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ROWTOPIA


Thats right – its back again this year!  Floatopia is now ROWTOPIA thanks to San Diego and their insanely ridiculous maritime drinking laws.  No longer is the beach fun, no longer can you drink like a normal, free American, and no longer can you even relax on a damn tube and float in the bay with a beer!  San Diego, which was once home to SDSU – a Top 10 ranked Party School by Playboy Magazine is now outlawing drinking, smoking, and partying on the beaches.  Every year they outlaw something else, and every year the masses find some loophole in the law and organize an event against it.  Since when did it become a crime to get out on the water and have a good time?

Since the PB beach riot during Memorial Day a few years back that led to the alcohol beach ban, its been harder and harder to enjoy the beaches during the summer.  I remember heading down to the beach when we were going to SDSU and burying a few kegs in the sand and having some of the most epic beach parties ever.  Memorial, Labor days, and 4th of July’s where PB was completely packed and parties raged from sunrise to sunset.  Now, we have to be god damn lawyers just to figure out a way to pound a few Natty lights with some sand between our toes.

RowtopiaLast years Floatopia went off without any major incident.  There were cops all over the place, and they had the area pretty well locked down.  Sheriffs, Coast Guard, and Lifeguards patrolled the water from boats to make sure that no one had too much fun.  We took the Calabria out and threw down anchor in the morning for what we thought was going to be a great day of partying and watching the aquatic shenanigans unfold, but the cops made sure that no one was going to have too much fun.  We weren’t allowed to go any closer than what seemed like 500 feet from shore.  We were tied up with our buddy Aaron’s Super Air Nautique, and they came by and made us untie because they were afraid of someone falling in between the boats and drowning.  Then we anchored out of the way by ourselves, and were constantly harassed by the sheriffs because we had the music up too loud.  They claimed that if anything was heard from 50 feet away we would receive a ticket for disturbing the peace.  All-in-all, they do a damn good job to harass everyone just trying to have a good time.  Its a far cry from Labor Day 2008 when we had topless girls on the boat partying over in sail bay and there wasn’t a cop in site.

Well this year, the Floatopia organizers are back with a new idea.  Since the city banned drinking on the beach and now drinking on the water in tubes or inflatable craft, Floatopia has now become ROWTOPIA.  The organizers are recommending that people show up in rowboats or any type of actual boat, where it is legal to be drinking.  However, as a boat owner, I’m well aware that the operators of any boat are subject to the same DUI laws as driving a vehicle on land, so someone will have to be responsible for keeping themselves under .08 (I had to take one for the team on this last year.  But with a $60,000 boat – I’m not looking for any DUI’s!).  I foresee quite a few arrests and DUI incidents this year with drunk college kids who rented paddle boats, and ticket-hungry cops who want them to pay for their ignorance.  I also see some probable cause for them to make tons of arrests because people will be tying these boats up together to form a floating party pad, a-la Copper Canyon in Havasu.Copper Canyon Lake Havasu

Overall, I’m sure it will be a decent event, as even last year didn’t get too crazy.  They’ll keep putting out new restrictions and people will keep figuring out ways around them.  Pretty soon you won’t be able to even look at the beaches in San Diego in case someone gets offended that you glared at them and sues the city.  At some point, we (collective, San Diego residents “we”) need to just stop for a second and say Hey, what the fuck.  Is this shit really necessary?

Check out some articles to see how the news is blowing it out of proportion and further propagating misunderstanding and misinformation…

http://www.10news.com/news/24833524/detail.html

http://www.kpbs.org/news/2011/feb/21/return-floatopia/

Finally Friday!


Another week down the tubes. Finally wrapped up some big projects at work, so thats a big step in the right direction. Also, let me just say that filling my iPod up with every season of American Dad and Family Guy was a great decision on my part. Anyway…lots of current goings on:

My parents are coming down this weeked (Today). This is awesome because my mom has been feeling really good despite chemo. She is usually a bit sick the day after, but by the next week is feeling normal again. I haven’t seen them in a couple months, so it will be great to have the family here and spend some time at my aunts house. Also Danielle’s first time meeting them, so we’ll see how that goes. Kind of weird to have been dating her for half a year almost and she still hasn’t met them. I’m just used to them being in town so often, but theres been a lot going on in my family recently, so I’m just glad they will be here.

Planning another trip to the river for memorial day weekend. Thinking of leaving Friday the 23 through Monday the 26th. I just emailed the crew, hopefully Kjo will have his boat fixed by then, and the guys from DBG can make it, so we can have an awesome time out there. I think im going regardless.
Some party out at San Vicente tonight thrown by the guys from wakesports, but I don’t know if I’m going to make it. The DBG crew is going, but I think I’d rather spend some time with my parents.
Anyway, thats about it right now.

Have a great weekend.

River Trip = Insane


Lets just start this off with the slideshow, because these pictures are worth more than any amount of words I can type. We headed out on thurs night to Squaw Lake, which is just north of Yuma , but still on the CA side of the CA/AZ border. I got off work around 5, and picked up the truck from AAMCO where I had taken it in to get the transmission checked before towing the boat 250 miles.

Side note: We got fucked on that truck. Still not a bad deal, but Craigslist karma finally caught up with us. On a truck that was seemingly in good condition, we spent the following:

  • New brake rotors and pads (All 4 were warped to shit, worse than I have ever seen, and I’ve done a lot of brakes): $500
  • 4 new tires, since the ones on it were actually passenger tires, not Light Truck tires, and were completely worn out. They weren’t even rated to handle the weight of the truck, let alone anything in the bed or being towed: $815
  • Oil Change, Fuel injector cleaner: $30
  • Transmission Service @ AAMCO – the guy we got the truck from said it was rebuilt 10k miles ago. However nothing else he said turned out to be true, so I wanted it checked. Turned out this was true, but differential oil had never been changed, so I had that done as well: $210
  • Finally, there was a current 2008 registration sticker on the truck, so I thought we just needed to xfer the title. Upon going to AAA, turns out the sticker was stolen, and the truck hadn’t been registered since 2006. Had 2 years of backfees on it: $820 (no wonder he conveniently “forgot” the registration card”
  • Insurance: $126 for 6 months liability

The fact that both of our trucks broke down in Carlsbad on him and he had to have them towed to Ventura, didn’t get in the 5am the next morning (He was warned this might happen, we disclosed everything):

Priceless 😈

Anyway, I pick up the truck, and head home to load everything up. Dani, Evan, Anderson, Kid Nickles and I all hit the road around 8 and jumped on the freeway. 200 miles and $200 in gas later, we pulled in to thecamp site and set up shop, cracked open a few beers, and got a couple hours of sleep.

I woke up around 6:30 and Dani and I loaded up the boat. The rest of the day consisted of arguing, drinking, blasting music, and wakeboarding, and was pretty damn good overall. Got back around dark and pulled the boat out of the water, ate and crashed out.

Somehow made it up Saturday morning and got the boat ready again with Dani. (See the pattern here: 3 other lazy asses!) We were expecting Kjo to make it up around 10am or so, since he was supposed to be heading up after getting off work around 5am, with his new Sanger wakeboard boat (More about that in a minute). We cruised over to hidden shores to fill up on some gas, and then went out for some more wakeboarding. Lots more people were out on the river on Saturday as opposed to friday, Sandbars were packed with boats and drunk people.

Beer was flowing like water, and the wakeboarding was awesome. We chilled over near the cliffs and jumped

off them for a while, anchored the boat and just laid around blasting some tunes, drinking, eating lunch, talking shit, and waiting for Kjo. He finally called around 4, and said his new boat wouldn’t start and he needed help, so we headed back over to the Squaw Lake campground. He had made it about 100 yards off the boat ramp before the engine cut out on him. We tied up next to him and Evan and I took a look at it.

Upon starting the engine you would just hear a clunk sound, and then grinding. I have heard that before: a telltale sign that your starter has chipped or sheared a tooth on the fly wheel. It was a pretty grim diagnoses, and it looked like he was going to be out of commission for the rest of the trip. Shitty thing was that he had just bought the boat that week, and had rushed to get a loan through in time so he could bring it out to the river. He called the lady he bought it from, who had just had an $800 service performed on it (its an ’06 with only 45 hours on it). Sounds like she agreed to pay to fix it once hes back in town.

We still had daylight left, and couldn’t let the party die, so we hitched up his boat to ours and towed him quite a ways back over to the cliffs so we could get some last minute partying in. This was pretty awesome, and at least we got him out on the water to enjoy a few beers on his $30,000 floating ice chest. (He got ripped on pretty bad for this mishap…not his fault, but thats the kind of people we are).

Headed back around dark, killed some more beers, then passed out to get up at 7 to pack up and drive home. Overall, an awesome trip, and definitely worth the 3.5 hour drive to get out there and do some camping. I have a feeling we will def be back multiple times this summer, not to mention the Havasu trip planned for end of June!

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