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by Andy Bittner
Thu Mar 26, 2009 1:56 pm
Forum: Random Slalom Topics
Topic: What Does "Queering A Venue" Mean?
Replies: 38
Views: 19242

Referee... not.

No need to referee this old situation, Wes. Kenny and I have, long since, put that behind us. For those of us actually involved, it's become a "look back and laugh" issue.
by Andy Bittner
Wed Mar 25, 2009 9:33 pm
Forum: Random Slalom Topics
Topic: What Does "Queering A Venue" Mean?
Replies: 38
Views: 19242

Biggest dick in the sport

By the way, Joe I., I'm the guy who threw the Nature Boy out of a Gathering (something of a slalom lovefest). I'm pretty sure I'm still the biggest dick in the sport, even if I haven't much been in the sport lately.
by Andy Bittner
Thu Jan 17, 2008 11:10 am
Forum: ISSA Rules & Discussion
Topic: A Simple Proposed Course Rule
Replies: 14
Views: 8469

Wake surfing

I'm only replying to agree with Michael Stride.
by Andy Bittner
Sat Oct 13, 2007 1:48 pm
Forum: Random Slalom Topics
Topic: OFFICIAL Guinness Slalom Skateboard World Record - New event
Replies: 85
Views: 57289

Martin, Two things... first, I should've trusted you'd present a fair and balanced veiw of our sport, as much as possible, emphasizing the differences between an event like a Guiness World Record tv show and our actual sport. I'm sorry I didn't give greater consideration to the fact that it was you ...
by Andy Bittner
Fri Oct 12, 2007 9:04 pm
Forum: Random Slalom Topics
Topic: OFFICIAL Guinness Slalom Skateboard World Record - New event
Replies: 85
Views: 57289

Please forgive...

Martin, Please accept my very sincere apologies for taking up more of your time and for expressing a general opinion in a manner that seemed personal. I consider you a friend and had no intent of attacking you for your effort. It just so happens that I do not subscribe to the mindset that any public...
by Andy Bittner
Fri Oct 12, 2007 3:20 pm
Forum: Random Slalom Topics
Topic: OFFICIAL Guinness Slalom Skateboard World Record - New event
Replies: 85
Views: 57289

...and they will think that slalom skateboarding is about wiggling frantically through straight lines of cones on flat surfaces; slalom at its worst! Jani noted that he wasn't sure whether the people thinking a certain time is a WR was good or not. Who cares about the number? I know that presenting ...
by Andy Bittner
Sun Aug 05, 2007 11:47 pm
Forum: D.C.
Topic: Gaithersburg P-n-R August 5th anyone interested?
Replies: 33
Views: 26731

Like The Good Ol' Days!

For being "outlaw" and planned on fairly short notice, this was a cool little race. By race time, there was a field of eight, competing on a fairly broad range of skill levels. Nonetheless, as we neared completion of the bracketed, dual course event, each race mattered at it's own level. Unfortunate...
by Andy Bittner
Sun Aug 05, 2007 3:21 am
Forum: D.C.
Topic: Gaithersburg P-n-R August 5th anyone interested?
Replies: 33
Views: 26731

Dan... check your e-mail before you head this way.
by Andy Bittner
Sat Aug 04, 2007 1:07 pm
Forum: D.C.
Topic: Gaithersburg P-n-R August 5th anyone interested?
Replies: 33
Views: 26731

I have duct tape.
by Andy Bittner
Fri Aug 03, 2007 4:40 am
Forum: D.C.
Topic: Gaithersburg P-n-R August 5th anyone interested?
Replies: 33
Views: 26731

I'm there.
by Andy Bittner
Fri Feb 02, 2007 5:16 pm
Forum: Random Slalom Topics
Topic: Ice Slalom
Replies: 11
Views: 7200

Blades

I have a vintage set of 4, I bought sometime back in the late 70's. Unfortunately, the brutally heavy, but very smoth surfaced, ice storm we'd had the winter before, the one that actually coated the hills in our neighborhood with an ice rink-quality surface (on which we downhill raced regular figure...
by Andy Bittner
Sat Jan 06, 2007 8:53 pm
Forum: D.C.
Topic: Yay!! Olney Skate Park....
Replies: 3
Views: 3340

Local Skateboard History

For the information of anyone who cares, the very first skate contest in which I ever competed took place at Olney Manor Park, now the site of this new Olney Skate Park, in the Spring of 1977. The freestyle competition took place in the parking lot that runs from the pool end of the new skate park n...
by Andy Bittner
Sun Dec 10, 2006 3:09 pm
Forum: D.C.
Topic: DC Sessions
Replies: 1540
Views: 1041467

New Terrain

Wow! Went to look at the new Olney park yesterday. The pool looks awesome. One of the park builders was present and skating. He says the new Greenbelt park pool is even better. Me? Sam Boo and I took the guy to see Pepco Bowl (about 700 yds. from the new park), and I, setting foot on a board for the...
by Andy Bittner
Fri Dec 01, 2006 10:24 pm
Forum: D.C.
Topic: Bobo's back...
Replies: 6
Views: 4816

Consider me warned.
by Andy Bittner
Sat Nov 18, 2006 10:25 pm
Forum: D.C.
Topic: DC Outlaws Present in Spirit!!
Replies: 11
Views: 7114

Curiousity

Lenny, this is not really the proper forum, but, without meaning to be confrontational or negative, I'd like to ask you the following questions... Would adding a little more structure to your course setting and actually measuring things off a bit be a good thing? If so, why? The reason I'm asking, i...
by Andy Bittner
Thu Sep 28, 2006 1:59 am
Forum: D.C.
Topic: DC Outlaw session schedule
Replies: 38
Views: 32096

Sunday

Thinking about stopping by, but don't get off work in Bethesda until about 1:15. I'll stop by and, if anyone's there, I'll see you there. If not, I'll catch y'all some other time.
by Andy Bittner
Mon Sep 11, 2006 12:29 am
Forum: D.C.
Topic: RIP: Warren Bolster....SOB Fundraiser at Fight Club 9/9/06
Replies: 3
Views: 3284

Influence: Bolster

To a certain group of people in this world, I am a skateboard photographer. In fact, the nickname "GBJ" dates from my most active period as a skate photog, the middle and late 1980s, when my photos appeared in Lapper, TransWorld Skateboarding, Power Edge and Thrasher. In retrospect, there have been ...
by Andy Bittner
Fri Jun 16, 2006 11:53 pm
Forum: General Slalom Skateboard Truck Discussion
Topic: New Precision Bennetts... Getting STOKED!!!!
Replies: 5
Views: 6550

Same ol' story, same ol' song and dance

I don't know Ron Bennett, and I've certainly got nothing against him personally. I seem to recall he was a buddy of Hobie Alter, and I kind of like the Alters. However, as for Mr. Bennett's products... I wasn't impressed then and I don't expect to impressed this time. Despite having a quick, respons...
by Andy Bittner
Sat Jun 10, 2006 2:32 am
Forum: D.C.
Topic: DC OUTLAW REUNION RACE, June 10, 2006
Replies: 79
Views: 61367

DAMN!

Well, for any of you that I manage to miss tomorrow, I'll be sorry to have done so. Unfortunately, my work schedule for tomorrow just changed. I'll have to leave to head to work by about 11:30 a.m., without actually getting a chance to race. Grrrrr... Oh well, I'll be sure to drop by to say "Hi", in...
by Andy Bittner
Thu May 11, 2006 9:36 pm
Forum: D.C.
Topic: DC OUTLAW REUNION RACE, June 10, 2006
Replies: 79
Views: 61367

I'm in.
by Andy Bittner
Mon May 01, 2006 3:00 am
Forum: Random Slalom Topics
Topic: Richy's secret mailbox?
Replies: 2
Views: 2932

...or, perhaps, Rene?
by Andy Bittner
Sat Apr 15, 2006 11:39 pm
Forum: D.C.
Topic: SkateparkOfBaltimore Fundraiser 4/15 8pm at FightClub
Replies: 2
Views: 2677

Party of the Decade!

Hey JRD... Did you hear about the OC Bowl's 30th Anniversary Bash yet? With all due respect to your fundraiser, on May 20, OC is going to be the place to be for us old-timers. Talk about "Party of the Year"! The list I've seen includes Umble, Fred Smith, Wiggy coming from Hawaii and Tobin from Portl...
by Andy Bittner
Sat Mar 18, 2006 12:05 pm
Forum: D.C.
Topic: What's Up w/ Gathering for 2006?
Replies: 7
Views: 5201

The Future, and beyond...

Lest I give the impression that I am also, somehow, done with slalom, let me be clear and say, nothing could be further from the truth. I've been a dedicated slalom skateboarder for the past 36 years and I always will be. I watch the slalom forums daily, and I always have a board and some cones with...
by Andy Bittner
Sat Mar 18, 2006 2:35 am
Forum: D.C.
Topic: What's Up w/ Gathering for 2006?
Replies: 7
Views: 5201

The 6th Gathering...

Dave, I have made no plans for a Gathering this year. I am currently working two jobs, seven days a week and probably haven't skated seriously in more than a year. Although I won't say they're over forever, for me, in many ways, the Gatherings have effectively served the purpose for which they were ...
by Andy Bittner
Sat Jan 14, 2006 2:41 pm
Forum: ISSA World Ranking
Topic: [2006] What's wrong with the world ranking system?
Replies: 24
Views: 23445

Organization

For what it's worth, and acknowledging that this post really isn't about the World Ranking system, I'd like to comment on Pat's suggestion of formal organization. As the guy who attempted to start the U.S. Slalom Skateboarding Federation, several years ago, I came face to face with the problem that ...
by Andy Bittner
Sun Jan 01, 2006 11:03 pm
Forum: Random Slalom Topics
Topic: The "Old Man" - A short story
Replies: 11
Views: 14866

The Old Man

While it lacks a certain surf-culture, guru romanticism, I'd like to note, for the record, that the first, inspirational, older skater in my life actually really is my old man. He was running clay wheels through Dixie cup slalom courses on a clickety-clack, sidewalk-cracked hill, before I was old en...
by Andy Bittner
Fri Dec 23, 2005 10:20 pm
Forum: Random Slalom Topics
Topic: "the dark side of the cone"
Replies: 789
Views: 611050

An Active Chaput

Peter, A spike in Chaput activity could also indicate a spell of bad weather in Huntington Beach.
by Andy Bittner
Tue Dec 20, 2005 1:23 am
Forum: Random Slalom Topics
Topic: Are you an old school skater?
Replies: 103
Views: 124439

Big Photo Magic

It wasn't the incentive that I needed, it was a bigger picture. I couldn't recognize Williams or Hoffy in the avatar sized image, and I really have no recollection of Mike Williams as a G&S member or of Hoffman being a slalomer, so I wouldn't have ever suspected that's who that was. Now that I know ...
by Andy Bittner
Mon Dec 19, 2005 5:11 pm
Forum: Random Slalom Topics
Topic: What are your goals for 2006?
Replies: 67
Views: 50157

Rampant verbage

Uh oh... I think someone turned off the Pun Suppressor in Chris' brain. Be warned, this can be a very dangerous situation under the best of conditions.
by Andy Bittner
Sat Dec 17, 2005 12:10 am
Forum: Random Slalom Topics
Topic: Are you an old school skater?
Replies: 103
Views: 124439

Fashionista

By the way, Joe I., I accept your argument and agree with the notion that Tway's sense of fashion in the 70s was absolutely sublime. However, I'd like to note that, for me, what really sets off the Schlitz Malt Liquor (Colt 45 was a different brand) Bull shorts is the Mercedes T-shirt. We have a win...
by Andy Bittner
Fri Dec 16, 2005 2:48 am
Forum: Random Slalom Topics
Topic: Are you an old school skater?
Replies: 103
Views: 124439

La Costa Boy

By the way, in the context of this forum, and in reference to Marty, I think it's safe to say he's got us all. You're definitely an old school skater if you remember seeing yourself in Skateboarder magazine (the 70s version), particularly if you were pictured with any degree of regularity or if you'...
by Andy Bittner
Thu Dec 15, 2005 1:28 pm
Forum: Random Slalom Topics
Topic: Are you an old school skater?
Replies: 103
Views: 124439

frontside and backside confusion

Y'know Mike, that's an interesting observation about frontside and backside. I recall that same moment in my own youth. I think the fact that we both remember it, in different locations, kind of illustrates a pretty historic moment in skateboarding. That's a ripple from the whole Dogtown-thing comin...
by Andy Bittner
Wed Dec 14, 2005 1:34 pm
Forum: Random Slalom Topics
Topic: Are you an old school skater?
Replies: 103
Views: 124439

You think your old school, if you remember... -Wearing madras shirts like the Hilton brothers -clay wheels -surfers like Larry Bertleman and Rory Russell in Skateboarder. -reading some of the Dogtown articles and thinking, "What the hell is this guy talking about?" -Thinking Tony Alva was rad -Drool...
by Andy Bittner
Tue Dec 13, 2005 12:56 pm
Forum: Random Slalom Topics
Topic: People Love the Slalom eh?
Replies: 13
Views: 8286

U wanna race?

Joe, Without knowing the size of the room, the surface, the radius and span of the U or the basic scale of the whole thing, it's hard to know exactly what you're thinking. My only concern would be that, with the wrong combination of conditions, the biased pumping action of pumping around the arc mig...
by Andy Bittner
Mon Dec 12, 2005 1:31 pm
Forum: Random Slalom Topics
Topic: "the dark side of the cone"
Replies: 789
Views: 611050

Over there...

Wow! Firehoses and tear gas, just because some kids wanted to go to a party. I sure am glad I don't live in France. (Pat... he's clearly making it up. That's a troll tactic. Not that I doubt he has a problem with what's going on in his own country, but do take notice of how much less energy and spac...
by Andy Bittner
Sun Dec 11, 2005 8:54 pm
Forum: Random Slalom Topics
Topic: "the dark side of the cone"
Replies: 789
Views: 611050

just plain silly

I think the key post in this recent conversation is when Mike Ohm asked Etienne what he would do. Although the question is really answerable as, live in another country and not be in the situation in the first place, I wonder whether Etienne can even project himself into the situation to give a real...
by Andy Bittner
Sun Dec 11, 2005 5:58 pm
Forum: Random Slalom Topics
Topic: "the dark side of the cone"
Replies: 789
Views: 611050

Bias

Once again, Etienne de Bary has trotted out his well-worn bias against the current US government and the socio-political and economic state of that nation. To do so, he has mis-stated facts, and selectively edited news articles at exactly the moment when he was sure he could get the greatest rise ou...
by Andy Bittner
Sun Sep 04, 2005 1:28 pm
Forum: D.C.
Topic: Lansdowne Banked Slalom-Sat Sept 3, 2005
Replies: 37
Views: 28798

Broken Navicular?

Were you wearing wrist guards? If not... no award. I am, however, sorry to hear you got hurt. See that big bone sticking out to the right side of the x-ray? When I went down at La Costa in '01, I made all but the stump ends of that bone disappear in a haze of bone dust. Nasty. Can you say, "disconne...
by Andy Bittner
Sun Aug 28, 2005 12:16 pm
Forum: Random Slalom Topics
Topic: NCDSA is down?
Replies: 40
Views: 28856

Petty, petty, petty

Hey, Wesley... it does seem like the time to get over bashing Brady came and went a long time ago.
by Andy Bittner
Thu Aug 04, 2005 11:43 pm
Forum: D.C.
Topic: DC Sessions
Replies: 1540
Views: 1041467

Yeah, I say we wait until it warms up a little.
by Andy Bittner
Sun Jul 10, 2005 1:22 pm
Forum: Random Slalom Topics
Topic: "the dark side of the cone"
Replies: 789
Views: 611050

Touche!

KMG, Where was BoBo's original post made, and has it subsequently disappeared?

(btw... understanding priorities and all, I miss you and Yvonne. C'mon down and see us sometime.)
by Andy Bittner
Fri Jun 17, 2005 12:20 pm
Forum: D.C.
Topic: DC Outlaw Summer series
Replies: 39
Views: 29541

Point(s) Grab

Okay then... who WILL be here? Sounds like an ideal chance to grab some Outlaw points. Did BP get the timers to someone?
by Andy Bittner
Tue Jun 14, 2005 2:05 am
Forum: D.C.
Topic: Lights, Camera, SLALOM!!!
Replies: 2
Views: 2593

Contract...

I don't know... I think you'd need to contact my agent.

Actually, as far as I'm concerned, you're entirely welcome. I think we're racing in Gaithersburg this weekend.
by Andy Bittner
Sat Jun 11, 2005 1:11 am
Forum: D.C.
Topic: DC Outlaw Summer series
Replies: 39
Views: 29541

Timing is everything

Race #1... I'm in. Can help with courses, if needed.
by Andy Bittner
Wed Jun 01, 2005 4:37 pm
Forum: Random Slalom Topics
Topic: The Physics of slalom skateboarding
Replies: 10
Views: 5937

The Physics of pumping a skateboard

Hey, Elisa. Here's a thought, how about the physics of pumping? I'm not necessarily talking about the physical movement of the rider, but more about the way the board converts energetic input into forward movement. To me, it seems as simple as this... Without the resistance created between urethane ...
by Andy Bittner
Tue May 03, 2005 10:56 pm
Forum: D.C.
Topic: Gathering Posts
Replies: 98
Views: 82232

I recall that as well, although not until I'd been there and left again.

Thanks, Kevin. I'm sorry you won't be with us. Both yourself and Yvonne will be sorely missed.
by Andy Bittner
Tue May 03, 2005 9:34 pm
Forum: D.C.
Topic: Friday Night May 6th 8pm
Replies: 8
Views: 5281

I am definitely there.

Hey Mike, How's this for some last minute s**t? Who has the timer, and is whoever that is planning on bringing it to T5G? I hope so. A timer would be nice.

Assuming is bad. It's time for me to stop assuming. Who's bringing the timer?
by Andy Bittner
Tue May 03, 2005 6:56 pm
Forum: D.C.
Topic: Gathering Posts
Replies: 98
Views: 82232

Food Prep arrangements

Jeff, There are five grills, four of which seem to have working, adjustable charcoal trays. The bathrooms were locked, so I was not able to check for a live electrical outlet.
by Andy Bittner
Fri Apr 29, 2005 11:28 pm
Forum: D.C.
Topic: Gathering Posts
Replies: 98
Views: 82232

Food for the Masses

I have not been contacted by anyone else planning to bring food, other than those who have mentioned it here.

Rad... you don't need to worry about being out of shape, I'm pretty sure I haven't run cones in almost a year. Too busy... too busy.
by Andy Bittner
Fri Apr 29, 2005 11:20 am
Forum: D.C.
Topic: Gathering Posts
Replies: 98
Views: 82232

The 5th Gathering: It's All About Slalom begins at 9 am each morning. All of general information for the event is posted on Ncdsa.com's Contest Calendar. Anthony, what if the daily activities are already posted on this site? What if it's already posted on this forum? You ought to read this forum eve...