Thursday, July 28, 2011

Hey hey hey watch YO LEVELS!

Hey hey hey watch YO LEVELS! If you don't bad things happen!
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Sunday, July 24, 2011

Da Dirty 30 Part 2

What a wild day. Wake up tour, work, and dirty 30. The thoughts and ideas running through my head today was kind of funny and made me think of my spaghetti write up. So here is my days thoughts! Sorry if its a little raw lol

  • 4:15 “hi can I help you?” “Remember we were here yesterday looking for two bikes” Fuck I hate it when people come in late in the day.
  • We close at 5! duurrrrr! we have lives outside of the shop!
  • Zak Relax they are buying nice stuff and they are nice people.
  • Drip Drip! mother fucker! splashhhh! who the fuck said it could rain!
  • There is no way we can race this afternoon! Its been pouring for 30 mins! has to be at least one inch of rain or maybe more.
  • "ring ring (chris) I am going to call the race off its to wet no one will show up.”
  • chris: “No your not I will punch in your fucking face! there is already 10 people here” me: “o”
  • he wont punch me in the face that big doughnut eating, spirit crushing, big boned turd face!
  • 5:20 finally leaving the shop. I am going to have to hurry to get there on time.
  • chad? really? Mad props driving to the dirt crit with its rain. and jim said he was going to whoop that asssss! shhhh Jim (aka da Slim Jimmy and no I am not talking about his jimmy wink wink) is skinny!
  • Any one going to be there? text! text! facebook message!
  • what? maclay has dry patches? It def didn’t rain as much here! ahhhh thank you lord
  • which bike? hmmm da monster cross bike or the succulent sour apple ss? hmm I will take both! its my race my rules!
  • what? really? the parking lot is full of men in lycra! I love that! I mean I guess we are going to have a race.
  • hi, hi , hi I don’t know you, you and you. You really here for da dirty? nice!
  • I am still running late. What bike to race? hmmm both lol my race my rules!
  • boing, boing, ss side ways! ahhh I just almost ate shit on two bikes. thank god no one saw me!
  • woaaahhhh! I see a bunch of people! I cant fuck up this!
  • chris: “zak! Zak! Come here.” huh course change? If you and rick say so lets do it! o man this going to hurt.
  • o man this a lot of people!
  • foster ever seen a dirt crit? dont care he is helping! (thanks again ken)
  • ughh I am about to hurt. 
  • Go! Slim Jimmy Has a firm butt SMACK!
  • Ok I have to attack first! my race! I feel good! Zoom goes rick! guess I don’t feel good! I wonder if he is on epo? should we piss test him? this is my race my rules! nahhh
  • I will just grab his wheel and relax! ok this isn’t bad. and now you are riding away from me… tear tear
  • he is just abnormal (Ric), I can settle in and ride in front of everyone else and be fine. 
  • lil gillis? ok he has been riding a lot its ok. 
  • slim jimmy? ok I have lost all skills and I am going home to cut my self!
  • ok cool no one is really close to me. I am lapping you, you, you , you, you, but I am being supportive. I am so nice.
  • Daniel? ugghhh oooook 
  • I will save some and get him later. (didn’t happen)
  • We done yet? Foster have you ever seen a crit before?
  • Ric “how come it hasn’t been 30 mins yet?” as he is lapping me for the 2nd time and is breathing easy. Shit up Ric breath! don’t just roll up on me and act like you are hurting! you epo using skinny turd! 
  • aaaannnndd we are done! thank god!
  • uggh I have to take both bikes back. but the juicy apple bottom ss was a good choice!
  • ahhhhh left over cheesy gordita crunch! ooo yeah and a dr. pepper.
  • chris you will never get this! king of the castle! nanny nanny boo boo
  • ahhh he is gettting up! 
  • terry u touch my taco and I go psycho on your little penguin body!
  • I actually pulled this thing off sweet! but peace out!
Thanks Ken for helping keep time/ Thanks Chris and Ric for the suggestion, it was a good idea. It was fun and I am stoked at the amount of people showed up. Next one will be bigger! Can’t wait!

Saturday, July 23, 2011

Tuesday, July 19, 2011

Man Down

Today the cycling community lost one of the towns original mtbers in Dave Baton.

You could say he was crazy, confident, arrogant, fast, a bad ass, a hard ass, and some might have ruder words but he truly was a good guy. He was one of the most confident people I have ever met and with this he gave himself high standards and a very aggressive riding style. This style of riding and confidence led him to a good amount of success across the country as a pro rider.

I was lucky to actually spend some time with him on and off the bike.I believe I was introduce to him at joes or at race through Big Worm. From then on he would always ask if I had been racing and keep up with my results. After races or following race I would tell him all my excuses, he would offer up advice and tell me not be like him lol. It always would be good advice but being the age that I was at the time I never took it to heart and take advantage of his offer to ride with him more. I would ride with him off and on the road bike and very rarely on the mtb while growing up. When riding with him though he would offer suggestions to me and occasionally I would piss him off. When he was pissed off he was just being hard on me and trying to make ride harder.

The thing I remember about Dave the most was my trip to Apalachicola to help him one of his jobs wiring a condominium. Dave had a temper and it came out on the way to the job site. I was following him down there when we had just passed through Crawfordville. There were three cars in front of him a sedan, a cop, and a truck. We were moving along 5 mph under the speed limit and i could tell it was bothering Dave. Next thing I know I he is passing all three cars when there was a double yellow line. Immediately following the pass the cop pull him over. I thought o lord what have I gotten myself into after seeing his crazy pass and burn out leaving the cop on the side of the road. He later told me that he told the cop that it was bull shit. The rest of the trip was fine and I actually learned a lot from him about riding and wiring. We spent two lunches and a dinner talking tactics, training, and living the life as a pro. I truly enjoyed the time with him and behind his confidence he was a really nice guy. He just had a weird way of showing it.

So what I am trying to say is that Dave had an impact on a lot of people including me. He was one of those people who made a impact on you even if you weren't around him long. He is also the one of the ones that got Big Worm and many other into riding mtbs. If that hadn't happen I don't know were I would be or all of bike chain.

Most of all I feel very sad for his son who was along with him and hit as well by a car. Dave adored his son more than anything else in his life and it was very obvious. His son is a many version of him and wanted to be just like him. I really hope that we can keep his son in the cycling community. I know that is what Dave would wanted.

Its a sad day for Tallahassee cycling community and Dave will be missed and I proud to say that Dave had an impact on my life!

RIP Dave Baton

P.S. This sad day is just another example of how awesome the cycling community is though. Its a family and it shows when these kind of things happen or someone gets hurt. Before the news hit the web or tv, the cycling community basically played wheres waldo and called around to the point where everyone was checked on till it was narrowed down to Dave.