The Last Mallisonwhat Post Ever!!!!!!!!

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My summer was awesome. My writing ambition never went away, but my writing routine stopped these last few months. After Labor Day next week, I need to get back to writing. I’ve thought this over thoroughly, and this is my last post for the mallisonwhat blog. In true self-absorbed fashion I will explain the two major reasons for this decision in detail.

In August 2009 I started mallisonwhat with no real clue how to blog. Writing regularly, at some points with multiple posts weekly, did improve my writing. I’m a better writer now than when I started this blog. That is the major success of doing this blog for six years.

I had ups and downs like any blog. My first major reason to stop is I know more about blogging and writing now. On mallisonwhat I wrote about skateboarding, libraries, writing, my weekends, and other random shit. Successful bloggers imitate or follow journalism rules and claim expertise. Any successful blog is topical, on one topic, and the readers are people interested in that topic.

For blogging success, by success I mean hundreds of views everyday, I’d need to focus on a topic. I would have to choose between a skateboarding blog, a library blog, a writing blog, a lifestyle blog, or whatever interest. Or I could have 5 different blogs for each interest. Also, to gain a following bloggers should post at least three times a week. However the frequent posts need to be engaging to bring people back. A lot of times when I tried to post more than twice a week I wrote fluff.

After I finish typing up my novel, I may attempt blogging again. Starting from scratch may be exciting. I started mallisonwhat on and less than a year ago switched to the bluehost server. Between the two of those I had over 35,000 views, but it took several years to get past that 10,000 benchmark. Perhaps with a different blog I can surpass those numbers quicker. I will contact bluehost to see if I can archive mallisonwhat easily without the capacity for future posts.

Now I’ll explain the more important reason to bag mallisonwhat. Over winter in three months I rewrote my novel. I hated typing, and in June I stopped. I have 12 chapters out of 33 typed. I need to type that up in order to have anything to work with. That is my writing priority.

Also, even though this blog helped my writing it has limited it too. I made the decision not to put fiction on my blog. That has resulted in not much fiction output with the exception of my novel. With a blog you post immediately. I have colleagues and family that see it online. Two years ago I became less of wimp and put in occasional curse words, but I still censored myself. Everything I thought up I would first evaluate the potential offense to people.

For people putting things online self-censorship is not a bad thing. But I admire degenerate writing. I like reading about drugs and sex. If I want to write in a controversial way, I need to practice writing in that way to find a voice. Henry Miller and Charles Bukowski are the two classic degenerate writers. They did not find their voice over night, or with ease, they both put in their time writing.

Instead of writing self censored blog posts two or three times a week, I’m better off either writing fiction or essays without restricting myself. I may write these out by hand, or on the computer. The difference is I would not share them online. Part of blogging and social media is the need for immediate attention. I think I’m better keeping my writing to myself, and practice revising too.

If I write something good, and really polish it I could submit writing for publication. If you post something controversial on a blog, and someone challenges you on it, as a blogger you are the only one to defend yourself. If you get the same piece published people are happy for you. The writing is recognized and validated by being published. It may still piss people off, but the writer has backing.

I’d like to thank everyone who took the time to read my blog over the past six years. I’d also like to super thank anyone that took the time to give me feedback on my writing. Cheers and peace on earth!

Mallisonwhat’s Ranking of Creative Types

photo (8)First of all if you have a creative bone in your body that’s a good thing. Rankings are harsh but a reality in the blogging world. A bark is heard more than a whimper, and any argument with good sound bites and phrases win. Research is not needed, just an all or nothing combative stance.

Without further words here are mallisonwhat’s ranking of creative types!

4. Artists
Artists go back for a long a time, and there are museums to preserve the history. People take years of practice and dedication to create captivating images. Technology has changed everything and has impacted art. With media, movies, and live feed I’m not sure that a single image has the impact it once had.

Also what I don’t like about modern art is that it depends so much on the whims of the rich with sales of single or limited pieces for large amounts. Artists seem to rely on the one-percenters more than other creative forms. That might be an ignorant stance on my part, and if anyone has a good art history book for me to read, I will.

3. Writers
Writing has been around a long time too. But modern writing, or the novel form only goes back to the 1800’s, before that it was mostly poetry form. Writing is my creative outlet, and it has positive benefits. Reading is important, but becoming less so. Working in a bookstore and then libraries I’m always amazed that when bestselling books become movies so many more people watch the movie.

Reading, and writing is better than doing nothing, but it does not have the societal impact it once had. There are many brilliant adults with high paying careers that don’t read any novels at all. Probably the best writers work in the television or movie industry where their stories impact more people.

2. Television and Movie Makers
In the last decade the television series industry has gone off the hook. In a library system it’s hard to keep up with purchasing all the television series on DVD. And movies, even with overpriced popcorn, are as popular as ever. Movies take novel plot structures, acting, music, and visuals to create an experience. It is a difficult industry to break into but hundreds of people work on each high level production. The only two senses missing from movies are touch and smell.

Film production has only been around since the early 1900’s and is the future. Instead of reading books one is socially better off being knowledgeable on movies and television. That trend will only become more so.

1. The Music Makers
They are called rock stars for a reason, because they put a soundtrack to life. Before recording technology there may have been more musicians, and a show would be an event at a town hall or tribal village. Recording quickly made one hit wonders, and a mass appeal. In the 1960’s there was advancement in technology and that changed the sound of music. Online downloading has made it difficult to be a musician. They don’t get paid much unless they make it big. But on youtube there are music videos with over a billion views, and getting over a million views is common for music videos. So many views points that musicians have the biggest impact on society today.

What creative ambitions did I forget? What do you disagree with? From now on I’m going to be more opinionated, and write these quicker! It’s the only way.

Review of ‘If I fall, If I Die’ by Michael Christie

10351304_10152874124921915_8545982366361697537_nSemi regularly I type in skateboard novels into google. I need to see what is coming out and make sure my novel is still original. Sometimes titles show up, and I’ve gotten some good reads. In the past few years I’ve read, A Room with No Windows by Scott Bourne Hobbs, Death to the Readers by Bob ‘Shaggy’ Crawford, Remember Me Like This by Brett Anthony Johnson, and now If I fall, If I Die by Michael Christie. Except for the Hobbs book all of these novels share skateboarding as part of the story line for their novels.

I noticed a similarity that these novels all go for the nuances of skateboarding, the feeling generated by skating, and a way for readers to relate to that. Skateboard terminology and jargon takes a back seat, and the other parts of the characters lives are highlighted. These authors have sponsored skateboard backgrounds, they are more defined by skateboarding than I am, and very much made the decision not to include skateboard terminology in their work.

These books are different from mine. Two are literary coming of age stories, and the other two are lifestyle books of urban adult men. Part of my dystopian novel is competition, so perhaps that forces me to use skateboard terminology for tricks. But these published authors obviously avoided doing so, and maybe I should think over their approach as I revise. Maybe there is a right way and a wrong way to write about skateboarding. Enough about me, let’s get to the novel by Michael Christie.

If I fall, If I Die is an emotional novel to read. The skateboarding only comes to play halfway through the novel. The mother of the eleven-year old protagonist, Will Cardiel, has agoraphobia, and she does not go out of their house. Neither does he. One day he heard a noise and ventured outside. A foster kid hit Will with a slingshot but then they talked. Then that foster kid goes missing, and Will wants to find him.

Will decides to go to school. The setting of this novel is unique. It’s a Great Lakes town called Thunder Bay in Canada. It’s poor, and has conflict between the townies and the nearby Indians on a reservation. Will starts to explore Thunder Bay, with an Indian kid named Jonah. Jonah teaches Will skateboarding, and they unravel secrets of the town as they search for their missing friend.

I recommend this book because it’s psychological, and gets into the thinking of the agoraphobic mother, and the awkwardness of the protagonist from that isolation growing up. The story takes place in the late 80’s to 90’s. The only true time reference is the skateboard deck and video selections, and the lack of cell phones. Also, in the last few pages there is a passage of how skateboarders are the ones from broken homes, the disenfranchised, or the crazy kids. Those last few pages make it beneficial for all skaters to read.

Michael Christie’s skate part.

Don’t take my work for it, this novel got a NYT review.

My Novel Rewrite Creates Chapter Heading Brilliance

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Since putting all these pictures on one post is a pain, I’ll keep words to a minimum. September 2013 to January 2014 I wrote the first draft of my novel. I typed it out, revised it, and had people read it. I had a lot to work on, apparently I wrote porn and not erotica. Among many problems I grossed people out.

In August 2014 I went to the Writer’s Digest Conference, and I’ve learned a ton between then and now. On January 17th 2015, I started my rewrite, and finished it on February 18th. February is a short month so I got the rewrite done in 3 months.

I wrote 33 chapters, and each chapter took two nights of writing. I’m proud that I wrote 66 nights in a 3-month period. Typing it will be a bitch, and my revision plans will be time consuming.

Enjoy my chapter heading drawings and happy 420 day!

Whine Fest and Self Absorbed Work-Out Goals

11156272_10152843927841915_741817372640051866_nI’m going to start with a whine fest, and then continue in my usual self-absorbed way. In December I joined the YMCA, and by mid-February I had a solid routine of treadmill running, lifting, and swimming. Shortly after adding lifting to my routine I really started to see results, and I believe in that time lost at least ten pounds.

Then bam, I got pharyngitis or some other virus or infection. Ten days of antibiotics and I got sick again so ten more days of antibiotics to get sick again. Lastly I got a five-day prescription for steroids that hopped me up, and I should have asked for an alternative.

I learned steroids can break down the immune system, and one should take it easy with exercise for a few weeks after taking them. All together I did not exercise, or drink alcohol for over a month. I can live with not partying, but that totally derailed my workout plans and goals. It sucked, and I currently still have a beer gut. I now live by a beach, how am I going to get a beach babe this summer if I’m not in shape?

Vanity is a virtue, and I want to look my best. Plus being is shape I’ll skateboard better, so it’s a win win situation. Last weekend I skated the Rockaway mini-ramp, and had fun. I used my mini setup with larger wheels. With the larger wheels I maintained speed better on the mini, but still can’t do many ramp tricks. Tomorrow I’m looking forward to skating with friends on my street complete.

This week I got back to going to the YMCA with three visits. I think the running, lifting, and swimming is an excellent combination. Maybe in two months I can get closer to having abs. In two months the beach officially opens, and a good goal is to work out and look fit.10429841_10152844124686915_1116283268337681890_n

This winter was fucking horrible, and I’m elated that spring and summer are close, the temperature reached sixty degrees today. My YMCA workout is solid, but I really need to flip it to a morning routine. For summer I’ll want to skate after work or socialize, I won’t want to be in the YMCA on summer evenings. The problem is I’m such a lazy person in the morning.

I make it to work on time, but usually set the snooze several times until I have to get up. It’s totally possible to wake up early four days a week to work out. One thing I might do is keep my blinds open when I sleep, and the sun might force me to wake up. I’ve always been a night owl, and over sleeper, but it’s imperative I flip my workout routines to the morning.

I’ve considered purchasing a bicycle, and that way early in the morning I could simply bike to the YMCA instead of relying on the bus. That’s enough about me, for my next post I promise to write on a topic, any freaking topic. Cheers and have a happy Spring.

One May Learn From Watching Movies Everyday

10347804_10152811967541915_1262672616279833426_n11014654_10152812366726915_6283925309690731438_nOver a decade ago at this point I worked at a bookstore. For several reasons one customer had a mystery around him. I will get into one reason. Several of my coworkers talked with this regular customer, and we found out he watched a movie every day for 30 years, and planned to watch movies everyday into the future. I adamantly thought that was a huge waste of time, and could not benefit a person in any way.

Reading everyday, writing everyday, or exercising everyday I could understand. But to spend an hour and a half to three hours a day watching a movie seemed ridiculous to me. Lately I’ve been reading up on revising a novel manuscript. A book I read, Self Editing and Revision for Publication, and the website,, both use movies as examples for story structure.

All of these years later I’m learning there is a value in movie watching, especially movies that stood the test of time. A basic structure of a novel and movie is the same. Also a movie has visual and sound cues the viewer can analyze the plotting points more distinctly than a book. A movie can be viewed in one sitting, whereas a book takes days or much longer.

From these two sources I’m reading on revision, I think they both suggest watching movies. The mentions frequently The Silence of the Lambs, both the book and the movie. To really get the suggested points I should watch and read that classic.

Perhaps that bookstore customer had writing ambitions as a screenwriter or other writing. Watching a movie a day for a lifetime would give someone a concrete idea of what works or does not work in stories. If nothing else you could really impress a lot of people with movie knowledge. In today’s world popular media has more social value than knowledge of literature.

Last thing about that customer, is people do all sorts of different things. Just because I don’t do something myself, or don’t understand why people do that thing, does not mean it’s without reason or purpose. A difficult thing to do is not compare myself to others or judge people, and it’s important to keep an open mind. Maybe that way I can learn things from other people to improve my own ambitions.

***The photos and article on blog posts do not have to match. These pictures are from yesterday, before and after haircut selfies.

Plead To Skate Industry, Make Concept Films With Epic Albums for the Soundtracks

If you read this week’s Jenkem Magazine ‘s article on the best skateboard moments on drugs you realize skateboarding is weird. Skateboarding has always been weird. It’s high time as a collective whole the skateboard community demand our skateboard films get weirder. My suggestion to the skateboard industry is to make skateboard concept films with epic albums as the soundtracks.

I can’t do this myself. I got a video camera a few years ago and made some youtube clips. Now I know I can cross off any ambition for filming. I’m not good at filming others. I have a career, and need to focus on writing. Also my skateboarding skills are not worthy of grandiose projects. So I’m pleading to the skateboard industry to take on my idea with pro videographers, and good skaters.

Basically music in a skate video makes or breaks it. The only obstacle in this plan is copyright. If Plan B can use a Rolling Stone song and other classic rock in their recent video, it’s obvious the big companies have the cash to overcome copyright obstacles these days.

My idea is to have full-length skate videos for these albums! I’m sure many more albums would be just as epic. This winter I haven’t skated at all. I hope this entry is my last delusional over thinking of skating and I can actually skate soon.

-Pink Floyd, Darkside of the Moon

This is an obvious choice. A short album at 42 minutes but so epic it captured imaginations generation after generation since it’s release in the 1970’s. On youtube look up Plan B’s promo from 2008 called Superfuture. The song ‘Time’ perfectly matches Danny Way’s mega ramp skills, and then Paul Rodriguez’s street skating. The whole album would work for a soundtrack.

-Nas, Illmatic

Nas is from Queensbridge, and the Flushing Meadows skate spot is also in Queens. I don’t think that’s a coincidence. I like hiphop, but this is a stand out because every song works. One can listen to the whole album straight through. One challenge is the last song, ‘It Ain’t Hard to Tell’ is one of the best hip hop songs recorded. That song should be the last part or the climax, and not the credits.

-Guns n’ Roses, Appetite for Destruction

I wouldn’t know how to look this up. Years ago online Jake Phelps from Thrasher said that in Girl’s video Yeah Right, Gino Iannuci’s part was so solid because of the song choice, ‘It’s so Easy’ by GNR. It rocks, and the whole albums rocks. Think of the possibilities. Would the six-minute long ‘Paradise City’ be a montage or a solo-part?

-Rolling Stones, Exile on Main Street

This is a long album and a challenge for a potential skate film. ‘Sweet Virginia’ is my favorite song on the album. If in the Flip’s Extremely Sorry video they can put a mini ramp in the desert near the Grand Canyon, I suggest a mini ramp in Appalachia. Yes, for the ‘Sweet Virginia’ part it should be a mini ramp jam in the hills. The skaters need to be skinny, and handsomely scruffy. The Rolling Stones invented the Heroin emaciated look, and the skate industry would have to respect that.

-Miles Davis, Bitches Brew

If you are in a bar with an Internet jukebox and you want to piss off people put in ‘Bitches Brew’ by Miles Daves. The song is 27 minutes and might not be good for the dancing or late night crowd. Apparently the album is an hour and a half. Perhaps for this concept skate video the song ‘Bitches Brew’ might be epic enough.

-Gza, Liquid Swords

I have to admit the first time I heard Wu-tang I was offended, and didn’t get it. But I listened to it again, then again and again. I became a fan like millions others. I heard Liquid Swords as an adult 15 years after it came out. The first listen I didn’t get it, but I listened to it more and it’s epic. In a lot of hip hop albums the interludes or voiceovers between songs annoy me, but the ones in this are so strange it makes it interesting. The first song has an interlude were the art director of the skate concept film could go crazy with visuals. Something magical would happen when the song and skating starts at the same time.

-Patti Smith, Horses

This is another album that’s interesting to listen from start to finish. It has ups and down or fast and slow moments. ‘Gloria’ clocks in at 6 minutes, and ‘Land’ is over 9 minutes. Long songs are the opposite of most skate video soundtracks. But I believe the right company and filmmaker could make a beautiful skate concept film to this album.

That’s all. For anyone in the skate industry take my suggestion and make a skate vid with an album as a soundtrack. If not, anyone that reads this, discuss music albums. These happen to be some of my favorites.

Novel Update, Rejected By Literary Agents, and That’s a Good Thing

11041671_10152793376936915_7180342609322031510_nI’m an open book compared with most aspiring writers. A lot would keep rejections from literary agents to themselves and inwardly brood. If I were not nearly two-thirds of the way through my rewrite I’d feel the same way. I know I’m improving my work, so I’m glad the six agents I submitted to did not take me on.

In fact, two of the literary agents I submitted to left the field completely. Those two are more of a void than a rejection, but I’m free of the urge to obsessively check for rejection emails. I’ve learned a lot since the 2014 Writer’s Digest Conference. One thing I’ve learned that a serious attempt to get an agent is a numbers game. Once a writer is satisfied with his or her work the goal is to submit to 60 or more agents up to a 100.

Out of six agents I submitted to a third dropped out of the industry. That is a lesson in itself; perhaps many people try out as literary agents and don’t make it. I think that substantiates that getting a literary agent is a numbers game.

However, to take the time to submit to 60 plus agents, one really needs to be content with his or her work. From my beta-readers I got enough negative feedback to know I needed to rewrite the whole thing. Also, several of my beta-readers never got back to me. If it were stellar, I would have gotten more feedback. I realized I rushed the process after the excitement from the Writer’s Digest Conference.

I’m positive my rewrite is improving my novel dramatically. Once I’m done, I will take more time revising. In my rewrite I have 35 projected chapters. During revision I may take a week or two for each chapter. First I’d evaluate each chapter to rearrange as needed, then condense, and then repeatedly polish.

Recently I read Self Editing and Revision for Publication, by James Scott Bell. In that book he mentions every dialogue, every description, action, and more has to move the story forward and be interesting. Also in that book he states conflict needs to be everywhere, even the dialogue needs tenseness.

With that knowledge and other things I’ve learned indicates the revision process takes much longer than the initial first draft, or in my case a rewrite. I’m glad I have a career, and I’m not putting all my eggs into the writing game. Because of that I can take all the time I need. I will make my prose sing in my novel before I do the beta-readers process again.

The Stupid Law Made Marijuana a Gateway Drug

1924545_10152783832386915_5969861112677715016_nOpponents of marijuana legalization often state their main reason is the gateway drug theory. In a way there is some truth to that. Teenagers who toke weed regularly most likely graduate to hard drugs when they get older. But that’s not a valid reason since teenagers are not supposed to drink either. And the main reason marijuana has historically been a gateway drug is because it’s fucking illegal.

There are millions of people in this country who have ruined their lives from alcohol and tobacco. Doing so, as adults, they never broke a law. Most people like being law-abiding citizens. The past few years’ marijuana has become more accepted. Until recently though, when someone toked weed for the first time, they knowingly broke the law. For many people smoking weed is the first time stepping over the law into the criminal world.

Making marijuana illegal lumps it together with every illegal drug. Growing up within a year of when my friends smoked weed, other drugs crept in. Acid, and mushrooms followed quickly. Shortly after that some got into heroin, and other hard stuff. Illegal marijuana introduces users to the underground drug culture.

If marijuana was made legal on the federal level I’m convinced marijuana would be used like alcohol and tobacco. Adults would have easy access to it from stores instead of drug dealers. No adults would need to worry about arrests, tickets, or engaging in criminal activity.

Also the gateway drug theory would be less. More people would be content to simply do the legal drugs of alcohol, tobacco, and weed. I think meth, heroin, bath salts, and other drugs are so damaging they should be illegal.

Making marijuana legal would distance it from hard drugs kept illegal. Another reason is so many incarcerated for weed, when millions smoke. America should stop being hypocrites with the law, and let citizens have a choice.

Support the Hot Models of Instagram by Liking These Handles!

For years I self monitored my facebook feed, and knew that a lot of my work colleagues saw my business on there. I still don’t understand twitter, but instagram works differently than facebook. It is not about sharing information, and communicating. Instagram is all about pictures. Since it’s on your private phone you don’t view it on work computers. My instagram feed is a mix of friends, famous skateboarders, and women models.

Instagram has a no nudity policy, so these pictures are harmless. Think of them as the Sports Illustrated Swimsuit issue on acid with more and more. These instagram handles promote models. By liking and following these handles one supports modeling careers.

These handles are collectives, and highlight the models of instagram. For each picture they list the handle of the individual model or models. So potentially you could follow and support hundreds of models. Some of these models list contact information, so a brave soul could potentially email them.

For me it’s simply fun to see bikinis on my phone, and not a big deal. Without more words here are my favorite five instagram handles for women models.

@bebychicken with over 300,000 followers.

@chicknation with over 500,000 followers.

@women_admiration with over 250,000 followers

@sexnostress with over 11,500 followers.

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@spicybabes_ with over 600,000 followers.

Love girls with ink! A good example is this stunning model @_MERIDETH_LYNN_

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My Inventor Research Project in Middle School was My First Fiction

photo (7)Recently I read Ready Player One by Ernest Cline, and enjoyed it. However at some points I thought the details of video game history were obviously made up by the author. This book is fiction, and that is okay. But it reminded me so much of the time I made up video game history. My first creative output in life was from an eighth grade history research group assignment. This is not a review of Ready Player One, but an entry on a developmental turning point for yours truly.

My good skate friend and I paired up for a research project. I don’t remember if there were others in our group or not. We were in the school library, and the group assignment was to research and write about an invention and inventor. I remember being at the school library table and we decided to write on the invention of video games.

For that research hour we searched the school library, and didn’t find much. This was the 1990 to 1991 school year and before the Internet. Today as a librarian I know we could have found information, but perhaps didn’t try that hard. I believe it was my brilliant idea just to make up the history. Making it up is not plagiarism, and we decided there might not be much information on video games.

My friend and group agreed. That weekend we played a video game that we could win. In the credits we looked over the names on the screen. We decided that Natsumi Tanaka was the inventor of video games. After that we picked Tokyo and fabricated a whole history of this person’s life with adding real name companies here and there. It was mischievous and thrilling to make everything up.

We collaborated on the story line, and I believe my friend typed up the report. At that point I was a horrible student, and a long way from having writing as an interest. I would not make academic strides until high school or even college. But making up something up like video game history definitely stood out as something fun to do.

We turned in the report, and we got a B for it. The teacher was elderly, nice, and maybe didn’t care. He passed away later in that school year, and that gave me guilt on faking a paper. I’d like to think if anything he was amused by our fabrication.

Middle school was a strange time for me, and I don’t know if the blogging world is ready for the eighth grade school bus stories.

In Defense of Hipsters, or Do Hipsters Even Exist!!!!????!!!!

Photo on 2015-02-15 at 14.52Many think skaters turned into fucking hipsters. Skaters hang out in hipster zones of NYC including the Lower East Side, L.I.C, and Williamsburg. Beards are fashionable and so are skinny jeans.

Everyone hates on hipsters, and they get the butt end of many jokes. I’m making a bold statement that hipsters don’t even exist. It’s today’s fashion with people fresh out of college.

I admit I feel old and out of place in Williamsburg or the Lower East Side when I’m by myself. But that is social life in NYC. It’s better to roll with a crew instead of by one’s self.

In Rockaway, a lot of the summer crowds are considered hipsters. I have overheard people that live in Brooklyn for the winter and live in Rockaway for the summer. Now that I live down here I’d rather hang out in the establishments accused of catering to hipsters than the old man bars farther west. This is the first time I’ve lived in a ‘cool’ area, and it’s great.

Now back to hipsters. I’d be willing to wage money that if a reporter went into the heart of hipsterville in Brooklyn and interviewed 10 people none of them would define themselves as hipsters. They might be pretentious, but they probably define themselves as musicians, artists, writers, skaters, or other creative types.

Other hipsters might define themselves by whatever career they have in the city. I guarantee up to a 50-buck bet that no one defines themselves as hipsters. Hipster is a stereotypical term for someone dressing a certain way to make a scene.

If there are hipsters in this world, what is their main focus? With hippies in the 1960’s, the underlying agenda was a new way of life and peace. In the 1980’s to 1990’s the hip-hop scene was driven by music and street life.

So what drives hipsters? Is it music, is it art, or is it politically against the one percent? In reality it could be anything. Hipsterism is not a movement, but a judgment.

Over ten years ago, ‘Napoleon Dynamite,’ was a popular movie, and at that point that was what ‘hipsters’ looked like. The look has evolved to beards for men, and more then belt buckles. With me included every person over 30 judges the younger generations. The younger ones are not as cool as they were in their day. The way hipsters dress today is different than what people dressed like in the late 1990’s, but who cares.

I learned in high school to hang out with non-skaters or people that dressed differently than I did. That was a good thing because when I moved to Toledo, I was the only skater in my school. Hipster is just a label for the fashion that young people abide to these days. Unless someone proves me wrong, it all boils down to fashion. And one of the golden rules is not to judge books by their cover, or people by their style or lack of style.

It’s 70 Degrees and Sunny in LA while NYC is Effing Freezing

10428432_10152690599611915_3624270116434782976_nOut of longing, some days I check the weather in Los Angeles. Every fucking day for February in Los Angeles it stated 70 degrees and sunny. If you check the weather year round, the weather does not get too hot there in the summer, and they have no humidity.

No wonder most skateboard pros come from there and live there. Meanwhile in NYC and the Midwest we’ve been bombarded with a harsh winter. Forget skateboarding regularly, leisurely walks, or running outside because people are confined to the indoors.

This is my first winter living in Rockaway, and I’m glad I have a nice view of the ocean and the bay. However with the wind tunnel right outside my apartment the temperature here feels at least 10 degrees colder than the rest of New York City. I’ve never felt the feeling of walking as resistance training from such strong wind.

How I’m surviving this kick in the balls of this winter? I’m doing three things, all of which are solitary endeavors. I started to cook. I’ve had four deliveries from fresh direct, each on a weekly basis. Cooking is easier than I thought, you literary just follow the recipe directions and in most cases it works. Reading the Michael Pollan book, In Defense of Food, got me on the right track.

Secondly since a little before Christmas I joined the YMCA. Slowly I’m getting in shape, and I’m excited about being more handsome once I’m in good shape. My goal was to try swimming to maybe surf in summer. My swim classes are great, and a good thing regardless if I end up surfing or not.

The third thing I’m doing is rewriting my novel. I’m writing most nights, and hope to have it done by spring. I know I’ll have a lot of revising to do afterwards. Typing it up is daunting. But I think the creative process and to have a flow, one must obsess, and write routinely until the draft is done.

I’m bitching about winter, and it’s the worst thing about NYC. If global warming kicked in, and NYC could be 70 degrees year round without humidity we would live in the best city in the world. So I’m trying to get in super shape by summer, be more self-reliant by cooking, and write.

Hopefully this harsh winter will turn into a blooming spring, and then a excellent summer. Maybe finally this summer I can become a player with the ladies, or get in a relationship. And maybe being in better shape I’ll skateboard better too. This winter sucks, but putting my time in can only make the future better!!!!!! I bitch every winter, but NYC is my home now.

***The California versus winter climates has been discussed forever, or at least since this Mamas and Pappas song in the late 1960’s.