Sunday, November 29, 2009

loops and pierces

Last night chris and i took off one of our usual adventures via bikes on the quest for our favorite beverages. First coffee then beer...with food intermixed in there somewhere. Anyway we hooked up with our good friend jason silverek at "the toad in the hole" and he and i realized we had a lot of old friends in common. Consequently this little piercing shop came up in the conversation as jason had worked for our landlord at the time, wendy. This is all old school Santa rosa stuff from the nineties. Wendy owned "The Concrete Jungle" which was one of the first skate shops in santa rosa. Before that "Concrete Jungle" was called "alvin's" and occupied the place where "loops and Pierces" would later reside.

Needless to say for all those who know me i was not the best piercer in the world. Not because i wasn't good at it but beacause i'm too much of a care giver to inflict wounds on people. So i pierced plenty of my friends and left the public to Solomon. I ended up being an excellent judge at determining who was gonna pass out and making sure no harm came to them. Turns out the bigger and burlier they are the harder they fall....

When i got home that night from our little stint around the county. These pictures were waiting for me from my mom in my inbox. What timing...

Friday, November 27, 2009

Crizzle's new bike!!

Curtis Inglis bike builder extroardinaire just finished this craziness for my boy crizzle. 29 in the front 650b in the back. Perfect! Check out the rest of curtis's sick concoctions here.

Thursday, November 26, 2009

Sunday, November 15, 2009

Panda's, Tapioca, and Lego men

Last weekend chris and i embarked on an evening that turned out to be one of the best in a long time. I was actually feeling pretty crappy that night, i was pretty sure i had contracted H1N1...not really i just have really bad sinuses, but it was our friend Jason's first solo show in the city and we needed to stop in japan town to pick up this ginormous stuffed panda my opal had to have for her 12th birthday which was coming up that week. So i grabbed a wad of toilet paper for my nose, grabbed some lates at the flying goat (best coffee in town) and we were off.

First stop Japan town. Only recently have we discovered what a little gem this area of San Francisco is. Not only can you find the latest in hello kitty paraphernalia but you can stock up on all your other obscure asian pop culture needs. From the Bento box to totoro plushies. Window shoppin' is a good time. Then you can wander over to the stationary store for all your paper, cool pens and eraser needs. But chris and i's second favorite part is the book store! So many awesome magasines on every subject all japanese style. Hours are easily wasted there. Our favorite place in Japan town would have to be the Belly Good Cafe. Your one stop shop for the best ice cream, crepes, and tapioca drinks in town. I am a big fan of the Taro milk shake which is made with a sweet read bean paste ( this is where my vietnamese comes out). Yum!

Then on to the show. A great success indeed! Jason's art is amazing. He has such a great sense of humor and esthetics which i'm sure will help him go a long way. He paints, draws, and sews together these beautiful pieces which he intersperses with lego men in various altercations providing running comentary on each piece. Hilarious and lovely to look at=winning combo. The whole evening was topped off by our friend Ephriam Nagler's sick soundtrack in the background. He later joined his brother Judah Nagler (of velveteen) and Ashley Allred for a show in the back room of he gallery. Good times! Pretty sure all of Santa Rosa was representing.

Way to much fun. Came home and passed out dreaming of tapioca milk shakes, giant stuffed pandas (that mission was a success by the way we go the last one!) and lego men feeding each other maritnis and booty dancing. Perfect. Here is also one of my latest bags which just says fall to me. My next blog i'll post about my new winter hats. I just took them down to San Francisco bike expo for a test run and they did really well! Yay! So be looking for those. Happy sunday!

Happy Birthday Opal White!!! I can't believe you are twelve already! Time does fly when you are having fun!!

Best tapioca drinks and crepe cafe in japan town!

Crepe menu at the Belly Good Cafe!

Our friend Jason Vivona's solo art show at Gallery 66 on sixth in San Francisco.

Tuesday, November 10, 2009

Santa Rosa cyclocross

Yep folks its Santa Rosa cyclocross season again. Thanks to Bike Monkey we get a full series which will be moving around town for the next couple of month. Good clean fun for everyone racing, heckling, or just hanging out. Kids also included. Nothing like watching the tiny tikes try to huck their bikes over the barriers. So start stretching and come get your mud on...

crushing it.
chris wells passes on the outside.

curtis and retrotec/sycip

...a well deserved rub down for team leader.