If you live in New Hampshire and are of voting age, then you are
clearly relieved that the circus has left town. I mean, we were all, bombarded
with phone calls, and pollsters, and just about everywhere we turned,
it was in our face. By "it and circus" I mean of course, the
2008 Presidential race for the White House. While I clearly had
a candidate of choice, I was continually bothered by every candidate on
a regular basis. Even by my own guy.
I finally countered the constant calls with my own simple question. Whenever
someone called to ask me where I stood on particular candidates, I would
throw it back in the pollster's face with this line:
Me: "Where does your candidate stand on a surfboard?"
Pollster: "Excuse me?"
Me: "I said, where does your candidate stand on a surfboard?"
Pollster: "I don't understand your question sir."
Me: "I mean, is your candidate a regular foot, or a goofy
Pollster: "Why, I'm not sure."
Me:"Well, I need to know if I'm going to answer any of
your questions. I mean, I can't be voting for someone who's not sure on
how they stand on a surfboard, now can I?"
Pollster:"Sir I don't know what to say."
Me: "Well find out, and then call me back."
Most of them never called back.
By the way, my guy is a switchfoot.
if you live in New England, or have ties to New England,
you are one happy camper today. Why? I know you know, that your New
England Patriots are 17-0 having defeated the "BIG"
Jacksonville Jaguars 31-20 in the Divisional AFC Championship game.
In an amazing display of Pigskin wizardry that had it all. Drama, anguish
and total euphoria!
now face the San Diego Chargers as they host the battered Chargers
team in Foxboro next Sunday in the much anticipated AFC
Championship Game. My friends, we are all living in historical times.
I mean, we truly are. And to think it all started back in January
of 2002 during that wacky snowbowl game against the dreaded Raiders...who
would of thought we'd be here today? I mean really. Who?
Now before I go on...I need to let you all know ahead of time, that next
week's column might be late due to the fact that the AFC game might
take it's toll on Ralph's Pic Of The Week. The real reason is,
I write this column on Sundays, and the game might get in the way.
if things go the way we all want them to go, I will write the column late
Sunday night, and hopefully it will be another Victory packed surf
column for all of you New England surf and sports fans.
Are we looking at 18-0? Well I don't really know...I do know, that
we are on this day 17-0.
that my friends, is all you need to know.
one more thing. We have one BIG ASS STORM heading our way tonight. They
are calling for BIG SURF and BIG SNOW. So take your pick. If you live
around here, you will have the choice of going surfing, or heading for
the mountains. We can't lose.
have yet to hit the slopes, but I know a bunch of you have. And from what
I'm hearing, the snow has been as good as it gets around here. Heck, we
even had Spring conditions last week. It's been one wacked out winter
weather scene. Snow storm after snow storm, followed by swell after swell,
and then an amazing run of Spring like conditions.
So is this Global Warming? You know what? It might be. I'm no expert,
but I have to admit, that there's some weird ass shit going on out there.
We need to pay attention for the future of our children, and our children's
You know, it's the New Year and I forgot to share some of my New Year's
Resolutions. Can I share a few with you? Thanks. I appreciate you letting
take a moment of your time with this nonsense. OK, some of my Surf related
New Year's Resolutions are:
1. I will NEVER Surf the following breaks no matter what. MAVERICKS,
GHOST TREES, CHOPES, PIPELINE, WAIMEIA BAY and a few other Big Wave Spots.
2. I WILL NOT TOW IN ANYWHERE THAT REQUIRES a TOW-IN.
3. I WILL TRY TO TRAVEL MORE TO USER FRIENDLY SURF BREAKS . ESPECIALLY
TROPICAL SURF LOCALES.
4. I WILL TRY (REALLY TRY) to SURF AS MUCH AS I CAN AT HOME.
5. I WILL TRY to be more helpful and polite to other surfers regardless
of their ability and style.
6. I Will Try and take more footage and photos and encourage others
to do so as well.
7. I will Try to be more friendly and polite to ALL people.
8. I Will try and support whoever becomes President, unless it's
someone I don't like. Then I will pretend they are not really our president.
9. I will try to not care so much if the Patriots don't have another
winning season like this year. But if they do, I will jump back on the
band wagon and act like a dam fool again. 10. Finally, I will try
Not to make fun of the singers who don't make it on AMERICAN IDOL,
unless they are really awful and have no business being on TV.
So there you have it. Some of my personal New Years Resolutions. Hope
I encouraged some of you to follow through with your own.
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