Again, so happy about this. All things are pointing towards me riding a Mervin board next season. I wish I could make it happen right now but I'll have to hold off for next year. My first board ever was a Gnu Pharaoh 155 in 1993/1994...in 2015/2016 I'll again have a Gnu under my feet.
Wednesday, December 17, 2014
Friday, December 5, 2014
One of my favorite riders, Nicolas Muller, is riding Gnu. I've been a Gnu, Lib Tech, Mervin fan since I started snowboarding. My first board was a Gnu Pharaoh. So happy to see one of today's greats hooking up with one of the all time best companies around.
Sunday, November 23, 2014
It's been a while since my last post here, I've been kinda busy. My youngest daughter, Lily, had her EEG this weekend. We were really worried about how it was going to go but those worries were for nothing because she was a little trooper and all went well.
The weather here in southwest Pa has been unseasonably cold, which means, snow. The local resorts have been making snow so they'll be opening Thanksgiving weekend if all goes well. I have no clue if I'll make it up opening weekend but I'll keep my fingers crossed. Family and finances take precedent over snowboarding unfortunately. I'll make it out eventually I'm sure. Hopefully by next season we'll be in a better place financially.
I have been reading a shit ton of comics lately, playing lots of video games (Super Smash Bros., Pokemon, Disney Infinity) with my kids and just by myself. Also, I started playing Hearthstone on my iPad. I kinda suck at it but the game is super addictive and I'm loving it. I can't wait for the iPhone version that's supposedly coming in 2015.
I'm going to try to make my posts here a lot more frequent but we all know how that goes. Until then, may the force be with you.
Saturday, October 18, 2014
For the past few seasons I've shown a lot of Airblaster love and this season will be no different. I'm a devoted Airblaster pawn and I'm not afraid to spread the word. I'm just showing a thimble full of what awesomeness Airblaster is offering this season. Please be sure to check out their site ( http://www.myairblaster.com ) to peep their entire line of goods.
Saturday, October 11, 2014
Pictured above is the DWD Genovese. Sean designed this board to do it all. Swiss Army Slasher if you will. Flat camber and it'll come to you with one of the eight different top sheet graphics designed by the man himself, Sean Genovese. Sean's been coming up with sick DWD #WanderingMurderOfFutureDeads since the company's inception but most recently they've taken on a life of their own. If you need to have one board that will please you no matter what you're riding, this is it. It's available in 151cm, 154cm, and 157cm.
Friday, October 10, 2014
Last Sunday I ran in the Mario Lemieux 6.6K run in Pittsburgh. Before this I've never ran in anything before. It was fun and I'm hoping to run in another event in the future. I ran alongside my niece and sister in law and we all had a great time. My wife, kids, my other sister in law and her daughter all did the walk while the rest of us did the run.
It was kind of out of the blue, doing something like this. I'm going to do my best to go running at least 3 times a week from now on and get in better shape.
(In the pic, I have the blue hat on)
Monday, September 29, 2014
This past Sunday my family and I attended the Pittsburgh Comicon. It was a great time and I got to meet one of my favorite cosplayers, Holly Conrad.
Wednesday, September 24, 2014
So allegedly Nike is pulling out of snowboarding after this season. If this is indeed true, it comes as a shock...but it shouldn't. It's happened before...history tends to repeat itself. In a way I want to say "good riddance." But also, it really bums me out. Not because of their products really, but more so because of the awesome snowboarders they supported and helped make able to do the things they love. These guys and girls are getting the shaft. A lot of them left long time sponsors...friends, to become prt of Nike's snowboarding program. They probably burned some bridges for their opportunity with Nike and now what? I'm sure most of them will land on their feet somewhere, but it leaves a sour taste in my mouth.
Sunday, September 14, 2014
This board looks like so much fun. Imagine a freestyle snowboard akin to the boards the forefathers of our activity rode but updated with the technology we have available today and BLAMO!, you have the Dinosaurs Will Die Wizard Stick. It may look like one of those short tailed, powder surfers, but it's seriously an all-mountain shred stick to the highest caliber. It can and will excel in just about every condition. Also, it surfs pow! There's an extra set of inserts so you can hike your set up back on those much loved powder days and get your turns on. This is the board to get my friends.
(Over the next week or two I'll be posting little write ups featuring DWD's boards for this season because, well, their boards are the best and I want to show them the love they deserve.)
Sunday, August 10, 2014
Last weekend my family and I went out to see the Guardians of the Galaxy on opening weekend. I've been looking forward to this since I first read that James Gunn was directing it. It was everything I wanted it to be. It pleased me, as a huge comicbook fan, and it pleased me as a Marvel cinematic fan as well. Also, it pleased me as a skateboarder. I love when certain things, outside of skateboarding and snowboarding, show up in other parts of life and remind me of them. For example, in this movie the Jackson 5's song "I Want You Back" is featured near the end of the movie. And for all of you in the know (and if you don't shame on you) Guy Mariano skated to this song in the legendary Blind Video Days video. Just hearing this song brings a flood of memories and emotions to me because of the impact that skate video had on me growing up.
So, hearing the song's opening piano keys during this movie put such a smile on my face, I honestly can't even describe how it made me feel really. I just love when two things that I really love a lot mesh together, and crossover. This movie is one of the best Marvel/comicbook movies I've ever seen and I think everyone owes it to themselves to go see it. Even if you're not a huge comicbook fan it's still a really good, fun movie that almost everyone can enjoy. Go see it. Also, stay until the credits are done rolling for a little surprise appearance from someone (if you're a Marvel movie fan you shouldn't need to be told to stay until after the credits).
Friday, August 1, 2014
So, a few weeks under my belt at the new job...and I'm digging it. It's hard work, I come home sore and tired. But I'm coming home at what I feel is a reasonable time compared to what time I used to be coming home at my old job. So yeah, this is good. I see my wife more, I see my kids more. Definitely an improvement from where I was 3 weeks ago.
Tuesday, July 8, 2014
So, I've been applying to new jobs like crazy in an attempt to find something better for myself. Low and behold, something found me. Something I never thought I'd actually be doing, but I'm game for anything. Starting next week I'll be a sheet metal worker. It's a lot less of a commute (about 40 minutes closer), and after the first year it'll be better money than I'm currently making too. Also, I'll be working four 10 hour shifts rather than the five 8 hour shifts I'm currently working. But with the good comes the bad. It seems to be causing more stress in my home life (and I haven't even started the new job yet) so I'm really hoping in a week or two everything is ironed out and running smoothly. My wife's helping make this job possible for me so I have her to thank for a lot.
Because of the pay cut I'll be taking for the first year at this new job it looks like any new snowboarding gear (and in turn, reviews) will be put on the back burner for sure. But it's only for a year so I'm fine with that. I'm excited to be starting something new, interesting, and better for me and my family.
Monday, June 30, 2014
I don't even know what I'm doing with this zine right now. No content has been presenting itself to me so I've been posting screen caps from digital comics that I find interesting. I haven't had a whole lot of time to devote to this zine in all honesty. About a month ago my 2 year old Lily suffered a seizure that completely scared the holy hell out of myself and my wife (and pretty much everyone else who knows us). She's doing fine now, but still...scary stuff. I have a preview of the new DinosaursWillDie boards for this coming season, just need to get the okay to post it from DWD. I'm assuming I'm not going to be doing any gear reviews this coming year unless some good fortune comes my way. So yeah. That's where Seasons is right now. Maybe some gear previews. I'll shoot for an interview or two if I can. And, comicbook screen caps. FUN!
Sunday, May 4, 2014
This flame is located at a mill in the town I live in. My 5 year old daughter is enthralled with it. Every morning I drive her to kindergarten and she asks questions about it. When she's in our back yard jumping on the trampoline, she can see it when she's up in the air. Last night I brought her down into town so she could see it close up. She was a little scared of it at first but after a few moments she just stared at it in awe.
Sunday, April 13, 2014
All I've been doing as of late is working. Working, reading comic books, and being a husband/father. My wife's been out of commission having had surgery on her left foot so I've been picking up the slack.
I've subscribed to the Marvel Unlimited service and I couldn't be more pleased with it. Read tons of comics digitally and it's $69 for a year subscription. I've been reading a minimum of $40 worth of comics a day. If only new releases were the available the same day as they hit the shelf (there's about a 6 month delay from when a new issue is released in shops as to when it hits Marvel Unlimited). But still, for someone with limited funds, this is the most cost effective way to read Marvel comics digitally. I have a feeling that in the future, for an additional fee, the user will be offered same day releases. I'll be first in line.
Monday, March 3, 2014
I'm going to make this as short and sweet as possible.
I wanted a boot this year that was soft.
I work a lot. I'm a family man...a husband, father of two young girls. I don't get to ride my snowboard as much as I used to (or as much as I wish I could). So, by the time I'm breaking my boots in, the season is just about over and all of the foot aches and pains were for nothing really. So for this year I decided to go with the softest boot 32 had to offer and went with the JP Walker model.
I feel I made a great choice. Straight out of the box, these boots were pretty much ready to go. They almost felt like a pair of skate shoes, comfort wise. So for me, getting to ride about once a week (weekend warrior) these were as good as it gets. I couldn't be happier with them.
If I was capable of going riding say, 2-3-4 times a week then yeah, these boots might have been blown out and overly soggy. But for me, and the type of riding I do at this point in my life, bar none, these were a perfect fit for me. If you're in the same boat as me, go for this boot. I'm positive you'll be smiling ear to ear.
Sunday, February 9, 2014
This year I again was privelidged enough to continue my little relationship with Airblaster. Being that when it does eventually get cold here in Southwestern Pennsylvania, I'm always wishing I went with a jacket that was insulated, I decided to go with the AB/BC (Airblaster/Brandon Cocard) jacket.
It features 80g of insulation, which is more than enough for my needs. I can layer down and/or unzip the mesh lined pit vents when it's warmer out. The jacket has a tailored long fit which is something new for me. It took some time for me to get used to it surprisingly. When I sit down in my car or on the chair lift it felt a little strange at first, having the bottom portion of the jacket under my butt. No negative aspects to it though, it was just something I wasn't akin to. The longer length of the jacket, coupled with the removable powder skirt works in unison to keep any unwanted elements from making their way up and under the jacket. Brandon Cocard designed this jacket with 10k of waterproofing,10k of breathability, and fully taped seams. So unless you get caught in a monsoon I'm quite certain you're going to be staying dry. Last weekend I was riding for hours at Hidden Valley in the pouring rain and beneath my Airblaster gear I was as dry as the Tattoine desert. I love the Lycra wrist gators, don't know what I'd do without them now that I've been using them for two seasons. The double strength cuff closures use Velcro as well as snaps to stay where you put them, well played Airblaster...well played indeed. The last feature I'll compliment this fine piece of outerwear on is it's generous use of pockets. There's your run of the mill hand warmer pockets, an internal pocket with a media cord port, upper chest slash style pockets, and last but not least there's a handy dandy candy pocket on the lower right front of the jacket. Brandon and Airblaster did a fine job on the AB/BC jacket and I'm enjoying the fruits of their labor quite nicely.
The pants I'm donning this season are the Nick Dirks designed Sissy pant.
I'm really digging the night spruce color way I went with. It goes well with the jet black AB/BC jacket on top of them. The pants have a skinny fit to them which I'm growing fond of. They're not skin tight like a pair of leggings by any means. But rather a pair of your favorite jeans with the benefits you'd come to expect in a pair of snowboard pants. They feature 10k waterproofing, 10k breathability, and fully taped seams. As I said, hours riding in the rain and dry as a bone. They're constructed of a stretch twill fabric which seems to be extremely durable. Hidden mesh lined vents in the legs for when you're in need of letting off some steam. The waist features Velcro adjusters to dial in the fit if you choose not to wear a belt. The heels of the pant have rip stopper panels increasing the durability where it's needed most. Before I'm actually on the hill riding with boots on, whatever type of shoes I'm wearing on any given day seem to result in me stepping on about a half an inch of the heel of my pants. These rip stopper panels are a much needed commodity in a pair of snowboard pants for myself. In summary, the Sissy pant from Airblaster will be like your favorite pair of jeans, but in the form of a snowboard pant.
Finally, I wanted to mention my Airblaster animal print Grandpa Cap.
A full review isn't really necessary as it's just a hat...you put it on your head and that's that. I just really like it a lot. I've gotten more compliments on this hat than on any other hat I've ever worn. Some people like to ask me, "why would you buy a hat that looks like that?" Why? Because I like it, it's different, and it's awesome.
They all jealous.
Monday, February 3, 2014
After being on a family vacation for a week (Carnival Cruise, which was very nice and very much needed), and then it took all of last week to get adjusted to the daily grind, I headed up to 7 Springs yesterday to check out the goings on of the US Open Qualifiers.
I didn't last too long there. I got some free stuff at the tents that I really didn't need then decided to hop back in my car and drive down to Hidden Valley to get my shred on.
I did in fact "get my shred on." I actually hit some jumps and slid some boxes. Which, for my 35 year old decaying body is quite the feat. Not that I did anything spectacular...and I'm sure I looked like a breaching whale. But whatever, I have fun and that's what it's all about right, having fun? When I starting riding it was a little foggy and kinda raining on and off. By the time I has enough, I couldn't see 10 feet in front of me, it was pouring, and I was soaked. I make the drive home, and a few hours later it's snowing. I wake up this morning to find that my daughter's school is cancelled and this is what it looks like outside.
I'm hoping it looks like this come this weekend when I can go ride again. But as per usual, it'll be 45 degrees and rain. And I'll probably still go try to ride in it. It's all about having fun right?
Thursday, January 16, 2014
Wednesday, January 8, 2014
This is my first year on a DWD snowboard, it's been a long time coming and I was anxious to finally have the opportunity to ride one. When the time came to choose which model I went with The Maet 155. The Maet is an all mountain slayer of a snowboard. It can take whatever you can dish out, and then some. Out of the box I noticed it's quite light (in weight). It's got itself a nice shape, nothing too fancy, but extremely functional. The graphics sold me from the get go...Zeachman, by Michael Gonsalves. Seriously, the base of this board is a work of art. Zeachman from nose to tail, in an array of vibrant colors. If they made prints of this it'd be hanging on a wall in my house some place. Back to the actual board...it rules. Park laps, groomers, high speed chases down the mountain, rails/boxes, powder (I'm assuming, I don't get to ride powder in PA), this board will take good care of you. I can't wait to make it out to ride this thing again, it's so much fun! I don't know if it matters to anyone, but I rode it with Switchback bindings and 32 JP Walker boots. Comfy, solid board. Go out and get some DWD!