Bones Brigade

I remember, I was super thin, and I was falling apart in school, ’cause I really didn’t care anymore, and I remember he [dad] couldn’t do anything about it. It wasn’t acting out … you don’t do that in the house, you don’t do that … but the thing is, is I was withered in a way you could not control. And I was spinning. I remember the teachers and stuff … going to counseling, and they were like “we dont’ know what’s wrong. Something is wrong at home … eat.”

My dad is not some evil man – he was trying to do the best he could for what he had, with what he had, with me. But those are those formative years, teenager, when things start to hurt, in a different way. When I found skateboarding, it was the first thing I loved. I mean, I loved it. And it being pulled away from me, hardened something inside of me … where nothing mattered.

Everything I am today somehow, is probably fed by my need for acceptance. With my dad that’s not necessarily the acceptance sons are hoping for, you know … of it’s good you did this but do you get the point you are dominating something that really doesn’t matter? Apply yourself to something meaningful. But because of Tony [Hawk] and [Steve] Caballero and these guys, that gave me a sense of acceptance and belonging that was reciprocated and bounced back and churned in synergistic way.

And that’s what created the Bones Brigade.

–Rodney Mullen
Bones Brigade: An Autobiography (Netflix)

On Conor & UFC 189 …

And so here’s the thing about Conor McGregor, and fighters like him…it’s our gullibility that is always at stake. That’s what’s fun. We know we’re either being fools to believe in him (like he believes in him), or we think we’re too smart to fall for that. In any case, that’s a good dynamic, having your powers of perception played with so freely. That’s why people seek to monetize their hunches through gambling.

Good way to describe gambling from the MMA Fighting blog. It’s obviously intuitive, but … watching Conor’s display brings an uncanny sense of reality to this characterization.

Cellulite on oranges?

Someone has been feeding my orange tree an animal based diet! Look at that cellulite!

But being serious, maybe this is the impact of the drought?  I’ve never seen orange peels look like this.  They are amazingly sweet though … I don’t think I’ve tasted sweeter oranges in my life.

I think it might have something to do with the water because of the way the centers are pulling away.  It’s like the inside part of the orange (pulp) is contracting.  It’s pulling in from the outside (giving the visible lumpiness to the zest & pericarp on the outside),  and pulling out from the inside, creating the separation from the central column.

They are ripe though, but some I still have to give a solid pull.  A few just started dropping, so I know it isn’t overripe.