Monday, June 29, 2009

pennsylvania-easy does it

my mom and i drove to pennsylvania for the weekend...

on the drive out, we stopped at the motorcycle hall of fame in pickerington ohio.

captian america.

terminator two.

a musesum with oil drips on the floor.

anyone remember Rax? we need more fast food with style.

broke down.

my cousin's own an ice cream shop in needmore PA. it's a few scenic miles off I-70. it's called
Gordon's Cruise In

and they have an Evil Knevil pinball machine!

on to the old farm.

yes, easy does do it.

Wednesday, June 24, 2009

honda quote

i've been reading this book about Soichiro Honda, the man who started Honda. i thought this was a rad quote...

Monday, June 22, 2009

too hot...

even burney thinks it's too hot.

Sunday, June 21, 2009


back together for a few shows. this one was down the street from me in a sweaty and rowdy basement. midwest style.

Saturday, June 20, 2009

wall of death

no, it's not the name of some metal band.

Thursday, June 18, 2009

hutch's recpies #1

i'm not afraid to get my hands greasy and dirty all day then get in the kitchen and whip up some magic! i've been eating the hell out of this...

-pasta of your choice (i like the whole wheat stuff).
-sauce of your choice.
-veggie meat balls from trader joe's.
-a little Sriracha to give it some kick!
-Parmesan cheese.

up next: some kind of cherry crisp. i have a ton of sour cherries.

haier commerical

this is the commercial that inspired nate in the previous blog entry. it starts out a bit slow, but picks up halfway through...

Wednesday, June 17, 2009

nate watson...genuis?

most of you know i love to watch basketball. i mostly watch games with nate and kris. anyways, nate send this letter to the head of public relations at Haier (they make televisons and advertise during games) asking them to buy us pizza for our NBA draft party next week. it's really funny, i guess even funnier if you know nate...

Subject: NBA Draft Party
Date: Tue, 16 Jun 2009 19:46:55 -0400

Mr. James Liess,

My name is Nathan Watson, and I am a 32-year old basketball fan living in Indianapolis. As a longtime supporter of the NBA, I wish to thank Haier for their partnership with my favorite professional sports league. While I am sure it is a profitable venture for your company, I (and my NBA-watching friends) appreciate your willingness to support a league that has its share of detractors.

I also wish to congratulate your company for a successful televison advertising campaign during the 2009 NBA Playoffs. Haier's NBA commercials deeply resonated with my friends and me this spring. The use of the soaring anthem "Higher" paired with the images of a small child watching the NBA on a Haier TV; or the iconic shot of a stainless steel refrigerator on a highway--moments like these made the commercials deeply entertaining for us as NBA fans.

I did not write this email solely to congratulate Haier, however. I also wish to make a proposal--one that I believe makes business sense for your company.

Every year, my friends have a party to celebrate one of our favorite sporting events, the NBA Draft. As a long-suffering Indiana Pacers fan, I in particular look forward to the Draft to see which player we pick to bolster our currently struggling franchise. Anyway, my friends and I have held a party for several years. Over the last few years, our party has grown both in size and in scope. Last year, for instance, we more than doubled the size of our first party. We have also constructed an innovative Draft Board which we use to track the players each team is selecting. Needless to say, it is a fun event for my friends, especially given that it is the last chance for us to celebrate the NBA before the season ends.

As such, I am humbly asking for Haier to sponsor our NBA Draft Party. Much like your partnership with the NBA, I think this can be a successful pairing both for Haier and for our party. In particular, Haier gains the goodwill of several young NBA fans--fans who have several lifetimes of discretionary income that can be used to purchase Haier products for a long time. We are all in our 20s and 30s, and assuredly we will be called on to buy appliances for the rest of our lives. By making a small investment now, Haier will gain brand loyalty and trust for many years to come.

Now, when I ask your company to sponsor our party, I do not ask for much. This is what I have in mind:

1. Haier will buy my friends and I a large pizza and some drinks. This will cost approximately $20-$30.
2. In turn, we will rename our 2009 NBA Draft Party the "2009 Haier NBA Draft Party."
3. We will also rename our NBA Draft Board the "NBA Draft Board Sponsored by Haier."
4. We will prominently display the Haier logo (with your permission, of course) around the televison.

This is what I have in mind. Again, while this may seem to be an off-the-wall proposal for a multimillion dollar company, I think small things like this really endure in the mind of consumers.

Thank you so much for your time. I look forward to speaking with you about our potential partnership. And again, thank you for your support of the NBA. May this be a profitable venture for you for years to come.

Warmest regards,

Nathan Watson

Monday, June 15, 2009


get that dog off the table!

rained out.

can't run a respectable blog these days with out a photo of the bro's bikes lined up.

stamatis was here.

tandem tat's.

maggie's birthday squirrel cake.


Thursday, June 11, 2009

nate lair.

found this on flickr. nate olp has been playing bass with lair of the minotaur. badass.

Monday, June 8, 2009


it's the middle of the summer, i'm sweating bullets, but i can't stop thinking about plowing snow. WTF?

some videos...

kind of stoked on this video...

and i just found out there's a john dillinger movie starring johnny depp called "public ememies" coming out soon. here's the trailer...

the new familia video...

The Familia Video from Familia Skateshop on Vimeo.

Friday, June 5, 2009

bikes for sale.

these are a few of the bikes i will have for sale at the
handcraft exchange
. i still have a few more in the works...

schwinn breeze 26".

columbia "roadster". baby puke green. coaster brake. ligher than most old crusiers!

schwinn contential- this one is a beaut! baby blue, don't see that color very often. new tires.

men's western flyer "london flyer"- 3 speed, shifts on the grip. brand new tires.

26" huffy. 3 speed. solid bike.

schwinn 26"- mini ape hangers. bananna seat, bobbed rear fender. this one will get you looks.

these old ones are still available...

20" kids columbia

16" strawberry shortcake.

if you are interested in these contact me @

max's pizza...

his one was somewhere in southern indiana. didn't get to try the pizza...

Thursday, June 4, 2009

Wednesday, June 3, 2009

taco bell dog

took this at the mars mill kroger a few years ago.

Monday, June 1, 2009

jr neves- RIP

not the news i want to wake up to on a monday morning...JR was a natural at skateboarding and always made it look so easy. we saw the strangest thing once: a horse in a mini-van driving down the freeway in philly. i'll never forget the sessions trip to japan when he held a huge shrimp up to his ear and talked into it like it was a cell phone. straight in peace kid.