27 October 2014

Wuthering Heights

I went skating at the school again yesterday. I arrived first and discovered all the obstacles were locked away. Instead of calling off the session, I decided to roll around for a bit to warm up. I found a bin and put that in the middle of the basketball court, then started trying tricks over it on its side. Then a few people showed up and we kept skating the bin while we waited for everyone else. Then it turned into a fun skate and by the end of it, I was worn out.

Tom took a photo of me again, this time trying a backside 180 over said bin.

Matthew was trying the much harder frontside heelflip over the bin while I tried my measly 180 ollie.
He nearly got it on numerous occasions. Very impressive.
Yared stole the show again. Tree was back out filming as well, which was pretty impressive, considering he basically cut his hand off about a month ago.

I made this short film about the day.

13 October 2014


Hi everyone. Yesterday we had lunch at Raph and Beci's house. Raph made these incredible beef sandwiches with horseradish sauce and bits of fresh onion. He dipped the rolls (three types to choose from, one made by Aaron) in the beef juices. It was really delicious, even by Raph's standards. Among the guests were Ed, Olivia, Miles and Sofia. They are some of my best friends. I will never forget how they looked after me and treated me like a member of their family when I was getting over being hit by a truck a few years ago. Ed just got back from overseas, so it was a special treat to see them all.

I lent my little camera to Beci a while ago and she gave it back to me, so I started playing around with it. I feel rude that I didn't get photos of everyone, especially Raph and Beci, our gracious hosts, but I did take a few of some kids. And a cloudy window.

Maybe they should make windows with clouds on them already. Do they already do that? Write that down.

We were just sitting around drinking beers in the kitchen when Sofia rocked up in this dog suit, to great effect. It proved to be a bit warm for the weather, though, and soon she had switched to a tropical gown of some sort. Equal parts stylish and clownish.

Milo is basically a (slightly) smaller version of Ed, and is getting funnier by the day. Check out his jeans - some original Note to Self numbers, which I paid Ed with for an ad he laid out for me in Won magazine - remember that thing?

Lulu, Sofia (see, the gown?) and Ari on the kinetic sand. Have you touched that stuff? It's like you're on drugs.

Last kid in the series - the one Rosie has to carry around everywhere she goes! I hope he has her eyes and her insatiable thirst for alcohol. ;)

6 October 2014

A sale and a skate

That was quite a weekend. For starters, on Friday I got drunk, then on Saturday I had a jeans sale at The Good Copy shop. It looks like Tess is worried there are no customers in this shot, but it was actually quite busy. She just wanted to run outside, to her probable death.

Quite a few of the usual suspects showed, and I was ready for them with delicious Astra lagers.

Luckily, Rosie was on hand to wrangle Tess, make entertaining quips and help people with their jeans selections while I wondered around bleary-eyed, repeatedly saying hello to people.

The shop was the perfect spot for slack-peddling and we did a steady trade all day, with lots of friendly visitors including Romy, Caroline and Jared.

There's Tess again, standing on Sez's Moroccan rug, staring wistfully outside but having a good time nonetheless.

Three wise men.

Amanda and Corey. Corey started walking on Friday! He was showing off with an interesting sidestep crabwalk thing in the shop.

Jason was pointing at a squinty Andrew

A mid-anecdotal Prior

Wendy and Ben came along for the bargains and stayed for my incredible scattered banter.

Charlie giving us his classic ThreeThousand street gallery pose

Fast forward almost 24 hours and I was having a skate with a group of handsome shirtless men in a schoolyard. This is Yared.

Ivan and a well chiselled back tail. I have to exercise more.

It was the best skate I've had in perhaps years, thanks to no scooters and the fact that I finally learned this trick - the backside smith grind. Tom was so impressed he took this lovely photo.

You want another angle? Alright then. I am incredibly proud of learning this trick and I don't care what you say. It's been haunting me for decades!

Cheers Tom

Nick Yared - an incredible skateboarder and a lovely chap.

Alex is the coolest real estate agent I know. Much cooler than Blake from The Bachelor anyway.

Lachie and I skated the ledge for what seemed like hours after everyone else stopped.

It really was a great time out there.