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Back to Earth

Stay Wild

“It's when I'm weary of considerations, And life is too much like a pathless wood / Where your face burns and tickles with the cobwebs broken across it, and one eye is weeping from a twig's having lashed across it open. / I'd like to get away from earth awhile,” -Robert Frost, Birches

Sometimes you just need to get out of town. We all feels like that sometimes, but instead of sitting around and writing about it, we (you know, us) get into trains, vans, and beers and go somewhere to get away from earth a bit to be wild and free. This is exactly what I needed last weekend after long weeks of too many screens and too few sun-burns, so I called up everyone I knew who would be ready for an adventure and we hopped on trains, chucked boards in vans, and got ready for the Coors mountains to turn blue. We went in search of the proper latitude and longitude for waves, dirt, and trees and found it near a train station a few hours north of town.  

We spent the next 3,200 minutes surfing fun uncrowded waves, drinking fine American made ales (coors light), high-fiving, exploring, jumping off things, growing beards, smoking cigareeets, discussing the merits of Rick Ross’ new album, and being the most not bummed.  

When our time in the sun ran out we all knew it and no one tried to fight it because as much as we hate to admit it, Robert Frost is so right on when he ends Birches by pleading,

“May no fate willfully misunderstand me and half grant what I wish and snatch me away not to return. Earth's the right place for love. I don't know where it's likely to go better.”

The ground was hard as shit and we smelled bad and this was certainly nowhere near the right place for love.  It was time to head back to Earth, to take showers and try to talk to girls again.

Story & Photos by Drew Ligget


Happyness is Camping... where you're not suppossed to!

Stay Wild

I plopped another log on the fire.

Sparks rose up into the dark sky and became stars.
My five-year-old son, Camper, slept in the driftwood fort
we built earlier in the day.

Camper dreamt about the Star Wars comic books he fell asleep listening to. Alien rebels in a galaxy far, far away fighting for independence and a thing called “the force.”
Hard to relate.

I puffed my pipe, chugged a tall can of Olympia and waited.

There he came fumbling & giggling out of the forest, David “Dickbird” Neevel. The most adventurous man I know. Once Dickbird found out we were camping illegally at Short Sands, he rode his motorcycle lightly packed with surf and camp gear to bask in the glory of the cove with us.

It was Saturday night. It wasn't raining, nobody was there, the sky was totally clear, the air was warm, and the fucking milky way was cranked up to full blast! We shot roman candles into the sky and watched the fireballs go out in the waves we’d surf in the morning. We had the loudest, fullest laughs anyone in the whole galaxy had that night. We were laughing with life the way birds sing with the wind.

In the morning the State Park Ranger woke us up. The Ranger said we had to leave or he’d ticket us. He asked, “Why did you camp here? It’s illegal.” We looked at each other silently laughing before the truth came out of Dickbird. “We didn't have anywhere better to stay.”

Freinds Keep Us Wild

Stay Wild

Here's a little secret you already know: Friends Keep Us Wild.

Friendship might even be the greatest adventure in the whole world.

Take a look at this video by a group of French friends roaming around Canada in a school bus. It's so beautiful you might even cry!

Directed, edited and shot by Léo Schrepel

Starring Benoit Sappe, Manu Fauque, Lucas Donadei and Timothée Payan

More amazing stories and views on bimfuck.tumblr.com

Help Martin Wong Save Music in LA's Chinatown

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Martin Wong is one hell of an inspiring daddly dude ("daddly" is a new word and you know exactly what it means)! Martin is trying to save the music program at his daughter's elementary school with the help of downtown LA's punk scene. It's a wild idea, so we'll let Martin explain it:

"Save Music in Chinatown began when my daughter started attending kindergarten at Castelar Elementary in L.A.'s Chinatown. It's totally an inner city school that looks like a prison but we love the teachers, the kids, and the fact that Eloise can learn Mandarin in a dual-language program. In the first week, we received a flyer saying that the music program had been defunded, asking if parents could help foot the $50 thousand cost. Crap! The neighborhood is very blue collar and mostly immigrants. There's no way we could come up with that type of dough.

Then my wife and I thought about it. The neighborhood has a strong art gallery scene and history of punk rock that can't be beat. Those cultures don't intersect with the residents much, but of course they'd help the kids if they could. So we came up the idea of having DIY punk matinees in art galleries to raise money. In our first year, we had three shows with the likes of Bob Forrest from Thelonious Monster, Channel Three, Hector Penalosa from The Zeros, Money Mark, The Chuck Dukowski Sextet, California…

We're having our first show of the school year Sun Oct 19th here's the lineup:

The Bicycle Thief - Bob Forrest and Josh Klinghoffer from Dot Hacker and the Chili Peppers playing their first L.A. show in 13 years.
Evil Hearted You - Brand-new band with ties to Los Lobos. This is their second show after being invited to play X's Make The Music Go Bang! fest.
My Revenge - Hector Penalosa's new band all the way from San Diego with garage, power pop, and punk edges.

Did I mention there's a bake sale with cookies, cupcakes, and coffee? And a killer raffle with signed artwork, records, gift certificates, and more?