May 12th, 2008

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Music Monday, Steam Punk Edition

This is the steampunk band Abney Park, who are playing at the Edison on May 25th.
This awesome song is called "Air Ship Pirates".

I'm absolutely going to their show. Also, their website is a kick, particularly their merch section - coolest band t-shirt ever, and they even sell swallow-tail safari vests, dog tags, and goggles. I'd like to point out I have the exact same pair of goggles the singer is wearing. :)
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Surfing on Mother's Day

The sea was as choppy as I've ever seen her - a strong South-West wind was running cross to the South-East swell, so the waves were coming in very short cross-grained sets that were near impossible to grab.

I found myself constantly in the washing-machine, there was no clear zone to go catch my breath and find a good one. I was also trying a short-board I hadn't ridden before, and the lack of wax (a kickplate instead) was a bad idea, it kept squirting out from under my chest like a giant bar of soap.

Basically I managed nothing other than one good wave, except I didn't even stand up on that. I did see some pelicans very aggressive fishing not 20 feet away from me though. The final straw - when I was standing in the shallows talking to my next-door neighbor about my frustration, a wave flat-out slapped me in the nuts.

Even so, it was a good day in the surf. Even a bad day on the ocean is still better than a day anywhere else.
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