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And… I’m banned. But we had a good run.

Remember when I used to post before and after pictures of home improvements? These days, the house is pretty much done so the dramatic improvements are limited, and I’ve had nothing to blog. Lucky for me, there is no shortage of improvements to be made at Nate’s house and this weekend, I decided I would up his curb appeal and put in a garden. I wish I had the real before picture, with the beds all overgrown with weeds, but you’ll have to use your imagination on that part.

Before

After

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PS. I have a new hobby.

It’s a funky chicken, with a chicken! WTF?

The world needs more 10-year-olds talking shit.

What have I learned recently? Giving kids free Tshirts is the best marketing, ever. Also, everything is more fun when up to 9 people at a time are watching it live on the Internet. We’ll be doing a live webcast from Windells every session all summer long so if you want to be one of those live viewers, follow Yobeat on twitter, now. Right now.

I’ve been writing a column for the Pan-European magazine On Board this season. I know I am supposed to hate magazines (and I sort of do) but they asked and seem like nice enough blokes, plus they pay me in Euros. I finally got four of the five issues that have come out already and scanned them, which means, if you want to read stuff that I think will appeal to Europeans (but more likely doesn’t appeal to anyone) now you can!

Click the images to download the fancy PDF version.

I really had high hopes for this season, even hailing it as the BEST EVER but I swear, it’s almost like there is some greater force trying to prevent me from riding lately. You may remember the pass-pulling incident of 2010. That didn’t help things. Then it turns out the “Super Value” element of my Ski Bowl pass is actually sort of annoying, seeing as today seemed like a mighty nice day to snowboarding in honor of MLK, but alas, it’s blacked out.

I’ve concocted a scheme to get tickets at Tline by giving them coverage. The only thing, I’m trying to make it look good up there and every time I’ve tried to go, well, it hasn’t been. One day it was arguably the worst conditions I’ve ever ridden on the west coast (those frozen ridges that happen when the groomer tracks freeze) and the next, raining. But I decided to make the best of it, take advantage of the waterproof nature of my ever-growing collection of GoPros and Shane Flood’s sweet skills and make a video. Since the pineapple express proceeded to drop about 8 more inches of rain, needless to say, if I want to keep the stream of GoPro edits going, I’ll have to post it here as well as on YoBeat. So here ya go.

Wasn’t joking about the daily GoPro vids apparently. We didn’t even go snowboarding today and look at this! Now hopefully we get better at snowboarding soon.

Now that I’ve got this snazzy new site, I guess I’d better produce some fresh content, right? Well luckily, I’ve got a GoPro and I’m not afraid to use it, so I present another epic Ski Bowl edit! Today Jared slid his first box, which sounds kinda dirty if your mind is in the gutter. But really, it was wholesome fun for the whole family and inspired me to also do some unlikely stunting, such sliding as park boxes you couldn’t just ride on to. It didn’t go as poorly as I had expected, and I might be getting into this “park” business, even though I once wrote about how they were ruining snowboarding.

*It’s called Jacob’s Jib because when Jared got his season’s pass, his name inexplicably read Jacob. We’re running with it.

About three runs at Ski Bowl. We probably would have tried harder and done a better job filming, but it started raining.