To quote; or, possibly, mis-quote Miki Dora; “Life’s pretty much a waste of time. Surfing’s as good as any way to waste it.” I’d spend some time trying to look it up if I felt like I had the time.
TIME. So, recently, headed back along the Strait of Juan de Fuca (SoJdF) and into the zone between the Northwest’s Pacific Coast where cell phone reception becomes merely spotty (Joyce for most of us), I gave Adam Wipeout a call (one of the few surfers on my short list of people- and I’ve explained this to death already- I share session reports with). WHAT? It turns out he had tried to sneak in an (another) stealth surf at an undisclosed location and was forced to now make up for all the things he was supposed to do.
“I feel like I was in some sort of time warp,” he said. “I can’t believe it’s one o’clock.”
“Well, it is.” It was, and it wasn’t even raining. I should have been painting. Adam should have been… something, something with his family or for HAMAHAMA SEAFOOD; something else; not sliding and barrel-dodging and getting praised by onlookers for better-than-proficient rides. That was Adam’s recap. He hadn’t invited me, probably wouldn’t have told me about this until days later.
AND, I was elsewhere, allegedly (someone willing to pay roaming rates called someone he knows, he called another surfer from my short list, and that guy called me and left a voice mail I couldn’t listen to until I reached Joyce, and, as happens, restarted my phone) catching more (somewhere between slightly and considerably more) than my allotment of waves.
Well. I hate to waste time. Not an excuse.
OKAY; that’s out of the way. I’ve been working on a series of NORTHWEST SPIRIT ANIMALS. My latest was the eagle. Now, the national bird has been done from so many angles. I wanted to go for a new one. I spent some time on the first version of this; but it just didn’t work. I must have some fear of using large patches of black, but… not an excuse.
Rather than tear up the whole thing, I doubled-down (I know, you’re thinking Trump backing up ridiculous claims with more ridiculousness) and added the checkerboard stuff. Ewww. Well, maybe, in color…
Not thrilled. Not my favorite. Next time…
MEANWHILE; and for quite a while, TYLER MEEKS, the owner, and I have been discussing using the logo I came up with for the DISCO BAY OUTDOOR EXCHANGE on t-shirts. There are some very small decals available, but the problem is, and has been, that the design isn’t ‘tight’ enough to be instantly recognizable from a distance. And I agree.
SO, I spent some time drawing, and several trips to various printers, trying to get it tight enough to print as white-on-colored (or black) t-shirts, possibly with ORIGINAL ERWIN designs on the back.
NOW this presents an additional problem/mind game, at least for me. The design was drawn to be black on white (or light), and too much thinking is required to make the switch. OKAY, here’s how it goes:
This is the black-on version. The black outside the drawing (including the points of light) would be cut out. White mountains and clouds.
Here’s the white-on version (there are some outside-the-image things to be eliminated). SO, everything black on this would become white on the shirts Tyler and I have gathered (various colors and sizes), but I have some amount of trouble making the switch from what I see (black clouds and mountains) to what will show up.
ANYWAY, the plan is to have some shirts available soon at a reasonable price. I’ll let you know. OR, maybe one of your friends will call someone else with the news; something like, “Got skunked, but, whoa; they have some awesomely cool new t-shirts at Disco Bay, Bro.” Then that person might call you.
Meanwhile; I have been working on my novel, “Swamis,” making it te-ight!