Noise to Note! #99

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Getting close to 100!

Funny how some big bands love more obscure bands and pay homage to them and the industry refuses to bite.

Guns and Roses were crazy about T.S.O.L. and frequently wore T.S.O.L. shirts in their vids.

Nirvana and The Meat Puppets had that same special bond.

The Meat Puppets – Violet Eyes.

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Four Years

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Photo of the wonderful Louro José via Mais Voce!

Yesterday I opened WordPress and saw a notification. I opened it and saw a message from WordPress which congratulated me on 4 years with this blog. Seeing this written out kind of put me in shock to be honest.

6 years ago, things were going great for me. I had a job that was like gold to me and I was coasting towards retirement. Then at some point, there was a hostile take over of the company and the board. This started a huge ripple effect that would eventually lead to a early morning in which I was asked to ride with one of my managers to Human Resources which was not uncommon because we did work in the building. However, on this day at 6:45 a.m., the parking lot was bustling. I knew something bad was on the way.

By the time this day happened, I had met my now fiance and my father had passed on leaving me with a 4 bedroom house inland of the coast. After the shock wore off, I became confident that in no time I would be at a new place of employment. I had made countless friends who had moved on and I always did well in the interviews. So I started a new routine. I surfed and I filled out applications for work. Lots of surfing! Lots and lots of countless applications.

For a while, things were not bad. I was getting interviews but for some reason another candidate was chosen. Sometimes I would get 6 interviews in one company! I would lay out my plan and the management team would gush about how much they like my ideas and enthusiasm; then they would not call back.

Then reality started to hit me. With every bill paid, I watched my nest egg dwindle. For the first time in ages, I began to feel desperate. I had to do something!

Then one day after spending hours researching and updating my resume for the 30th time, I wrote out a list that I wanted to use to guide me to happiness. Even if it found me living in a tent. I wanted to help people be better off and I wanted to write again. During my research, I found a place offering screening for free to help improve your interview skills and to critique your job search skills.

I arrived in the office and went back and began to lay out my pitch to the counselor. Finally, he leaned back in his chair and told me…Well, everything looks good. I would hire you! It is the economy. Just wait.

JUST WAIT!! I AM GOING UNDER LIKE THE TITANIC!!

I left the office dejected. On the way out, I saw a sign looking for volunteers. Why not? I might as well do something to make myself feel useful.

That moment led to me volunteering for over 2 years at Christian Help. During this time, I helped people with low computer skills navigate the maze of the hiring process that we face today. At first, I was only volunteering but after I found employment, I would volunteer in the morning before work which I got out at 1 a.m. A very tiring day but worth the experience and knowing I was helping people change their lives for the better by getting back into the workforce.

The other thing on the list was to write again.

Thus, this blog was born. Born to rescue me from a pit of despair.

Sometimes this blog was written after a day at the beach in which I was so grateful to be in the water. On many other occasions, the stories were written to not only help my readers but they were also written so I could feel positive enough to get through the low periods.

Happy Birthday to The Side Wedge! It has been a long, tough 4 years and hopefully the future will bring brighter opportunities.

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Noise to Note! #98

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My son and I share a love of music.

I love the kids of today. They listen to music of their generation…Only not realizing that this is recycled from my generation. Ride, Blur, Slowdive and the other shoegazers.

And we recycled it from the late 1960s.

Washed Out – Don’t Give Up

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Legacy of Stoke

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Legacy of Stoke is a collection of stories about the men and women who shared their love of the ocean with us. It is a campfire built in the sand where we revel in the tales of the people we have taught to surf and those who have taught us.

Volume One includes stories by Austin Ware, Charlie Paradise, Froza Kaluhiokalani, Karen Shatafian, Katherine Hall, Kim Byrne, Klaude Kimura, Rebecca Heller, Richard Prause, Shane Lasby, Steven Zima and Vail Duggan.

The Back Story

A while back, I stumbled upon an opportunity to write about my life story for a book. Is it the defining story? The reality is that the story is a short glimpse into certain segments of my past. It is like visiting Epcot and deciding if you have traveled the world. You are only getting tiny slices of the story to form a greater narrative.

However, the story skims over my childhood and my poor physical shape, the great guy, Lou Bell, who got me into surfing and my later ventures into competition surfing. It speaks of my father and his help and my almost near-fatal bout with meningitis that left me out of the water and daily life for a while.

Legacy of Stoke is now on Amazon and I am actually looking forward to sitting down and reading the stories shared by the other surfers.

Aloha!

Steve

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Surf Report…Not a Chance.

Approaching the beach. Photo by Jim MacLaren

Approaching the beach. Photo by Jim MacLaren

There are millions of surf reports out there on the web. Most have the standard fare…tides. Waves. Pictures of waves.

16streets.com has a surf report that is not in any form a surf report. It is not updated daily so if you are looking to get a jump on the crowd or to find the best spot around then you might as well forget it.

So what is the point then you ask?

The report is actually a report about Cocoa Beach. The residents. Life and discoveries. The glue between the journey is a stretch of sand and some waves.

The report is created by local surfer, Jim MacLaren. Jim seems to understand that even the most mundane and minute moments can paint a huge picture.

Jessie heads out. Photo by MacLaren.

Jesse heads out. Photo by MacLaren.

So this is a snippet of the report featuring our local surfette, Jesse. Jesse Restivo is a very accomplished longboarder and is featured heavily in the posts.

Jessie is greeted by the approaching storm. Photo by James MacLaren

Jesse is greeted by the approaching storm. Photo by James MacLaren

On this day, Jesse paddles out and is greeted by a thunderstorm and then water spouts. Crazy you may say but hardly…because we as surfers see nature in all of its glory on a frequent basis. Some days are sunny and seemingly void of excitement yet it is there under the surface.

Summer storms keep popping! Photo by James MacLaren

Summer storms keep popping! Photo by James MacLaren

Jessie rides the nose while the show continues behind her. Photo by MacLaren

Jesse rides the nose while the show continues behind her. Photo by MacLaren

Mayday! Photo by James  MacLaren

Mayday! Photo by James MacLaren

The boats flee but Jessie sticks to her guns! Photo by James MacLaren.

The boats flee but Jesse sticks to her guns! Photo by James MacLaren.

Nature ebbs and flows. Soon the storms subside and Jessie and her local friends continue their day of surfing. Photo by James MacLaren

Nature ebbs and flows. Soon the storms subside and Jesse and her local friends continue their day of surfing. Photo by James MacLaren

Cocoa Beach returns to the grind of summer. Photo by James MacLaren

Cocoa Beach returns to the grind of summer. Photo by James MacLaren

You just have to see it. Or…to let James show you the way!

By the way, you can also check out the forum on 16streets.com. Lots of surf talk without drama.

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Noise to Note! #97

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Some songs are just so catchy that the melody or the main riff just gets stuck in your head.

Maybe this song got stuck inside the brain of Sir Richard Branson. It could explain why he is one of the fun-loving generals in this song.

XTC – Generals and Majors.

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Noise to Note! #96

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Punk music is pretty diverse and ranges from a few guys banging on instruments to real musicians who can sometimes branch off and play other genres.

The Vandals can be put into the category of real musicians.

So here is their stab at country rock but keeping the witty lyrics that The Vandals are known for. This song was also featured in the classic surf video – Surf Into Summer from Billabong.

I love this verse…

Abandoned by the city at the age of ten

He has a chip on his shoulder the size of Gentle Ben.

Gentle Ben was a 1970s movie about a pet bear by the way.

So here is The Vandals – Gator Hide.

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