25 July 2008

21 July 2008

catchin' a feature or two

Sunday evening we went to the Paramount Theatre in Asbury Park to see two surf films - Bustin' Down the Door and Surfwise, hosted by the Jersey Shore Chapter of the Surfrider Foundation.

Even cooler was, Wayne "Rabbit" Bartholomew and Shaun Tomson, two of the stars of the first movie, Bustin' Down the Door, were there to introduce the film and then do a post-feature Q+A. (I even got Rabbit to sign our copy of his book - he seemed pretty chuffed that we owned and read it!)

Rabbit and Shaun had a HUGE impact and blazed THE trail to what is known today as professional surfing. It's really quite incredible when you think about what they did. Even if you're not a surfer or into surfing, it's still a compelling movie to watch from an historical and cultural stand point.

Surfwise is an interesting film about the Paskowitz family, headed by Dorian "Doc" Paskowitz and the family's VERY unconventional way of living. The entire family, all 11 of them (yes, you read that correctly 11) lived and traveled in a 24-foot camper. The film chronicles what it was like growing up in America in the 60s and 70s in such a unique way. To quote the movie's site, "The Paskowitz Family proved that America may be running out of frontiers, but it hasn’t run out of frontiersman."

Here are the trailers to both movies, so you can judge for yourself.



18 July 2008

i love these photos

I love these photos by Tara Gorman. They're really clever and quite hilarious. If you see something you like, you can purchase it here.
You can also check her out on the google for more info.
I just wanted to share her images with you. I hope you like them.

Please also check out these photos.
I found them while looking at Tara's photos.

17 July 2008


A- all
D- day
I- i
D- dream
A- about
S- surfing

The gist of my days for the last several weeks:

wake up around first light
bicycle down to the beach to check the surf
rush back to the house, wake up M. and get my gear together
rush to get ready for work, usually in about 20 minutes
surf until dark
Rinse. Repeat.

Weekends have seen visitors at the house, us visiting others, projects - but mostly surfing. I've left little time for anything else. Not food shopping, not cleaning the house, not doing laundry, not editing promised photos, not e-mailing, not tending to my general responsibilities. Who knows when the waves will be gone?
I can do all that other stuff when it's flat.

I'm not complaining - it just makes me tired in the best possible way, lazy and out of touch. Now if I could just dispense with the commuting/working part, life would be perfect and I'd have a whole lot more time to get my chores done between surf sessions.

10pm BBQ

Since it's still light out until well after 9pm, we don't usually get done surfing until it's dark. This means, we don't eat until it's rather late. On the weekend that doesn't matter so much. BBQ - Saturday night - well after 10pm.

Grill Master

Crushin' the beef

Good company/Good food

Grilled corn and pineapple

08 July 2008

wild strawberries

growing in the backyard of our friends' new home.

07 July 2008

hey man

home of the dirt lot

Porkchop's handy work... first they arrested him and then they painted over it. Stooges!


I meant to post about this the other day. I'm a little slow on the up-take, what can I say?

The Asbury Park fortune teller, Madam Marie, who became a figure of rock ’n’ roll mythology thanks to Bruce Springsteen, died on Friday (27 June 2008).

Madame Marie is pictured here, in a 2004 Asbury Park Press File Photo, waiting for a client at her boardwalk Temple of Knowledge.

Her obit, courtesy of the Asbury Park Press:

July 2, 2008

Madam Marie, 93, passes away

Made famous by Springsteen


It was one line from a Bruce Springsteen song that made the boardwalk fortuneteller world famous. And now, Madam Marie has passed away.

Marie Castello, who had told fortunes since the 1930s and became famous for her presence and predictions on the Asbury Park boardwalk, died Friday, her great-granddaughter, Sally Castello said Tuesday. Family members attended morning services Tuesday, Castello said.

She was such a part of the Asbury Park boardwalk; she was the longest-running tenant, according to Gary Mottola, president of investments for developer Madison Marquette, the lead partner in a joint venture with Asbury Partners to restore or rebuild the boardwalk's entertainment buildings.

"She's an Asbury Park tradition," Mottola said. "We felt that honoring her by lowering the Convention Hall flag to half-staff is the right thing to do."

The psychic reader and adviser was 93. She became known worldwide from Bruce Springsteen's homage to her in his 1973 song "4th of July, Asbury Park (Sandy)":

"Did you hear the cops finally busted Madam Marie for tellin' fortunes better than they do."

"That was just The Boss," said Asbury Park Deputy Mayor Jim Bruno. "She was never arrested. But Springsteen turned her into an icon."

Bruno remembers his own run-in with the psychic.

"I was a 12-year-old kid. And I don't remember what I was doing, but I remember her chasing me away from her shack," he said. "Her death is a real loss."

It also was somewhat unexpected.

"She really wasn't sick. She just wasn't feeling well," Castello said. "She was very, very strong until the day she died."

Madam Marie bragged that she had told the fortunes of everyone from Judy Garland to Springsteen himself. Legend has it that she told Springsteen he was going to be a success. Springsteen later joked that she told all the musicians that.

Springsteen, though, never forgot Madam Marie.

"He always comes by to say hello," she told Asbury Park Press columnist Bill Handleman in May. "He knows where he came from."

Marie Castello closed down her regular seer operations on the boardwalk in the mid-1990s after a drop-off in business. She continued telling fortunes in Ocean Township.

However, Sally Castello is one of the family members who still does readings at the Madam Marie booth not far from Convention Hall on the boardwalk.

"The booth will always be there," Marie Castello told Handleman. "The Temple of Knowledge, that's a landmark, that's nostalgia. They'll never tear it down."

In that interview, she also said she saw better times ahead for Asbury Park.

And she would know. As she told Handleman: "I've seen it all."

Maybe she did.

Gary Froonjian, a former Middletown resident who moved to Florida but is operating a mobile espresso bar on the boardwalk this summer, sought her services once.

"After a fun night at the Stone Pony, I staggered in there one time," Froonjian recalled.

"I can't remember what she told me. It had to be 28 years ago," he said. But he added that he found the experience "very, very eerie."