Boardstock 2013/Charlotte: the kindest city ever

So this post is two things; 1- something I put off doing for over a month, and 2- the prequel to the next post, which is also about Charlotte…

Soon-to-be-washed-up, future-professional skater, Jake Hillbish took Josh and I down to a contest in South Carolina back in mid April.
DSCF1070 (this is Jake)


It was a really interesting experience, everyone was really chill, there was a cool, Local H meets Steal the Prize, band that played the first night. I drank alot, met alot of sick East Coast Skaters, and talked to their moms on the side of a giant miniramp… Also there were min horses.DSCF1192DSCF1178


At the end of the second day, after the awards, the majority of people had left, or were packing up. We had no plans, and nowhere to stay the night.. At one point i walked back to our campsite to find Josh conversing with some girl.. who told us her friend was having a party near Charlotte, which was directly on our way back, and that it would be cool for us to sleep there. We were siked, but 3 hours later, discussing it over Moe’s, we decided there way, or reason, she would actually hit us back up and text us the address.

She did, we found the place way out in the middle of nowhere, entered a party that we didnt actually no anyone in, and proceeded to have one of the greatest nights ever.

After playing the awkward kids that just stand around the beer pong table for a while, we kinda split up. Walking through a hallway, i could faintly hear a guitar, which got me- especially drunk me- very excited. for the second time in my life, i walked into a room full of kids I didn’t know, who were all loudly singing “Wonderwall,” and met some of the coolest people ever. If you’re ever around Charlotte and you have a chance to see the Carolina Runaways, totally do it. Even just in some guys bedroom at a party, these guys owned everyone in the room. They did a couple of originals, which were good, but most notably an acapella version of “Wagon Wheel” (at that point i hadn’t heard the Darius Rucker version a million times) in which EVERYONE participated and a slightly redone “Sweet Home Carolina.”

Late in the night We somehow found ourselves in a circle with a bunch of drunk black guys jamming to rap music.. I started a “skate Charlotte” chant that went on for probably 10 drunk minutes.

I ended up sleeping in the back of Jake’s jeep just because there wasn’t anywhere in the house left to pass out, which meant i woke up, in the back of a car. with a terrible hangover. near some guys house, in the absolute middle of nowhere, in North Carolina.

back, gone, back

One week ago today, I arrived back in Lynchburg. nothing eventful or dramatic has really happened, here. I’ve spent 2 full days at the LU park, 2 nights at Josh and Jake’s apartment, one night at Chris’s playing Xbox til 4 in the morning, and one night at my parents’. I talked to my boss at Pizza Hut, but for whatever reason I wasn’t on the schedule the whole last week. No complaints here.

Josh’s parents were going up to Virginia Beach for the Shamrock Marathon thing, and Josh invited me to go. We spent both night drinking at Cliff’s. the first night he went to sleep early so me and josh stayed up and told his girlfriend stories about him chopping down trees onto Kyle and having a weird obsession with mopeds.

We skated the Northside park in Norfolk and the new park off of Newtown Rd. WHAT A PARK! Team Pain, good on you. i was not physically or mentally prepared to skate a bowl like that, and it kicked my ass.

I guess, technically, this trip ended my coast to coast journey, since in Baltimore we were still in a harbor(?).

Our high school friends Rob and Ryan took us on a tour of ODU (I applied there a week ago). it was pretty cool, great weather. and with Cliff planning on getting a house in August when their lease is up, moving to Norfolk and finishing/progressing in school is kind of an attractive route for this confused vagrant… Either way, getting me, Cliff, Kyle, and Josh in the same place is hard to line up nowadays, and it was a lot of fun.

coast to coast part 5

Between fighting with his parents, losing his skateboard, and the cold, Nate seemed determined to have a bad time in Denver. it was also the least-busy I’ve ever seen downtown, which didnt help the “where are we even going?” “lets go back to the car,” bitching i kept hearing from behind me when we went down there. My attitude, compensating for Nate’s negativity, allowed me to have a great time there.

I’ve been to Denver probably 10 different times, lived there for a month, twice, and have been generally infatuated with the city since 11th grade. My two, twin, best-friends’ dad lives out there, allowing for a few trips in high school. in fact, Kyle and I took a trip to denver, and then The Grand Canyon the summer after we graduated, instead of going to beach week and staying hammered. I think I’ve made my peace with not living there- I failed twice…- however I still absolutely love the city, the environment, the Rockies, the easy vegan eating, and especially the skateparks! Denver is the girl that I’ll always love and be really good friends with, knowing, that it could never work out.

I’ve skated those streets for hours. I’ve marched through them in the morning with Occupy Denver and been chased through them with anarchists(not necessarily anarchists, but the wilder side of OD) the same night by DPD. I’ve been completely heartbroken in that city, and I’ve been totally at peace. I spent an entire┬ámonth sober there, as well as a month most nights drunk (off of excellent local beer, by the way). I’ve never regretted a trip to, and time spent in Denver, Colorado.ImageNate. In 30 seconds his newish, treasured Hosoi, board is going to enter a river. In 11th grade, my twin friends took me to this spot, and we were super siked because Fully Flared had just come out and this spot was skated in it ┬ácouple times.

Imagefrom the bridge that goes over the trains… “LODO”

Imageanother well-known skate spot.. I don’t remember who skated it, or what video though…

The second night we were there, we drank a bunch at our friend’s house then stumbled to a little bar down the road where the bartender let us drink without IDs.

conversation between the bartender and Nate goes as follows:
Bartender- “do you guys have IDs?”
Nate- (drunkish) “actually man we dont.. because we both got them taken away in DUIs in Virginia.”
(5 minutes goes by, we have been served)
bartender- “So how did you guys both get DUIs?”
nate- “well uh, actually it was the same night too. we were having a party for our friend in our house, and the cops came and busted it and we had to spend the night in jail.” (this is actually the story of how i got my underage possesion charge)
bartender- “wait, so how did you get DUIs if you were in your house drinking?…”
nate- “…”

we skated no more than 3 blocks back to the house when the bar closed. i fell at least half a dozen times..

Image(the last glimpse of the Rockies)

Feeling terrible the next morning, we woke up early and pointed the packed Volvo east.

Also! shout out to the 303 skateshop on Colfax. I always thought the CLFX hoodies were the coolest, and when we went in, even though we didn’t buy anything, they gave us two awesome skate videos (not 303 videos, but a couple of their riders were in them) for free.