Sunday, August 16, 2009
This little guy was twirling his sticks around like a true hard rock drummer. What the guy in the background was doing I have no idea but he must have been celebrating something, cd's to the sky, face to the south, living it up on the boardwalk of shame.
Tuesday, August 11, 2009
Trust me, trust that I will catch you if you fall, if you tumble to the ground I will help you up, sometimes you will need to fall, you will need to be sick, to be strong. I won't let you down, unless you need to learn, to grow, bruised and afraid, poised and not swayed, you are better for it, but always you are strong because you have support, you have me and I will help you if you fail, if you fall, up or down, all around, take my hand, trust me.
Saturday, August 8, 2009
Friday, August 7, 2009
I think the Planetarium is awesome and everyone should go learn a thing or two about the stars and planets that are all around us. Such a humbling experience peering at the moon and realizing how far and wide the universe really is. We get so caught up in our little lives on this planet we forget about the reality of the unknown beyond our stratosphere. Go to your nearest planetarium and remember to leave your "humans are gods" ego at home. It's truly a step up from Discovery channel and a great place to pick up nerds.
Tuesday, August 4, 2009
Monday, August 3, 2009
The story goes like this - Jim Morrison used to eat and drink at a soul food eatery on the border between Venice and Santa Monica named Olivia's. He would write lyrics and poems on napkins, sitting in a booth, or at the long cafeteria style counter (that ran along the right side of the wall) while sipping alcoholic beverages and slowly becoming more and more drunk, until he would pass out and have to be physically removed (dragged) from the establishment. Some of the songs and poems that are now etched into rock and roll history were written here. He even penned a song named Soul Kitchen based on this small, soul restaurant, maybe you heard of it. Sadly, Olivia's closed and a part of history closed with it. Very few people actually know where it used to be but I luckily got to talking with an employee of a surf store named ZJ's boarding shop and he let me in on a little secret. Olivia's used to be located in a small portion of the back of the store. He allowed me to go back and snap a few pics where it was located, now just a surfboard/snowboard repair closet. If only walls could talk, the history they would reveal. This pic shows what Olivia's Soul Kitchen has become today. On a side note, the Malibu legend, surfer Miki Dora also hung out at Olivia's, along with the rest of the doors members and countless other notable musicians, bohemians and artists of the time.
Here's Jeff Ho, legendary surfboard shaper of Dogtown fame in front of his landmark store that once was the hangout for the Z-boys, the skate team that started skateboarding as we all know it. Jeff Ho opened the historic shop originally in 1973 with Skip Engblom and artist/photographer Craig Stecyk. They are credited with founding the Z-boys and launching the careers of such legends as Tony Alva, Jay Adams and Stacy Peralta to name the most famous of the crew. Here I am standing shoulder to shoulder with the man himself. He is a really nice guy, a nice guy. I must admit though, $50 a pop for an original Zephyr Skate Team shirt is a little steep. I guess in these turbulent economic times everyone is pulling the capitalist card. BTW, thats drummer Teddy Sahr on the right, hangin ten on the blvd. of broken boards.