6.06.2006

times are changing... times have been changing this way for a long time

years ago there were fewer messengers

there were fewer messenger companies
there were fewer messengers for for each messenger company
or so it seems from the outside
maybe there is some data on this
maybe someone who is out there actually knows the facts
not here for facts
here to talk some shit

there has always been an overlap of fringe and counter culture with the messenger community
punk rock is counter culture
skateboarding is counter culture
at least before these things were being sold in a mall these things were counter culture
not making a statement
just stating a fact
so... with all of this counter culture there is a great deal of overlap

such overlap that there were people who were into punk rock, skateboarding, and worked as messengers
not to get hectically into the sociology of work
but... jobs and industry are often shared and discovered through family and friends
how do you hear about the industry?
how do you meet the employer?
how do you hear about the opening?
perhaps from a member of your family or one of your friends

enough with that
I barely graduated college so no reason for me to act like I have PhD in sociology
on with the rant...
the skateboarding, punk rock (some leaning closer to hippie than punk in some cases... fringe just the same), messenger types were a colorful lot
there was always a flurry of activity in that crowd
they moved like nomads taking over group houses
they walked into parties like vikings
they moved like hells angels on man powered machines... skateboards and bicycles
they were alive
living each moment as it that moment were the only moment
some of that of course paralleled youth
most of these guys in this group that I am thinking of were in their late teens or early twenties

the tales and lore that surrounded these guys would make a wonderful book of short stories
each and every one answering to an assortment of nicknames rather than the name their mother gave them
names issued by their new family
their cultish family of the ramp, the street, and the bar
some of these guys need to get together
get drunk
and let these conversations be taped by hidden video and microphones
the reminiscnece alone would make for a great read
or a Podcast
or a quasi-documentary

earlier today I emailed hounddog mentioning that he could really make a great documentary of the skate scene itself
as "the dog" was pretty talented with the camera and the editing suite some many years ago
oddly enough he had been wrestling trying to get some of his stuff to convert to digital just days prior
maybe the Cedar Crest Tribute Site inspired that
tribute site?
I make it sound like a Journey Tribute band

great gwadzilla archive with X-Rays from my dislocated shoulder in the fall
and some fun images from the SM100
enough with this effort with a rant
wanted to tell an story
this intro was way too long

2 comments:

JKC said...

Hey Gwadz found your site through BikeCentric. What a gem you've found with the skatethecrest site, brings back lots of memories from the good ol days. Me and a bunch of friends from Falls Church use to skate & party there back in the day. Did a write up of my own on the pedalshop board http://www.pedalshop.com/pedalboard/viewtopic.php?t=1109 .
Great find & definitely a documentary in the making, thanks!

JKC said...

Hey Gwadz found your site through BikeCentric. What a gem you've found with the skatethecrest site, brings back lots of memories from the good ol days. Me and a bunch of friends from Falls Church use to skate & party there back in the day. Did a write up of my own on the pedalshop board http://www.pedalshop.com/pedalboard/viewtopic.php?t=1109 .
Great find & definitely a documentary in the making, thanks!