Thankful indeed
November 27, 2012, 9:19 am
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After FFF fest, Austin built phase 1 of a racetrack and hosted a Formula 1 Grand Prix race just outside of downtown. It brought over 200,000 people to the city. Thankfully since the track was way east the downtown crowds weren’t as gnarly as expected. However everyone I talked to who went said it was pretty cool, super loud and worth seeing for yourself. Maybe I’ll get to go next year.

Aside from working and riding a lot, I have been enjoying some good eats with some good visiting company. Our friends Leah and Brendan (B-dogg), a BMX couple from Canberra, aka “the Aussies” have been a treat to show around Austin. They cook, clean and shred on their bikes!

Mexican dinner, Aussie style with signage and what meal isn’t complete from down under without a tube of Vegemite ha! (On the counter)

I’ve also been shooting a bunch of photos for my skateboarder friend Jon Wilinksi aka “Hollywood” around town. I’ll post some action shots later here’s a “man vs board” shot I like, in between hours of attempts at this one clip.

I took the Aussies to a flea market in the hill country, it was my first time at one here in Texas. This one had everything from used washer and driers, custom leather belts, knives and throwing stars, cowboy boots and just about anything else you can think of. Oh and birds!
Leah just got her pet bird named “Lady” tattooed on her arm and we saw a cage full of them:

Crossbow pistol anyone?!

“Everything’s bigger in Tejas!”


Then oh yes Thanksgiving!!! I wasn’t able to go back to NY to celebrate for this decided to stick around work and try to save enough $ for a ticket home for Christmas. I had an awesome thanksgiving. Brined a freerange bird I got from the local food co-op wheatsville and threw it in the oven on my way up north to Austin for lunch. Stoney’s family invited me to enjoy thanksgiving with them, lovely spread!

Stoney knows how to carve a bird or two!

Then it was a mad dash home to get my bird out of the oven and carved before I had to be at work! We had a potluck style thanksgiving at our place. A lot of “first time I’m spending turkey day away from my family” friends so everyone was extra thankful I have a place to go, plenty of food and good company. My bird turned out awesome, left overs for the last few days have been a treat!

Friends from Pennsylvania, Colorado, Florida, Wisconsin and foreign lands of Oz and France were in attendance. Lindsay made us all go in a circle and share something we were thankful for. It took awhile with so many people but everyone was a good sport! The “microphone” was a fifth of Bullet Bourbon Beecam brought over ha! I gave thanks, and dashed out for work.

I took a spill the other day, these white ledges are actually sticks of butter I think..

Front wheel washed out as I was hopping out into the street over the fire hydrant. We filmed this clip a few times but when we fired out the skateboard to get a rolling shot, “one more time” just as the bell rings, I unexpectedly got ejected at top speed, nice! I knew I had about five minutes left before adrenaline wore off. Went back and got the clip. Ugh, ripped my jeans bruised my palm, thank god for Fox gloves! My palms would really be screwed.

‘Been gimping around the last few days jammed my knee pretty good! But lots of ibuprofen, elevation a little ice and lots of Chillen seem to be helping!

Tomorrow is my appointment with Dr.Roy Mullins, local Austin chiropractor extraordinaire. Thankful I worked on Thanksgiving so I could afford an appointment my neck is still really stiff from last years jaw-breaker crash. I try to see Mullins only when it gets real achy and stretching only does so much. This reminds me i am also thankful for and truly do miss my Cleveland family Jen and Buddy Ramsey, if you’re near Ray’s Indoor Mtn Bike Park and need an adjustment, this is the place!! Ramsey Family Chiropractic!
I will keep you posted after tomorrow’s visit with Dr.Mullins..

Yet another super long update but I will post pictures of more recent “American” and Texas adventures with the Aussies, some action shots from King fest 2012, and then some soon.

Oh yeah and happy birthday to Phil our friend from Tampa who just moved to town with his gal Liz, here’s to many more!



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