Saturday, December 31, 2011

End of Another Year

Be Safe, it is the end of another year. For me is has been a year of ups and downs. I am looking forward to 2012 to accomplish even more. I want to thank my friends (+ girlfriend, she pointed out she is more than a friend though less than family...) and family for your help and support this year.

Thursday, December 29, 2011


To follow up with the twenty year success of Pumpkinhead, Shipyard is making Applehead. If anyone knows who is distributing this in California, let me know?

Make Your Bed and Live With it Too

Many know of my anal retentive ways. I have had this diagram in my grandfathers scout book from the 20's since I was a boy. I have been making my bed this way ever since. You see, my neurosis runs that deep. Side note, remember to lay your top sheet upside down when making your bed. That way when you fold it over your comforter it is right side up. Plus, it protects your comforter from getting dirty.

We Were Promised Jetpacks

We Were Promised Jetpacks - "Human Error" from stereogum on Vimeo.

The Talented Mr. Ripley

Though Tom never gets to go on the ski trip with Dickie (he murders him with an oar), I am sure he would of loved the Alps. I would have loved to have seen Il Boom in its glory. The growth in the modern post war Europe and the culture that came from it would have been impressive. From the existentialists in France, Seville Row in London, to Italian and German motor vehicles. No wonder Americans flocked there from the mid-fifties through the sixties with their disposable income.

Jazz Blues, Big Jay McNeely

The visceral feeling that is often experienced during music is a secondary emotion that is not the primary intent of music. This was taught to me by Dr. Balfour, I have to politely disagree as this is the primary intent of seeing live music. This inter-connective shared feeling promotes indie music to the point that kids go to shows in basements and small clubs.


is almost here, I would to be on this lake by early summer. With my bike parked near by.

VW Bus Tent

Type two tent, sleeps four. This is exceptionally fun.

Wednesday, December 28, 2011

Funniest Thing I Have Seen in a While

This is a funny show, check it out. Plus, it is about Portland, the Western one.

Thursday, December 22, 2011

Rare Rear Shot

This is a rare rear photo of one of my favorite bikes. This early, may I state very early, knuckle chopper from the 50's with narrowed WR tanks and XA fork is one of the best looking bikes of all time.

New York

Thursday, December 15, 2011

Conform or Else

Disturbing news from Indonesia. A group of detained Indonesian punks were forced to wash themselves in a lake after their hair was shaved off at a police school in Aceh province. After being arrested at a punk rock concert, 59 male and five female punk rock fans have been forced to have their hair cut, bathe in a lake, change clothes and pray in Islamic tradition. This has nothing to do with Islam, rather it has to do with fundamentalist people that force their view points on others. These youth have had their rights stripped from them in the guise of fitting in. Wrong here, wrong there. The 65 youths were then sent to a police school to receive mental and spiritual guidance for ten days. Only then are they are allowed to return home.

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Bike Progress

Time flies, it's Thursday and this is how Valentine sits. I have to modify the brake linkage and the exhaust for clearance and function, bend the oil lines and drill for the taillight. Plus fit the tank and weld the tunnel. I have to clean everything up by tomorrow.

Sunday, December 11, 2011

This Guy Didn't Get the Hint

Hi Lauren,
I'm disappointed in you. I'm disappointed that I haven't gotten a response to my voicemail and text messages.
FYI, I suggest that you keep in mind that emails sound more impersonal, harsher, and are easier to misinterpret than in-person or phone communication. After all, people can't see someone's body language or tone of voice in an email. I'm not trying to be harsh, patronizing, or insulting in this email. I'm honest and direct by nature, and I'm going to be that way in this email. By the way, I did a google search, so that's how I came across your email.
I assume that you no longer want to go out with me. (If you do want to go out with me, then you should let me know.) I suggest that you make a sincere apology to me for giving me mixed signals. I feel led on by you.
Things that happened during our date include, but are not limited to, the following:
-You played with your hair a lot. A woman playing with her hair is a common sign of flirtation. You can even do a google search on it. When a woman plays with her hair, she is preening. I've never had a date where a woman played with her hair as much as you did. In addition, it didn't look like you were playing with your hair out of nervousness.
-We had lots of eye contact during our date. On a per-minute basis, I've never had as much eye contact during a date as I did with you.
-You said, "It was nice to meet you." at the end of our date. A woman could say this statement as a way to show that she isn't interested in seeing a man again or she could mean what she said--that it was nice to meet you. The statement, by itself, is inconclusive.
-We had a nice conversation over dinner. I don't think I'm being delusional in saying this statement.
In my opinion, leading someone on (i.e., giving mixed signals) is impolite and immature. It's bad to do that.
Normally, I would not be asking for information if a woman and I don't go out again after a first date. However, in our case, I'm curious because I think our date went well and that there is a lot of potential for a serious relationship. Of course, it's difficult to predict what would happen, but I think there is a lot of potential for a serious relationship developing between us one day (or least there was before your non-response to my voicemail and text messages).
I think we should go out on a second date. In my opinion, our first date was good enough to lead to a second date.
Why am I writing you? Well, hopefully, we will go out again. Even if we don't, I gain utility from expressing my thoughts to you. In addition, even if you don't want to go out again, I would like to get feedback as to why you wouldn't want to go again. Normally, I wouldn't ask a woman for this type of feedback after a first date, but this is an exception given I think we have a lot of potential.
If you don't want to go again, then apparently you didn't think our first date was good enough to lead to a second date. Dating or a relationship is not a Hollywood movie. It's good to keep that in mind. In general, I thought the date went well and was expecting that we would go out on a second date.
If you're not interested in going out again, then I would have preferred if you hadn't given those mixed signals. I feel led on. We have a number of things in common. I'll name a few things: First, we’ve both very intelligent. Second, we both like classical music so much that we go to classical music performances by ourselves. In fact, the number one interest that I would want to have in common with a woman with whom I'm in a relationship is a liking of classical music. I wouldn't be seriously involved with a woman if she didn't like classical music. You said that you're planning to go the NY Philharmonic more often in the future.
As I said, I go to the NY Philharmonic often. You're very busy. It would be very convenient for you to date me because we have the same interests. We already go to classical music performances by ourselves. If we go to classical music performances together, it wouldn't take any significant additional time on your part. According to the internet, you're 33 or 32, so, at least from my point of view, we're a good match in terms of age. I could name more things that we have in common, but I'll stop here. I don't understand why you apparently don't want to go out with me again. We have numerous things in common. I assume that you find me physically attractive. If you didn't find me physically attractive, then it would have been irrational for you to go out with me in the first place. After all, our first date was not a blind date. You already knew what I looked like before our date. Perhaps, you're unimpressed that I manage my family’s investments and my own investments. Perhaps, you don’t think I have a "real" job. Well, I’ve done very well as an investment manager. I've made my parents several millions of dollars.
That's real money. That's not monopoly money. In my opinion, if I make real money, it's a real job. Donald Trump's children work for his company. Do they have "real" jobs? I think so. George Soros's sons help manage their family investments. Do they have "real" jobs? I think so. In addition, I’m both a right-brain and left-brain man, given that I’m both an investment manager and a philosopher/writer. That’s a unique characteristic; most people aren't like that. I've never been as disappointed and sad about having difficulty about getting a second date as I am with you. I've gone out with a lot of women in my life. (FYI, I'm not a serial dater. Sometimes, I've only gone out with a woman for one date.) People don’t grow on trees. I hope you appreciate the potential we have.
Am I sensitive person? Sure, I am. I think it's better to be sensitive than to be insensitive. There are too many impolite, insensitive people in the world.
I suggest that we continue to go out and see what happens. Needless to say, I find you less appealing now (given that you haven't returned my messages) than I did at our first date. However, I would be willing to go out with you again. I'm open minded and flexible and am willing to give you the benefit of the doubt. I wish you would give me the benefit of the doubt too. If you don't want to go out again, in my opinion, you would be making a big mistake, perhaps one of the biggest mistakes in your life. If you don’t want to go out again, then you should have called to tell me so. Even sending a text message would have been better than nothing. In my opinion, not responding to my messages is impolite, immature, passive aggressive, and cowardly. I spent time, effort, and money meeting you for dinner. Getting back to me in response to my messages would have been a reasonable thing for you to do. In addition, you arrived about 30 minutes late for our date. I'm sure you wouldn’t like it if a man showed up thirty minutes late for a first date with you.
If you're concerned that you will hurt my feelings by providing specific information about why you don't want to go with me again, well, my feeling are already hurt. I'm sad and disappointed about this situation. If you give information, at least I can understand the situation better. I might even learn something that is beneficial.
If you don't want to go out again, that I request that you call me and make a sincere apology for leading me on (i.e., giving me mixed signals). In my opinion, you shouldn't act that way toward a man and then not go out with him again. It's bad to play with your hair so much and make so much eye contact if you're not interested in going out with me again. I have tried to write this email well, but it's not perfect. Again, I'm not trying to be harsh, insulting, patronizing, etc. I'm disappointed, sad, etc. I would like to talk to you on the phone. I hope you will call me back at xxx-xxx-xxxx> (if it's inconvenient for you to talk on the phone when you read this email, you can let me know via email that you are willing to talk on the phone and I'll call you). If you get my voicemail, you can a leave a message and I can call you back. Even if you don't want to go out again, I would appreciate it if you give me the courtesy of calling me and talking to me. Yes, you might say things that hurt me, but my feelings are already hurt. Sending me an email response (instead of talking on the phone) would better than no response at all, but I think it would be better to talk on the phone. Email communication has too much potential for misinterpretation, etc.
Best, Mike

- This is a real 1,600 word letter to a girl that Mike went out with one date...

Mary Blair

Conceptual artist for Disney's Sleepy Hollow: Washington Irving

Time Flies

This was over two years ago.


We want one.

Wednesday, December 7, 2011


Today is the seventieth anniversary of the day that Japan awakened the sleeping giant. If you have never seen the film it is an excellent representation of that day. We must never forgot the events that tear our world asunder.

Sunday, December 4, 2011

Thursday, December 1, 2011

For Aaron

"Your Turn."

Wednesday, November 30, 2011


Imagine going to this place in the 50's and 60's. Rum drinks, music and bad decor pretty great. It is now a Mexican food restaurant...

Wednesday, November 23, 2011

Edward Gorey

had fashion sense.



Sunday, November 20, 2011

A Perfect Knuckle

From the Wild Angels

Thinking, A Novel Idea

Gleaming the Cube

Sitting here doing homework; will I ever finish these TPE's? Luckily I found one of my favorite movies on YouTube. If you haven't seen it take the time, you even see a very young Tony Hawk. Pro-skaters Mike McGill does the vert sections and Rodney Mullen does the flatland stunt doubles for Christian Slater. Fun times.

Wednesday, November 16, 2011


From the makers of Garage (My favorite magazine of all time, maybe behind old issues of National Geographic) comes a new internal combustion magazine. The lay out, font and photography is better than ever. I felt I better support this as I was really bummed when Garage was taken over, then run into the ground. I wish them luck and for you collectors the premiere issue is out now.

P.S. David the cover comes on extra heavy card stock so you don't have to buy two because it is less likely to crease.

Friday, November 11, 2011

Veterans Day

- When did Veterans Day start?
In 1954, President Dwight D. Eisenhower signed the first Veterans Day proclamation calling on the U.S. to honor the veterans of all wars.

- Why is Veterans Day on November 11?
November 11th is the date on which the Allied Powers signed the cease-fire agreement with Germany ending World War I.

- Why does the parade start at 11:11 a.m.?
The ceasefire agreement was signed at the eleventh hour of the eleventh day of the eleventh month in 1918, after four years of war

- What is the difference between Veterans Day and Memorial Day?
Many people confuse Memorial Day and Veterans Day. Memorial Day is a day for remembering and honoring military personnel who died in the service of their country, particularly those who died in battle or as a result of wounds sustained in battle. While those who died are also remembered, Veterans Day is the day set aside to thank and honor all those who served honorably in the military - in wartime or peacetime. In fact, Veterans Day is largely intended to thank living veterans for their service, to acknowledge that their contributions to our national security are appreciated. Veterans day is not only for those who died, but also those who have sacrificed and done their duty for this nation.

Thursday, November 10, 2011

Wow, This Made My Day

Jeff Wright put this up over on COC today and it floored me. Wheeling, while jockey shifting, like its "no thing." Impressive, and makes we want to get on my bike now.

Maine WIFI Amtrak Poster

Wednesday, November 9, 2011

James Van Doren (Vans) 1939-2011

Still one of my favorite sneakers. I will probably always own a pair of Era's.

Monday, November 7, 2011

Quote of the Day

If you're going to tell people the truth, you better make them laugh; otherwise they'll kill you.
-George Bernard Shaw

Monday, October 31, 2011

Tuesday, October 25, 2011

Banks Viollete

Banks Violette: Vinyl Aestheticsfrom Matt Black on

My favorite living contemporary artist. That is a heavy statement but when viewed in the terms of Post-Minimalism's effect on my studies and artistic life it makes sense. I first viewed his work when he was featured in the 2005 Whitney Biennial. No small feat to be a young featured artist with little known work and media coverage. The show featured a basalt recreation of the burning chapel of Burzum's cover Aske. The scale replica filled a room where a looping piece of music was meant to fill the negative space. He has gone on to be featured all over the world but most notably in NYC. His introspective look at modern western society and the line in which we dare not cross is terribly fascinating. A line that would be considered absurd by most is the land in which he plays artistically. The work is not for the faint of heart nor the easily depressed. This rare interview was a nice way of seeing deeper into his working process.

Post Script: Recently through my love of motorcycles I have found out that he rides himself and his assistant built a bike that was seen at the Brooklyn Invitational.

Monday, October 24, 2011

Credential Program

I am sure I will be excited to be done with school in December, though I don't think I will be as excited as this guy. He was so excited to be done, that he played a jig because he finished the credential program. Wow.

Thursday, October 20, 2011

Wow, Gerhard Richter Painting

Gerhard Richter Painting on

Rare look into Gerhard painting one of his abstract squeegee painting. Gerhard Richter a master of many mediums and one of the most respected artists of his generation. He is one of the few modern artists to be featured in Getty.

Got to work on the bike.

When I say worked on her, I really mean mock up for 40 minutes in between babysitting and going out to dinner for a very belated meal for Victoria's birthday and lesson planning. I think she looks good. I hope I can get her going soon, though the next month is going to be so busy for school so it will probably be in December. Anyone want to help pitch in? I need a wrench helper, drinks provided.

Easton Auto Show

Easton, California October 15th, A great time in deed. The show was at my mom's alma matter, Washington Union. I love when grey beards start questioning your knowledge of vintage vehicles to see if you are really committed, then turn around and start asking you questions for help. Victoria started laughing to herself about the whole situation. I wish there were more local fun events that are about the vehicle and not the scene.

Friday, October 14, 2011

So a Duck Walks in a Bar...

Q: Do you know the difference between a Hoover vacuum and a Harley Davidson?

A: A Hoover vacuum has the dirt bag on the inside!

For Victoria, For Eternity

Wednesday, October 12, 2011

The Stages of Addiction

The stages of an Addict

1) Search online for bikes, see what's out there, find one I just HAVE to have
(looking for drugs, going to the dealers house)

2) Justify why I need THAT motorcycle, what I could build it into, the fact that no one has done what I want to do so it will be mind-blowing
(justification - "I just need this one hit" - or the "right" hit)

3) Call about it, see it, generally obsess about it and whether it will still be available when I decide to pull the trigger - start to plan the modifications (I usually can't sleep well during this time)...
(drug or "using" obsession)

4) Buy it and get it home
(peak experience, the "high")

5) Make lists of ideas and parts I need, add up costs - all the while starting to lose interest
(wanting to hold onto the high, but coming down)

6) Realize that the mods are out of my budget and skill-level, and also not cost-effective, as in: I would be spending multiple times what the car's worth when done - consider how silly it is to keep buying and selling bikes like this
(depression and introspection following high, the part where many addicts will think they may need to stop using because in coming down you actually dip lower mood-wise for a bit even than where you started before getting high)

7) Start into justifications of why this isn't the "right" bike and another one would be (need a bigger hit or a different combo of drugs - start of relapse, since relapse starts long before actually repeating the addictive behavior)

8) Off the motorcycle, usually for close to what I have into it - I've been lucky there, but I did say usually (this can be where some people try recovery, getting clean and sober)

9) Search online for bikes, see what's out there, find one I just HAVE to have
(back to the beginning, actual full relapse)

(Modified to relate to motorcycles)
by Ryan S (LBCC Member SlammednFlaked

Existentialism and Motorcycles

Dealing with the absurdity of the modern world is tough enough, motorcycles make it tolerable.I wonder if Kierkegaard would have ridden a motorcycle?

I Don't Know Why,

but this image makes me think of Corbin P. I hope you are well my friend.

For Erick, Robert, David and Anyone Else That Loves This Man

25 Jeremy Clarkson Quotes
1. “I’d like to consider Ferrari as a scaled down version of God.”
2. [On the Porsche Boxster] “It couldn’t pull a greased stick out of a pig’s bottom.”
3. [When driving the Mercedes SLR McLaren through a tunnel] “When they debate as to what the sound of the SLR engine was akin to, the British engineers from McLaren said it sounded like a Spitfire. But the German engineers from Mercedes said ‘Nein! Nein! Sounds like a Messerschmitt!’ They were both wrong. It sounds like the God of Thunder, gargling with nails.”
4. “I’m sorry, but having an Aston Martin DB9 on the drive and not driving it is a bit like having Keira Knightley in your bed and sleeping on the couch. If you’ve got even half a scrotum it’s not going to happen.”
5. “Speed has never killed anyone, suddenly becoming stationary… that’s what gets you.”
6. “Koenigsegg are saying that the CCX is more comfortable. More comfortable than what… being stabbed?”
7. [On Detroit] “God may have created the world in six days, but while he was resting on the seventh, Beelzebub popped up and did this place.”
8. “Owning a TVR in the past was like owning a bear. I mean it was great, until it pulled your head off, which it would.”
9. [On the Renault Clio V6] “I think the problem is that it’s French. It’s a surrendermonkey.”
10. [On the Enzo Ferrari] “I rang up Jay Kay, who’s got one, and said: “Can we borrow yours?” and he said, “Yeah, if I can borrow your daughter, because it amounts to the same thing.”
11. [On the Porsche Cayenne] “I’ve seen gangrenous wounds better looking than this!”
12. “The air conditioning in Lamborghinis used to be an asthmatic sitting in the dashboard blowing at you through a straw.”
13. “Whenever I’m suffering from insomnia, I just look at a picture of a Toyota Camry and I’m straight off.”
14. “If you were to buy a [BMW] 6-series, I recommend you select reverse when leaving friends’ houses so they don’t see its backside.”
15. “That [Pagani] Zonda, really! It’s like a lion in orange dungarees. Kind of fierce, but ridiculous all at the same time.”
16. [On a Chevrolet Corvette] “The Americans lecture the world on democracy and then won’t let me turn the traction control off!”
17. [On the Alfa Romeo Brera] “Think of it as Angelina Jolie. You’ve heard she’s mad and eats nothing but wallpaper paste. But you would, wouldn’tyou?”
18. “A turbo: exhaust gasses go into the turbocharger and spin it, witchcraft happens and you go faster.”
19. “This is a Renault Espace, probably the best of the people carriers. Not that that’s much to shout about. That’s like saying ‘Oh good, I’ve got syphilis, the best of the sexually transmitted diseases!’”
20. “In the olden days I always got the impression that TVR built a car, put it on sale, and then found out how it handled – usually when one of their customers wrote to the factory complaining about how dead he was.”
21. [On the Mercedes CLS55 AMG] “It sounds like Barry White eating wasps.”
22. “I’d rather go to work on my hands and knees than drive there in a Ford Galaxy. Whoever designed the Ford Galaxy upholstery had a cauliflower fixation. I would rather have a vasectomy than buy a Ford Galaxy.”
23. “Usually, a Range Rover would be beaten away from the lights by a diesel powered wheelbarrow.”
24. “Racing cars which have been converted for road use never really work. It’s like making a hardcore adult film, and then editing it so that it can be shown in British hotels. You’d just end up with a sort of half hour close up of some bloke’s sweaty face.”
25. “I don’t understand bus lanes. Why do poor people have to get to places quicker than I do?”


Thursday, October 6, 2011


BANE, Defeater, Miles Away, Wisdom In Chains, Dead End Path
Venue: Neighborhood Cafe (Fresno, CA)
Tickets: Ticketweb & SBI
Details: 7:30pm all ages

Venue: Fulton 55 (Fresno, CA)
Tickets: Ticketweb & SBI
Details: 8pm 21+

SWINGIN UTTERS, Far From Finished
Venue: SLO Brew (San Luis Obispo, CA)
Tickets: Ticketweb & Boo Boo Records
Details: 8pm, All ages, $12 adv / $13 door onsale 9/2

Does anyone have more information on this one?

Is that the Atwater Playboy Johnny Cocaine?

If I Had to Live in the City, I Would Live Here

Well, I hope that garage is three cars long and as wide as the house.

Wednesday, October 5, 2011

It's Back!

Yes we bought the last case and a half that BevMo had. It is so good. I must reiterate that it is so good. Try and find it, as once November comes around it is done.