Friday, April 18, 2008
Two blogs in one week eh? there must be something wrong!
Hey, hi, hoo.
I just been having a meeting with the lads in the band. It's nice to see them, haven't in a while. I couldn't go home to Wales with them last time because of troubles I have had with immigration here in the States. It seems that the US frowns upon murder these days...what can you do eh? Nah, just kidding. Simple things I have to iron out that took way longer than it needed to but its getting sorted now. Back to the Guys....Yeah, nice to see them. We had a very productive chat and spirits are high. Everything is on track, and we are all gonna be jamming and writing and recording next week. Ians hair is long. My hair is cleaner than his.
Went to Canada last week. It was really cool. My friends from Wales were going there for a Snowboarding holiday, and the previous week I was up at Mammoth with mikey for the week, so I was not planning on going to Banff. But as it turned out, I couldn't bear the thought of my Welsh freinds being kinda close and on the slopes, so the night before I decided to go. It was only supposed to take 3 hours but I connected in Seattle and by the time I had got to Calgary the airline had decided not to bother putting my board on the plane. Nice! In fact I had a sleeping bag and all my clothes in the same case, and since I didn't know where I was gonna be sleeping I was pretty much screwed. 8 hours later, my bag waltz's in all nonchalant and stuff, and following some rental car nonsense I was on my way. The Canadian Rockies were beautiful, the runs were awesome and on Monday we had a bunch of snow and fresh powder. It was great until my friend Phil took a pretty hard tumble trying a jump at about 30mph down a black in 10ft visability...yikes! He caught a front edge, sprung off his face, did a full flikflak and landed again on his face. Oh, how I laughed until he didn't get up. I went down to find most of his face bleeding and smashed up. At first I thought he'd bust his nose but his goggles had skinned it, and the medics had to glue his lip back on. Fair dues though, he wouldn't ride down on a stretcher and was back out the next day, haha Trooper! He's very sensitive and cares alot about his looks and conditioning so if you've a heart, wish Phil Clarke all the best.
I have been thinking alot about painting and drawing recently. Went to a superb exhibition about toys at "1988" on Melrose in Hollywood today. I'm quite please that a gallery called La Luz De Jesus selected one of my new paintings for a group exhibition last month "everything but the kitchen sync", and have asked to hold on to the painting for a permanent showing in the office space. It's one of my first shows here in LA. I need to get some more pieces painted. Finding time to paint and write songs and plan for tour and all these bloody action sports is tricky, haha.
I'm trying to find the energy to go up to Mammoth again on Sunday for the Grenade Games 4. A bunch of mates are going up and I'm trying to drag Mikey up with me. I pooped though. Mike and I are gonna go to watch Galaxy play Football tomorrow, "Beckham! Beckham! Beckham!"...actually, I don't much like football, or soccer (pronounced saaaa-ckrrrrrrr) as they call it here, but the missus loves Becks cos he's from up her end of the woods in Essex. Urrm..what else...I built a front light rack quadrophenia style for me scooter. 8 lights, 6 mirrors and an AA badge...I'm such a doosh! but I can't help it. My 1963 Lambretta has just been painted all original colours and is being souped up to a 190cc, so it deserves a few new accessories. I'm such a big kid with my bloody cars and bike and toys!!! when will I grow up? ha.
I'm getting younger and younger in my head as the days go on. I suppose the more I learn and read, the more I realise I know so little, which reintroduces a sense of wonder in the world. And in turn, I rediscover the child in me... I suppose.
"excuse me, mr. freud...." I'm off for some dinner....mmm some nice fake chicken curry me thinks!! see you later...all the best Phil! hope your face heals nice and doesn't scar too bad.
(if you wanna send him best wishes do it here)
p.p.s check out the half naked picture on his photos page......I mean? who does that these days? cummon! what a ponce! bring on Thunder from down Under!!