The All*Star Thursday Chronicles: The Tour de Park/Return to The Nook Edition

Hello to all,

First, our deepest condolences to Sue Malatsky, a member of the Tribe who lost her Mom last week. The memorial service for a truly remarkable woman was held just before our All*Star Thursday gathering on May 30th. Please be mindful and let your people know that you love them. That was a chilly day and the mood was a bit somber as we also welcomed home Richie Regs, in town for a visit. Not much to say other than a group of us did punch the clock after paying our respects. There was a very nice day that followed where Ralph Heaver came back for the summer, getting into a MONSTEROUS Heave with me and Jaime-TJH. Gotta Like That!

All*Star Friday: The Return of the Floridians!

All*Star Friday: The Return of the Floridians

On to this week’s happenings…

The Bizarro World run of weird weather continued, but with a twist. We had some heavy rain in the morning, so it was not exactly a surprise to see the red flags of “Thou Shalt Not Play” decorating our Green beach as I rode up on my Trusty Steed. But the gigantic corporate run sponsored by a “too big to fail” institution effectively taking over the entirety of Central Park below 86th Street was a bit of shock. It was CRAZY how much of the park was fenced-in, closed off, or filled with color-coded corporate apparatchik scurrying about.

20140605_171904Plan B was to go to one of the two schoolyards near Chez Meier. NOT! One was closed, and the other filled with little street urchins and their parents because school was closed. Okay Paul, try Plan C and check the Great Lawn since you have the bike and can move quickly. And??? NO! Closed for pesticide application. Plan D–The Bethesda Fountain? Well, it was open with room to play around the tourists, so I planted, posted on the New York Jammers FB page, and awaited our peeps.

First to arrive were Richie Regs, Dexter Strunz and his lovely lady Lucia from the Czech Republic, followed by The Oracle. None of us were thrilled because: A) the hard concrete there is in red brick form; and B) is uneven at best. Just as we were about to start the Jam, Daniel and Emma strolled up, fresh from winning performances at The Jammers. BTW – Congrats to all who attended that great event, and especially to our Emma who recently graduated from Columbia University before turning in an MVP performance in Jacksonville…with a trophy to prove it. Bravo!

So then there is Sir Daniel of Steady Flow saying “This is the spot?? Dude, can we try The Nook? There’s grass by the (not Dave) Schiller Statue with room for one or two Jams, and we have concrete options.” This suggestion was not entirely altruistic as he was wearing flip-flops, so bare feet + red bricks was not a pleasant thought. So, off to the Nook we went, meeting up with Chuck, Doug E. Fresh, JB, The Ageless Trevor Brown, Quinn-O, and Susan the Singer.

Dexter prepares to Mesmerize!

Dexter prepares to Mesmerize!

The first Jam featured Dexter, Emma, Daniel, and me, playing on the very long and clover-filled grass by the (not Dave) Schiller Statue. Dexter is fully ambiDISCerous with great feet, excellent brushes, and tremendous Flow. He also has this crazy Lobster Claw/Leg Catch that made even Daniel do a double take—to go with his high-rev motor and overall fine disc manipulation skills. This was my first Jam with Emma in ages as she has been busy finishing school and competing hard with NYPD, Columbia’s Women’s Ultimate team. During her freshman year, there was a stretch were it was me and Emma Jamming all the time, so seeing her growth as a person and a player has been just a thrill. The Jam itself was Shredful, with lots of passing, smokin’ seals, and multiple O’Malleys. I even managed to pull off a Tea Bag, to kick brush, to brush pass to set up an O’Malachy (two full circuits of the Jam with no delays).

Freshly Rolled...

Freshly Flicked…

Richie, Fresh, and the Quinn-O were going all Old School Counter vs. Clock Jammin’, with all three mixing it up enough to be able to shine with both spins, while JB, Trevor, and Susan the Singer were tossing it around with great joy. Oh, and The Oracle’s Jam with Chuck was high level, with Chuck raising his game by the week and Joey maintaining a level of excellence that remains, well…Oracular.

Lookee There!

Lookee There!

Next week is going to be a big A*T with the a Guest Jammer from the great state of Wisconsin joining us, and the promised return of the Co-Founders of All*Star Thursdays TedShred and The Lovely Chrissy. The Tribe has dearly missed these two wonderful people this spring and to have them back makes my heart sing. So…

When are YOU Comin’ Down?

Peace Out, Yo!

TP-TJH

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The All*Star Thursday Chronicle: The Wide Open Spaces Edition

Hail and Well Met,

Clouds and murky weather have been the standard for the 2014 A*T season, so it was no surprise that Mung was in the air when I arrived at our Green (and overcast) Beach. Robbie Rob and Ivan-TJH were already on hand as I walked in from the Southwest corner entrance by the best water fountain in Central Park.*
* – There is just some stuff you gotta know.

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Just Us!

They were stretching out as I nailed up, and we had the entire field to ourselves. Seriously, there were maybe four other people occupying the rest of the 15.5 acres so Ivan and I started by getting our Heave on. My “Finch 52” Ultra Star was in perfect flying condition and we really were letting loose, so much so that Robbie Rob was inspired to join us, snapping off backhands with authority at 60-70 yards until Chuck and Doug E. Fresh arrived to get the Jam started.

“Flip Flat, Flies Straight.” Throw and catch. That is where is began for all of us, even before “Invent Games.” As much as I love taking control of the plastic and attempting to bend it to my will–as I listen to what the disc commands–I am most enamored of the glorious flight paths that I am able to will into reality or watch as a fellow Heaver lets loose with yet another high arcing volley.

A few weeks back Ivan coined the nickname “The Accurists” to define the long distance Jam n’ Heave thang that he, Jaime-TJH, and me are working so hard to perfect. Simply put, we combine the disc manipulation of Freestyle with the primordial game of catch that all of us started with back in the day. We play with a non slicked 175, taking advantage of the high Z’s of the unleashed power throw, while doing everything we can think of with that big disc.

So when Rob went off to Jam, Ivan and I increased the distance and difficulty of our Jammin’ Heave. Ivan is a natural Southpaw and his backhands come in Counter with amazing Z’s, which is perfect for me. In turn, I can rip a backhand or snap off a forehand to take advantage of the fact that he is ambiDISCerous. It really got kind of crazy because we were throwing strikes at 80-yards, doing Freestyle combos, and sealing with efficiency. And doing so without having a care in the world because there were no other people around to interfere with our Flow. The best part of this was the solid hour of Fabulous Flights.

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Ivan is stalking, while TP is hunting a back roll.

Inspired by the Rob/Fresh/Check Jam where much Shredful behavior, we too a brief water break, then switched to a nicely broken in 2002 vintage Sky Styler. Having already warmed up, our Jam was just awesome. With Ivan’s athleticism, agility, endless enthusiasm, and very serious skills, we really locked in. And then (much to our delight) The Reliable One himself came ambling across the Meadow. Once he got out of his civilian gear to join the fun, he started with his patented Double Spinning Triple Fake, and we were off to the races. Flow was instantaneous and complete. We Jammed long and hard, with many co-ops and Flights of Fancy. Roger Gitised out, Ivan nailed a Big Chair, and I caught somethin’ or another to finish up. And it was good.

Fun and games aside, there have been a couple of folks noticeably absent from our gatherings this year. I shan’t name names, rather, I would ask that all of our Plastic Peeps direct positive thoughts and prayers out into the Universe for all who are struggling with some type of loss. It truly is our humanity that is most important.

DSC_0396Peace Out, Yo!

TP-TJH

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The All*Star Thursday Chronicles: The Wax on, Wax Off Edition

Greetings Fellow Travelers!

Our Tenth Anniversary All*Star Thursday Season has been marked by weird weather and some strange happenings, but the Joy of Jammin’ with the Hard Corps of the Big Apple remains the highest high.

Finch 52 on our Green Beach

Finch 52 on our Green Beach

Now, I will cop to being absent yesterday (May 15) but it was due to the passing of a loved one. Believe me, I wish I had been out, even on an overcast kind of day. I can speak about the events of the previous two (All*Star) Thursdays.

Wax On: May 1, 2014 – The Return of The Man

The last day of April brought 5-inches of rain to NYC so the Meadow was closed. I was trying to get out for the Early Earl, but ‘sponsibilities raised their ugly heads. So it was with no small measure of delight that I entered the Bandshell courtyard to the sight of Robbie-Rob Shredding mightily with Sir Daniel and James the Fully Bright. By now all y’all know how I feel about my two nephews (and my niece Emma), the Next Gen Jammers who have inspired The Tribe so very much.

Young James and Me, Having a BLAST a couple of years back.

Young James and Me, Having a BLAST a couple of years back.

Both Daniel and James are amazing talents who have evolved immensely during the year that James spent in the Czech Republic. Rob was a Gitis Machine, killin’ it as each of them took turns one-upping the other: “I see your Donkey Cheese, and will raise you one Double-Spinning Barrel Gitis!” It was really very special, and that was before the rest of the crew arrived. And we had quite the turnout, including Roger, Bradford T., Quinn-O, Jaime-TJH and Barb, Chuck, Ivan-TJH, Alex, Susan, Susan, Fresh, and Tony.

Even though it has been a couple of weeks, I can still recall a bunch of great Jams. Once I nailed up, I got a piece of Daniel and James before Rob snatched James up for some solo time. Later there was Quinn-O, Fresh, and Chuck; Roger and Brad; James, Ivan, Daniel, and me; Jaime, Chuck, and Ivan, as well as a bunch of combinations that my three functional neurons refused to imprint. Suffice to say that it was a Shred Fest for all.

And let me congratulate James once again for getting into all of the best law schools in the country, and deciding to return to NYC to study at Columbia Law. So proud to call him my friend and thrilled that we will have him NYC for the foreseeable future. Bravo!

Wax Off: May 8, 2014 – The Charlie Brown Syndrome

All*Star Wednesday: Documented

All*Star Wednesday: Documented

In the ten years of this Tribal Gathering we have played in every type of weather, including two hurricanes. “We don’t need no stinkin’ conditions” has been our mantra, no matter what the forecast indicated. Until now. One of our brethren called for an All*Star Wednesday, which was well attended.

 

I had to work and missed out on the fun, but the next day was not bad. It had rained overnight so the Meadow was closed, yet the rains had cleared and the Bandshell wide open when I arrived a little after 5pm. I sat down, nailed-up, and waited for The Tribe. And waited. And waited. And waited. It was kind of crazy because I really felt like Charlie Brown out there on the mound in a monsoon wondering “Where is everybody?” Finally at 6:06pm, The Reliable One showed up. Can I get an AMEN?!

Roger & Me. Saaaay, that sound like a good title for a movie!

Roger & Me. Saaaay, that sound like a good title for a movie!

So, it was just me Roger, and a nicely broken in NYC/Good For One Jam Token disc ready to have at it. T’was FANTASTIC! We had wonderful Flow for the entire Jam. There was not too much foot traffic, however, we had a number of people stop to watch and one pair of tourists who sat shooting video for more than a half hour. My favorite moment came when a group of African American teenaged boys came by. They were loud and alternated between “Yo, did you see that?!” and “Man, that ain’t nuthin’ — Watch, watch, I can to that!”

Well, Roger and I stepped it up. I did an Elevator Drop, to a quick Zing over my head, to a front roll, then snapping off some Clock Z’s to Rog who nailed a sweet combo with a chomp of a Double-Spinning Triple-Fake seal. That got them revved up and they asked us to throw the disc to them. One young man tried a trick catch, bobbled it a bit, then threw back a wobbler that I was able to brush to Roger for the seal. The second managed to quasi delay Roger’s throw and get it back to us without breaking our rhythm. We went Dropless for about four and a half minutes, and the disc didn’t hit the ground until they were well out of sight. After a quick water break, we went back at it for a great final burst and had a Blast!

While the competition was fierce, Jam of the Day honors went to, well, Roger and me! I can’t wait until next week. As long as it doesn’t snow we should be out on the Meadow once again. So…

When are YOU comin’ down?

Peace out, Yo!

TP-TJH

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The All*Star Thursday Chronicles: 2014 Pre-Season, A Cold Home Opener, and The Virginia States

Hail and Well Met to all Plastic Peeps,

The Winter of 2014 has been unrelenting here in New York and across much of the US. We all learned the term “Polar Vortex” and discovered that when it comes to visit your hometown, it likes to hang around gawking (growling) at the tourists and citizens alike. This did not prevent The Hard Corps of the Big Apple from getting our preferred form of physical therapy on.

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Jammin’ the Nook: Prepare to Zing!

The Bandshell served as our traditional “home away from home” with Sheep’s Meadow being closed for the season. The first Preseason A*T fell on a Tuesday due to a 62 degree anomaly, featuring Roger The Reliable, Bradford T., Ivan-TJH, and me. Then we had Lord and Lady Kenney come in from J-Ville for an A*T birthday surprise for Daniel O’Neill, who played an excellent Brutus in and Off-Off Broadway production of Julius Caesar. Next up, Quinn-O called for a Workingman’s Jam on a chilly late March day, getting Roger, Robbie-Rob, Chuck to join him and me begging off for the Sabbath Jam the next day.

Giovanni Coppo

Giovanni Coppo

And we added some fresh blood with the arrival of Giovanni Coppo for the first A*T of April, a Jammer of extraordinary talent who was imported from Italy. He is a real blast to play with and is a welcome addition to The Tribe due to a combination of Shred-Ability and likeability.

Then there was a teaser when the Meadow opened up a week earlier than anticipated on Sunday April 6th but our hopes were dashed due to excessive moisture that next (All*Star) Thursday. The Tribe gathered at the Bandshell once again with Rob, Rog, Gio, Forever Trevor, Jaime, Chuck, Fresh, Daniel, and me having a blast and longing for the lush green grass of home. Yesterday – the official Opening Day of our All*Star Thursday 10th Anniversary Season – was cold and windy. Kevin, The Ageless Trevor Brown, Roger, Bradford T., Rod Heaver, and me braved the elements for some Plastic Play. It was really just “punching the clock” but we wuz there.

And now, on to the 2014 Virginia States…

"The Walking" walking by...

“The Walking” walking by…

What a tremendous experience. This traditional gathering, anchored by Laszlo’s Wienie World (featuring “the best in sandwiches & pizza”), brought together some of the best players in multiple Disc Disciplines (Disc Golf, Double Disc Court, Distance, Accuracy, and Freestyle) and it inspired great, even record setting performances during the competition. All kinds of folks were on hand, including: Tom Lasher, Dan Yarnell, Jay Moldenhaur, Matt Gauthier, Jake Gauthier, Lori Daniel, Arthur Coddngton, Erwin Velasquez, Jens Velasquez, Scott Zimmerman, Gerry Geare, Rodney and Bethany Sanchez, Harvey Brandt, J-Will, Rick LeBeau, Toddy Broduer, Stephanie Chen, Charles Richard, Tim Mackey, Donnie Wallace, Heather Gray, Thomas and Young Tobias Cole, Sue Strait, and so many more New Old Friends that I can’t list the all now due to limited memory capacity. Noo Yawk was represented by Robbie Rob, Roger and the Lovely Tricia, Chuck, Daniel “Et Tu Brutus” O’Neill, LOOOOU! (by way of Kansas) and finally your intrepid reporter.  And The Jams? Oh my, The Jams!

Jake shows them how it we do it over here!

Jake shows them how it we do it over here!

Broke in a brand new Token Disc upon our arrival, getting into it with so many folks that the mind bends. Since I was too busy having fun to take notes, I have to go with a few impressions. Jamming with Jake and Matt made it feel like the “Tall Man Jam” was in full effect. It was very cool because they play in total sync with one another, so Flow is natural and everyone moved seamlessly in and out of the fray. I didn’t get Arthur until the Last Jam, but he too, was incredibly easy to play with. He saw things several moves in advance and was always in good position. So thank you, Sir Arthur of Coddington! Among many others, I got plenty of Rodney and Bethany, Daniel (my Roomie) multiple times, Lash, Gerry, Mike, LOOOOOUUU, Erwin, Jens, and a bunch more. Oh, and then there was time spent with one of the best facilitators Freestyle has ever seen: Dan Yarnell.

Jay Moldenhaur prepares to pass to Dan Yarnell

Jay Moldenhaur prepares to pass to Dan Yarnell

Mr. Yarnell is masterful. He can throw both spins with Z’s and accuracy. He takes both spins equally well, seems to use The Force to manipulate the disc, and is always making the right play to push the Jam to 11. Arguably my greatest moment of an incredible weekend came during the warm-ups for the Saturday night Freestyle competition at the Fieldhouse. For only the second time in my life, I was convinced to dive in the deep end and play in the tournament. Fearless Lou said “Let’s Do This!” and I could not refuse. Being a “Jazz Player” means I am all about improvisation, so putting together a routine was out. Seriously. Out.

So Lou and I are throwing it around on the artificial turf while folks are fine-tuning their presentations, and suddenly there’s Dan Yarnell hopping in with us. It seemed as if things started to make more sense. Throws, combos, co-ops, and seals Flowed more easily, and the notion of just playing Frisbee filled me with a sense of calm. While my four bad throws (FOUR &*^%&^$%^$#^ Bad Throws!!!) doomed us to missing the cut in the tournament, Fearless and I acquitted ourselves well, and we owe it all to our catalyst, Sir Dan of Yarnell.

A few more thoughts:

  • The people behind the scenes that put this multi-day Love Fest together deserve a HUGE STANDING OVATION!
  • Jake, Matt, and Arthur earned the top spot through an inventive routine with much coordinated play and some very high degree of difficulty movers.
  • Jens and Erwin’s routine at the Fieldhouse inspired a standing ovation. Their flow, technique, and showmanship really are truly a wonder to witness.
  • Judging is hard.
  • DDC is a pretty cool game.
  • I wanted to enter Distance using my trusty 175 Ultra Star, but was told I had to use a golf disc. Pfffft!
  • The next generation is inspired based on a couple of prodigies I saw out there.
  • There were so many wonderful Jams that I can’t recall all of the combinations. I was shooting video for our pal JB who could not make the trip. I look forward to screening and then posting some of the good stuff soon.
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Erwin preparing to pass it UD to J-Will.

The 2014 Virginia States was really a Blessing on every level. Wonderful people, great vibe, good food, and lots of beer for those who like that sort of thing. Thanks to Roger and Tricia for their hospitality, and to Daniel for both bunking with me, and encouraging me to compete.

Daniel O'Neill is a Baaaaad Man!

Daniel O’Neill is a Baaaaad Man!

Let it be known that the One and Only Bethany Sanchez will be in NYC for All*Star Thursday on June 12th and we are looking to make this a big one.

So YOU should come down…
And get your friends to come down too!!!

 Peace Out, Yo!

TP-TJH

P.S. Yes indeed, Mr. Matt Gauthier hit this sequence.

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The All*Star Thursday Chronicles: The United Nations/Bianca Blasts Off Edition!

Hail and Well Met to All Plastic Peeps!

The 2013 All*Star Thursday season has been going well. The weather has been uneven, but since we don’t need no stinkin’ conditions, the Jammin has been Shredful. Folks from around the world have alighted in the Big Apple as they make their way to Santa Cruz for the 2013 FPA World Championship competition. Over the past couple of weeks NYC has welcomed Fon Lo Ve from Colombia, Dario from Italy, Graf and Tim from Germany.

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Due to ‘sponsibilities, my Jam time has been relatively limited, but a pleasure nonetheless. It is so wonderful to see how the Jam has been Spreading throughout the world, and how people have learned to love and embrace this sport/art/DISCipline.

Dario turned up at the Bandshell on a damp gray All*Star Thursday that featured a rather bizarre Open Mic Spoken word event. Art is what you say it is, I suppose, though I could have lived withput the guy shouting obscenities about why he couldn’t get none. But I digress.

Kevin and I were sitting there awaiting the crew when this fellow sat at a bench near us looking a bit lost as if he was wondering if he was in the right place. I called out “Frisbee?!” making the universal backhand motion and his face lit up. Fresh, Quinn-O, Bradford T., JB, Roger, and Chuck all joined the fray.

Friday, was United Nations Day on our Green Beach with Graf, Alfonso, and Tim (straight from the airport, as one should) coming in to Jam. I got a good one with Fon, a brief slot with Tim and Graf, and one really good solo with Graf. Man can that guy play! Totally ambiDISCerous and he played the NYC passing game as if he was Born in the Bronx. I wish I was able to get out over the weekend, but alas, I has to work both &^%&%^$$ days. ARRRRGH!

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And now it is time for some news…

457394933_e697129a1e_mThe All*Star Thursday Guest Jammer Initiative welcomes Bianca Strunz!!!! The nomination process for extending an invitation to her was simple: We need a Total Bad A** from Europe–who should it be?

Bianca!!!!

And so the Hard Corps of the Big Apple  welcomes her to our Green Beach, along with  the hard concrete of the Bandshell and Washington Square Park as she makes her way to Santa Cruz for the Worlds. The Tribe is so lucky and Blessed.

So…wait for it…almost there…

WHEN ARE YOU COMIN’ DOWN??!!

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The All Star Thursday Chronicles: The Snidely WhipLASH Edition

Hail and well met to our Brethren and Sistren,

The rhythms of life have caused me to stray from the creative aspects of the computer keyboard. I am drawn back because my passion for sharing tales of plastic performances never abates.

Waaaaay back on May 9, 2013, the All*Star Thursday Guest Jammer Initiative welcomed Mr. Tom Lasher, Man-Crush of our own Doug E. Fresh and yet another Jammer Extraordinaire. The weather did not really cooperate in that it had rained and we were relegated to the Bandshell. This was not really so bad because we always have great Jams over there. On hand were JB, Jaime-TJH, Fresh, James the Fully Bright, TedShred and TLC, and The Reliable Roger. There was a bunch of Yella-gible folks, but we who were there were in for a treat.

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Around the back smoothly

First let me say that Sir Thomas of Lasherhood had made one appearance at an A*T. That was the now Legendary Longest Jam of the Year when Mr. Dave Murphy came to NYC to roll around on our Green Beach. That was an incredible moment in time, but this was a day to create new indelible memories.

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The Cleanest of Kicks!!!!

On this day, it was not a particular move, combo, or Jam that stuck in my mind. It was the words of TedShred. He said “Man, Lash just fit right in. He plays the New York passing game as if he were here all year long.” This was a true blessing since we are lucky enough to focus on Most Fun Wins during All*Star Thursdays. My personal observation was that Tom had incredible Flow and such a deft touch that I was just amazed.

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Sealed with a Bip!

I shot some video of Lash Jammin’ with TedShred and James Fully Bright and as I reviewed it some six weeks later, it is just thrilling to see how they worked together. Naturally, there were plenty of drops as soon as the camera was turned on but for me, that’s fine. The sport we have chosen to embrace is hard to do and the drops make the seals that much sweeter. This combination was really fun because of Lash’s endless Flow, James’ focused intensity, and TedShred, well, being TedShred. There were a few sequences that were special because they went for some really obscure s***, even if it didn’t stand a chance and I LOVE that part of our art form. Ya’ gotta go for it to make the play. But there was more!

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The next day I got me some solo Lash at the Meadow before he went off to do an All*Star turn for James and the Spread the Jam Project, then there was the required Jam down at Washington Square Park on Saturday. The Oracle came out to share some of his winsome wisdom, along with Sir Charles, Roger, Fresh, Bradford T. and myself.

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This was notable for the smoking hot performances on the hard concrete and for the AMAZING thunderstorm that blew in. It started with lightning off to the west, then thunder. Then the rain cam in so fast and hard that we could hear it hitting the trees and then see a wall of water coming right at us. I had my umbrella (ella, ella, ay, ay) in my hand and by the time I got it open, I was already drenched.  A good way to finish out a Jam to be sure.  Miss you Tom, and sorry I took so long to share the love, my friend.

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The All*Star Thursday Chronicles: The Double Trouble, with a Lash News Flash Edition

Hello to all,

It was a gray Thursday back some ten days ago. The talk was of more rain and the Meadow was open. I stared with some lust at the vast emptiness of our Green Beach, yet the idea of planting on wet grass and starting to Jam was less than appealing. Thus I soldiered on to the Bandshell where I was met by James the Fully Bright, Quinn-O, JB, Bradford T., and Sir Charles of Kuske. Jaime-TJH arrived a bit later to say that he and Ben had the field to themselves, except for some lovely ladies doing a boot camp for inspiration. 😉  The Jamming was very good, in a “Punch the Clock” kind of way, and the number of people who were Yella-gible was quite significant.

Now, this passed Thursday was notable because the weather was actually lovely. Bright blue sky, clouds were few and far between with temps in the mid-60s. As I wandered across the Meadow it seemed as the 2013 All*Star Thursday season had finally begun.

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Along with the sunshine, the Tribe was well represented. Ben Heaver and Jaime-TJH were early arrivals and the three of us got in quite the Mighty Heave. Ben’s overhand throw is so insanely good that I tried to shoot his release point. It only took me 25 shots with my Big Boy camera to get one that got close. Gonna switch to video next time. Meanwhile, Jaime-TJH was doing some serious Shredding at distance, sealing a variety of sweet combos. S’Nice!

Jaime-TJH Jammin with Ben Heaver in the distance.

Jaime-TJH Jammin with Ben Heaver in the distance.

Also on hand were The Oracle, TedShred and TLC, Roger, Doug E. Fresh, Bradford T., Rod Heaver and Zoe, JB, Quinn-O, Emma (Big Dog Inside!), James (The Fully Bright), Chuck, Claire Heaver, Capt. Mike Bohn (recovering from Major back surgery) and Ivan-TJH.

When TedShred and TLC arrived, James had a bright idea.  “I demand that I Jam with you Ted, and with you Tall Paul. This is the Jam that must take place right now.” Ted was quite ready and well, who am I to balk at the request of one of our Next Gen Champs? Let me be clear, at this point I lost track of everything outside of this Jam. I do know that The Oracle and the Reliable One really tore it up, and I did spot the former hit a spinning Gitis off of a Laerbs kick. Quinn-O and Sir Charles (who has been stepping up his game big time!) did some nice work too. That said….

Keep your eyes on the prize.

Keep your eyes on the prize.

Just a Token of his affection.

Just a Token of his affection.

The Jam of the Day honors go to…well, the one that started with James, TedShred (looking quite dapper in the 2013 Yella Jersey) and me. There was much passing with multiple O’Malley’s, Sir Shred playing in his typically fabulous manner, and James doing things that really defied comprehension. This included a “Young Man Cry”, a variation of a move created by the one and only Pat Carrasco. It was so incredibly well done and in the Flow, that Emma decided it was time to join the fray. And the temperature began to rise.

James "Fully Bright" Wiseman in search of Jam.

James “Fully Bright” Wiseman in search of Jam.

Here’s the thing…describing what happens in a Jam that you are involved in is really tough. I have flashes of memory that are disjointed, but filled with joy. Ted, inspired by James’ INSANE Udouche-badonk variation, nailing a double spinning Gitosis with fire in his eyes. Emma doing a full lay-out to seal an O’Malley just because. Ivan-TJH seeing that, and joining us to make is a 5-person Mob-Op that goes to Eleven. All kinds of stuff went on and I just can’t tell you any details. I do recall stopping to take attendance, sip a bit of TLC’s Ambrosia, and marvel at the goings on. I also remember that I dove back into the deep end to finish out the night with Ted and Ivan Gitising out, and me sealing a chomp of a Triple-Fake. What a fine way to end the evening!

Read the map....

Read the map….

So, I am pleased to share that the first 2013 All*Star Thursday Guest Jammer Initiative Honoree is none other than Tom Lasher. When the Board met this passed winter to discuss potential invitees, Mr. Lasher’s personality and Shredful reputation made him an easy choice. So, if you are going to be anywhere within shouting distance of NYC on (All*Star) Thursday, May 9, 2013, it would be a great idea to make your way to visit the Hard Corps of the Big Apple. Therefore…

When are YOU Comin’ Down?!

Peace Out, Yo!

TP-TJH

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