Sunday, August 30, 2009

P*Lander for Life

Tony Elfering's P*Land tattoo. Tony was a true P*Lander for life and we will really miss him. It's hard to believe we have lost one of our gang. (For those who don't know, P*Land was our skate crew growing up in Phelan, Calif. Click the "label" below to see more P*Land pics.)

Saturday, August 29, 2009

Chief Arvol Looking Horse

Someone I did shake hands with...

Chief Arvol Looking Horse (S'unkawakan Wicas'a), 19th generation keeper of the original Sacred White Buffalo Calf Pipe of the Lakota, Dakota, and Nakota Nation of the Sioux.

[Picture from an interesting article on a ceremony held to release the spirit of the bison which had died in Yellowstone.]

Thursday, August 27, 2009

3 People I Could Have Shaken Hands With...

Either I was too shy, or I didn't want to intrude, but I have been within arm's length of these three people and yet didn't extend my arm to shake their hand. I wish I would have now.

1. Sen. Ted Kennedy
2. Cesar Chavez
3. The Dalai Lama

Wednesday, August 26, 2009

For Tony: Duane Peters Black out

I'm thinking a lot about Tony Elfering (R.I.P.) and our P*Land skating adventures back in the day. This Duane Peters video shows the radical P*Land style of skating in my opinion, which totally argo and quite different from the "gymnastics on wheels" style of pro skaters today. Glad to see Duane Peters has still got it, even at 40+ years of age, though he looks a lot worse for the wear-and-tear. He spits into the camera at the end (1:35), which is probably unnecessary, in case you want to skip that part :-) Still, great stuff!

Big Dipper -Santa Cruz, CA

I love this ride, but I'm also afraid of it.

Tuesday, August 25, 2009

Tony Elfering

{early '80s}

Rest in peace my brother. Shred on. We will miss you so much.

{More P*Land skate pics and videos here.}

Thursday, August 13, 2009

Friday, August 07, 2009

What the hell is happening to America?

Those who know me know I don't cuss too much, but I have to say it...What the hell is happening to America? Facists? Obama as Hitler? Have these "Republican activists" lost their minds? And where are the "mainstream Republicans" who should realize the damage this kind of activism is doing to their own party?

There is something very dangerous about the direction and tone of this activism. And--as Andrew Sullivan points out--it's been heard before in America.

[Flyer distributed in Dallas in November 1963.]

Buffy Sainte-Marie

Great to hear one of my Mom's favourite artists, folk singer Buffy Sainte-Marie, is making a comeback at age 68. I got to interview her once for Aboriginal Voices magazine about the great work she was doing for native youth. Click here to see the article and a collection of videos of her.

Yes We Cannabis

Apparently there's "furor" going on because Normal used this old picture of Obama without permission or something. Actually, I'm not sure what all this puff is about. I think the art is really groovy though.