Oh wow… I have a blog?

I guess so. It’s been over a year since I posted here last. There’s really no excuses for not posting here. Aside from the fact that the “microblogging” thing is pretty much taken care of with the combination of my Facebook Page and my Twitter account. Regardless, I have actually been busy with a number of things. Put on a few FlagSprints

FlagSprints 09 WInter Finals

I did record a few songs with Feel Free some of which made it’s way onto a 7″ with Treasure Mammal.

I put on a ‘few’ miles on the bike… I’ve mapped some of these rides on my cell phone using My Tracks. A neat app to say the least… my google maps repository)

I also helped put on a Flagstaff Tweed Ride, check out the video:

Well, those are the ‘well recorded’ things I’ve taken part of over the past year or so now…

So what’s coming up for boring ol me?

Headed on vacation to the DR with family and friends in a few weeks. It’ll be the first vacation that I’ll have taken in over a year… that is if you count SSWC’s last year in Durango. But that was brutal biking, but also brutal fun.

While we’re talkin’ bikes, I am also gonna get my ass in gear for this year’s longer mountain bike rides. I plan on doing an awesome local long distance mountain bike race called the Crazy88. While it’s technically a race, I’m just gonna treat it like a long day of riding and hopefully finish before any cutoff times… or before everyone goes home for the night.

Only time will tell if my blog will return to it’s previously very inactive state, or whether I’ll get hoppin on it.

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More sprints

Went to Tempe yesterday with Kyle to check out the opensprints setup down south. The event was 300m sprints entitled “Street Kings Invitational”. Everyone was stoked, there were tons of racers, 3 categories, and I got to talk with the coordinators who were super nice & get some ideas bounced off on how to better run our sprints. As far as racing goes, I got bumped out in the first round to a fellow from Tucson, but Kyle ended up rocking 2nd place in the A race with an impressive final race! I ended up scoring a sweet Chrome mini lock belt bag in the raffle too!

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Mustache March FlagSprints a success!

arnett_20090328_7488, originally uploaded by raymondrewalker.

Well, that’s a picture of me trying to sprint with 2 pbr tallboys in my belly. Over the weekend we threw our first “goldsprint” style competition. In this first round, I was barely edged out by spandex man in the middle, but qualified for the 2nd round and made it to the 3rd round, all while running around like a chicken with my head cut off making sure everything went smoothly. It was pretty fun all around, over 30 people raced and about 80-100 people showed up to cheer on. We used the opensprints.org for our software and hardware setups. Bikes were self bought & sponsored by Absolute Bikes. We’ll get all the rough edges worked out for the next race, and start throwing these more often. Fun times indeed.

More pictures here

Here’s a video:

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Yesterday, pretty sweet.

  • Got a bit o sun this weekend.
  • I have a mustache for the month of March.
  • Fancy a lady.
  • Got a laptop dedicated for FlagSprints.
  • Rode the white bike for the first time since around new years.
  • Sprinted up some hills with folks.
  • Got a free pair of swrve knickers!
  • Installed Ubuntu on a laptop for the 1st time, so painless.
  • Going to get fitted for a tux today.
  • Going to the Viola Awards on Thurs.
  • Hopefully getting sme Fox F29 forks on the cheap this afternoon.
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no, not that many things

The other Sunday, I slept in and took a shower in the afternoon. Look out the open window overlooking downtown again, the steam rolling in along with the cold air… and all I could think about was how I keep in a constant loop. In my thoughts and projects lately.

Loop Loop Loop Loop. Loop. it’s 10 minutes later. Wasted too much hot water, but I love the feel.

Dumping video out to the computer, then editing later that day. It gave me time to think more.

more loops. I only like one of the songs that band did. Not because of the music, I liked more than one song. It was mostly the combination of bad shots and bad lighting. I don’t remember talking to many people that night. Just creeping in the corner. Making small talk with some old friends and traveling people. It’s becoming a common thing lately… that loop.

A series of events this summer put me in a new place. Mostly those that weren’t good events. Lonely would be an understatement. I became somewhat selfish (not really self healing.) I stopped calling people. I stopped initiating communication. Things dried up. I biked more. I started running more. I disappeared without saying bye.

I don’t get looks like I used to. I used to enjoy relating to others, but they never seemed to relate back the same, sometimes even attempt to. Many people I know have moved out of town because of this. Why relate when you can go somewhere where it’s not required. But these people somehow had incredible relationships and friendships that ran deep. I could never figure out why I felt I felt I felt a complete lack of this sort of deep relation.

I remember feeling this way back in high school, probably discrediting my actual friends back then. I just moved on. I’d hate for that to become a loop, but I feel that need to move on again.

Now I’m sounding extremely self loathing. loop loop loop loop, whoops. I do have a friend or two that are there for me every so often, which is nice. But where is that amazing friend? Eventually I’d like to have an awesome love too. Hell, even meet that person I could grow and create with (not necessarily grow old or procreate with.) Maybe I did meet these people, and just passed on the opportunity. I am fairly guilty at times of being oblivious to people’s feeling and signals.

I thought I had some things figured out. Do fun stuff, play music, run a venue, be nice to people, get a sweet career doing stuff I like. Things that should be seen as good, but I for some reason feel differently. Recurring comments make their way to me like “you’ve always been a good friend” “why didn’t I date you back in the day” “you did so much for our band” etc… these end up resonating in a bittersweet way when I never reaped the benefits of that spectacular friendship or love.

I need to work on being a better friend, but the loop of not wanting to seek it out keeps on coming… I just wander around, not sure what I want or need. I have ideas, but I just keep thinking, looping looping…

I’m pretty sure I’m not depressed, but damned if this doesn’t make it sound that way.

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