 This Week at Makaha and The North Shore of Oahu
2009 PARTING SHOT- Exit Stage Left
OK we've all been here...and it's not fun. It's cold. This was last Friday,
and there was no other way out of this wave. I'm sorry I was there with
my NEW NIKON D-90. (No I'm not).
wishing to contact these sponsors below
IS OUT and IN THE SHOPS!