1.27.2009

Quote of the tradeshow so far....

Don Dyer speaking on our prebook incentive program. "All we need is a
100% growth dude......it's a no brainer"

SIA has begun

1.25.2009

Champagne Powder

Besides the fender bender, today ripped. But tomorrow is going to be the day. I bet you the white stuff is waist deep in some spots up there. I leave for a grueling 6 day Vegas SIA mission in the morning so I wont be riding. Those of you that are, enjoy it. If you aren't, peep these iPhone shots from outside my window tonight.




Wrecked

Today started out as any normal UT Sunday; woke up late, missed breakfast, headed to Brighton. This was the first trip of the season that I drove the Jeep up. It was raining in the valley but started to snow halfway up the canyon. I met up with Jeff and Rich to shred. Snow was pretty epic today. The trees were dirty! After my legs were smoked Jeff hopped in with me so we could head down and grab some lunch. I was approaching the park n ride(just outside the canyon) and I put it back in two wheel since it was raining. No sooner than 30 seconds after that I was approaching the stop light...... but I was not stopping. I was going about 5 MPH when I hit my brakes and I slid about 20 feet, right into the back of the SUV in front of me. It was literally SLOW motion. I thought I was going to get within about an inch and then the powers that be would stop me, nope. I had enough time to look over at Jeff in shock and throw it in reverse to try and get out, still no luck. When I hit the explorer it was with almost no force at all, just the weight of my Jeep resting on his liftgate. The bummer part is that the sweet bumper I welded up a few years back really did its job of effing up anything in its path. Luckily the dude was super cool and we are going to handle it with no insurance claims. Good thing I have a dent guy! Needless to say, it was a vibe stopper. I really pride myself on being a safe driver, in control. This one would of happened to anyone, completely out of my control. Oh well, at least no one got hurt and nothing happened to my whip.

The Roads were a little sketch coming down today. Ye old Explorer was keeping his distance at this point.

The Explorer was no match.....

for this bad boy.

1.17.2009

DTM Avant





Bruns directed me towards this the other day. Looks pretty damn good for a B7. The yellow headlights are starting to grow on me. Overall, a little over the top for my personal taste, but clean none the less.

1.16.2009

My Roots


Something reminded me of this today. When I was growing up my pops had a souped 250R. Thing was scary fast, and for obvious reasons, super dangerous. I have a soft spot in my heart for this animal. As I type this, ye old 250R still sits on the side of my parents. Pops bought all new parts for it a few years ago and the thing looks tits. I think I will try and rip it around when I am back home next week. That 2 stroke cackle is a familiar sound of my childhood.

1.15.2009

Ryan Seacrest, blowing it.

When was the last time your blind friend knew the moment when you wanted a high five? Never. Thanks D-Mac for making my day.

Couldnt embed, link will have to do.

1.12.2009

If I had 27K lying around

I would be dropping in on this B5. If this was a widebody, it would be the ender ender. In either case, the best wheels known to man: Dronell M10's






1.11.2009

AZ Invaders

Two AZ natives that I grew up with came to SLC this weekend to ride. They have been here a few times in the past, but never to experience a sweet Brighton session. Yesterday was pretty epic conditions, Bluebird and powdery. Gave them a little taste of the goodness: Crest laps, Great Western tree runs, and a hike up Pioneer with a wind lip session. Brendan is a pretty solid rider, not super comfortable in his jumping abilities. He still powered through and hit the mini kicker 5 or so times. He even attempted a few back side three's and got extremely close to stomping it(on his first time trying no less). Jack on the other hand was wild style the whole day. Just all over the place. Having the most fun of his life and scaring me to death all day long. He decided he wanted to attempt a front side three which seemed to morph into a rodeo five? I don't know, see for yourself. Either way he had no business hucking himself like that. Luckily everyone walked away unscathed. It was a great time, with a great crew.

Top of Great Western

Nate-ighty

Downtown needing a snack before he collapses

Jack on his first attempt. At this point I knew I needed to bust of video for the second try.


video

Booster Pack!

I am posting this up for Dustin and Brock. Hopefully they can find some of this while on their intersting journey through China so it can boost up their batteries. If they do, it will make them run faster than Kenyans!

1.08.2009

And you thought AR rounds were spendy.....

Toy Camera and the Vet


So, Toy Camera is a pretty sweet $2.00 application investment. Backing it. Works really good when there are a lot of vibrant colors.

On the flip side of sweet things, there is the not so sweet things. Had to take Petra to the Vet today. I thought she threw out her back playing in the yard the other day. The Vet said she thought it was just a strained muscle(praying that was it), so she gave her some acupuncture and we were out. Shes a Holistic Vet, what can I say?

1.07.2009

Goodbye. Hello.

There is a very short list of things that I will miss about Arizona. I think it may contain three things total: Friends, Family and Food. I am big on "My Spots I Hit on The Weekly". Hopefully being back in Salt Lake I will be able to add to my list I began to start three years ago.

There are a few delicious spots that I highly recommend checking out if you are ever in the Phoenix Metro Area:

Delux: Oh how I will miss this one. Very modern establishment with some of the best burgers, and hot dogs(weird), that I have ever tasted. Plus they have like 70 beers on tap. The kicker to this one is that they are always open late, 2AM if I am not mistaken. Hours can really make or break a place for me.

Oreganos
: Locally owned "Hip" Italian joint. Thin crust pizza and waffle styles fries. That's a check in my book.

In N' Out: 3x3, need I say more?

YC's Mongolian Grill
: This is the lunchtime jam. Concept is usually on my "No-No's" list, buffet style. Here is where it tips the scales. Its "frozen" buffet style, load up your bowl with whatever meats and veggies you can dream up, make a killer sauce combo, and then they tepan style cook that shit in like 3 minutes. Amazing! Plus they have white pepper on tap, definite bonus.

Pita Jungle: For sure the spot that will be missed the most. One of those places you would drive by a million times and think to yourself, "what a shit hole that place must be." Wrong. Super healthy Greek fashioned restaurant. Awesome pastas and organic chicken. Siracha on tap, and the best iced tea in town. You will leave will a full stomach and loaded bladder.

As I wave the hand over and out to these I can welcome back some fine establishments exclusive to Salt Lake.

Big Apple: Still in my mind the best pizza around. Large Double cut cheese, garlic knots, and an Italian salad. So good

The Cotton Bottom
: What a shit shack this place is. But they have the best garlic burgers in town and you can get an ice cold corona as well. Now that there is a no smoking ban in effect I wont have to eat outside in the frigid weather. Give this place a stop on your way down from Big Cottonwood.

The Porcupine
: Another, "After Shred Sesh" eatery. Artichoke Dip is impeccable.

Molca Salsa
: Do yourself a favor, just google map it and go.

Rich's Bagels: I hit this every morning before I go ride. Put some Honey Butter on anyone of their fine bagels and it will hit the spot. Their breakfast sandwiches are a close second. Don't forget to grab one of their big ass homemade cookies for the ride down the canyon.

This whole post stemmed from a new spot I hit the other day with Chris Brown and my lady. Its a California chain that just opened up a spot at the Gateway. Its called The Counter and their concept,less is more. You pencil in your toppings, condiments, and meat type on their little menus and wait patiently for your creation to arrive. Shit was good and its now on the list. Check it out.

Options. Below are three fine examples of Mild to Wild

Wild: Chris Brown Heart Attack Burger

Medium: Dre's Thanksgiving Turkey and Cranberries concoction

Mild: My stock kit. Pepperjack, Mustard, Ketchup. Doesn't get much better.

A must have in your iTunes



Music is for sure part of my daily routine. Usually I switch it up day to day to keep things fresh. But lately there is one album that keeps making it into the daily rotation, Queens of The Stone Age - Over The Years and Through The Woods. If you don't have it, I highly suggest getting it. One of the best live albums to ever hit my ears. Feel free to listen here, not available on iTunes.

1.06.2009

Clean

Asian Memoirs

Sometimes its easy to forget trips you have been on until you run across some sweet photos. This is relatively recent, Japan/China April 08. Photo Credit on these goes to Brunstetter

Tiananmen Square. I miss you Nate!

My favorite shot of the trip. Six Pack

Neighborhood Store Front. Raddest store I came across in Japan. They had porcelain AK-47's

New Years Weekend

Luis came up from Encinitas for the New Years break to shred Brighton. Nate and I met him up on Saturday to shred first chair. It was effing cold to say the least, somewhere in the single digits, but it was a great 2 hour power sesh. Yes, he bit my style on the jacket too. Twins




1.05.2009

Christmas a little late

I know it past about 10 days ago, but ours lasted through this weekend due to late presents in SLC. I get really stoked to give to my closest friends. Usually because I find some super random cool shit that gets them hyped(if any of you that are reading this got a shitty present from me.....wait till next year). On the other end, I am not that amped on receiving gifts. Dont get me wrong, I love getting cool stuff, I just think its more fun to watch people open gifts. Either way, I got hooked this year, came out with a lot of stoke. Here is a little gem of Dre and I in front of my parents sweet tree, and a little goodie pack I received.