Spicoli, sometimes dumb, blind luck is much more advantageous than over-analyzing everything.
Once upon a time, when I could drive, I'd analyze the swell direction(like real technically), the wind direction, the tides, the state of each spot's sandbars at the last go out. I'd measure each cold front, and try and compare it to others from the past.
Oh, that's one thing that will drive you nuts......trying to recreate the exact same magic of a past session. It will never happen.
Anyways, sometimes it's better just to wake, and go with the flow.......your instincts.......maybe check a spot and adjust from there. But trying to pinpoint what place will be working the next day, is futile......maybe.....
Spicoli, like any caring Ward Cleaver parent, I'm just trying to help you avoid the same mistakes I made.
You ax Za Gaf, he'll tell you......
The better surfer you become, the less fun you have. If you start taping your surfs, and analyzing your style.....run...........It's getting past the point-of-no-return.........
When your session is dominated by whether or not anyone saw your last off-the-lip.......run.....you're almost past the point-of-no-return.
Ahh man, there was something so magical when you didn't know where waves came from. You just crossed the dunes and whatever was there was there..........
Ahhh those were the days....
Yo Seldom Seen, what's going downtown, yo !!
Hey yo!!! I totally agree... That's what I do, I don't try to forecast where that next magic sesh is going to be.... No way!!! I just drive down to ol Belmar,NJ where EVERY sesh is magic!!!
you might just see that moment when that pasty white, mid-Westerner catches their first wave and their face lights up.
Well I'm in my 40s, not a mid-westerner and white but not really pasty...but I still light up anytime I do something decent. One advantage of not having anywhere near the skills that most of the people on here do is that I still get that thrill from just surfing. Crappy, mushy, blown-out, doesn't matter, I just have fun surfing, and I tend to progress each time out. The best surfer in our crew hardly ever goes out b\c the waves aren't good enough. He's fishing or sitting on the beach drinking while I'm out having a blast in the slop.
Awesome about your daughter. I got mine started at 6, she just turned 8 and has already saved up and bought her own board. And she got her first full wetsuit and booties for Xmas. Haven't made it down to the coast yet but we went out New Years Day and SUP'd on a lake and jumped in the 48 degreee water just to try out her new suit. Lil charger is itching to get to the coast. I get so stoked watching her.
Look behind most major drug ring/corner in Baltimore and I'm sure if you scratch deep enough there's probably some NY linkage.
Dude, no one was picking off ATF and other police from the projects in Baltimore. They kill a cop(especially federal) and their operation is done. They'll become target number one, and they'll lose.
Dude, Philly is exactly like you describe except it's larger and exists in greater areas. Camden, Philly and Baltimore streets are indistinguishable. They all look the same. Philly just has more of it.
Crime stats reports are complete BS. You can find them things that has Desert Springs, Ca listed worse than Baltimore. You can find stats that rate Atlantic City more dangerous than Detroit or New Orleans. They're friggin bunk. Plus, Philly learned to under-report a long time ago.
Like Camden always beats Baltimore in the worst city thing. Philly's not even in the top ten. I'd much rather be stuck walking around in Camden than in Philly. Yeah Camden's 100% ghetto, but you can get out of any of it's neighborhoods in five or six blocks.....
Hey the Barksdales got their packages from Philly and New York.
You seem much proud of the Baltimore drug markets. I dig it, but no where compares to North Philly. Not even today, and it ain't even as crazy like it was in the 80's and 90's.
Of course they're out trapping on Christmas, junkies don't take holidays off. Any good corner is 24/7...365. And they love the snow cause the police never bother anybody when there's a foot of snow on the ground.
Like I said, every town has a bad habbit and some ghettos. Yes, there are links to NYC. That is where most of the drugs travel.
But as far as the snipers taking out police. Yes, it did happen. That is why they tore down all of the tower. They were cutting the power to elevator shafts, moving the stash rooms all over the buildings and they were killing cops left and right. They did shut down operation after operation, but they were all seperate cells. There was no master mind behind it all. The drug "cartels" if you will just used all the people in the projects to protect them. The product was all moving around. Anyone that spoke was killed. Any wintesses were not properly protected and they were killed too....
Happens everywhere I am sure.
But here is one story back in 1995 of them when they dropped 6 high rise towers at once. It cites in this article the guns fights, faulty evelevator units etc... This is one project of 13 that were destroyed, McCullough being the last of the 13. Like I said, if you haven't watched the Wire and you don't hate Baltimore, its a great show. You should check it out sometime. Like I stated before all 5 seasons are based on true stories, all authoring by the city's old police chief. In the show, all of the main characters get shot at from the towers and TVs thrown at them while they try to enter the building. It was filmed in the 4 towers at McCullough. So, that is why they destroyed them all. Aside from the fact that they were unfit to live in, the police and feds had such a difficult time ever entering the buildings. By the time they would get inside, no one was on the roofs anymore. The murder weapons were wiped clean and stashed in a vacant room and everyone inside was back to business as usual, saying "gun shots" I didn't hear any guns shots.
BTW. It's nothing to be proud about. I am just saying, as a temporary city resident, the folks of Baltimore were never proud of the violence, but it was just a fact of life. Guys from New York can talk all the trash they want about winning the world series every year in Baseball with their 300 million dollar payroll. Guys from Boston can do the same. Celtics. Redsox. Philly fans and residents (much like you stated) look down at Baltimore as a "little brother city" and the fact of the matter is, its just a rough ass town. Philly may have better food, better music and art scene, more residents etc... But you can't take the harm our of "charm city". Nothing to be proud of, but it is what it is.
Philly doesn't look down on Baltimore. I just called Baltimore, "Philly's little brother," because they are similar. It's not like a standard saying around here. At least not that I know of.
Philly has an inferiority complex. It used to bet THE place in this country. Then, over the centuries, became a filthy hole between the economic epicenter of New York and political powerhouse of Washington DC.
Infoplease.com has already released one of them " Most Dangerous City" thangs for 2013. And they even split it into small, medium and large cities.
Camden, NJ (which actually posts stats that places violent crime somewhere between Honduras and Somalia - Local officials checked UN data last year after they cut the police force in half........how's aboot that Spicoli) of course took top honors in small cities. Props to Trenton for taking 3rd. And special recognition goes to EMass's Brockton for taking 8th. Wow, that's surprising, Brockton stepping-it-up in the thug world(APPLAUSE).
Props to Newark, NJ for its 7th place finish in the medium city category.
And congratulations Zach619, Baltimore took 2nd in big cities. Of course Detroit won.
Philly came in a disappointing 4th place, sitting behind Memphis. Yes, pretty embarrassing.
We will note the many placings of Texas towns in the SAFEST PLACES categories.
One will also note that the Philadelphia area has: Philly(#4), Camden(#1) sits right across the Delaware River, Trenton(#3) is twenty miles up the Delaware River. Wow, that area is hard as can. And spunky little Wilmington, DE, which frequently makes these lists these days, is just south of the area. Wow, that whole area is hard as as can. And add in Emass's favorite city Chester, PA and, like, wow..........
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