Big Dan's Ramblings

Ramblings from a Boston Boy stuck in New York

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The New Surfboard

I just picked up a 9’0″ Rainbow Longboard today. Got it for a steal and the thing is in cherry condition. Just thought I’d toss up a few pictures.

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Now it’s all about getting my knee ready to ride it! Woohoo!

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Surfboard Hysteria…

So, with the knee on the mend, I’ve gone in search of some new rides! And, what better time of year to start looking than the end of summer when all the posers decide to pawn off their barely used sticks so they’ll have some pocket cash to put towards a new snowboard (which they’ll ride twice all season).

Lucky for me, I’ve found a few gems:

First up is a beautiful 9′ Tri-Fin Rainbow Longboard. From the description on craigslist.com, it’s in great condition and ready to rumble. No, I’m not telling you the link because it’s going to be mine, all mine!!!! I’ve honestly been dieing to get my hands on a longboard since I started surfing and this may just be the way to do it. And, really, where do you find longboards (especially on Long Island) for $250 anymore. Blue Crush and MTV killed that! I’m so pumped about it. With the shitty waves we get here on the East Coast, a longboard is a necessity. Now, I just need to get my knee back in shape again.

The second board I’m looking at is a 7′ In the Eye tri-fin. Slightly used, but still in great shape, this board looks to be a steal at about $150. It slightly reminds me of a cross between my 6’6″ egg and 7’2″ funshape that were each stolen this year. Both boards look like a blast to ride. Add these on top of the custom-made bodyboard that Brent is making for us (as we speak) and I’ll be good to go come September. I’ve just got to keep doing my rehab, eating my vitamins, and saying my prayers (yeah, I’m an old-school Hulkamaniac – whaddya gonna do about it, brother?!?!) and I’ll be ready for hurricane swell this fall. YEAHHHH!

New Times, Old Friends, & Other Ramblings

I received an email the other day from a girl who lived on my floor during my sophomore year of college. We were pretty good friends and hung out in the same group. We’ve been conversing back and forth the past few days and it kind of made me realize that I met a LOT of people over the last 8 (wow, it’s been that long since I started college) years. What happened to them? There was Erin, the cute rugby player who (at one point) I was real tight with; Josh, my old roommate who I recently found out is married and living in Chicago; Bossi, the crazy kid who was had a nose for a party and way of making sure his buddies found some cute girls; Christy, the little chick across the hall who I used to shave my head with – and the list goes on. I miss a lot of these folks and really wish I could find them again.

Anyway, not much new this week. I did my pre-registration for my pre-surgical consult. They asked SO many questions – I honestly thought they were going to ask for my first-born! So, I’ve got that appt next Monday and then I’m being cut next Friday. Fun, fun. Actually, I’m kind of looking forward to putting it behind me and moving on. Once both knees are done, I’ll be very, very happy.

I picked up a surfboard for Brent yesterday. The guy selling it was a whack-job, for sure. Talking about how Brent was a nice guy, but that he didn’t really know him – Dude, he bought a freaking old, beat-up surfboard from you off Ebay! How well do you expect to know him?! Anyway, the board’s sitting in my house, mocking me. Telling me I need to get wet. I have serious apprehensions though. I’m freaked out about screwing up both my knees and about breaking his board. I’ll wait until this weekend when he comes up and let him christen it. Then, if it breaks, at least I feel like he rode it. That’s the worst part about this whole thing though. I really, really want to buy a board, but can’t justify spending the money on something I’m not going to be able to use for the rest of the summer.

Tack that onto the fact that my knee is screwed up because I came back from the last knee injury I had too early so I could snowboard and you’ll quickly see why I have no interest in putting a new board in my house any time soon. I’m going to ‘save my pennies’ over the next few months and hopefully be able to pick up a new longboard. Ideally, that’s what’s going to best suit me in Long Beach.

Alright, enough for today.

It’s Been a While

Wow! I can’t believe I haven’t posted in here in so long. Just a quick heads-up. I decided to remove all the Geocaching blog entries simply because I’ve logged about 10-15 more since then and I didn’t put them in here. There’s no sense in putting it in two places – Geocaching.com and here.

A lot has happened since my last blog.  Let’s break it down by month:

March – I turned 26 – next year will be depressing. For some reason, I’ve always dreaded 27. I did a lot of snowboarding and all in all just had a good time. My in-laws got me an iPod Shuffle. Best thing in the world for me!

April -Ris turned 26. No big parties for either of us. We just hung out and enjoyed it. I didn’t work all that much this month as I ended up being selected for Grand Jury Duty. 14 days (Mon – Thurs every week) of service meant I was sitting around in a courthouse for about four weeks. Interesting stuff most of the time though. I ended up going to the docs to find out about my knee. This looked to be the beginning of something not so good.  We visited my folks this month as well…liitle did I know it’d be the last time I’d get to see my old dog, Amber 😦

May -Kept up with Physical Therapy (PT), but it didn’t do much good.  Again, another sign of bad things to come.  I actually did a fair amount of partying this month.  We went to Buffalo for Courtney’s (my sis-in-law) college graduation and then upstate to my wife’s cousin’s Bat Mitzvah.  I got h-a-m-m-e-r-e-d at this.  Stupid drunk.  I was so hungover the next day that I had to leave work early.  And, we ended the month off with partying, for Memorial Day, at the Beach House.  Unfortunately, my surfboards were stolen from us (at the beach house) this month.

June -It’s been a pretty crappy month.  My boards were stolen, I had to go to Minnesota for work, my dog had to be put down due to a HUGE amount of tumors in her, and then I found out I needed to have both my knees operated on.  We were able to get up to MA for Father’s Day weekend.  It was also my Dad’s birthday and Marissa and my wedding anniversary.  It was a good weekend, even if the cloud of putting Amber down was around us.  Alyssa and Zac showed up and Anthony even stuck around.  I’ve been playing a lot of golf and watched my Sox work their way back into first place in the AL East while the Yankees bomb.

So, in a nutshell, that’s what’s been going on…not like anyone is going to read this…..