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Filming: Adam Foster and Cam Weeg – Sorry about the music, it came free with my iphone editing software. 

Fires are raging out of control in most of the Western US and September 3, 2017, the second-to-last day on hill for the Timberline summer, was a smoky one. But even though breathing was labored and it seems like the world may very well be going to hell in a hand basket, the snow on the Palmer glacier is holding strong and with minimal walking, you can lap the former Windells park until your heart’s content. Don’t wanna hike at all? Don’t blame you – that air quality is worse than Bejing right now, but you can just rip Palmer midstation laps all day while exerting (almost) no energy. I could ramble all day about how fun it was, but since the Internet hates reading, here are five reasons 2017 was the best damn summer, ever.

Doesn’t look like much but compared to the last few years…

There is Plenty of snow – As stated, legit snow fall over the winter has seemingly refreshed the Palmer Glacier to its mid 2000’s glory. Enough snow means better features and less hiking and well, that’s just awesome.

The butterflies! Pic: Goneronin

The butterflies migrated – Every so many years, thousands upon thousands of butterflies migrate over Mt. Hood and this year, they were back! While butterfly-splat on your goggles isn’t that fun, fluttering insects mostly just add to the magic of an already magical experience.

Wont be the same without the skatepark in town, but whatever, that park sucked anyway.

High Cascade got the fuck outta Gov’y – In a move that was a long time coming, HCSC announced they’d be moving the majority of their campers out of Gov’y and on to the glorious Windells campus, leaving Gov’y to be the haven for adult debauchery you’ve heard rumors about.

There’s weed in there, and it’s totally legal! 

(At least) two marijuana dispensaries have popped up east of Sandy on Route 26 now: Weed is legal in Oregon but sadly, there’s still no where to buy it in Gov’y. This is likely because each town in Oregon sets its own regulations, and let’s just say Government Camp isn’t run by the most progressive minded people. But there’s Mt. Hood rec center in Rhodedendron and on our trip up yesterday we noticed another huge new dispensary across from Mt. Hood Foods that just opened. It is very chill.

They had a public lap park: We Are Camp’s constriction means more public terrain and Timberline Parks turned the former HCSC lap park is now open to anyone! Can I get an amen?

Sadly, today is the last day you can ride the lifts to the top of the Palmer Glacier for the summer, but don’t fret! When the snow holds on, TLine has been known to fire up the generators as early as Columbus Day and if you think summer boarding at Timberline is awesome, you should get up there in the fall!

 

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Mike Estes is a true Oregon legend. He’s been in the Beaver State since before most of you were born, he’s been actively involved in Oregon snowboarding and and the snowboard scene since a chance meeting at Timberline with Tom Sims in 1985, and he’s never been one to hold his tongue to save face. These days he’s a bonafide grown up with real responsibilities, but he has not even come close to losing the rabble-rousing spirit, which has kept him firmly all up in the mix for so long. The man has no shortage of stories to tell, so crack a cold one and read up on a few of his favorites.

How long have you been riding at Mt. Hood? Were you one of the first snowboarders ever to ride the lifts?

I moved to Welches, Oregon in 1974 from San Diego. Reason for my parents migration was I had severe allergies as a child. Looking for work, my Mom discovered the local ski resort Ski Bowl and was hired to sell lift tickets. Being her son, I always had a seasons pass. I can fondly remembering (being a diehard ski racer at the time) watching a local kid from my school on a powder day snowboarding under the chairlift. His movements were very surfer-like and I immediately thought it was ‘cool.’ Later that summer, I was a graveyard janitor at Timberline Lodge when I saw Dave ‘The Weave’ Weaver and the late Tom Sims walking to their rooms. I immediately ran up to them and excitedly asked why they were here. Tom’s reply was simple, “We’re here to test our new boards!” and followed it up with, “Wanna try one?” Mind you all I wasn’t prepared for snowboarding as it was summertime. Tom tore apart his insulated sleeping pad and made my sneakers into a boot. I rode that day. I didn’t ride well, but it was 1985.

How many seasons passes have you had?
Up until three years ago, I had a pass every year of my life and I’ve saved a few. I left a couple behind with my beloved dog “Rossi” who is buried in Welches that I imagine will surface someday. Season Passes literally chronicle my whole life. Now I pay for $99 passes on March 1st and gladly add them to my collection.

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How many pro models did you have?

I had 3 models with Barfoot Snowboards, the first two I had literally no say in anything- on the third I stomped my foot around and acted like a baby to get my own input- I was allowed to then go to my friends at Powell Peralta (MC Brad Jay, Mike Taylor and Rob Washburn) and they introduced me to the great John Keister who did my Bounty Hunter Spaceman graphic. It took me a full year to land on Luxury Snowboards, which was owned by Paul Culling. Paul and I were inseparable. We put together a group of riders that influenced the Canadian generations. John Stewart drew my ‘Pepsi’ graphics and I have absolutely no clue who drew my last graphic. But, I loan that board out to Mika Osterhaus now and then and she swears it’s her favorite board, but she has a Lib Tech TRS now, so it’s hard for me to believe.

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How did your first pro model in 1991 come about? Something to do with a handrail in Japan?
During my trip to Hokkaido Japan in 1989, I was coming off the hill and a huge group of influential Japanese were walking. I rode past them and jumped onto a wooden handrail that was about 25ft long. Once I came off I heard them go crazy and shouting. I never really thought much of it. When I got back home to the USA, Chuck Barfoot calls me up and just can’t stop talking about this ‘handrail’ I did in Japan. “Mike, what did you do?!?” Chuck says to me. “I just jumped onto a wooden rail Chuck, why?” He explains that nobody would do that and I almost got in trouble for it. But that Japan wants a ‘pro model’ with your name on it. I was blown away. I wasn’t given any creative input on the first two models. So it was a strange achievement. And it was handed to me a year later in Las Vegas at SIA. I had to act excited and grateful for it, I truly am grateful for them, my only regret is not having input in them. Scott Starr also had allot to do with this achievement, he was Barfoot’s photographer and artist. He would tirelessly work with me to get the right shot. He’s a person whom I think of often. He is currently suffering from Menaires Disease and its my dream to get one more photo shoot with him.

What was it like being a professional snowboarder in the early 90s? Fondest memory?

It was unknown territory. Nobody knew anything. We created our own scenes. I have memories of surrounding myself with photographers. Photographers made a rider money. Photographers where the ones talking to the magazines. I would literally go out of my way to meet photographers. I’ve been very fortunate to work closely with Chris Brunkhart, Rob Gracie and Scott Starr. Chris passed away two days ago and I’m still struggling with that news. Seems that the older you get- the more things become sentimental. Cancer is the most ugliest element we face in this world.

Fondest memory would be being in a car with Rob Morrow and maching up to Blue River BC to ride helicopters and film with Ken Achenbach. On the way home we hit Vancouver BC and saw the very last ‘Pixies’ show at the Commodore. I also remember watching Primus play at Boarding For Breast Cancer at Sierra at Tahoe in the pouring rain and even though the guys were getting electrocuted they kept playing for us. Or that time I stopped Mike Ness from beating some idiots ass in the Meadows Lodge during another ‘Vegetate.’ I think saving 9 peoples lives during my lifetime from death’s grip is going to stick with me the most. Hearing a human suck in air when they are blue in the face is something unreal. Ride with a friend folks- this is not to be taken lightly. I keep my eyes on you, for a reason.

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How did the summer snowboard camps on Mt. Hood start?

In 1985 I saw summer ski campers, non-stop come from all over the world to chase sticks. One of the most instrumental men in my life, a guy named John Hartung, who owned the original Portland skate shop called “Rebel Skates” on NW 21st and Davis, walked up to me one day at Timberline Lodge and asked JJ Irwin to visit the shop. We walked in and immediately was met with a core group of skaters. We got a ‘sponsored’ basically and during the spring, a fellow Portland retailer called ‘Cal Skates’ hosted a fun event at Timberline Lodge. While John was there supporting a gang of riders, we both brainstormed the ‘Rebel Boarding School’ and we made up a brochure. Our very first camper was Jubal Reynolds. A guy I very much love to see and hope is doing well. While I was at the World Championships at Breckenridge that spring- I made the mistake of endorsing Tim Windell and invited Tim to come coach with me. This mistake I will take full responsibility for because at the time, I honestly thought he was a good person. I learned many years later that he suffers from serious jealousy and can act like a child an the drop of a hat. When the Bones Wheels team recently visited his campus, that was reassuring he is still having problems. Like the time he took a gun into the Oregon City courthouse. Real clear thinker here. He takes credit for starting summer camps- that is wrong. Chris Karol deserves more credit in starting camps before Tim.

Top 3 Tim Windell moments.

Oh Yobeat- you could add ‘zero’s’ to this……

#3 That time he was driving down why 26 from Son Village (a former site of the camp that was a juvenile detention center) and he drops two huge piles of his ‘precious’ wooden’ ramp that was built and rebuilt for 12 long years.

#2 That time he threw a huge rock through the window of Chris Pappas’ car for waking him up too early in the morning. Or that one ‘digger’ who got fired on the first day for peeing on another ‘digger.’

#1 moment for me, was when he threw a beer in my wife’s face and he ran from me screaming like a little girl. Hours later showing up at my house apologizing trying to hand me steaks and food from his end of the summer staff party. I actually kept working for Tim a few times when he was in a jam- I love coaching. I created the Van’s Learn To Skate book when I was kicked off the hill and I focused 100% on teaching kids to skate. Developing skate lessons for girls and now look at Windell’s skate program, it’s blown up. Windell has used so many people to get where he is- the list is mesmerizing. Now it’s a skiers camp. They don’t know what they signed up for…..hehe

Did you really teach Terje to drive?

I had this sweet 1985 Subaru, it was the envy car of snowboarding at the time. On demand 4WD and goes through snow storms with ease. I’m in Whistler and Terje walks up to me. I’m walking to my car and he just tags along- as we get closer- he goes nuts, grabs my keys and takes the driver side. I’m like, OK, the kid wants to drive. He got the car started and thats when he confesses. ‘I don’t know how to use this stick,’ he says. We goof off and the parking lot is massive, so I let him drive around. My roommate is the King of Roller-skates Jimi Scott, he doesn’t have a drivers license, hated the thought of having one. He somehow gets my keys, convinces Terje to drive him to the store. Yeah- my clutch was a little goofy when I got the car back. I just wish he would follow me back on Instagram!

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Why did you get banned from summer camp and how was Bryan Iguchi involved?

Oh yeah, this story. Untold to the masses. My version. Typical Mt Hood Summer day. Halfpipe session on a newly salted pipe just beginning to get under underway. I took a run and was walking back up. (yeah kiddies, we hiked our asses off after hand shaping those beasts) when Bryan Iguchi dropped in and over rotated a BS540, or a BS Air. He hit the flat bottom and immediately yelled in pain breaking is collar bone. I jumped in to help him. Ski Patrol arrives and it’s not the ‘Pro’ patrol. It’s the volunteers. I kinda had a grudge against the volunteer ski patroller growing up. So I kept watching the guy, pointing out his mistakes. Once he loads Bryan into the meat wagon- he leaves his should unsupported and hanging off the toboggan. I start yelling at the guy his incompetence. We start toeing up for a brawl. Another patroller intervenes and I’m told to pack it and get to the lodge. I was met at the parking lot by the Mtn Mgr Camille Pearce who wasn’t going to hear a word from me and stated I was banned from returning to the Palmer Glacier for one year. Thanks Camille! Glad you’re not around anymore………I have massive respect for Steve Kruse, if he was unhappy with me, I would be listening. His voice has meaning to me. He knows me like his own kids. He is one guy I would hate to disappoint.

Tell me about Duckboy and Craig Kelly getting arrested at June mountain. How did you escape the fuzz? Or did you?

This is like the greatest day snowboarding for anyone. All your heroes ripping a section of mountain that apparently hasn’t opened in multiple years. A world class group of clowns arrive. Yeah, I was with Craig and Kieth moments before they quickly climbed up on top of the roof at June Mountain. I can remember the boyish smiles on both their faces as they assisted each other up the railing and on to the roof. Carefully strapping in they both started getting too much attention and hastily strapped up. I wanted so badly to go- if you saw that terrain, all that powder and the sunset going down. You would have these thoughts. I can remember stepping off the Quad Mono Chair (cube) thingy and seeing the California Highway Patrol talking to Craig and Keith. One of the rare moments I wasn’t involved.

Tell me about the time you lost $1500 from Japan and found it in a dump truck in Oregon City.

I was going to Japan a lot. During my trips the distributor would always get me to a contest as well and numerous shop visits to meet folks. One particular trip I actually won a halfpipe contest against Jon ‘Boy Air’ Boyer and pocketed $1800 in cash. When I flew 14 hours home I was delirious and my then girlfriend was really upset at losing a loved one. I took her to eat McDonalds and we drove home to Government Camp. I threw my wallet and all the garbage in the dumpster. Next morning, couldn’t seem to find my wallet. I searched. I searched. I began to panic. Yep. Panicking. I retraced my steps to the dumpster- oh that was just picked up by a dump truck. I stop the driver and tell him what I did. He says to meet him at the Oregon City refuge place at ‘X’ time. I’m there- with a couple friends and I dress them up in my gear to ruin. I talk to the driver, he points out where I need to watch when he pushes it out. As this massive amount of garbage is being forced out, it splits. Right there, next a bag of McDonald’s garbage is my blue ‘Billabong’ wallet. I jump into the center, grab my wallet and jump to the other side- to the disbelief of everyone I tip the driver a $100 and took my friends shopping!

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Tell me about the time you were denied entry to Vegetate. How did you protest?

Does anyone even remember this event? Well, I worked for years with Mt Hood Meadows to develop this grassroots event- it was meant to be fun, a season ending gathering with music. It was awarded the Silver Eagle by the ski resort industry several times. It was something I took ownership of. Well, Dave Riley, the previous President of Mt Hood Meadows got too involved and tried to be too cool. Mostly controlling. I always had an entry in the event- it was an unspoken rule. Well, I arrive to register and I get “Sorry Mike, not this year,” and I snap. How dare they!?! Well, I’ll show them. I wait till the last girl are lined up. I actually apologized to the girl that was in 8th before she dropped, cause she knew I was going to do ‘something’. Once she got halfway thru her pipe run I dropped my pants and dropped in- I didn’t really care at the time who saw me naked- if you’re around me, you’ll probably see me naked. My wife gets an eyeful all the time. When I stopped in front of the judges and saw Dave Riley glaring at me. I smiled and he glared at me. He’s now in Purgatory, Colorado where everyone glares at each other.

Tell me about the time you destroyed yourself snowboarding on mushrooms.

HA! I was young and dumb. Wait- nothing’s changed. Imagine a deep powder day at Meadows. Imagine your buddy pulls out of his pocket a handful of mushrooms. We eat them up. Gobble gobble. I’m having the time of my life. Laughing. Dodging trees. I remember seeing John Caulkins that day too- another Oregon snowboarding pioneer. So yeah- I’m riding and I just plow into a tree. Hey, this doesn’t feel right. Fully blown Medial Collateral ligament. I did drive myself to my Mom’s office in Sandy Oregon for treatment.

What are you up to these days? Running a brand? Tell me more!

I’m a father to a wonderful 10-year-old daughter. My wife and I manage a 405-unit storage facility. I dabble in social media. Recently I’ve been appointed the North American Sales Manager for the Elm Company. I was the first rep in 2004 with the brand. I left, but always kept in touch with Brett Wiley (owner) and he made some power moves, removed the folks holding the brand back and replaced with guys that have a passion for the brand and know its true potential. I’ve been skating a little bit here and there, I still love a good rowdy fast bike ride in the woods. I really enjoy fishing and crabbing.

Ultimately, I hope to leave a positive image behind to all the kids I’ve helped along my years. From Shaun White to Mikey Renz to Jana Meyen. My close friends Tom Nordwall, Marty Sheppard, Matt Donahue, Mark Hibdon, Robis Marks, Tom Inouye, Tim Snail, Kris Jaimeson, Tim Zimmerman all know our paths have lead us apart but we remain together in spirit. I have met so many great people from snowboarding, so many faces that remember me teaching them a grab or how to slide a rail. I appreciate the kind words people have bestowed me over the years. It’s a true gift. One person who is the most proud of me is no longer here to share it is my father, John C Estes, he would have loved to read this, he was a writer too. So in his honor, I hope you all laughed and enjoyed my hump.

Thank you YoBeat!

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Most people in Oregon snowboard because they love it. They don’t let rain, wet heavy snow, and weekend crowds ruin their experience. If you’re going to drive hour and half to ride you’re going to make the most of it. When I was growing up in Portland I had very few friends who snowboarded. Luckily I meet Andrew Nagel at the Windells winter camp in middle school and became friends with him. People watched snowboard videos, but they didn’t enjoy them to the extent that Andrew and I did. Both us become aware how inspiring the snowboarding in Think Thank videos was. I know other styles influence Andrew now, and I hope this interview shows some of those flavors he has been messing with lately. I also hope that this interview shows how funny and clever a person Andrew Nagel, is and how lucky I was to have him as a friend growing up. — Jeff Holce

Brooke: What’s it like filming with Jeff Holce the athlete?

Nagel: It’s pretty good. Me and him are on like a different wavelength from most people. I feel like we kinda read each other’s minds sometimes. We don’t have to talk we just know that maybe that wasn’t the one or maybe it was, I don’t know.

AJ: With like a look or just body language. How do you communicate when you’re not communicating?

Nagel: Telepathically. I do that with lots of people.

Brooke: Jeff Holce has really evolved from the kid who used to make fake Cobra Dogs cards in govy to the enigma which he is, do you feel like you’ve been influential at all in that?

Nagel: No, I don’t feel like I’ve influenced him in that way at all. I’ve known him since 8th grade, I don’t know he’s always been really loose and out there with the things he does. You get a lot of weird looks rolling around with him.

AJ: That’s one way to describe it.

Nagel: Yeah.

AJ: I think the project you guys worked on last summer – Jeff Holce Naturally – When I watched that, I was immediately like this is absolutely like these guys get it, obviously you had some connection like you were saying, where it’s unspoken. Why did you guys decide to go all natural?

Nagel: Well that was honestly his idea, but like everyday as the snow melted there would be more and more stuff to do. We’d kinda eye something out and like a week later there would be less snow, so we could do it. That was our 5th full summer out there, not that it’s a lot compared to some people, but our terrain park at Mt. Hood Summer Ski Camp doesn’t have the most variety, so we kinda wanted to do something different.

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Dubs.

AJ: What made you choose Mt. Hood Summer Ski Camp over the other camps up there?

Nagel: Well, I had gone to Windells during a winter camp in 8th grade and that’s where Jeff and I met, and he had been going to summer camps too. I was planning on going to High Cascade that following summer, the summer going into high school. Then my mom bailed, she was like no way that’s way too much money and I didn’t have enough money to pay for it, so I signed up for Mt. Hood Summer Ski Camp. I met people there, met the head snowboard coach Mark (RIP), and then the next summer we started washing dishes and I was like “Jeff, come wash dishes with me, maybe we’ll get another job there.” He was like, “no I’d rather sign up for High Cascade day camp.” He was definitely bummed for a bit, saying we could be at High Cascade right now, this sucks. But it turned out good in the long run.

AJ: Yeah, when I think of Mt. Hood Summer Ski Camp I think of Jeff Holce, especially on Instagram.

Brooke: Do you think the owner of MHSSC knows that Jeff Holce runs their Instagram? Do you think he knows there is an Instagram?

Nagel: I don’t think the owner knows what Instagram is.

Brooke: What’s the background of that camp?

Nagel: Well the owner Mike Anette, he’s really cool, he’s like probably at least mid-70s now or something. It was I think the first ski camp on Mt. Hood, for ski racing and stuff and at some point they started snowboarding too.

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On the set of Naturally. 

Brooke: What’s the experience like compared to the WAC camps – what’s the difference?

Nagel: Well… There’s way less snowboarding media and stuff going on, it’s kind of just like a summer camp with snowboarding. There’s no camp sponsors, no product tosses or whatever, no activities to win like snowboards and stuff. It’s just way more low-key.

Brooke: How’d you get into filming?

Nagel: When I was really little, I did some random filming with my friends, skateboarding in Portland and stuff. We were probably like 12, and then I didn’t do it for a while. Then Jeff and I started filming each other at Timberline, I think freshman year of high school. Then he went away to boarding school after that and I kept filming random people and friends at Timberline, and that’s how I got into it.

AJ: Did Jeff’s parents not love him enough for him to got to school here, so they sent him away?

Nagel: No, I think they love him enough to send him away. He went to a boarding school in New Hampshire where he got to snowboard all the time.

AJ: Oh, that isn’t that bad.

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Filmer stee.

Brooke: Portland is changing a lot, what’s it like compared to when you were growing up here? Has the scene here changed or evolved or is it the same shit?

Nagel: I don’t know, when I was growing up here I had no idea about a snowboarding scene. I wouldn’t hang out with anybody from my high school except for this one kid who lived on my street, but I would just spend all my weekends and some weeknights at Skibowl or Timberline. I had a group of friends that I’d snowboard with, so I guess that was my scene.

Brooke: You didn’t realize this was where pro snowboarders go to die?

Nagel: No, I realize that now I guess, which is cool. Portland is really fun.

Brooke: What’s your favorite thing about Portland?

Nagel: Well, I guess I really like all the trees and fresh air and stuff, there’s always different types of outdoor stuff to do. In Utah some days spent outside are equivalent to smoking a pack of cigarettes. The winter that 3deep5me was filmed, Salt Lake City had the worst air quality in the world.

Brooke: Why did you decide to move there?

Nagel: For college originally. I’m done with that now but now most of my friends are still there. So I feel I’d like to keep snowboarding and filming with the friends I have out there.

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Stunts, captured. Photo: Ryan Bregante.

AJ: What would you tell someone that’s living in California and wants to move to Portland, reasons why they shouldn’t move to Portland and stay in California?

Nagel: Get back on San Vicente, take it to the 10, then switch over to the 405 North and let it dump you out into Mulholland where you belong. But for real, all the people moving here are changing the landscape a lot. I’m not down with these condos and townhouses popping up everywhere. People move to Portland thinking it will help them live a lifestyle that’s like straight out of a catalogue or something.

AJ: I like the people here more. They’re more down to earth.

Nagel: Yeah I don’t know, the only times I’ve been to California was like Disneyland with my family when I was little and then snowboarding at Big Bear and Mammoth. I don’t have any care to go to LA and hangout.

AJ: Yeah, it’ll drag you down. It’ll crush your soul.

Brooke: You’re gonna waste a lot of your time in traffic. That’s another reason Californians shouldn’t move here is traffic. They’re causing way too much traffic. So, let’s talk about your early video influences. I mean obviously, you’ve watched a Bronze video before…

Nagel: Yeah I love those videos, there is nothing better. Obviously there’s some influence, but I mean I feel like there’s more to it than that. Everything is influenced by something.

AJ: How much does tumblr influence your videos?

Nagel: I haven’t been on tumblr in like a year, so I don’t think that much at all lately, but tumblr is cool. You can find some fun stuff on there.

Brooke: What do you shoot with and edit with?

Nagel: I have a Panasonic HPX170, which is very fun to use, and I have a MacBook Pro with Final Cut 10, or X. Also, last year I picked up this camera called the Pixelvision 2000, that’s kinda what I filmed some of the B-roll with. I don’t know if you noticed that grey blocky stuff, that’s what I filmed that on.

Brooke: What do you think makes a good snowboard edit? What makes something that you wanna watch?

Nagel: I mean first of all there’s gotta be good snowboarding. I really like to watch videos of people I personally know. If you know someone’s personality it’s fun to tie that into how they snowboard, or skateboard or do anything else. But, good snowboarding is kind of something you gotta have these days too.

AJ: How would you define those things, like what – is good snowboarding just either you know it or you don’t know it or is there like a formula?

Nagel: I don’t think there’s any specific formula, I guess some people do stuff that’s more interesting than others. Also, I agree with what Deadlung said about carving.

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The gentleman. 

Brooke: Who do you think is doing interesting stuff?

Nagel: First of all I guess I’d say Tucker Brown is. He’s currently sitting in the #1 spot on tour.

AJ: He’s got a sick beard.

Nagel: Yeah he’s got a huge beard. And he’s got a girlfriend now too.

AJ: Does she have a beard?

Nagel: No.

Brooke: What about video wise, whose edits do you watch and get psyched on?

Nagel: I always watch Beef’s videos, I feel like he and I are both psyched on each other’s stuff. Skyler Riley, when he makes videos they’re good, and I like watching the people he films. Footyfiend videos, those are always great too. Whenever Lucio is in a video I watch it. Garrett Read makes great vids too, especially when Kevin Hanson is in them. Seamus is dope. And then there’s some other kids at Brighton that always make cool videos too. I like Chad’s videos.

Brooke: Chad Unger. Is that the deaf kid?

Nagel: Yeah, he’s deaf, so his videos don’t have music or anything so it feels like the most raw it could possibly be. If he puts in lifeys he doesn’t know what they’re saying, he just kinda puts them in cause they look cool or seem funny I think.

Brooke: Yeah so it’s like more visual and he’s not like relying on multiple senses.

AJ: That’s wild. You never would think about that, like I feel like it’s so audio driven, in some respects, you know.

Nagel: I know. Sometimes it’s really hard to find music or whatever, but he doesn’t even worry about that.

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The shot is all the filming stance, really. 

Brooke: How do you find your music?

Nagel: Most of it’s found on Soundcloud these days. There’s a lot of stuff on there. You can get lost in Soundcloud and youtube portals.

AJ: Soundcloud is changing, cause I think Universal bought them. They have this whole record deal, so like they’re taking a bunch of songs off there. But what are you gonna do. And ShareBeast is down…

Brooke: What do your parents think of your videos?

Nagel: I think they’re down, and they’re supportive. I mean if I link a video to them like hey check this out, they’ll watch it, but I don’t think they like follow my Vimeo account or anything. I bet it’s hard to relate for non-snowboarders.

AJ: I feel like some parents are, even if they don’t snowboard – some people I talk to are like yeah my parents watch this shit they think it’s awesome.

Nagel: I’m sure they watch it sometimes, but they got their own stuff going on that they’re more interested in, like playing tennis or something.

Brooke: Yeah, what do your parents do?

Nagel: My mom is an accountant, or a CPA, and my stepdad has a company called Bernhardt Golf that builds sports fields and golf courses and stuff. I actually did a video for them this summer, they’re doing a new football field at this high school, got some money.

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Guy in the sky shot. 

AJ: So is that how you like monetize your video skills?

Nagel: That was like the first non-snowboarding video I’ve made money on.

AJ: Ah really, so you’ve made money on snowboarding videos?

Nagel: Yeah in the past. I did some stuff for Saga, which was actually a lot of fun. I’d do it again.

Brooke: What’s it like working for Jerm?

Nagel: It’s good, he seems pretty fair, he’s nice. He got me tickets really late notice going to Bear one day, so he’s a good guy.

Brooke: Do you think that snowboarders should accept Saga as equals?

Nagel: Yeah, I don’t see the big deal. Sean Whitaker rides for them, right?

AJ: Oh and he’s sick.

Nagel: Yeah he is sick. I like Jeremy too. And yeah they’re mostly a ski company, but it’s not a big deal. I know some skiers that are far cooler than some snowboarders.

AJ: So are all the other cool snowboard brands – Salomon and K2 are ski companies.

Nagel: But Saga is a pretty small company I feel like too. They’re big, but they’re small. They’re not a huge corporation.

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Not Mt. Hood.

Brooke: What’s your favorite resort on Mt. Hood?

Nagel: I guess, in the springtime it’s Timberline because that’s like the most fun I’ve ever had snowboarding, and then probably Skibowl too. I grew up going there a lot at night and stuff and it’s really fun.

AJ: So Meadows is third?

Brooke: Why don’t you go to Meadows?

Nagel: Well first of all I haven’t been here in a while in the winter, but the crowds and stuff. And it’s even farther of a drive from Portland. Skibowl is less busy, and they have a rope tow park sometimes. You get like all of Portland at Mt. Hood Meadows. It could take like an extra 2 hours to get home if you go there.

AJ: Well, whenever we get driver-less cars, and you can just Netflix and chill with wifi in your car, then I don’t really see the issue. That’ll be rad, but right now that sucks.

Brooke: Why can’t people in Oregon drive in the snow. Do you know how to drive in the snow?

Nagel: Yeah, I feel like I’m great at driving in the snow. I have a perfect driving record – no crashes… Couple close calls, but that’s it.

AJ: Do you wear your seat belt?

Nagel: Yeah.

AJ: Do you text and drive?

Nagel: Well – a little bit, then I catch myself, tell myself it’s stupid, and stop. Plus if you – sometimes it’s cooler to wait longer to return texts. Especially to a girl.

AJ: Yeah you don’t wanna hit them back right away. Then they question like oh, was that nude I sent good enough?

Nagel: I’ve never gotten nudes sent to my phone. Because I didn’t have picture messaging in high school, and I feel like that’s when most if it went down.

AJ: I didn’t have a phone in high school. Like a cell phone – I had a home phone, but you can’t really send nudes over home phone. Like aye can you mail me a nude? Here’s my address. Kids have it so good nowadays. They have Tinder and Snapchat.

Nagel: Yeah, it’s messed up.

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Photographers be like, Nagel is always getting in the shot.

Brooke: What did you go to school for?

Nagel: Well, I started going for communications, and that was too hard, cause I had to be like on the newspaper and my first task was to sit in on a school board meeting and interview the president of the school and I kind of had a freak-out and quit. And I took a little tiny bit of time off, then went back for film and media art. And that was far less challenging.

AJ: What school?

Nagel: University of Utah. I started at Westminster.

Brooke: What’s the difference between Westminster and the U? Which one did you like better?

Nagel: The U is way better, I actually felt like I was at a college. You get the real university feel. If you want you can basically be invisible and sit in the back of class and not talk too. But at Westminster, you’re still doing “Ice-Breakers,” to get to know all your class buddies and stuff. I don’t know it’s tiny, it’s like a high school all over again.

AJ: What’s it like, like culturally coming from, Portland, which is a be a pretty liberal place, to Utah, which I consider to be fairly conservative?

Nagel: I guess that never really crossed my mind but, living out there for school people weren’t maybe as open to things as I thought everyone was. Like things that would be kind of a shock out there are nothing to me. I don’t know, a lot of people out there probably still hate gay people or something. I feel like I was cool with them since age 3 or something. Salt Lake City is a fun city though, it’s got its own quirks and stuff.

AJ: And when they have snow in the city it’s great.

Nagel: Yeah.

Brooke: Do you think it makes sense to save things for a web edit or for a full length video or with Instagram and the opportunity to just put it out – does it matter anymore?

Nagel: I mean, I like save stuff, if it’s just not some random stuff that you do everyday in the terrain park or whatever. Especially if I’m like working on a video or if say you’re at a street spot that no one’s been to. In the past I definitely have told friends too not post anything at the spot. I feel myself starting to care less about that stuff now though.

Brooke: Do you value your worth in likes?

Nagel: Vimeo likes maybe. But I feel like comments weigh even more. If they comment, that means they really like it, or they really don’t like it.

Brooke: As long as they feel something, right?

Nagel: You gotta kinda like it to hit it with a heart on Vimeo, but if they comment something’s up.

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Not-so-subtle Signal advertising?

 

Shout outs?

Nagel: Nick Sappio and SEGCOS.

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It’s a well known fact, if you go snowboarding on a busy day, you’re going to have to wait in line. And at Mt. Hood, once summer gets into full swing, there’s pretty much a line every day. First, you wait in line for the Magic Mile, standing around awkwardly holding your board and being way too hot. After an enjoyable and scenic lift ride, it’s another line to get up the Palmer Glacier. Now, good timing (i.e. right after the campers get there and on the lift) can help a bit, but eventually you’re going to have to wait. So, for those occasions, we’ve compiled some ideas for making the most of your time.

1. Trick people into going into the ski patrol line. Tell them it’s for singles, or that something about them makes them eligible to cut. Like, it’s red jacket day or something! Then you can laugh at them when they hike all the way up there and get turned around.

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Get to know Tim Eddy, filmer guy John Ray and super counselor Toby Witte while you wait!

2. Network/fan out. The Mile and Palmer lift lines are a who’s who of snowboarding pros, industry people and wanna be industry people. A not-so-graceful stumble could be your excuse to “bump into” someone and strike up a conversation that may just make your dreams of an industry job come true. Or your chance to get a selfie with your favorite pro.

3.  Try to snake the line. Now we would never do this, but if you’re just one person, you can likely be trying to “meet up with your friends” or otherwise come up with an excuse to circumvent a bunch of suckers just standing there going with the flow.

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4. Check out ski racer’s butts. Doesn’t matter if you’re a boy or a girl, they all wear those tight spandex pants, so if butts are your thing, then the Hood lift line is your wet dream.

5. Check your Instagram/Snapchat/Twitter. Let’s face it, the rest of these suggestions are worthless when you have a smart phone to stare at, and service is pretty decent on the glacier.

Image, for a second, getting the chance to close down one of the best trails on the mountain so that only you and your friends could ride it when you got around to it. Well, on April 13th, 2013, that’s exactly what happened at Timberline Lodge on glorious Mt. Hood. Thanks to the local knowledge and authority of Ricky Hower, Bob Elmer remained mostly pristine until 12 noon on a Saturday, when 15 teams of serious boarders took turns making figure eights through the fresh snow, while being judged by local celebrities Shane Flood and Johnnie Paxson.

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The Hesh mob moves in perfect harmony.

Logic or meteorology might tell you that mid April is an odd time to plan a powder boarding competition, but this is Oregon. It’s a strange fantasy land where when Ricky snaps his fingers, a few inches of light, fresh snow fall on top of the groomed trail. Add a deceivingly short kicker, and you have the perfect recipe for the inaugural Yobeat Powder 8, an event inspired by the classic movie Aspen Extreme.

thedudesThe dudes were all there!

On the slopes, teams of locals including the Nipple Draggers (Collin Whallen and Joey Carnera), Hesh Mob (Chris Classen and Cameron Dean) Righteous Disciples (Janessa Bork and Matty Guitierez), I’ll leave this up to you Brooke (Cale Meyer and Kharma Vella), Team Party Time (Nate Betteker, Scotty Keating and Dustin) Team Clam Slam, (Carson Schubert and Kyle Irvin), Team Pup n’ Suds (Cam Weeg and Alex Drinkard), Team OJC (Richard Sweet and Cooper Harringon), Cool Runnings (Curran Shaw and Ryan Irvin) — joined the Airblaster crew and other visiting teams from as far away as Tahoe, including Super Duper Snowboards (Erik Leon and Jay Hergert), Team Dopey John (Aaron Cardwell and John Olmsted, Master B8ters (Tim Eddy and Tucker Mandrews), The Crazy 8’s (Brandon Cocard and Ben Lynch), The Underbelly Toasers (Jackson Folwer and Taylor Carlton) and Bonerz Fully Loaded (Max Warbington and Jesse Gouviea.)

When the clock struck noon, DJ Ricky Hower chose a unique song for each run, and the teams were let loose on the snow one at a time. The rules were there were no rules, and the judges had the difficult task of deciding who used mother nature’s canvas the best based on team work, creativity and overall impression.

powcarvesbroOJC goes for the gold!

Aside from the snow getting torn to shreds, the only real carnage was on the mini booter, when a few riders backflipped way past the landing, but since the contest was mostly based on turning, it didn’t really matter. After each pair took one glorious run each, the judges were torn between two teams. Super Duper Snowboards had mobbed down from top to bottom, doing pow butters mid 8 and synchronized methods including a mid-air collision on the kicker. Bonerz Fully loaded went for full synchronization in turning, and on the booter Jesse kicked up a spray while Max did a method through it. After much deliberation, it was decided everyone won, but Eric Leon and Jay Hergert won a little more and were officially named the best snowboarders in the universe taking home custom engraved trophies.

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The secret is there is no secret. These dudes just know how to board powder.

The entire competition lasted less than an hour, and for the rest of the day, there were plenty more pow turns to be had around Timberline and everyone involved agreed it was the “best contest ever.” Special thanks to Ricky Hower and Brian Reed at Timberline for making this event possible and if you missed it, I’m sure we’ll get more pow next year! (ps. Timberline is open until the end of May, so if you are thinking about getting a spring pass, we would recommend it.)

 


Those chairlifts are a-turning. Photo: Ricky Hower

Technically Winter begins December 21, but for snowboarders, it starts as soon as the first snow flies — whether from guns or the sky — and we get to go snowboarding. Right? But in a magical place called Oregon, it’s almost like it’s always winter. In fact, snow permitting, Timberline reopens before it starts snowing, but after the summer camp-hype has gone away, in other words, it’s open on weekends, RIGHT NOW. Though powder is nonexistent and getting there is a hike, it’s worth every turn.


Just a buncha bros, riding in the middle of October. photo: Ricky Hower

Because it’s not really the season yet, and the summer camps are long gone, Fall may actually be one of the best times to hit Timberline. The biggest reason: no kooks. Imagine riding alongside only people who are as into snowboarding/skiing as you are. That’s Timberline in the Fall. Add in the fact that it’s often above the Oregon clouds (way better than a rainy day in Portland), and riding the Magic Mile is so damn pretty it’s something people pay to do even without ‘boarding once they get to the top, it’s a unique experience every one should have at least once.


They even have rails! Photo: Ricky Hower

If you’re in Oregon or considering make the trek, we offer a few quick tips for making the most out of your fall-boarding experience.

Don’t get there until noon. There’s no powder. And the glacier will be a nice solid block of ice if you race up there for first chair. Chill out and wait until it gets good and slushy.

Bring water. Much like summer, once you’re up there, you’re not coming down ’til the day is over, so bring whatever you’ll need. Fast laps on the Palmer Glacier are surprisingly dehydrating, and you can leave your stuff in the lift stand at the bottom of the Palmer chair. Same goes with sunscreen and extra gear.

Dress warmish. It’s not summer anymore, but it’s also not winter yet. Don’t plan on rocking your hoodie when the wind is whipping across the glacier, but it can also heat up if the sun is out. Your best bet is to wear layers you can easily ditch once you get up there.


See those clouds, yeah, you might even be above them. Photo: Ricky Hower.

Leave your expectations at home. The conditions change fast this time of year and just because there was a sweet ass jump on Saturday, doesn’t mean it will still be there Sunday. But chances are, if the lifts are running, there’s something worth doing up there.

Buy a Fusion Pass. Not to sound like too much of a salesmen, but hot damn, the Fusion Pass is a good deal — probably the only pass in the country that gives you literally 8 months of shredding (plus you get to ride Ski Bowl in the winter.)

There’s a dude turning in there. Squint, you’ll see him

I wonder what the first Mt. Baker Banked Slalom was like. You know, before it became legendary and all that. Chances are it was a small and incredibly disorganized event. Some of the participants probably had the best time ever, and others were upset because it took too long to take their runs, or whatever gripe people can come up with at a contest. And of course, there was most likely tons of pow to be shredded between runs.

The first-ever Bone Zone Banked Slalom at Timberline was a lot like that. However, it had a few advantages over that inaugural event at Mt. Baker so many years ago. For one: better equipment. And also, the Banked Slalom formula is pretty much set at this point: duct tape on the bibs, provide food and goodies for the participants, and see who goes the fastest. They also had iPhones, serving as sophisticated timing system, which I’m willing to bet weren’t part of the LBS 1 (hell, they still barely work up there.)

Jimmy, preparing to get a slower time than some of the girls.

Apparently no one told Mother Nature spring has started, because the conditions were basically whiteout for the pro division’s runs. After a feeble attempt at taking photos, I soon opted to ride powder instead. It was awesome. So awesome that when it finally cleared up and the sun came out, my camera was already in the car and I decided to keep riding instead of getting some better photos. I did make it back after the event had wrapped up to take a run on the 2-minute long course. Verdict: it would have been really hard to ride with no visibility. I’m impressed pro winner Gabe Triplette actually made it down in 1:56. Let’s just say it took me longer than that.

Twenty-something years from now I’m sure the crew at Shred Northwest will look back at the event with the fondest of memories. They’ll laugh at the fact the weather didn’t cooperate. They’ll have a much better timing system worked out. And maybe, by then, they’ll even have added “legendary” to the name.

Visibility: approximately 5 feet.

John Laing, Ahmon Stamps and other cool dudes await their runs

The snow was good for lots of things

Cash money for the pros

Product toss for the fans!

Bone Zone Banked Slalom Official times

Mens Pro:
1 Gabe Triplette 156.42
2 Joel Fuquay 158.34
3 John Ragozzino 158.69
4 Allister Schultz 159.75
5 Aaron Sales 201.40
6 Corey Caswell 201.97
7 Ben Covolt 202.78
8 Ricky Hower 202.94
9 Kenny Strope 203.06
10 Ben Beavon 203.60
11 Rick Millet 204.07
12 Ahmon Stamps 204.66
13 Tyler Osland 205.19
14 Logan Fuquay 205.35
15 Clint Ghram 205.47
16 Trent Brashier 205.53
17 Josh Kaiser 205.94
18 Corey Noble 206.31
19 Rob Walsh 206.60
20 John Sischo 206.72
21 Joey Bruce 207.69
22 Andy Berginsperry 207.81
23 Scotty Body 207.93
24 Jesse “Wetrat” Johnson 208.63
25 John Laing 208.50
26 Will Dam 208.62
27 Brandon Clark 211.50
28 Ryan Gossett 212.18
29 Jim Wizvenzberger 214.12
30 Jovian Peters 217.15
31 Grant Miller 217.87
32 Josh Zawaskw 222.00
33 – 666The Beast 222.94
34 Ed Jewell 224.36
35 Chad McQuein 224.64
36 Nick Konine 227.66
37 Brad Trouter 235.87

Men AM
1 Alex Scagliotti 200.12
2 Nolan David 201.87
3 Jay Herger 203.53
4 Owen Brown 203.90
5 Jake Copeck 204.39
6 Keaton Rogers 206.78
7 Dustin Reed 206.90
8 Cameron Weeg 209.63
10 Mark Jasor 209.78
11 Cody Prickett 210.31
12 Alex Lovell 211.41
13 Chris Moore 212.78
14 Bryce Yamasaki 213.03
15 Kevin Swarner 214.20
16 Chris Light 215.28
17 Zach Johnson 221.33
18 Joe Newlander 253.44

Masters:
1 Karma Vella 200.38
2 Sean Aiken 203.43
3 Andy Cross 212.19
4 Tim Snail 214.00
5 Ryan Estep 240.06

Industry/Media
1 Enzo Plati 208.69
2 Scott Auviq 208.78
3 Tanner Salsman 208.81
4 Collin Whalen 210.31
5 Richard Williams 229.40

Girls
1 Marissa Krauiczak 211.62
2 Randa Shahin 211.75
3 Sally Butler 212.06
4 Mimi Charter 212.22
5 Nicole McNullty 213.00
6 Geneva Lyon 225.82
7 Marissa Newberry 229.15
8 Georgia Hall 240.22
9 Destiny Covinginton 257.87

Grom
1 Sean Fitzsimons 212.56

Token Ski
1 Ryan Chapman 204.47
2 Nick Stanton 204.62
3 Chad McKean 224.44

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.

It would be great if every day you went snowboarding was sunny, bluebird and knee deep. Ski resorts would never have to resort to tricky language, and you’d never have to think about if it’s going to be worth the drive. Unfortunately, that is not the way the world works. In fact, more often than not, the strings of bluebird pow days happen while you’re at work, and then your one day off ends up being cold and rainy. So you have a decision to make: do you sit at home, watch some reality TV and maybe play some video games, or, do you get off your ass, break out your most waterproof gear and just tough it out? We recommend the latter, so here are a few tips for making the most of a shitty day.

Don’t be a sissy

First of all, it’s just rain and you’re not the wicked witch of the west. Deal with it.

Think Positive

There are good things about rain days. You don’t have to get up early (you’re not missing anything) and you won’t have to wait in line. If you hate crowds and aggro lift lines, you’ll love riding on a rain day.

Dress for it

The right goggles can make all the difference. For the record, the right goggles are not mirrored lenses — one run in they will be a smeary mess, and potentially ruined forever. Clear lenses are a good call for minimal visual obstruction. Rain days are not good days to wear jeans, in fact, you may want to grab one of those sweet rain bags, not only good for keeping you dry-ish, but also for sliding around on your back, which is always fun.

Do Stupid Tricks

It’s not pow, but in general, if it’s warm enough to rain, the snow is nice and soft. Add in the fact that rain usually dissuades the park lurkers from hanging out at the top of jumps, and it’s a great day to try new, potentially embarrassing tricks (either completely ridiculous on purpose, or just cause you suck at them) in the park with no judgment.

Ride the gondola

If your mountain has one, enclosed lifts are god’s gift to rain days. Sitting on the lift is by far the worst part of riding in the rain, so if that portion of your day is spent in a comfy car, you really have NO reason not to ride.

Of course, riding in the rain is not all lollipops and unicorns. It’s hard to see, and it will probably take your clothes three days to dry. But 99% of the time, if you go snowboarding, you’ll be glad you did, so suck it up and go shred.

Video filmed with the GoPro® HD Helmet HERO™ Camera on location at Timberline.

RJ enjoys a nice cold glass of milk on a YoBeat field trip to Patti’s Homeplate

It’s the dream of many young snowboarders: the industry internship. We established awhile ago that interns will save the snowboard industry, and with the inexplicable increased popularity of YoBeat these days, we were in need of some extra help. So we hired a young chap named RJ Sweet. He comes in every day after school and does all the crap we don’t want to deal with. However, before we could really admit to having RJ on staff, he needed a little hazing. So we brought him up to Timberline for a day of intern training.

Despite all my yelling, RJ passed. He did a great job lacing my boots, and it sure was nice having someone other than Jared to yell at. So for his first official YoBeat assignment, I asked him to write a report on his internship, and let everyone know what the experience is really like.

Coming into Yobeat as an intern I was clueless on what to expect. What would they want me to do, and more importantly, would my boss be an overly-serious, uptight jerk?

After nearly a month at YoBeat, I have come to the conclusion that my boss and I have a relationship that most don’t have.  I get to water her flowers, put on her boots, and carry everyone’s gear to the designated destination. I also get yelled at for not landing my “stunts” or not performing the “stunt” that was intended. Finally I’m crammed in the back of the car with all the snowboards and gear.

When we’re not snowboarding, I am tweeted about on a daily basis. Usually my comical remarks are quoted, but I’m still too young to understand why most of them are funny. Brooke also gives me the jobs she doesn’t like doing, like going to the post office almost every day. If you jerks could stop ordering stuff it would really make my life easier.

On a good note though, I do get hooked up with Yobeat apparel, as well as free meals here and there, so be jealous. Sure do think I’m going to enjoy my time here at Yobeat, so hopefully I don’t get fired because this story sucks.

Oh RJ, I’m not gonna fire you. I really hate going to the post office. However, I don’t appreciate you telling people not to buy stuff, in fact, to ensure you have lots of do at the post office today, I just put the gold die cuts featured in the video in the store. For the rest of you: If you want one, get em while they last, they are SUPER LIMITED. OMG.
http://yobeat.bigcartel.com/product/limited-edition-gold-die-cut