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XGames 3D: The Movie

August 26, 2009

Due to my ever increasing anxiety about my graduate career, I took sometime out last night to go see this movie. I have got to tell you, I watched XGames 14. The Summer Games, the Winter Games, it doesn’t matter when it comes to Action Sports, I’m stuck to the television. When I knew that this movie would only be in theatres for a week, I made it an imperative to go see it.

Shocked I was that I was the only one in the movie theater. Yes folks, I was it. I was also running about 10 minutes late, so missed the first part of the movie, which although I was slightly upset about, the rest of the movie did justice to me missing a small part of it. For the few steady readers I have of this blog, ya’ll know that I’ve been on crutches for a long time and the reason why I titled this blog what I did was largely because it’s the one place where I can sit down and be the skater, snowboarder, and surfer…even though I can’t do any of those things.

The clip expresses a good point that I think is imperative as to why the movie had such an impact on me despite seeing the footage already. These guys, from Travis Pastrana to Tony Hawk, Ryan Loza, Danny Way, Bob Bernquist, they all do the same thing, they say, “What if” the right way. What if you land it, do it, accomplish it. That failure isn’t a terrible thing. You get hurt, fine…get hurt. You get up, you brush yourself off, get the elbow, back, leg fixed and go back the next day and are ready for more.

I think in this graduate school journey, I’ve lost some of that. I have lost some of my don’t give a shit attitude. That failure is just an opportunity to learn more. I think what was so exciting about watching Ricky Carmichael in MotoX Step Up, was one thing that both him and Bob Bernquist said, “If you want something, and love it, there’s a push to go after it. Try it, practice it, there’s no can’t. Do it over and over and work damn hard at it. Don’t just expect it to come to you.”

I wonder so often if I am so used to having stuff just come to me. I did it through college, through high school. Now I’ve been presented with a challenge that I have never faced before, that no one I know in the true sense of knowing has ever experienced. I have allowed part of myself to be lost. I hate that. I get so frustrated that I have let one man control my entire existence. It’s annoying, not to mention stupid from someone who is far more hard headed than that.

Now all I have to do is figure out how to get back to where I was before I failed that test. Before I expected it to just “happen” and for the etherial “them” to just give me the PhD.

I want it back dammit.

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I could ramble on and on…

March 30, 2009

So, it’s been about two or some odd weeks before I had a chance to sit down and throw some info down here about what’s been going on. I’ve been super busy and it doesn’t look to finish anytime soon, but I figured that I would throw some information up and let the cards fall where they may.
Speaking of cards…X-Men Origins: Wolverine is due out May 1st, and although I have always been a fan of the X-Men series, I’m SUPER excited that my favorite mutant, Gambit is coming out to play for the 1st time in the X-Men movies. It actually is going to be good next couple weeks for movies. The original cast is back for Fast and Furious and from what I’ve heard of the soundtrack I’m blissfully happy about it. Vin Diesel, Paul Walker, Michelle Rodriguez, the cars…man the cars alone would have me waiting for tickets for this movie. State of Play also looks like it’s going to be a thrilling movie. Of course this summer we’re also waiting on Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince for which of course I’m grateful and can’t WAIT to see. I saw Watchmen when I was in Chicago for my conference and I’ve got to say that seeing things in the IMAX is the way to see a movie, ESPECIALLY a movie like that. It was good but if you’re anticipating a movie that is a normal super hero movie, you will be grossly disappointed.

Life as a graduate student will hopefully mellow out slightly in June. So, when I initially took my comprehensive exam in August last year, I didn’t pass all of the exam. I passed some but not all. So, I have taken WAY too long to deal with this, and now I have one more exam to take, as I took my 4th (out of 5) on Friday. So, if the exam I took on Friday comes out, I’ll take this last exam. To say I’m nervous is an understatement. I’m tired of doing these tests though. It will be nice one way to come out in the wash.

I have had a hard time with people as of recent. I think it’s hard for me to read people, and I try really hard not to let people hurt my feelings, and in the meantime, hurt others. I don’t like that. I don’t like thinking that about people. But, here’s the thing. If I’m calling you on something, one of two things is happening. Either 1. You did it, and you don’t like being called out. or 2. I genuinely hurt your feelings. But, I’ve got to ask the few readers I have out there…if I legit apologize, isn’t that enough? I figure that I’m not the type to hold grudges, I have a tendency to either forget about it, or just to write you off. I will admit it, it’s either one or the other for me. But, if you legit apologize, that I’ll take what you said, say okay we’re cool and move on.

Why is it that no one thinks the way I do? *sigh* Maybe it’s just me.

Oh, and a last bit news bit here. The Mt. Dew Action Sports Tour announced their new dates for the 2009 tour, and I just have to air my disappointment here. As a skateboarding fan, I was blissfully happy that the Dew Tour will make a stop in Grant Park in Chicago…conveniently to boyfriend’s house right? Too bad it’s not going to be the skateboarders!!! It’s not going to be any skateboarding in the 2nd city…no no…they’re going to Boston.

What’s going on people???? I recognize that the boarding community got screwed here in Baltimore for the beloved Orioles that haven’t gotten out of the basement of the AL east in a long time, but I mean hey…at least if you’re going to build a park, you’re going to build a half-pipe, throw the event all at the same time please????

An Update of Sorts…

September 11, 2008

First, my apologizes to those that actually take your hard earned time to read my blog. I’ve been super busy. So, how do we catch people up?

Mf has moved. We moved him at the end of August, and I’m still trying to adjust.  It hurts on a daily basis.  It seems as if it’s such a delicate balance between being dependent upon someone for your emotional comfort, but them not being there. It’s hard to realize what to do next.

School sucks as well. I found out soon after that I was given a conditional pass so I’m not quite a doctoral candidate yet. *sigh* I have no insturment, I can’t progress, and so now I sit and write stuff like this because I don’t quite know what to do next.

So, I figured I’d share a video. Here goes:

Go Skateboarding Day!

June 24, 2008

This is what I miss!!!!!!! I can’t believe the turn out that they got for Go Skateboarding Day this year! Go Bucky! Congrats on a SOLID WIN Skate Vert 2008! Take it all the way man!!!

Tales of a Wannabe Graduate School Dropout

May 13, 2008

Hey ya’ll…so comps are officially 8 weeks away. Two months before the last exam that I will ever take before my boards, and the last time that I will have to worry about whether or not I can “cut it” in graduate work. All I do anymore is study…I’d rather be doing this but that’s just me. It’s everything from dose response curves to liver toxicity, back to pharmacokinetics and benzodiazepiene pharmacology.

I’ve been studying now 2 weeks and between analytical chemistry and metal toxicity, my head is swimming. I haven’t been writing much, and Geekhiker reminded me to check my stats which have been falling. So, I just wanted to let you know that I am still around and kickin’. Occasionally going out, occasionally doing stuff. The bf graduates like legit on the 23rd, we move the following weekend. We spend a month of bliss in the new place, and I take my exam.

Immediately after that, we end up heading to the Windy City to look for a place to live for him. He’s also going to the university to see his new boss. Should be cool. We’re going to hang with his bff too. It’s going to be nuts I tell you. So, it’s been a stressful couple weeks, and it’s due only to get worse from there.

So, in a last bit of advice Go Skateboarding Day is June 21 this year. Skate parks are opening, kids, teens, and adults alike are hooking the day and skating. Skate man, skate!!!! I haven’t quite quit yet, grad school I mean (explaining the title) and don’t plan on it. I think about it…a lot. But it doesn’t seem like I should give up. I’m not a quitter…just a wannabe. 🙂

Skateboarding in the Olympics?

May 5, 2008

No can do folks. Yup, the talks to add the freewheeling, anarchy based sport to the 2012 Olympics has failed. Why do you ask? A bit of background first.

In an effort to boost youth appeal to the Olympics, the coordinators of the Olympics, the International Olympic Committee were throwing around the idea of putting skateboarding into the Olympics. The thought was to get the International Cycling Federation to adopt skateboarding as a “wheel based” sport. The ICF has decided to adopt a freestyle BMX version into the Bejing Olympics, but the thought was to hold off and organize a skateboarding event in a better way for the 2012 Olympics in London.

No can do.

Why? Well, in their recent “Congress” in Germany, they waited on the unanimous agreement from various federations around the world.

They didn’t get it. Skaters are generally mixed on the idea of throwing themselves into an extremely organized environment like the Olympics. Some skaters are happy for the exposure, others feel like it will add conformity.

Sure will. You ask this skater what she thinks, it would kill the sport as it is today. I think to a certain extent it’s too commercialized already. With Vans, DC Shoes, O’Neill, Billabong, people want to look feel, touch, smell, and act like Ryan Sheckler, Tony Hawk, and Paul Rodriguez. I can’t quote you what Tony Hawk’s last video game venture Proving Ground made, but I’m sure he’s not lacking. Other skaters like Rob Dyrdek and Ryan Sheckler are gaining more and more exposure not only for themselves but for the sport with their MTV reality shows. At last years Panasonic Open, you couldn’t get within 500 feet of the Panasonic tent because Ryan was in it. Was it the hard skaters there to admire his style? Nope…the 17 year old girls I tell ya…I remember…I was just like em….

My point is, perhaps this is a good thing. The X Games, the AST Dew Tour, these were events that were hard enough to organize on both technical and tone aspects. It’s not something that can be rushed. To introduce it in 2012, even though it’s still 4 years away, too close for comfort.

Don’t get me wrong, I’m happy for the exposure for the sport, I really am, but it’s got to be done the right way. Snowboarding is one of the most watched Olympic sports now…why do you ask? Yes folks, his name is Shaun White. Nope, he doesn’t have a website folks, or I would have linked you to him. Perhaps one of the best of his time in both snowboarding and skateboarding, it is a meant to be thing that he came around and revolutionized things the way Tony Hawk did in his time. Kids probably a millionaire at this point, and he’s barely out of his teens.

My point is, I’d be happy if skateboarding made it into the Olympics, just not like this. Don’t rush it, it’s not worth it. Let’s see how BMX goes, and then we’ll worry about 2016. Special thanks to the Evening Standard for the research for this article.

The Loop Challenge, and more crazy skateboarding

May 2, 2008

I shouldn’t live in Ca, I know that now…I would want to be Tony’s camera gal..

And they say no one knows how to skate…

May 1, 2008

Had to give my hand up to Slate of Confusion Skateshop for a competition that I missed…*again*. I will make it to a skate comp or demo…eventually….

An Update of Sorts…

April 11, 2008

So, as the world of graduate school has progressed, I have got to tell you, I’m more than anything ready to be done with crazy people. For example…

…I sit in on my mentor’s analytical chemistry class. How and why do college kids somehow think it’s totally okay to show up for class 45 minutes into a hour 30 minute class….and then…walk in front of the professor and grab a piece of paper. Right in front, interrupt the lecture and everything.

It’s like people just don’t think. Second, I’m also a bit tired of the world of biology trying to merge with the world of chemistry a bit too much. What I mean is…in biology, it’s more important for everyone to have their own micropipetter, their own reagents, their own chemicals, largely because you’re more concerned about contamination. In spite of this, there’s someone that I have had the pleasure to work with recently, that she just can’t stand having to share anything. I hate it more than anything, because she’s not necessarily complaining to me, but she’s just a character….and I hear about it from a lot of people. That’s okay. I am okay with that, but now that I’m the “only” one that “isn’t” her friend…*ugh* are we in middle school again?

Middle school was bad enough for me because I didn’t have many friends, and I was dealing with my crazy birth defect. I don’t want to go back. At all. I think I just need to be more forgiving and understanding of people, and I do try. It’s interesting to see what will happen next.

I will tell you though, I was thinking about Charlotte the other day because I had to dress up for a talk I had to give in class. It was white on white shirt, and let me tell you the fat was rolling ladies the fat was rolling! I was so disappointed in myself, and not keeping myself in proper shape. I think that if Charlotte can do it with work, and craziness…so can I dammit.

Back to the gym next week, regardless of looking for an apartment, keeping things together for the man and school, and getting ready for my comprehensive. It’s that time of year people! I don’t honestly care about missing June…because yes folks the Panasonic Open is coming back to town! I will gracefully be in town for June if I know I can spend the whole weekend there!!!!!!!!!

That’s my update folks, I will say, as much as I’m not necessarily commenting, I am reading! So, keep writing, I need some distraction. 🙂

Working Hard and Hardly working on Hump Day…

February 27, 2008

Alright ladies and gents, lots of reading, lots of chromatograms getting formulated today, and I’m about to go into major brain fart. So, figured I’d give a montage to the great state of Maryland, and the skating community here. The second video was filmed here at UMBC .