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I spoke with an old friend of mine today, a man whose opinion means the world to me. We talked about life, love and music; as we normally do. He said something that struck me, "All music begins and ends with Tom Waits."

I've been a fan of Tom for some years now, I now feel obligated to share one of my favorite tunes with you:



New Music

Hank's newest album, Rebel Within, is scheduled to be released on May 25th or you can preorder on Amazon and his site. Which is precisely what I will be doing.


So, a good friend calls me yesterday and we spend about 30 minutes talking about what we're doing, where we're going and life in general. Then he asks, "Has anyone ever said anything to you that has changed your life forever?" Of course I say, "Yes!" He asks "What was it?" My only response was the single greatest quote I've ever heard, that will be burned into my brain until the day I die and I will share with everyone I have a chance to; "Always shift in front of girls; no matter what, whether you have to or not; they dig it."

He then says, "Well, I suppose that just makes a whole lotta fuckin' sense for you doesn't it?" Well sir, it does make a whole lotta sense for me. I still (and always will) shift in front of girls. Whether I have to or not.

Do Yourself a Favor

and go to www.churchofchoppers.blogspot.com right now. Scroll down and read the interview with Chopper Dave. Trust me.


What up playa!

Saw this little gem in St. Joe today on my way to class. I think I'll swing by and see if his painter can hook me up with Mitsubishi logos all over my Galant. Represent.


Howard Zinn

An interesting article on Howard Zinn from the latest High Plains Reader (www.hpr1.com):
"The Zen of Zinn: A Legacy of Social Justice
Zinn, like Zen, always chose a path to personal enlightenment that emphasized direct experience rather than theoretical knowledge. As he said in his autobiographical book “You Can’t Be Neutral on a Moving Train” (1994), “From the start, my teaching was infused with my own history. I would try to be fair to other points of view, but I wanted more than ‘objectivity;’” I wanted students to leave my classes not just better informed, but more prepared to relinquish the safety of silence, more prepared to speak up, to act against injustice wherever they saw it. This, of course, was a recipe for trouble.”

Dr. Howard Zinn’s chosen path in life certainly did cause him a lot of trouble, from getting him fired for insubordination for his protest work in 1963, to accusations of arson. But it was also what set Zinn apart. It was working as a professor at an all-black women’s college; it was protesting the Vietnam war; it was authoring books such as “Disobedience and Democracy” (1968), “Justice in Everyday Life” (1974), and “A People’s History of the United States” (1980). What set him apart was challenging the status quo, setting the ideas of democracy and freedom, as we know them, on their ears. Zinn asked us to meditate on history, the world, and our own neighborhoods. He asked us to consider facts about our nation’s history we were not used to, and demanded more from us as a nation of thinking people.

His latest contribution, focusing on a history of America not seen through the eyes of the victors, but seen through the eyes of activists, the downtrodden, the defeated, the dissenters of the time. This unique and unusual view made “The People Speak” one of the most innovative History Channel programs aired to date. With a lineup of actors of the likes of Matt Damon, Jada Pinkett Smith, and Viggo Mortensen, the program was a well-produced combination of entertainment and unsettling realities from the pages of our shared history.

As a historian, Zinn was fascinated by the turn of events of our time. Having dedicated a great deal of his life to opposing war, he was simultaneously disturbed by our continued occupation of Iraq and the war in Afghanistan, and captivated by the change in the political climate of our time. It must have been exhilarating for an activist like Zinn to see a community organizer as president of the “land of the free.”

Zinn may well be one of the most transformative figures of our time, and one of the greatest losses as well. At a time when the our country is still reeling from the twin tower attacks; steeped in two wars and beginning to show the promise of change in foreign policy with the historical election of Obama, the death of Howard Zinn is all the more poignant.

It’s as if a superhero of our time is gone. Do we exaggerate? Think about it. His legacy to us: that we should continue to improve our communities and root out injustice wherever it may be.

Sounds a lot like a superhero to us."


Forever Loser's nearing the end. I finished up a bunch of stuff tonight, made some seriously trick parts and I feel like I can finally see the light at the end of the tunnel with this bike. The good news is, the sooner I finish this bike the sooner I get to start on my next project that's waiting in the wings and I'm REALLY excited about that one! Stay tuned for some more news on that guy...


Change of Plans

Alright, so the plans changed a bit and I didn't fill the gap on Rob's bike by Saturday afternoon. Found a leak and a couple other issues so I had to hunt down some more parts, now I've gotta sit on my hands until they show up. I hope to have some real pics(no more crappy cell phone stuff) of Forever Loser, Rob's bike and some frame steppin' action on the Model A up here soon. Gonna meet my new boss tomorrow and I have a big test Thursday that I'm not terribly prepared for so it might take me a bit. So hang in there folks...