Sunday, August 30, 2009

Johnson City, Tennessee

first off, even though i don't really do much with xc racing these days, Kabush is still awesome.

good beers and world cup wins, who knew? take a gander over there powertappers...

so yesterday i decided to head over to Johnson city and catch the end of the college slalom race ETSU was putting on. i was wondering what the course was going to be like as i drove through endless rain for an hour on the way there, and my assumptions of a greasy shitshow were pretty much dead on. I'd brung the slalom rig thinking I'd get in a few runs after the race, but decided against it after watching racer after racer double pegleg it down the hill. you know its bad when you can have conversations with the people racing, like legit interactions. pretty funny to me, i was glad i didn't have to race, but it was still entertaining to watch. unfortunately i missed the brevard guys racing but i did see Joh and Sarah go head to head, which was cool. both those girls have some skills on a bike, i love riding with those two. Julia was also riding well, taking the conservative approach to the course, which seemed to be the trick when even medusa's and storms were packing up.

afterwards we headed to a pretty sketchy looking pizza joint that turned out to have a damn god pie so i was stoked on that, then i said goodbye to the brevard kids as its was getting late (930) and Thaddeus wanted to put them to bed. worked out well for me as i had old friends to go see. many high fives and a few brews later and i pulled the old man card and quietly snuck out the backdoor for some shuteye. an early morning drive back to brevard on 26 just reminded me how lucky i am to live in such a beautiful place, and now I'm waiting till this afternoon to get a ride in.

just another day in paradise,

dano out.

Saturday, August 29, 2009

Dirty Bird and Beyond...

Lets start this off right.

The Dirty Bird was the most fun race I've done all year. I think it might even have taken the Icycle, but i'll have to go back to that one and make sure.

so huge props must be given to all the App St and Hawksnest boys for building a kickass course and then holding a kickass race on it. you guys know who you are, good damn job. i'll def be back for as many races as i can. you really can't go wrong with mtn top camping, whiskey, and one snotty berm-filled roller coaster of a track 10 feet from where you set up your tent.

check it.

So what was the secret to this section? hold it wide ass open...
anyways a damn good time if anyone gets the chance head up for a race and support it so there can be more.

dano out.

Saturday, August 22, 2009

"Well i know what's right,

I got just one life. In a world that keeps on pushin me around, But Ill stand my ground and I wont back down"

-Tom Petty

so the last couple of weeks have been hard. i'm not very good at hiding my emotions or burying things deep inside, so a lot of people have been having to hear about my issues. for those of you who have had to listen to me, thank you for your patience and encouraging words. it means a lot to have friends in tough times. yall are all awsome, and i don't notice it enough. thank you.

dano out.

Wednesday, August 19, 2009

"There better be a bottle or at least a couple beers, cause there ain't no way but up from way down here"

-Whiskey and Co.

my life has been seeming like a bit of an old country song in the last couple of weeks. i guess you can only climb so high before you come tumbling back down eh? i know that life is gonna have its ups and downs but shit man, this is absurd.

first off, i'd been worrying about school and the debt that comes with it until i find out that i actually couldn't go back at all. you ain't got our money? do not pass go, do not collect $200, get your shit and get the hell out.

huh. so that's how it is. i see.

well that bummed me out a good bit but theres other schools and it is nice not to have to pay back a massive shit ton of money and just a regular shit ton. (a shit ton, for those not in the know, is the standard of measurement for student loan debt.)

so whatever i can handle this is, then catface starts coughing. here you go vets take the rest of my money.

ok well money, i can get more of that i can handle this.

then my great aunt dies. i liked her. i am sad, but i can deal, i'm a tough kid.

ok so its bad but not too bad right? i can handle this its cool i'm looking at the bright side of things i still live in pisgah and i've got a beautiful, sweet girlfriend. hey i can deal with this is what i'm thinking. its not so bad, life goes on.

then i get dumped.


f my life.

dano out.

Sunday, August 2, 2009

"who will survive, and what will be left of them?"

i hate hippies.

seriously, take a damn shower and grow the f*&k up.

eating grass and covering yourself in patchouli oil isn't changing a damn thing.

so last night after a day filled up with crap, i headed up to the root for a beer. no big deal, jump on a bike and ride the quarter mile right? so I'm sitting there with some friends when the conversation turns to what I'm doing tomorrow.

"I'm gonna go build some new trail on the dh course"

all of a sudden this hippie starts in on me about how I'm gonna go about doing this, I'm like well I'll crank up the chainsaw and clear it out. she flips her shit about me killing living trees. tells me I'm whats wrong with the world today, my mindset is gonna result in no forest left an all that bullshit.

I'm gonna annihilate the shit out of some trees now, hopefully young ones, with bright futures ahead of them.

Dano out.