Saturday, June 28, 2008
Wednesday, June 25, 2008
I bought this car in 1996. I had just moved to Vermont and I had the realization that my piece of shit mini van was going to be no match for the impending Vermont winter. I started the intimidating process of buying my first "new" car.
So I started the intimidating process of searching for my first "new" car. Any by new I mean it was not a $450 Ford Escort, a Subaru that literally rusted into the ground, or a piece of shit minivan I bought from a WWII vet in Buffalo because I felt guilty after the test drive. The car I was getting had to take me into vehicular manhood.
After a week or so of dealer visits and cold shoulders from salesman who did'nt really take a 22 year old kid buying a nice car seriously, I finally settled on the Rodeo which was at Willie Racine's on Rte. 7 in South Burlington. It had everything that I was looking for:
Eva adjusting the mirrors of her future first car.
After we dropped the car off this morning, Yolanda and I started talking about all of the memories we have in the Rodeo. Surf missions to NH. Spring Loaded Pro Ams. US Opens. Trips back home to Buffalo down the endless NYS 90 Thruway. Boston trips. Long Island trips. Driving through downpours or extreme heat with Eberz to skate the Rutland park on a summer day. Not too mention countless roundtrips to Stowe every morning for years on end as well as all of the rep roadtrips that it carried me through.
We also got to talking about all of the random snowboarders, skateboarders and random heads that have been in this thing at some point or other, whether on a road trip (thanks for the odometer trick Chad), or a contest run, or just a random trip through VT. Here are a few of the funner ones.
It needs some minor repairs, (you would too if you were outside for
over 25 Ellicottville winters), but this one is going to be around for the long haul. Props to Skeletor for stopping some clueless Cattaraugus County redneck from tossing this and the other gems he sent into the dumpster.
Everyone's favorite Jewish DJ is back with another solid mix, this time taking the helm for the Nike+Original Run series. This is the third in the series, following up the first two that were done by The Crystal Method and Aphex Twin.
Running Man just came out on iTunes this morning, so head on over and download it. It comes with a digital booklet as well as a video interview where you can not only see how Alain matches plaid with an all over New Era, but how he puts his projects together. I am feeling the "Animal from the Muppet Show" reference. Recommended.
Click here to go to the iTunes download.
Tuesday, June 24, 2008
Whored my car our for yet another show; this one being a NightShift event right in my backyard at Belmont Raceway. Showed at the event for Valvoline, one of the event's biggest sponsors. While I thought it would be a fun "check out my car, where are the comp snacks?", I had to work the event giving out materials and managing the crowd when the dyno runs were going on. All in a day's work for years of free oil I guess. Beats paying the $80 entrance fee any day though. I was happy to bring home a win at a nationally sanctioned event (NCCA) with a grip of Subarus showing.
"Yeah Valvoline Synthetic is what I use because it's...free. Try Royal Purple."
Oh yeah, Egon was there with his bitches advertising a new video game coming out.
900hp FIZZ IS300. Tard.
Bro 1: "So where's my money?"
Lady: "My feet hurt."
Bro 2: "I'd hit it."
Sunday, June 22, 2008
Now, this got me to thinking, what other industry is there where prices can be raised so much, and none of the oil companies even offer any sort of explanation, or even communication on why things happen. Beyond that, I don't think anyone even notices that NONE of the big oil companies advertise beyond their stations, or even offer anything beyond basic services to give the customer a good user experience.
Could you imagine a gas station that was actually pleasant to go into? Or a frequent buyer program? Gas is one of the top 3 things that people spend money on, yet no one makes any sort of effort to make it a good experience so at least we feel like we are not getting ripped off when they raise prices over 15% in 30 days. I would even venture to guess that some people would have paid the current gas prices happily if there was some thought out into why they were being raised and there was some value added to the experience. That is the reason that people pay almost $4 for Starbucks when they can essentially get the same thing at a gas station for under $1.
I find it pretty intriguing that retailers of the most widely traded and competitive commodites on earth (oil is first, coffee is second) have chosen to take such different paths, with one being revered as new age capitalists with a conscience (i.e. Starbuck's) and the other the equivalent to a crack dealer (i.e. people are hooked, let's make them pay for it.) It would be nice to see someone try something different. Hopefully the same thing happens here that happened in the music industry, people got tired of being gouged and found a way around it. My next car will at least be a hybrid if not better.
Saturday, June 21, 2008
If you are looking for a new summer mix that will last for the whole summer, this is it. Girl Talk has indeed done it again, using samples from across all genres and eras of music to create nothing less than a masterpiece of digital music. Almost entirely made of samples, it is seamless and very unprocessed.
I think the best way to describe it that it is like getting dropped on your head and all of the music from your childhood, through elementary, junior high and high schooI, and right through college and your adulthood all got mixed together and is being played at a party with all of your closest friends. No matter what music you are "into", you can appreciate this. But then again, I am a huge music nerd, so, take that into consideration.
I highly recommend going and downloading it for yourself here . Don't forget to donate you cheapskates.
A look behind the the mashups:
And below the Capitol Hill hearing on trademark infringement where he is one of the main subjects. Who knew?
Thanks to Chris B. out in the great state of Utah for the heads up on the album drop date, and for the reference link as well. Buy some turntables already Bruns.
Wednesday, June 18, 2008
I'll be forever praying for a Knicks win just like every Chicago Cubs fan, but I gotta give it up to the Celtics. To come from last place last year, get shafted in the draft, and win with the first season of KG, Pierce, & Ray Allen playing together-that's one amazing Cinderella story. And to crush by 39 points (131-92)- nothing short of amazing. At least I have my Giants win to hold on to with the Yanks in the hole like Tiger Woods' drop on Sunday. Congrats.