March? I missed it ha
April 19, 2012, 10:09 pm
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Just kidding, this update is long overdue! Sorry folks! With music festivals like SXSW, couch surfers, and beautiful Austin weather and lots of bike riding and now a newly acquired basketball, I have been keeping super busy! So much has gone down since the last update, I have a ton of photos, but I will try to just post the highlights.

First off, RIP Mike “Tag” Tagliavento, a true legend not only in  BMX but as a human.  I met Mike about 10 years ago on one of my first  big road trips to Ithaca, NY, dude has been keeping it real on and off of his bike ever since!  Diagnosed with non-hodgkins lymphoma not that long ago,  I don’t think any of us realized how far along his condition was, in my mind, I was like, “oh, it’s Tag, he’s a beast, he’ll beat it…” he fought it hard, refusing to acknowledge he was sick, a true G. Tag you lived a badass life, and influenced more of us than you will ever know, life is short, Rest in peace man.

Some “kids” came to visit austin, and left the mark in the Shakespeare’s bathroom, perhaps   you know who they are..

Got lucky enough to catch up with Garrett Byrnes at T-1 still rippin!
That was my last session before I woke up with an infected knee, It goes back to that deep gash I got at the shady ledge when Jessica was in town, had been healing fine, but must’ve healed over before it was done healing from inside out. Hospital visit, shot of antibiotics in my bum, and some take home pills thankfully avoided surgery!! Phew!  That was a crazy day as well, Stoney dropped me off at hospital, decided to kill time and go skate and took a crash, I ended up driving him in the middle of the night to the ER with some busted ribs.  With both of us gimp walking into hospital, they couldn’t tell which one of us was there to be seen haha. We are both healed up now. (yeah blog slacker!)
SXSW was a lot of fun, I worked a few 14 hour shifts and managed to still wake up and rock out with some out of town friends. Main venue of choice was the Scoot Inn, Thrasher Skate Mag had a mini ramp “death match” and all of these badass other bands I haven’t seen in awhile or thought I’d never see, CroMags, Black Cobra again! woohoo and original members of Fear, to name a few. Big Island and some homies from Hawaii came in to town during this wild week of music and tattooed Ruben Castillo a few hours before his flight, good times!!
After SXSW it took me about a week to recover physically from no sleep and so much rocking out, but I worked hard and caught up on some bills and spyed on the Sister Session over in Estonia (part of Simpel Session) which was badass!  It killed me to not be able to make it there, especially since I also saw that Darryl Nau was announcing this one too! WTF! TWO major girl classes and Darryl Nau, I wasn’t able to make it!! but I was every gal’s biggest cheerleader from across the miles.  Congrats to all of the girls there for killin it! And at this point Hulk Holgan can “eat his heart out” with all of the backflips going down haha!
EMpire BMX held a huge raffle contest for a limited edition BMX bike to help raise some $ to help with my dental bills, which was bad ass!! between that raffle and fellow DK Bicycles teammate Brian Kachinsky raffling his bike I was able to get my dental work started first temporary crown put in the other day woo! Feels great to be able to almost bite in to a sandwich 🙂 Thank you John Povah at Etnies Footwear for donating that bike!
In trailing end of this long ass update news, just want to wish former roommates Russ Barone and Lauren Napoli happy safe travels as they continue on from Austin to Portland and beyond! I’ll see you back on Long Island (NY) hopefully sometime this summer 🙂
 oh yeah and I can’t forget our blond couch surfer homie
Dave Krone and his teacup chihuahua “Twinkie” too ——>

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