7.13.2013

exit music (for a blog) / farewell transmission



Top 5 Most Embarrassing Chrome Ball Moments:
 
1. Butt-dialing Colin McKay in the Taco Bell Drive-Thru.

2. Accidentally texting Ron Chatman the name of my cat's stool softener and telling him that I loved him.

3. My cat throwing up on me in the middle of interviewing Tim O'Connor.

4. Erroneously emailing Don Pendleton to "hurry the fuck up". A mistake that in-part led to the start of this blog. (long story)

5. Walking into a fire hydrant while talking to Brian Anderson at Tampa Pro.

=O

Thanks:

Tara (Peel), Elaine, Murray, Pooch, Greyman, Phil, my family, Mark Whiteley, Jon Constantino, Rob Sissi, Rob Brink, Keith Chan, Nick Scumco, Ben Scumco, Richard Mulder, Jim Thiebaud, Aaron Meza, Sam Smythe, Damon Thorley, Darin Howard, Mackenzie Eisenhower, Chris Grosso, Patrick O'Dell, Mike Munzenrider, Nick Halkias, Mark Goldman, Grant Brittain, Bryce Kanights, Lance Mountain, Anthony Acosta, Kevin Wilkins, Luis Cruz, Josh Friedberg, Hunter Muraira, Kasper Van Lierop, John Agnew, Greg @ oneup, Kyle Reynolds, Jake Gascoyne, Skin Phillips, Jamie Owens, Seb C., Templeton Elliott, Don Pendleton, John Drake, Michael Sieben, Chris Pastras, Jerry Fowler, Paul Brooks, Andrew Root, Mark Sanchez, Anthony Porter, Kevin Duffell, Charlene Thompson, Donny Barley, Jon Wamsley, Jon Horner, Kurt Hayashi, Ray Mate, Jason Rothmeyer, Lucas, Jake Rosenberg, Greg Hunt, Ben Colen, Animal Chin, Johnny Rad, Jamie Thomas, Dave Ashley, Chris Nieratko, Eric Lovejoy, Robert Pumphrey, Jeremy Wray, Alyasha Moore, Ray Mate, Ryan Gee, Josh Kalis, Ryan Johnson, Jeremy Harrison, Cactus Posse, Chad Will, James Gettles, the Stephens Brothers, Ryan Herdman, Matt Durst, Andy Jenkins, Neil Blender (the offer stands).

Skateboarder Magazine, Epicly Later'd, Love Letters to Skateboarding, On Video, Transworld Skateboarding, The Skateboard Mag, Thrasher, Quartersnacks, Grey, Kingpin, Legend, Crailtap, Already Been Done, Police Informer, Vert is Dead, @KoolMoeLeo, Predatory Bird, Jenkem Mag, Color, Hella Clips, SBC, Sidewalk, Slap Forum, Skateboard Museum, Frozen in Carbonite, Platinum Seagulls, Skunk, YouWillSoon, Deaf Lens, A Visual Sound, BOBshirt, Chalker Chronicles, Fairways and Flips, FFL, Skately.

Nike SB, Scumco and Sons, OneUp, Heel Bruise, Cal's Pharmacy, Deluxe, Girl, Stereo, Roger, Hopps, Chopped Liver Studios, Iguana, Vans, DC, Orchard, Black Box, Given.

Joe Davis (RIP), Ron Hayman (RIP), Stephen Halstead (RIP), Moe (RIP)

Thanks to Tara again... 

To my old day-job for being dumb enough to let me get away with murder. Fuck you. 

To all my interview subjects and guest posters. To all the people that commented both known and anonymous. To all those that have hooked me up with whatever. And to the lurkers... always the lurkers.

And most of all, to the photographers who's work has been featured on this site.

Thank you skateboarding.

Your friend and humble narrator,
Chops

P.S. Does anybody remember that insert that came with the cassette of Fear of a Black Planet?

P.S.S. Yes, this site will stay up for as long as necessary.

bye.

66 comments:

TRUE..EAST. said...

Thank you so much....a true passion you have shown.. How bout a Rodney smith interview? Whenever...he deserves it. .....I don't know how he was overlooked in the new jersey homage...

chops said...

Well, of course he deserves it.

JB said...

Thanks again for this site. Brought back so many tight memorys.

Anonymous said...

This is sad. Thanks for creating this!

jaybird said...

thanks so much , i ve been telling all my homies about this site .

theunaffectedman said...

Chops? Where are you going and why is this goodbye?

-A said...

C'mon, you gotta at least tell the Don Pendleton story before you peace out. Also how about a Chrome Ball Incident book?

Anonymous said...

Thank you!!!!!

Anonymous said...

thanks so much for all you've done over the last few years. It has truly been amazing and what a way to finish Natas and Mariano (all time fav company 101 and skater G.M.) - jsparks

Anonymous said...

STILL NOTHING ON MONTY NOLDER. tears in my eyes

Alister said...

Another thank you, my Friend.
Let it go down in flames and glory, with all the joy you brought upon us nerds as backseat music.


PS - I wished for an Ethan Fowler interview. Didn't happen. Shnips. Ha ha !! All the best, Chops .....

crabface64 said...

Cheers for the time and effort put in. This site is why the internet was invented.

Anonymous said...

For years, this blog has made being stuck at work worthwhile. Thank you for everything, for the time and effort and joy you have brought to us skate nerds. Much love!

Giles said...

i almost didn't check this am. this is going to be tough. thanks again chops!

Anonymous said...

!!!COME ON NEAL!!!

eric said...

Come to think of it, I will miss the comments. Because in my adult life, I don't know anyone who's familiar with late 80s / 90s skateboarding.

Justin said...

You're welcome.

The dangers of cellphone life.

Anonymous said...

Thank you for helping me look back on the simplest, purest, best times of my life. Thank you.

Darin Howard said...

Thanks Chops. Its an amazing archive of skateboarding history. Looking forward to your next venture. -Darin

vincent said...

"to my day-job... Fuck You"

fook yah chops!

and yes, as you said:

THANK YOU PHOTOGRAPHERS.

CRIPPLING DOUBT said...

Thank you chops!
Best site ever and although I'm bummed its ending, I'm stoked that you went out on top.
It's better to burn out than to fade away.
I'm driving down to Portland to check out the show next weekend and I've got something for ya, I'll leave it at Cal's if I can't track you down. Take care.

vincent said...

=O

secret mg interview?

Anonymous said...

I will never thank you enough for what you did, and am really glad it's all staying online.
You made many old farts happy and educated lots of younger skate rats, I wish I could say that about most of the contemporary media, but the CBI was just the best.

Have fun skating.

F.

instrumental said...

much love chops! thanks for everything

ciaran said...

Thanks for the countless hours you've put into curating this corner of skate history, every single post has been a gem.

I've got to echo the calls for a CBI book of some description, get busy with Kickstarter for funds!

Jim Nowhere said...

Good Bye Chops.
Thanks for everything you've done, and inspired me to start doing.

- Jim Nowhere
On The Wall `Zine

stephen said...

Man. I'm gonna miss the comments too. For sure. I liked hearing stories and shit from people about the 80s and 90s skate scene. Wish there was a way to be alerted to new comments left on old posts. I know people sometimes find this site and chime in way after something was posted. Myself included. Anyways, thanks for everything Holmes. Best site ever. Interviews were all amazing. Fuck. Im gonna start having chrome ball withdrawals soon.

Anonymous said...

Thank you, chops! always a great read and super humble. Best wishes on your next projects.

gmo said...

skateboarding really is the coolest shit ever. thanks for feeding my ongoing obsession.

for the record i would have paid for access to the site. just saying.

clew said...

Thanks for that Guy interview and all those posts. Shit's been great...

bautman said...

Just wanna say thanks for endless trip down memory lane. Hope I never come down. Peace out from Iceland.

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MINER said...

meet me @ IGUANA for a curb session

The Chez said...

So many stories. Hope your nights are filled with more fun than scanning now. I'm certain Murray isn't happy though. No warm scanner.
Thanks for the trips down memory lane and for asking the questions that always put some of the puzzle pieces in place.

Daniel R said...

Though i've only known about this site for around 2 years, its been favorited and checked daily for updates. Gone through many of the incidents and have always thoroughly enjoyed them. Such a great way to encapsulate riders and bring attention to these amazing skaters. Some that I am familiar with and others I would have otherwise not known of. Best of luck in the rest of your endeavors chops!

Anonymous said...

Not all is lost. This guys blog is pretty good.
http://vertisdead.blogspot.com/

Anonymous said...

Love you chops. Been checking since the beginning. Not sure what I'm gunna do when I'm board at work. Thanks for making this site the amazing thing that it is

Adrian

Keith said...

Sad to see Chrome Ball end. The well eventually dries out.

How awesome is it that a random skate nerd living in PA got to meet and interview his childhood idols through a blog. Amazing work Eric.

See you around. Stay in touch.

Anonymous said...

muscle memory in my fingers keeps making my keyboard unconsciously transport to this blog. it's the same slow reaction/adjustment time that's kept me sucking at skateboarding for 20+ years.

Matt K said...

Chops...

So, for over five years now (since the 'Polite Meeting' back on April 19th 2008) CBI's been a constant friend and a daily reference - and more often than not it would often turn out to be one of the highlights of my day.

Congratulations on everything you've achieved, who'd have thought it.

Days won't quite seem the same, at least for a while - but all good things must come to an end, right... ?

And the Ferris ender was the final, classic touch.

All the best for the future... Matt K (London).

Sean said...

Thank you for your time and efforts. This site is so amazing! May the source be with you!

Anonymous said...

Keep plugging away at Blender for that interview! I'll keep checking in just on the off-chance...

Skateboard said...

Excellent!!! Best site i never saw this kind of man.. He deserve it... True Passion of Skateboard...

skateboard said...

What a Great man ??. He deserves it..

White Ninja said...

chopper.... any truth to the sporadict posts? Should I retire you, like a late 80's vert pro? or keep checking in, for new tricks qnd a comeback...either way, You really did it... and it it right... Not easy to do. Marry that girl you have ,shes a keeper.

DJ said...

Peace Chops. And thanks for the dedication. Salute.

Cycle2Worker said...

Bye and thanks for all the fish !!!
Best of luck for the future its sites like this that make the internet rock.

Anonymous said...

fuck... this is sad


Thank you,
much love from south jersey!

uglytimes said...

As a dedicated reader I will greatly miss this thing. Your blog and its archives are the reason I am awake until 6 am almost every weekend for the last 2 years. Lots of love from the shores of Neva river, Saint Petersburg, Rus. Fed.

Adrian said...

Thanks for the memories

Skately said...

Bravo, bravo!

Pagoda said...

Well played chops. Well played.

Tao said...

Dude, thanks for all the good shit.

Anonymous said...

Fuck

Matthew Bailey said...

Thank you Chops!

Anonymous said...

Thank you sir for this site.

Anonymous said...

please do one on andrew allen!

Chuck Turner said...

exit music eh ? the day you posted your farwell transmission is the day we started Johnny Rad's site (on facebook) no really, we played the night before July 12th 2013, Johnny Rad's first gig in 11 years . . . i guess some one had to fill the void in cyber space . . . let there be Johnny Rad, let the exit music play, . . . will be rehearsing in hermosa beach on tues oct 15th , come on down and interview the Rad Man . . . you can guest post it on our cheesy site, a phone interview works as well, Halloween weekend in ocean park P.O.P TRiP in Santa Monica 2101 Lincoln Blvd no cover 21 & over Saturday October 26th www.facebook.com/johnnyradandtheeggplants

Brendan said...

C'Mon,Blender-if you grant Chops an interview,we'll have one more CBI!
He did state that the 'offer still stands'?

Anonymous said...

This start back up yet?

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