Friday, June 29, 2012
Apparently our wives aren't taking us too seriously these days. So in an attempt to impress them, we've been stepping up our game. Filming non stop, practicing in our sleep, jumping through rings of fire, the whole get up. So we'll see who's laughing when our video drops. Like a ton of bombs, right on your head. That's what it's going to feel like when you watch our video. At least how that's one viewer described it to me. And I'm sure there are other testimonies that would be very similar, we just have yet to hear them. Well, I've been sitting at a computer all day working and editing, and it's time to eat some food. I'm out.
Thursday, June 28, 2012
Ha, tricked you! You didn't think I was going to write today, did you? Well, once again, here we are. So all of Utah is up on smoke these days. It's raining ash and smells like a mass barbecue outside. All these fires lately reminded me of when I was on this field trip when I was a little kid. I was probably in first or second grade or something, and we went somewhere. Ok, as you can tell, the details are fuzzy. It was sometime in my childhood somewhere in California on a bus. That's the important part, the bus. So we were on this bus coming home from a field trip. And in good California fashion, there was a wild fire a blazin in the middle of the city, right next to the free way. It must have just started or something because there weren't fire trucks there yet. But I remember it pretty well, we were changing freeways on the bus, and we were just about to go under an overpass when all of a sudden it stood in front of us, flaring its nostrils, beating its chest, and baring its teeth. It was a California wildfire... It was actually on both sides of the freeway, but it wasn't too big. But as an 8 year old, or however old I was, it was pretty epic and scary to be driving into and through a fire. I imagine it looked something like on the end of Return of the Jedi when the Millennium Falcon shoots out of the exploding death star, our huge yellow bus going 40 miles an hour next to these little flames on the side of the freeway.
So we were turning the corner to get onto the other freeway when all of a sudden we see flames on both sides of the road we were on. So the bus driver, knowing how to deal with children in sensitive situations such as these, yelled out, "Everyone, sit down and shut up!" This of course set the entire bus in a uproar, and hoard of screaming, yelling, crying children on the bus. I remember everyone screaming really loud like we were driving through the jaws of Hell, but I remained silent. Yay, I uttered not a word. Silence, it's my form of being brave. I guess that's it, the end of that story. But now that we're talking bus talk, I just remembered the time that Matt got me to tell on myself for reading the bad words that were written on the back of a bus seat. It was a phrase with the f and b words in it. I said it right as Matt walked onto the bus, and he looked shocked. Which was funny, because we both swore a lot at the time (I was 8, Matt was 10. We learned most of these words from older kids and bus graffiti). I didn't think to just threaten to tell on him for always swearing, and for even having gotten caught for writing bad words on the bus earlier that year. But Matt told me that if I told my mom that I swore, I'd get less punishment than if he told on me. Turns out he had no intention of telling on me, he just wanted to see if I'd tell on myself, which I did. Cleaver little kid... He was right though, there was no punishment.
I put that picture up today so that you know that yes, we are in full swing of filming for our video, and, yes, I still have that confused air about me.
Wednesday, June 27, 2012
So sticking to our people getting worked by animals motif, I asked Ben to go into greater detail on his story of his scout master getting mauled by a bear at scout camp. Some stories are just so awesome, so amazing, so deep and profound that they need greater explanation. This story is one of them. So I caught up to Ben and asked him to share this with us. Here's what he had to say...
So there's not a whole lot of details involved in this story, but I'll do my best.
Scoutmaster: think large white man with a gnarly beard. Bear: think hungry big beast that could tear you a new one. So we were all at scout camp, and as per usual we got our welcome safety "don't-do-this" speech which consisted of a lot of things people have done in the past..no fireworks, no personal guns, don't leave food out, etc. However, don't leave food out for the express purpose of getting a picture of a bear while you leave camp and set up your own tent hadn't made the list, and this loophole must have been the reason why our scoutmaster ventured into the woods to get his picture.
He left food out, he poised for a picture, he saw a bear, and he got owned. I don't think it was too bad, but he definitely got swiped, and I bet it had to do with the fact that the bear didn't like the flash of the camera too much. Our Scoutmaster ended up being ok, but he did have a few cuts and bruises to go with his injured reputation.
We laid low for a couple years and didn't return to that camp until a few years later. We figured nobody would remember the incident much less associate are troop number with our former scoutmaster. While nobody pointed fingers at us, the safety speech included a story about some dumb guy who went off and left some food out to take a picture of a bear and ended up getting on Smoky's bad side.
Monday, June 25, 2012
This is what it looks like when a man takes a slam. He curls up into the fetal position and allows time to take its course. It's pretty much all one can do. But I'll tell you what a man does not do. Cry. Because then he wouldn't be a man if he cried... Ben's been killing it lately, and at the same time killing his body. If it wasn't for his wolverine-like rapid healing capabilities, he would have been out a long time ago. But no matter how hard he goes down, he's skating the next or a couple days later. It's pretty impressive and crazy all at the same time. He's been working really hard for his part in our up and coming video (2 weeks and some-odd days), so you should all be looking forward to it. I am. I haven't seen it yet. Because we haven't really started editing yet. The next couple weeks are going to be fun...
Speaking of people getting hurt, this guy got gored by a buffalo up in Yellowstone this last weekend in our campsite. I was in Yellowstone this last weekend, in case you are wondering how I know this information but failed to pick up the obvious hints I gave in the previous sentence. So the guy disregarded all of the warnings the park people give us and decided to play tag with a buffalo. He got within 10 to 15 feet, our sources told us, so the buffalo charged and got the guy right in the back. That would suck, those things are huge... Apparently he got taken out of there by a helicopter because the buffalo wasn't effing around and really did some damage. Then the buffalo decided to take up residency in our camp site and was literally feet from our tent when we went to sleep. We could hear it breathing through our tent. Like on Jurassic Park or a horror movie or something. Anyway, we made it out alright. I guess that's the end of the story. I saw a grizzly bear and old faithful was exactly on time.
Thursday, June 21, 2012
Once again, Ben and AJ battle each other. This time it's AJ skating with Ben looking onward. This battle was located off a hefty 9 stair that equal slam, bruise, and the occasional ride away. The ride aways were always fun. I guess I don't have much else to say other than that. Here's another shot of this trick, a half cab by the way, without a lurking Ben in the background:
Wednesday, June 20, 2012
So you heard correctly yesterday, Bolts of Thunder is currently making its third video. We've only got a couple weeks left to finish it. So you're all wondering who is even in the video. While we're definitely going to have appearances from our past favorites, Dan, Dave, Nick (send us some footage, Nick...), Weston, Brandon, and others, there are 4 main people in the video. Even though you've seen pics of them on the blog, I thought a formal introduction would be a fitting way to start off the video anticipation this summer. So here they are, from left to right, Matt, Jon, Ben, and AJ. We're happy to serve you this year and to put ourselves in harms way so that you have some new form of entertainment!
Tuesday, June 19, 2012
"When I say ollie, you say how high! Now let's shoot this thing!!" - Matt, on set for Bolts of Thunder 3
Yes, that's right boys and girls, Bolts of Thunder is making a new video. A third video. A video to end all other videos, the likes of which the world has never known, and will never see again. We are planning on premiering it July 12th, I believe, which is a Thursday. If you're in town then, we'd love to have you join us for the premier. Details will follow. That means we have like 3 or 4 weeks left to film, that's it. That means I need to film some tricks... Anyway, we're starting to get on the ball, and we've got a video coming your way soon, so be on the look out!!!!
Thursday, June 14, 2012
You didn't even know we have a text of the week. But we do. And this week's goes to Ben. It reads, "I almost pooped my pants, dude... Close call"
*note: the comma between pants and dude was added by the editor to maintain the high grammatical integrity of this blog
Wednesday, June 13, 2012
When I say that we have to get creative and help each other out to skate our spots, these pictures prove my point. Actually, now that I think of it, I don't know that I ever have said we have to get creative and help each other in order to skate our spots. Well, here it is, in case you didn't know. We have to get creative and help each other skate our spots. A long piece of wood, a friendly foot from Tyler, two foam cushions, and a gas can from Matt's car were all required just for AJ to do a backside 50-50 down this rail. The camera wasn't mandatory, but it probably helped...
So thinking of this spot, we skated it over two years ago. Me and Matt found it probably 3 or so years ago, and we thought it'd be cool to skate, but it has no runway. But with our make shift ramp, you have just enough speed to get yourself on that rail. When we started skating with Dave, I showed him the rail, and he was way excited about it. We made plans to skate it that weekend, and it was done. We were thinking front blunt, nosegrind, smith, all those tricks we wanted to do on a little rail. When we actually skated it, we saw it was way harder than anticipated and we walked away with two front boards and Dave's 50-50. He almost broke his hand, too. I guess none of what I'm saying right now is really relevant to these pictures, but nothing I ever put on the blog is, so what's the difference? I'll keep talking then. It's funny how that is at a lot of spots. You see it and this big list of tricks you could or want to do comes to your mind. But then when you start to skate it, you realize all the little things that make it hard to skate, like the cracks are bigger than you thought, police patrol the rail more often than anticipated, the rail wobbles out of nowhere, kids run around on the spot and get in your way, or your legs just don't feel like jumping. So hats off to you if you get over all that stuff and skate the spot anyway.
So AJ's backside 50-50 on this was harder than it looks because that rail is wobbly and that runway is unforgiving. I guess that's really all I should have said in the first place.\
Oh yeah, I just heard my noisy upstairs neighbors walk down the stairs which reminded me of a discovery my wife made in the garbage can earlier today: a fresh pile of kitty litter. Except we don't have a cat... But I know of at least two families in my living quarters that do have a cat, one being the noisy upstairs neighbors that always try to steel everyone else's parking spots and stomp on the stairs every time they leave the house. The other is a friend of mine, but I won't say his name. But you know who you are. Are you the one responsible for the kitty litter in my garbage? If so, what is the meaning of this? Are you trying to pin your illegal cat smuggling ways on me and my wife? Are you upset with Bolts of Thunder's management and trying to send a not so clear message? Are have you been wrongfully accused by strange upstairs neighbors as well?
Tuesday, June 12, 2012
Monday, June 11, 2012
If you look hard enough at that tree, you will notice Coleman jumping ninja style out at you, ready to attack as he always is. So Coleman's got one mean heelflip, but most people don't know that because he's always blending in with his surroundings, trying not to be seen as he ninjas his way from spot to spot. Anyway, we were barely able to capture him as he popped a heelflip up and over this gap last week. Expect to see some Coleman clips in our up and coming Bolts of Thunder video, coming out in about a month.
Friday, June 8, 2012
So we know that despite all the pilates and yoga I've been doing lately, my body still has one soft spot, and that being my heart. I hate seeing people hurt themselves, and a part of me always feels slightly responsible when it does happen. Especially if I really am responsible. But I think most of the time I'm not. I just hate seeing people get hurt. Anyway, we were skating this week with Derek and Chad. Well, others were skating. I wasn't. I was taking pictures. Derek was doing some kind of switch helicopter spin off these stairs when he came down hard on his ankle. We laughed and cried together at the bottom and gave him counsel on how to nurse it back to good health. Actually, there were no tears, and I don't think anyone laughed. If they did, shame on them! Anyway, Derek, we hope your ankle gets better soon and you're out there doing what you do soon. It's a shame too, we were just about to turn you pro for Bolts of Thunder. Guess that'll have to wait...
Wednesday, June 6, 2012
You didn't believe me, but I have proof. You said it couldn't be done. But under extreme pressure, we've been known to pull off some amazing stunts. AJ, at least. Not everyone, but at least AJ has. Here's a link to the Volcom contest from last week and you'll see AJ's kickflip front feeble down the 8 stair!!!!! It's probably the shakiest trick that they filmed, but oh well, what can you do?... Anyway, once again, good job AJ!!!!! I don't know what the time is where his trick is, so just watch the entire thing. It's on there somewhere. And who's the kid that won? I don't know what he did to outdo a kickflip front feeble. So if someone figures that out, let me know, I'd like some answers... Oh yeah, and the screen shot is of AJ's back lip down the rail. Way to represent!
Tuesday, June 5, 2012
So today we continue on an epic journey through space and time. We enter the world of me. My world. A world of pain. At least when I'm hurting, then it's painful. But if I'm not hurting, it's quite pleasant. So this picture is two years old and this trick will not be in our video. But I had nothing else to put up, so I put up this one... So I'm going to continue to answer your questions that you asked me last week on the blog. I'm excited for today's questions because... well, no particular reason, I'm just excited for them. So let's get moving, shall we?...
Monday, June 4, 2012
I don't have a picture to put up right now. And I know I said I'd finish my interview today, but that's not happening. Instead, I wanted to announce something really cool: AJ got 2nd place in Volcom's contest at American Fork on Saturday!!!!! He landed a kickflip front feeble down the 8 stair second try. I didn't even know he could do that trick... Anyone that might have filmed it, let me know, I'm eager to get my greedy little fingers on that footage... That's all I wanted to say today. Congratulations, and good job AJ!!!!
Friday, June 1, 2012
This is me and today is my interview. Or at least the first part of my interview. That's right, I get two. Well, when you're writer of this blog, you can do whatever you want. That's pretty much how I roll: feet on my couch, don't care who you are. I got a bigger response than I was expecting with the questions you guys left on the posts, so I'm going to have to split them up into two interviews. And when I say you guys, I specifically am referring to 70% Zak, 15% Coleman, 5% AJ, 5% Dave, and 5% Rachel. If I've done my math correctly, those percentages add up to 100, accounting for the correct proportion of questions people have asked me. I'm still waiting for Matt to ask me questions, so he's got another chance seeing as I can't answer all my questions in one day. And Ben, where are you? Anyway, you don't care to know any of this, but I'm too pressed for time to go back and erase anything I've already said, so we'll just push ahead.
Today is my interview. And I've kind of been looking forward to this for some time now. I know I get to write every day and say whatever I want, but I like your questions, and they make me think of things I wouldn't normally write about. For those of you that don't know me, my name is Jon, I'm 27 but with a clean shaven face I put on the appearance of an 18 year old, as seen in the photo above. I skateboard, I break ribs, I don't skate when I break ribs, I heal up, and I start to skate again. That pretty much sums it for me. If you have any further questions for me, leave them as a comment and I'll answer them in my next interview next time I write.
Oh yeah, one more bit of info, I have no pictures of me skateboarding that you haven't already seen on this blog. Crazy, huh? So that's why I put up my Mofia shot up above, it's the best I can do... With no further delay, I give you my interview...
- So for this video, I don't know how I feel. The more I stress about videos, the less I want to make them. The last video was so stressful for some reason, and I swore in my wrath I wasn't going to make another one. I didn't film anything until just a few months ago. But that being said, I have so much fun skating flat ground every day. You don't have to be filming and making videos to have fun.
Final thought. I've actually had a lot of fun so far filming for this video. Minus my broken ribs and not being able to skate much lately, I haven't been really stressed, and I've landed tricks I've never done before, and I've had fun. So I'm actually happy and excited to make another video right now. You see how much my opinion differs every couple minutes?...
Ok, so I've written enough for today. You see why I need two days to finish an interview? More to come next time, and thanks for your questions, keep them coming...