Excellent day, enjoyed some BBQ and a nice cruise through the neighborhood aboard the FrankenBike, then started watching the X Games... amazing riders in these X Games, not just the BMX & Moto X guys but even the young gals in Women's Skateboard Park, they were pretty impressive. When I was young and wholly committed to vertical skating, there were no girls on the scene, just young male pioneers pushing the limits on terrain nobody had ever ridden before. I'm talking about the early-to-mid-70s, when vertical was the new frontier... now these young girls make it look easy, stylin' it while pulling off rad tricks and maneuvers unheard of back in the day. That Brighton Zeuner gal took the gold medal today, the youngest winner in X Games history... she just turned 13, and her first run was absolutely flawless, with fluid style and total control of her board. That young lady has a future in skateboarding, no doubt about it, and more power to her, she earned the win today. It blows my mind, just how far skateboarding has come over the decades... but at least I can honestly say that my friends & I were among the pioneers, riding gnarly backyard pools, big ol' wooden ramps with heaps of vertical, bomb concrete ditches with hardcore transition, cement full pipes which were absolutely unforgiving, you name it. Those guys in DogTown weren't the only ones riding serious vertical back in the day... unsung heroes like us paid our dues and occasionally pulled off radical tricks, carving and grinding and tail-tapping and even catching a little air, though the airs were generally unintentional at that time and led more often to disaster than success, LOL. I lost some good poolriding pics over the years, and now I only have two skating photos left: one is on the overhang of a full pipe, my feet firmly placed on the board, while the other shows me carving "over the light" in the VertiBowl, an 8' pool with 4' of pure vertical. Minutes after that carving shot was taken by a friend, I pulled the first double grind ever ripped in that bowl... something NOBODY can ever take away from me. I'm looking forward to tomorrow's X Games coverage, should be pretty cool to watch. I'm hoping the guys will ride vert manana, maybe do the Big Air events... I saw some BMX Vert today which was great, brought back memories of riding our tricked-out bikes in parks and pools way back when, and just riding BMX on earlier dirt tracks we built ourselves, with some pretty gnarly berms & jumps involved. The good news about crashing on dirt was that it generally hurt less than eating $h!t on concrete or gunite, LOL. No pads or helmets back then, those were for kooks... gloves were acceptable, of course, especially those Rector Palm Pad gloves that showed up a bit later in the evolution of skateboarding, those were nice gloves and they definitely padded some of the harder impacts in backyard pools, LOL. Damn, just thinking about those hard falls makes me cringe now, if I took one today it'd probably finish me off... hell, my knee still hurts after nine weeks of rehab following that nasty little pit bike spill on Rim Road 300, and I guess I'll keep the scar for the rest of my life, it ain't going away, LOL. ANYWAY, ENOUGH REMINISCING, I'M GONNA CALL IT AN EARLY NIGHT... Y'ALL GET A CHANCE TO WATCH THE X GAMES TOMORROW, DO IT, EVEN IF IT'S ONLY FOR A FEW MINUTES. CHEERS!!!