Finally got the B-17 together and in good working order! Took it to the streets to do a road test. Now just needs some reinforcement on the wings and it should be ready for it’s maiden flight…
I finally got around to uploading some off road pics from New Years. These are all shots from doing some 4x4ing in the snow up near Pine Mountain Club and SLO county on the back roads. Some of these pics turned out pretty cool, especially the sweeping shots of the hills out in the middle of nowhere…
If you remember an old post from a little over a year ago regarding the “Swagtacular” adventures of two strapping young gentlemen: Yung Joose and Dre Dollas, then you are sure to enjoy today’s long-awaited sequel. That’s right, today we’ll investigate the goings-on of Joose and Dollas partner-in-crime, Drizzy Swagtacular Dre. Now don’t let the names confuse you, just because both of these lads go by Dre does not necessarily mean they have anything in common. Let’s take a look and see what the boys are up to, shall we?
I stumbled across Drizzy Dre (my nickname for him) as I was searching Facebook to find out what Yung J and Dre$ had been to up. I immediately abandoned my search when I found this hidden internet gem. I gotta be honest, sometimes the tubes that power the intarwebz align, and everything is right in the online world. The discovery of this gentleman on Facebook was definitely one of those times, similar to my first viewing of (WARNING: NSFW LINKS) 2 girls 1 cup, my first RickRoll, or the first time I was link hijacked and shanghaied onto a Goatse page or accidentally stumbled across the Lemon Party. You get what I’m saying – sometimes shit is just funny as hell…and this was one of those times.
I think the most obvious place to start here is with the pictures. For some reason, this gentleman has quite the obsession with posting pictures of himself holding copious amounts of cash. Since his profile states that he is gainfully employed at Foot Locker, I can only wonder where he came across such a serious amount of money other than he cashed an entire paycheck…literally…and took a ton of pictures of him holding $500 in $20 bills in various Myspace-type angles. Although I suppose that for a person whose middle name is “Stackin Dollas” that this lifestyle is only fitting…
After further perusal, I found other interesting pictures. It seems that not only does Dre have copious amounts of cash money, but he also prides himself on having a nice whip.
Notice a few interesting things about this picture…Dre has obviously spent some of that hard earned cash on upgrading the rims on his ride. He’s installed some 20’s that look pretty dope on this Caddy. Not only did he upgrade them joints, but he has also installed a Lambo door kit on the car (highlighted for your easy identification). However, he apparently ran out out money halfway through this project, as the rear door was apparently removed in anticipation of the door upgrade, and never reattached. That, or it just fell off. Which is maybe what the guy sitting on the roof of the car is pointing at? Regardless, we can see that these gentlemen enjoy a lifestyle that the rest of us can only dream of.
Next, I started looking through the internet wasteland that is Drizzy Dre’s page, and the first thing that became readily obvious to me was the fact that this man has an astounding command of the English language. I thought I was impressed with the conversation I read between Joose and Dollas a year ago…but those two didn’t scratch the surface of content that Drizzy Dre is pumping out. Now I can only hope to somewhat understand what is going on here, I don’t claim to truly know what he is saying…but I’ll do my best to understand:
Translation: “I would rather not attend my classes today. However, I am concerned that I do not have anything else to do and might find myself bored if I am not in class. If you are interested in hanging out, please feel free to contact me.”
Note: WTF why was this posted at 4am? What time does his school start?!
Translation: I have no fucking clue. Although the line “so much money on my mind I need a memory card” is hilarious!
Translation: Fuck I’m 1 for 3, I have no idea what he is trying to say here other than he is “Fresh tu Death”.
I give up. I have no idea what this means. It’s not even a complete sentence. There’s a Star Wars reference in there but things seem to fall apart after the Bill Gates reference…
Finally. This puts it all in perspective for me. He’s been rapping! I thought this was all nonsense, but now in the context of fresh beats and dope rhymes, it all makes sense! Drizzy Dre is a lyrical poet. All is right in the world.
I was really wondering for a while there as I suffered through some of those status updates…it reminded me of the 13 year girls on AIM who must have painstakingly typed every other letter as a capital. How in the world did they do that?! Would those girls literally switch off hitting shift in between each letter? How LoNg WoUlD iT tAkE tHeM tO wRiTe EvEn ThE sHoRtEsT oF sEnTeNcEs?!?! (Answer: A long time. Even concentrating on what I was doing it took me a full minute to type out that sentence alternating shift every other letter.
Well, there you have it. It’s good to make new friends online every now and then, and I feel proud to add Drizzy Swagtacular Dre to my online stable of pals. Keep an eye out for his rap game, you can tell from the proof I just posted – he’s about to blow up!
Maybe due to recent events, I can’t seem to make myself feel comfortable anywhere lately around most people and in most places. I start getting anxious, can’t concentrate, can’t sit and relax. My back feels like a physical question mark regardless of where or how I’m sitting, and I just don’t feel right most of the time. But maybe because of this, I’ve started to feel more and more comfortable on my bike. Knowing that my fucking back is going to feel like I just finished a chiropractic appointment with a team of burly construction workers regardless of what I’m doing, I have started riding more and more. I figure – it’s going to hurt if I sit in my truck and drive anywhere, and being out in the open is so much more fun…
It’s one of the things I told myself I wanted to change recently. Seeing as how I have recently acquired a whole new degree of freedom in my choices (although not necessarily by choice), I decided I was going to start riding my bike every day. I’ve always had motorcycles, usually more than 1 at a time, but I was just riding them occasionally on weekends. So one thing I decided when I started thinking of some things I wanted to change in my life, was to get on the damn bike every morning at at least ride to work. My initial goal was to just do it for a month straight, but I’ve already blown waayyyy past that. Plus, seeing as how expensive gas is, and at $5 per gallon my 35 gallon truck is about $150 to fill up – I’d say the Ninja is a more economical alternative. I’d like to say I’m also doing this to do my part in reducing my carbon footprint and helping the environment out, but seriously – if I gave a shit about that would I have the biggest, most badass F-150 ever? haha
I guess i just found that I really enjoy riding every day, and in some small way it’s providing me with some therapeutic sense of relief. I’ve started to really enjoy crankin some Skynrd, CCR, or Motley Crue and just ripping down the highway. Maybe some other part of it has to do with “Fuckin’ Polito” rolling into town a month ago and getting me really amped up to do some serious riding. This guy is kind of an inspiration (dare I compliment this shiftless hobo?) because he’s rollin’ around the country with nothing more than the belongings strapped to his KLR. Eventually I’d like to do the same thing because I’m getting closer and closer to needing to get the fuck out of dodge for a while, and the open road seems to be calling my name.
Which brings me to a current event. On Sunday, Polito and I woke up and just the road with no real goal in mind. He needed a good shakedown run on the KLR after rebuilding most of the engine post head-gasket disaster which brought him back to town, and I was needed a good ride to call the “Case of the Failing Starter” closed. Well after tearing my bike down all morning and pulling the starter, not figuring out what was wrong with it and putting it back together, we set out to see what else we could break. A quick shot straight out east on the 8 led us to one of my favorite little rips through Harbison Canyon. We took this detour and hit the twisties until it dumped us back at the 8 again. Eager for more mountain fun, we tore up more tarmac until we passed the turnout littered with dual sports at Pine Valley and then turned off on Sunrise Highway on our way to Julian.
We ripped up Sunrise Highway like bats out of hell, eager to get knee deep in the shit and rip some twisties. I have been watching and reading Keith Code’s “Twist of the Wrist” and have been really trying to focus on throttle control and steering techniques, so I figured this ride would be a great opportunity to rubber-fuck some twisties as we laid tread. As we were mobbing up that mountain, we got in the groove, leaning hard into turns and dragging knees (I’m lying. You know. I know it. But it’s my blog so fuck you). Anyway, we had a great ride up there and stopped to take a few awesome shots at one of the most epic turnouts.
What you don’t see in this picture was with Polito and I were doing right before we took it. That’s right, prior to this, us two dirtbags were standing on this rock screaming obscenities as loud as our smoke-addled, oxygen deprived lungs would allow. I gotta say, there is nothing more satisfying than screaming:
At the top of your lungs across a huge canyon and hear it echo back. After tweaking our approach and employing some advanced techniques, we had some pretty interesting echoes coming back to us – something about Evan gumming balls and/or some other similar content.
What really put the icing on this cake was the realization that somewhere deep in that valley probably was a family who was out on a nice Sunday picnic. Unpacking the minivan, I envision that they set up a huge blanket and a big spread of lunchables and capri suns, and were eagerly looking forward to a nice day out in the sun and enjoying nature to its fullest. I can imagine little Chip Junior trying his darndest to poke that shitty yellow straw through the bottom of his Ecto Cooler, when he hears an odd sound come rumbling through the valley.
“GUM MY BALLS”
mmm mmMom, what’s that? he asks. “nothing honey, here, have a cracker.” His mom answers, right as
“POLITO FELLATES MARTIANS”
thunders across the horizon, the booming echo making tiny ripples in mom’s plastic wine glass of half chilled chardonay like the T-rex scene in Jurassic Park.
I suppose there is a special level of hell reserved for assholes such as we, but at least we’ll be roommates, and I’m sure shit echoes down there too.
Anyway, from there it was time to saddle up and hit the road again. We rode hard all the way to Julian, hitting that one sweet straightaway stretch right before the Julian turnout or Left to lake Cuyamaca where I had the ZX9 pegged in 6th gear and broke the land speed record hitting 145mph with an epic sonic boom who’s reverberating shockwave tore Polito’s tires to shreds and was instantly incinerated into a cloud of hobo dust.
I’m sorry, my mind wanders when I’m trying to focus on creative writing. Anyway, we hit Julian and had some awesome Bison burgers. I’ve never had Bison before, but it was actually delicious, and I would highly recommend visiting Bison Bobs Bison Shack or whatever such eatery we tried. It was here that I witnessed one of the most interesting phenomenons of my motorcycle-riding life. We pulled up into Julian which is chrome heaven. There are $20,000 Harley’s parked everywhere. There was so much chrome around there that we couldn’t take our sunglasses off at risk of needing immediate Lasik surgery to counteract all that shine. This place is like where these fruit cakes go to practice spit-shining their bikes for Sturgis. It was pathetic the amount of weekend warriors that crowd the streets of this town – accountants by weekday, douchebag’s covered in every piece of Harley gear imagineable by weekend. Ugh, it makes me sick.
Anyway, Polito and I pull up on our raggedy ass rides. Well, my bike is pretty badass, but his has a tractor muffler. Come on.
And get off in search of a Bison Burger. Within seconds, Polito’s bike is mobbed by a crowd of people. I overhear snippets of conversations and words like “Mad Max”, “did he just escape from the Thunderdome”…”Is it on fire?”…..”is this a joke?”….”How did it make it up here?”….. by this point we had walked away a few feet and were just acting like we were tourists and watching people swarm his bike in awe. I seriously could not believe we were surrounded by douchebag chrome show bikes and no one was giving those trailer queens a second look as they were all drooling over Polito’s road warrior. Alex pulled out his camera and snagged a few pics of this phenomenon, and I couldn’t stop laughing. No joke, check this out:
We walked around trying to stay out of the way while taking candid pics of people swarming his bike. Of the most interest was the rope wrapped around the desert tank. Everyone wanted to know what the hell this was for. Most had the same initial guess I did – tow rope – but apparently Alex just has such a passion for crashing, he wound it around there to save his IMS tank.
Check out another cover shot of the mob:
Finally, after an entire afternoon of shenanigans, we decided to head out of there and make our way back to coast. I really wish we had a picture of the guy we passed at a gas station in Santa Ysabel who was wearing a complete Easter Bunny outfit while riding around on his BMW Adventure GS. hahahaha
Overall, it was a great trip that brings me full circle to my initial point. I’m really stoked on riding every day, and it’s something that I plan on continuing into the foreseeable future. I don’t want to deal with all the bullshit going on, or people bitching at me, or ungrateful people dragging me down. I’m just gonna pull a Polito and get the fuck out there and ride.
Check out this amazing car collection! This dude on Reddit posted this link to an album of photos on imgur, and apparently he worked for this guy who owned the largest private car collection of something like 850 cars. He’s even got a ’61 Lincoln Continental in there just like my old ride!
Ironically, apparently the guy (John O’Quinn) died in a car crash in a Chevy Suburban because he wasn’t wearing a seat belt. Come on man! I wonder if this collection beats Leno’s?
Enjoy these pics: