11.30.2015

NOTE TO ALL DUDES BEHIND THE WHEEL - If you are rolling around in your car thinking you are a "cool dude"



Chances are... you are actually a DOUCHE

I think that is an Adjunctive Noun

although you are not literally a "Douche Bag"
you are still at total "douche"




now... "The Dude"
well... he was a character in the Big Lebowski

most "dudes" are not at all like "The Dude"

now here is the breakdown
if your effort to flex that you are cool puts others at risk
then you are a douche
speeding... driving while on the cell phone... failure to make a complete stop at the stop line at a stop sign... not yielding to pedestrians... and of course the classic PASSING CYCLISTS OBNOXIOUSLY FAST AND OBNOXIOUSLY CLOSE
all these are common behaviors of dudes behind the wheel

that is why dudes are douche bags



Salad Days... I have no idea who Jaco Pastoerius is... no idea...

Kingface

funny... 
when I was like 14 or 15
maybe the summer that I bridged 14 to 15 
I wanted to shave my head

there was some preliminary talk
heard on the grapevine that Mark Sullivan had some clippers
one problem... I did not know Mark Sullivan
then the DC six degrees of separation kicked in

Eddie Eamon knew Andy Rappaport... Andy lived down the block from Mark
Andy got hold of the clippers... Eamon and I walked to Andy's
it was classic DC in the 80's basement activity
the haircut stalled with its short lived Mohawk

hair was a major tool in expression
hair and shoes were some of the primary components of fashion in that era
tattoos came later

I was in LA with Andy some years later... that was random
but on that LA trip where we stayed with Brian Baker Andy got his KingFace Tattoo

I was on the outside of the inner circle
I knew people who knew people

Eamon




11.25.2015

Anonymous is Rick Rolling ISIS... I wonder how they will respond to having this catch pop tune stuck in their heads?


Times article about the mixed reviews of the Anonymous efforts to take down ISIS

Life in Cubeville...


work,,,
some people have careers
I have a job
from CBS to Smithsonian
not sure where I will go next
all I know is I could use more money




Bells of... the prequel! the release of previously unreleased music... I remember going to the first Rites of Spring show and going back to Lawrence and wondering how their music was so similar yet happened completely independently

Bells of
a great article with some background information on Bells of

randomness on the gwadzilla page
Bells and Lawrence

ah... the fertile soil of Bethesda
Jason and Bethesda

chase any and all of the links for fantastic randomness
words from when Gwadzilla was more wordy

so many great albums... so many great artists... some artists got my attention for one album... from The Damned it was Machine Gun Etiquette

The Damned Machine Gun Etiquette
https://www.youtube.com
the full album... give it a listen
it is amazing... back when bands released records where the listener listened to more than one track... but both sides

The Damned and Punk

Ranger Rover drivers are going bumper to bumper with BMW drivers for the crown of biggest asshole on the road...

BMW
The Obnoxious Driver's Machine

certain people are drawn to certain cars
certain drivers express themselves behind the wheel in different ways
blanket statements are flawed by design
there will always be exceptions when making sweeping generalizations

but...
there are so many assholes behind the wheel of Range Rovers and BMWs
too many ASSHOLES!
selfish... ignorant... short sighted

BMW

was wondering... "where are they now?" and was not pleased to see this... I know no details...

Spoonie

the last time I saw Spoonie was a tad random
ran into him at Bread and Puppet in Vermont
that was decades ago

I did not know Spoonie well
I hung with my people at the pool table
he hung with his crew at the foosball table
we all hung at the Gold Pan Saloon in Breckenridge Colorado

back in those days there was a combo as famous as Heckle and Jeckle
it was Matty and Spoonie

for some reason this dynamic duo passed through my brain as I pedaled into work today
so... as I started my day with a glance at Facebook I looked to see if there was a mention on a Breckenridge page... and I found this

Remembering Terry "Spoonie" Spoonire

not sure of what caused his early death
it seemed he lived many an adventure in his short life
more vacation in his short life than most will see in their long life
Rest in Peace Spoonie
sorry you checked out so soon 


11.24.2015

watched the Salad Days: A Decade of Punk in Washington DC again... owning the DVD allows such things...

Minor Threat photo by Glen Friedman

Salad Days: A Decade of Punk in Washington DC

it is an interesting story

a story that I witnessed first hand
not center stage... not on the stage at all... unless I was trying to do a stage dive
but on the peripheral and from in the crowd
I did not witness it all... but I did see so much of it unfold

the genesis of the DC Hardcore scene had its original members
there may have been as many as 40 people
with a dozen or more key players
Dischord itself seemed like a record company releasing albums recorded by the same 20 people as they migrated from band to band
this movie touches on exactly that

I enjoyed the film and its effort to tell the story somewhat objectively
Scott Crawford was there
just as with many of us... he had his favorite bands and he existed within a certain camp
the city had many camps
and different age groups had different experiences as they moved in different waves

Teen Idles and the first Dischord releases were the first wave
I experienced that wave just a minute after it happened
I had the 7 inch record releases
that music was important to me... but I was not there
I did not experience

being younger... I experienced things a little later
growing up in Bethesda rather than Georgetown had me running in different circles
but there was plenty of overflow
lots of rock and lots of roll at B-CC

more on this later
see this movie
I bought it if you want to borrow it


11.19.2015

STP... I like Pop Rock... STP is solid Pop Rock... but do not mix it with Coke

I will admit... I am a sucker for a good "pop hook"
Dave Grohl of the Foo Fighers breaths pop sensibility
that kid can write some tasty radio rock
love me some Foo Fighters

right now I am listening to STP
Stone Temple Pilots

STP was a great little Pop Rock Band in the 90's
a little more melodic and a little more radio friendly than what was classified as Grunge "back in the day"

STP Stone Temple Pilots

11.18.2015

DCCX in the WAPO.... Mathew Donahue a brain at the genesis of DCCX in the photo at the barriers and mention of Bill Schieken of Crosshairs Cycling (race promoter, team captain, major contributor to local cycling community, and all around good guy)

DCCX in the WAPO
https://www.washingtonpost.com/


DCCX
http://gwadzilla.blogspot.com/search?q=dccx

Jane's Addiction at The Scream in LA... I was there... not knowing that this was the horse to bet on...


a bit random...
I am not in the video... but I was at this show where it was filmed
I avoided the camera
acting like so many others
not wanting my photo taken
yet wanting photos of myself

Mountain Song by Jane's Addiction


Chuck D of Public Enemy... Chuck D singing Rise Above with Henry Rollins... Chuck D was in a band prior to Public Enemy called something to the effect of "Chuck D and the Crazy 88s?" or

Chuck D of Public Enemy with Flavor Flav
each sporting a Minor Threat Out of Step shirt

I do not know the legend
I do not know the lore
just passing on a story I heard over beers the other night
there was something about John Falls snapping a photo for Public Enemy and then the Delta 88
toss in a Kill Bill reference... then you really have me confused

Chuck D with Rollins Band covering RISE ABOVE

then...
Chuck Henry and Falls



11.16.2015

Clean Up in Aisle 7...

that did not feel so good...
was pleased to make it to the bathroom
but had to use the sink
as both stall doors were closed and I did not feel like sticking my head in the stand up urinal to hurl

it did not feel good
but now I feel a little better

Where is Manor Park?


Manor Park is north of Petworth
Manor Park is east of Brightwood
and
Manor Park is just north of Takoma

does that answer your question?

Manor Park

maybe this helps

Manor Park... it is just off the Metro Branch Trail
well... the interim route of the Metro Branch Trail

What do you mean? Rick Rubin...

Justin Bieber with Rick Rubin
Rick Rubin is one of the most dynamic producers of the last 30+ years

What do you mean?
www.youtube.com

yes... I saw you singing along

11.06.2015

Where is Manor Park?

ah... just east of Brightwood!

but where is Brightwood?

TIME TO ESCAPE!


Government Issue
Time to Escape off Joy Ride



Gwadzilla Collages

Thievery Corp


Eric Hilton of Thievery Corporation 

Didg the Dog... need to get that dog on the trail... what I mean is I need to get that dog on the trail with me on my bike... Fall is a Great time to ride!


DIDG!
Didg is a great trail dog
love to follow me on the bike
Didg



Rosaryville is a Hometown Favorite!
http://gwadzilla.blogspot.com/search?q=rosaryville
vital to have water... lots of water... near the trail

Dean and Grant love riding with the dog
we take Didg with us when we go camping
even though I dislocated my elbow on that vacation... Asheville was a Blast!
http://gwadzilla.blogspot.com/search?q=asheville


photos help to bring back memories
these are all great memories

time to make new memories



11.05.2015

Happy Birthday Gunnar Shogren!


Happy Birthday Gunnar Shogren!
your love for riding and racing is an inspiration
your ageless nature is a phenomena
always great to see you

look forward to seeing you at races for years to come!


Happy Birthday
even if you refuse to age

Gunnar Shogren on the Gwadzilla Page



11.02.2015

the legs are still sore from the Dead City Halloween Alleycat that I race in this Saturday Past...


The 2015 Dead City Halloween Alleycat!
Event on Facebook
www.facebook.com

ah yes... a Halloween Alleycat!

great night of riding - racing - and hanging out
thanks to jason\neil\sean and all others who helped organize
also thanks to everyone who volunteered for a check point
cheers to all that raced!

and of course

thanks to the Party Martyrs 
thank you for offering your house for our pleasure
fantastic post race party!

time well spent...
good times... good times for sure


DC IS THE Dead City

photos by Paul
thanks Paul!


costumes were optional...

I dressed up as a Catholic School Girl
why? because Catholic School Girls Rule!

above... is what others saw
below... is what I thought I looked like

dam I LOOKED GOOD!




Bruce and John Dinn

my alleycat race strategy tends to be the same
look at the crowd
take a measure of who is fast
think about who is wise to the layout of the city
and
whose engine can I match up with

Bruce is always an obvious contender 
on this day... he was not only top seasoned veteran
but the racer with longest list of top Alleycat finishes
it was obvious that Bruce would be the wheels that I would try to chase

there was a LeMann's style start
I ran to my bike
then without looking at my manifest 
I left out of the park chasing Bruce

it was fun riding\racing with Bruce
he accepted my bid for allegiance 

we rode together as a pair for most of the race
until I flatted
then Bruce left out but not without offering up meeting at the check point after next
he went to 1010 Mass. to get the answer to a question
while I repaired my flat and then left off with the hope to catch him at the next check point

did not catch Bruce until after he had finished
at the final Check Point I was given the answer of "Baby" and a piece of candy
without "baby" and that piece of candy I would not have had a complete manifest
that would have bumped me back in line

Bruce finished 4th
I queued up at 5th

good times... super cool good times!

Dead City on the Gwadzilla Page



John Dinn won the coveted crown of DFL
Dead Fucking Last
John Dinn on the Gwadzilla Page