Photo: Hot Rocks on Flickr
…and man, are we excited!
On Saturday, I hung out in the sunshine at The Forks Plaza skate park in Winnipeg. It was the Manitoba Regional Qualifier for the DC Nationals, and dang it was hot out there. Despite it being a work event for me, I was more than happy to spend the day at the park because I love to watch skateboarding and I had an absolutely awesome crew by my side.
I was stoked that we were in town to help out, watch the kids get their skate on and hand out stickers. Stickers are like candy to the kids at the park. I was easily the most popular chick there once word got out that I had an abundance of DC stickers in my bag. The was one kid in particular, who hounded me all day. Every time I turned around, he was there, begging me for more stickers. I discovered that he’d covered his entire bike in them, which was pretty sweet. He’ll be riding the “DC mobile” around town with pride, no doubt. The emotional connection that kids have with this brand is clear as day, and it’s an unbelievable thing to see.
DC Nationals is Canada’s only nationwide skateboarding contest. It also boasts the largest contest cash purse for Canadian amateur skateboarders. The top five skateboarders in each region will advance to the Nationals to compete for a piece of the $20,000 cash purse. First place at each Regional Contest will receive airfare and accommodation to the Nationals in Montreal on August 23rd. Since 2003, DC has given back to its roots of skateboarding by hosting this championship. The mission of the contest is to promote and involve Canadian youth in skateboarding. It’s the only event of its kind that gives Canadian amateur skaters a chance to showcase their talent on a national level. Yesterday’s Manitoba comp was presented by Sk8 Skates.
Watching these guys carve out creative lines under cloudless skies yesterday, I marvelled at the mad trickery so many of them have been able to master. Some of the littlest kids can land some of the craziest jumps. I am in absolute awe of skateboarding, I really am. It’s an almost esoteric culture that contains so many facets and constituents. It’s pretty rad.
“Again and again, however we know the landscape of love
and the little churchyard there, with its sorrowing names,
and the frighteningly silent abyss into which the others
fall: again and again the two of us walk out together
under the ancient trees, lie down again and again
among the flowers, face to face with the sky.”
There will be more, I know that for sure-
but that’s what there is for now.
There’s a question we keep asking-
in discussions with one of the most
amazing and smart people I know
about whether it’s better to be experienced
in love and care and being with others,
or is it better to have an air of innocence-
Which makes you “better” at relationships?
Which makes you more brave?
Yesterday afternoon, we left Saskatoon and hit the road for Regina. The prairies are a seemingly different place in the summer. No snow on the ground this time, just lots of green fields, and a ton of flat land before us. It’s so humid that you can’t go without the air conditioning for long, even though you start to freeze after a while when it’s on. A second after it’s turned off though, you get all sticky and gross. The air is so thick. We opted for sweaters and cool air flow. Tunes for the drive were (courtesy of my ipod) by Matt, whom my travel buddy and co-worker Mark had never heard of until I introduced him to his music on this very trip. It seems insane to me that there could be a person in Canada who hadn’t heard “Apparitions” before…but there was Mark, so I had to show him the light.
As we drove towards our destination in the sunshine, storm clouds started to roll in and we watched the most insane thunder and lightning storm that I’ve ever seen in my life as we came into Regina. The bolts of lightning almost didn’t even look real. It was a pretty cool sight to see. It cleared up before we got right into town, so we thought we’d dodged a bullet. When we came out of the place we had dinner however, it was storm city once again and we had to make a run for it, through puddles and raindrops despite being in flip flops and t-shirts. It was a serious light show for a good hour once we got back to the hotel- lightning every couple seconds, sometimes incessantly, like a strobe light. It lit up the entire room. Between showings today I’ve been obsessively watching the storms outside as they come and go. I’m so not used to these. There’s something kind of fun about them.
This hotel is so quirky. It’s pretty funny, actually. It’s super old school. I feel like I should have brought a Marie Antoinette costume with me. My skate hoodies and skinny jeans feel oh so out of place here. There are flowers everywhere. Only one wall in my whole suite is free of hideously cheesy wallpaper.There are flower baskets and heart shaped boxes coming at you no matter which way you turn.
My hair hates it here. True, I don’t look like this, but it’s not good. I’m not attractive in the prairies at all. The humidity just kills me. This sucks primarily because there’s a football team of babes in town for a tourney and they’re staying in this hotel too. The good news is, I’ve somehow still managed to get some winks.
The last two days have been so jam packed with showings and meetings and shop visits. Time is flying. I can’t believe it’s already Wednesday. Tomorrow, we hit the road again to make the six hour drive to Winnipeg; the last city on our tour of the prairies this time around.
In no less than a week, Kay and I will be Island bound for a weekend of camping, surfing, sunning and guaranteed fun times. That, in itself, is giving me a huge push towards the finish line right now. I am beyond stoked.
Signing off from Regina. Bye for now.
While some tune in to MTV’s The Hills for the cat fights and hook-ups, I try not to miss it so that I can check out the style. (Hold your groans. I know that some of you are less than die hard fans…) Despite what your thoughts may be about this so-called “reality” show, these girls put together some pretty stellar ensembles both on and off screen, in my opinion.
If you happen to be wondering why there are no photos of Heidi included in this entry…wonder no more. I don’t like her or her style. In fact, I can’t even believe that she has a line of her own. I would pretty much rather wear a potato sack around than slip into anything by “Heidiwood.” You got it, She-Pratt makes the cut in my books, but Heidi does not.
Oh how I would love to raid the closets on the set of this show. Lots of legs, cool shades, bright colours, fun hairstyles and no shortage of perfect handbags, funky kicks and other quirky accessory pieces that seriously punch up their outfits. Mock their scripted reality all you want, but style points are definitely earned here, folks.
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