Saturday, December 03, 2016

Clueless in Call Me Rad Bro

Sorry but I got to vent after I saw this weed induced post.  How can someone with no experience, sales or clue on how to run a proper snowboard business give the INDUSTRY a much deserved enema?  SIA is a industry owned organization genius.  We, the industry own it.  If you don’t like whats going on with it, get involved.  
Don’t sit there behind a keyboard calling out dudes like @karl175er (Kyle Kennedy), who have more heart, soul and experience in the business than you could ever hope to amass.   Alongside him is Colin Edwards.  You wouldn't know Colin because he previously worked at the largest online snow sports retailer in the world.  I get it, your too cool to actually want to sell your super core shit that you make in Asia because you couldn't figure out how to do it yourselves in Summit County.  All that partying at that super suck-sessful retail establishment you ran out of business must of cut into your development and production time eh?  Anyway, Colin has quite a grip on things and is in there to help with the change going on with in the SIA.  Then there's Nick Sargent.  He came from the Number One snowboard brand ever.  Yes, that one from Vermont.  He worked there for 15 or so years running the largest money making department that didn't sell a product.  These three are steering this ship into the future of SIA. 
Yea the trade show isn’t perfect, but it's convenient.  You know what happens under that roof?   Business.  Maybe that's why you need to “create” your own trade show so you can hang out drinking beers and smoking weed with your like minded bro’s while people that actually build snowboarding products and sell them conduct whats called BUSINESS.  Take that hi5 to the bank from your boi's at the end of the week and good luck cashing it to pay your mortgage.
Pretend to be like you?  Who the fuck are you?  NO ONE, I mean NO ONE ever heard of you until YOU created this trade show which is just a publicity ploy from Nightmare, and not a bad one at that.  Congrats, you’ve done one thing right.  
And before you roll out some "comeback" of what an old balls, never was I am and how I suck at snowboarding, your right I do.  But I smile knowing that my 16 year old kid would put on an absolute clinic to your entire cool guy team and show them what your supposed to do on a snowboard that is built to today's standards.
I suggest you apologize like a man, stop being a whiny pussy, figure out how to get some sales, and then take that bottled up energy and lets work together to build a better industry.
And to all the other brands joining in on this sinking parts with no labor ship, remember one thing, when you hang out with shit, you smell like shit.  
#clueless #youarethefutureofoutofbusiness #hellounemployementline #dontsharethisbecausethesekooksneednomorefreepublicityfromthebacksofrealbusiness

Monday, November 28, 2016


Yesterday for Thanksgiving, Milo and I  (Mac was sick, Lisa was cooking) grabbed the split boards and headed up to Stevens Pass for our inaugural rip up the mountain.  Now we've been splitting for the last 6 years but only a couple of times a year.  We split board, but we're not split boarders.  Usually we do it like we did yesterday, pre-season or when the season ends and there's' still a shitload of snow on the hill.  We're what you'd call season extenders in the split board world.  Definitely not the Deeper, Further, and Even Further type of dudes.  We prefer chairlifts, cats, choppers and car shuttles to self powered masochism.

So off we go, trudging thru pow, walking up a fucking hill with not enough snow to open the lifts.  Too many clothes on, sweating our balls off, thirsty, panting, trying to find a rhythm and a track that's already put in while tricking myself into thinking this is actually fun.  It was fun though, cause Milo and I were totally engaged talking about school, sports, chicks, college, shredding, and this is what kept my legs rolling.  We saw people along the way, dudes in proper set ups blowing by us, but we kept at it.

As Milo pulled away from me, I had time to think to myself and think I did.  The East Coast complaining went away and the West Coast everything's awesome came into play and I started to think how rad it was that I was climbing Stevens Pass with my son today.  I got to reflect on how thankful I was for this misery that I'm lucky to be apart of.

Last year at this time my Doctors told me that if I even came to the cabin that I could die.  Straight up.  "If you get any sort of virus, cold or cut, your immune system is so fragile that the distance you are from this hospital (61 miles) your body will go septic and by the time you come in here, it will be too late."  That's the shit our doctors told us.

My cadence kicked in and I was motivated not just to get to the top for the ride down, but pushed by all the people that I'm thankful for.  I've said it before and I'll keep saying it, that it takes a village to raise an idiot with cancer, and I'm living proof of it.

So with this post, I want to give thanks, thanks to the people that gave me the opportunity to be writing this post today:

First and foremost my Family - Lisa, Milo, Mac, Rocky, Clay and Leslie Macomber.

Seattle Caner Care / University of Washington - Dr. Becker, Sonny, Dr. Dan Egan, PA Peter Johnston, PA Kevin, Justin Shepard, Megan, Pilar, Sue, Lindsey, Molly, Erica, Lisa, Debra, Debby, Oliva, Emily, Nate, Natalie, Andrea, Jenn, Larissa, Mercedes, Toni, Cindy, Natalie, & Dr. Storb.

Hospital and Home Visitors: Greg and Julie, Pk, Gumby, Kasey and TJ Gundram, Bob, Ann and Dom Kelly, Gorio Bustamante, Roland Morgan, John, Frank & Aurora Logic, Ballard Pat & Laura McQueen, Riley Goodwin, Thomas Nash,  Sam & Jack Coleman,  Jess Placek,  Kyle Kennedy,  Dan Stanalonis, Kris Sweez,  Adam Gerkin,  Ry-Ry McLaughlin, Steve Kerr, Frank Martin, Steph V, Matt Sirotzki,  Bob and Sue Tontini, Cheryl and Nick Larson, Eddie Spaghetti, Jack Donovan, Beatrice, Lil Stevie and Emily Macomber.

Meal Providers: Michelle & Chuck Cole, Sam & Katy Coleman, Michelle and Stephanie Worely Fannel, Cynthia Coleman, Josh and Krista Burch, Jim Bob Hume, Pat and Jen Reinholt, Brian Bybee, Tristi and Matt Sirtozki, Greg and Julie Tontini, Lisa Glover, Cindy Wolfe, Sue and Dennis Nicholson, Scott and Cheryl Bracken, Martin and Alie Wolfson, Johanna, Sarah and Adam Bradley, Lynette, Blaine and Julie, Natasha Soultrain, Bruce & Kirsten Bannister, Cindy Lykins, Cheryl Ann, April & Kimo Cole, Cheryl Larson and Jean MacBarron.

People that kept Milo and Mac cancer free:  Kim, Jason, Wyatt and Owen Cline,  The Kellys, Carman Klothe, Skyer Klothe, Riley Goodwin, Mark Dangler, Myles Soderstrom, Matt Wainhouse, The Soultrains, Josh Dirkson, Ari Strickland, Brian Schaeffer, Suzanne Bridges, Stevens Pass, Kelly Carter and Chris Danforth.

Skype / FaceTime / Phone and Texters: Mike Rosen, Bruce & Cynthia, Mom and Dad, Emmet, Graves, Lizzy G, Griff, Evan Walker, Sweaty, Wilmoth, Krauth, Ed Munroe, Sparky, Dan Sullivan, Rob McCutchan, Kevin Addy, Matt Patti, Sarah Hudkins, Rahlves, Tony and Gab, Fletcher, Natalie Murphy, Chirs Dixson, Sister Giovanni, Jay Good, Jeff Baughn, Martino Fumagalli, Hor Hey Kleckner and Manny, Andy Hetzel, Benny Pelligrino, Inventor of Snowboarding, Doug Macomber, Becky and Steve Macomber, George Johnston, Justin Afflenux, Maxx Von Marbod, Dustin Craven, Brandon Cocard, Jj Catlett, Scott Stevens, Dan Brisse, Jess Kimura, Phil Jacques, Martino-Claudia-Julietta Fumagalli, Adolph Koleman, Griff, Tay Tay,  Steve and Debby, YourMom206 and many many more.

Yes I know I've left some people out, there's a thing called Chemo Brain, and I certainly have a little of that normally, but then add all that dope and I get dopier.   I'm sorry as I'm thankful for everyone that helped along the way.

To all of you that came, cooked, cleaned and called, thanks, thanks for giving me THIS Thanksgiving.

Sunday, October 30, 2016

Ballard Knights vs Burien WIldcats 10-29-2016

With last weeks 10 seconds left on the clock game loss in the playoffs to Richmond Beach, Ballard had something to prove. After kickoff, the Wildcats came out firing scoring on the first play. Going into the last quarter Burien was up by two points and Ballard was in a Deja Vu moment from the week before. The Knights battled to within scoring range and the coaches let the clock run down to two seconds. Do or die for the Knights, and at 1:16PM the lights went out at Highline Stadium in Burien WA. Not from a power outage, but because it was KNIGHT TIME.

Sunday, October 23, 2016

PLAYOFFS - game one

Ballard Knights vs Richmond Beach Bulldogs 10/21/2016

Knights showed up in the playoffs with a 3 - 3 record and the Bulldogs with a 4 - 1 record. During the first run of the game, Bulldogs scored in 4 plays and on the sidelines we knew the Knights had some work to do.  Going into the half the Bulldogs were ahead 20 - 6.

After the half, the sun started to go down and it became KNIGHT TIME. Thru the third and forth quarters they rallied back to a 20 - 26 score and got the ball back with two minutes left on the clock.

With one minute left in the game, Mac throws a bomb, Dominic catches and touch down.  Tie game, 26 - 26.  Mac kicks the field goal, boom 27 - 26 with 30 seconds to go.  Bulldogs push the ball up the field and on 3rd down, 10 seconds left in the game, they throw for the win.  Mac's playing safety and as he turns to make the game winning tackle, he slips out and misses. 

The Ballard Knights played the best game they've played all season. This was a total heart breaker.

So crazy how stressful it was on the sideline watching and trying to film the game.  Lisa and I were super proud of how he handled the defeat too.  First in line to shake hands and then sat thru the coaches speech at the end and waited till after the meeting when just his mom and I were sitting with him to let it all out.

The joys of parenting...

Monday, October 17, 2016

Ballard Knights vs Burien Wildcats

On Friday, the Burien Wildcats Bantam Football Team watched King5  News and saw that a major storm was coming to Seattle on Saturday that could pack wind gusts over 50 mph, bringing with it hundreds of thousands of power outages and danger from falling trees and branches.
That was the least of their worries though, as the Ballard Knights blew thru them with a 30 to nothing decisive win causing then to not make a spot in the coveted upcoming Bantam Football Playoffs.