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Here be Mon-stars.
This is how the magic happens. 


Jeremy and Blotto...note one-armed Jay with the BGP.
Photo taken at 2 am.

Cris


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Go West, meaning Go East. 
The Houstons were in town...rocked that breakfast situation, Violette-wise.



Get out while you still can.

XOXOXO

Cris


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NH is 'merican for best ever. 
Preparing to receive transmissions...



Garage-wise the parents are tightening things up:



Cris



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Fat Little Dog 


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Thanksgiving. 

These two rule.

We had an awesome Thanksgiving. Biggest meal we have ever cooked, hands down.


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Mind Bending. 
Two days into the week and it feels like the world has been turned upside down multiple times. Yesterday was bizarre and today...today I got news that I simply don't believe...I almost refuse to believe it's true.

Stunned.

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Stroker Ace 
"When Lugs Harvey sets up a car, your mother could drive it."

"Is that God's own racecar or what is it?"
"What is it"

"You've seen bible class. Everyone cheats a little bit."

"What was her first name?"
"I don't know. Last time I was with her she had a sash on...said 'Miss Daytona'...probably her last name."

VT resident Ken Squier cameo bonus!

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Behind the Orange Curtain. 
In this business, every once in a while you find yourself in an odd situation. We spent a day with Heath Pinter and Corey Bohan today. Corey is ranked best dirt jumper in the universe. These guys took us to this place that was like "whoa." Total moonscape, if the moon was dry as a popcorn fart and the smell of meth labs permeated the air.



These guys ruled. Erik didn't get to play the air guitar video game.



NHRA museum! Two Thing Two Thing Two Thing Two Thing Two Thing Two Thing Two Thing Two Thing!

Cris

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GET WITH THE PROGRAM* 
A short stop to visit with Evan, Jared, and Nikki. Two photos...many memories...


Evan's office.



New Prius rearview camera...there's a sucker born every minute.

Thanks for the hospitality.

XOXOXO

Cris



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L.B.C'ya. 
With everyone from beat cops to bums with Blackberrys on the creep, we got what we needed and left just in the nick of time.



Jerry on one of those folding jobbers...he says these are big in Japan.

California rules...Definitely in the top 51 states.

Cris


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I have eaten better hot dogs. 


While in Los Angeles to drop off some film we went and visited "world famous" "a Hollywood legend" "hot dog to the stars" "home of the world's best chili dog" "total bullshit" Pink's Hot Dogs. Maybe it was my unfamiliarity with their menu, though I do believe I qualify as person who knows a thing or two about hot dogs, but it was a real dissapointment. The "Chicago" dog was like no other Chicago-style hot dog I have ever had. Lettuce? Brown mustard? And the "New York" dog, which I had hoped was going to be similar to a Coney Island dog, was no such thing. It had these nasty-ass red stained onions (not red onions, mind you) on a below-average dog. I was hoping the fries were going to be good, given that they had one of those weird nuclear fry machines, but even those were meh. Oh! And no Hebrew National or Vienna Beef? Are you kidding me?

Add hot dogs to the long list of things that California has screwed up.

XOXOXO

Cris

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The DaBicas. 
Already missing these two...



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Whitey on the Moon 
Despite its relatively close proximity to where I grew up, I only went to Rhode Island's Rocky Point Park twice: once on a school trip to the amusement park, and once to see the Pixes and Pere Ubu at The Rocky Point Paladium. The place definitely had a much more down and dirty feel than Riverside (now Six Flags) did, and the fact that it was on the shore imparted this weird, salty feel. Abandoned stuff is obviously a favorite around here so it was very cool to come across this site, documenting Rocky Point's past and present:

Rocky Point

In northern Vermont there's no shortage of drive-ins to visit during the summer. On a back road we travel to go to NH there's even one with a motel attached where you can watch movies from your room. But the rest of the country isn't that lucky...hell, the rest of New England has seen its resources severely depleted in this area, as this woman's special little slice of the web shows:

Abandoned drive ins of Southern New England.

And here's something else that's apparently abandoned:

Steaks!

XOXOXO

Cris

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Johnny B. posted photos of Leslie and Chaka's wedding. See them here:

GARDZEEANAS!

Karen and Brent Merriam just had a bouncing baby named Maielle Karen.

Sorry about the little nonsense peeking through over on the right...will fix immediately.

XOXOXO

Cris

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Hiss. 
Games are ruling it:
http://www.107.peugeot.co.uk/peugeot.swf

Juice diet is ruling it also.

Leslie and Chaka's wedding this weekend.

My new website is sort of up. I'm dumping all car-related content there and have a little publishing situation that may result from it. Go here:

AUTOGRAFIK

Not much there right now.

XOXOXO

Cris

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"Bayerische" is Bavarian for...Bavarian. 


Hot, right? BMW Art Car number? The Alexander Calder BMW 3.0 CSL Batmobile. Outrageous. I am not a BMW person by any stretch, but unlike, say, Porsche, which only made a couple cars that I find remotely interesting, I do feel like BMW has made more that its fair share of above-average cars. The 3.0 CSL is one of them.



They made a limited run of production versions of this racer, which, if memory serves me, did battle against the beastly Porsche 935. Hans Stuck was a master of these lightweight cars.



I have no idea what a real street version is worth, nor am I aware of what it would cost to build a replica out of a normal 3.0, but I intend to find out. It will give me an excuse to get in touch with two old friends of mine. First, my friend Matt from high school. He has gone on to become the premiere BMW 2002 restorer in the country. He would know what it would take to build one of these. Second, my man Stefan (from a previous post on a Subaru we own together.) Stefan is also a BMW man...the brand runs through his blood and the last time I was at his parents' house in NH Stefan took me to his dad's "barn" which happened to hold DOZENS of coupes...Mercedes, BMW, etc. Stefan and Matt, I will be tracking you down.

I don't know where a car like this fits into my picture right now...there are too many other projects and cars in line before it...but still, my mind is spinning in odd directions right now...

Big hello to another old friend and fellow car person, Jay Bentley, for getting in touch with me last week. Jay, I'll hit you up directly.

XOXOXO

Cris

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Wagons on the Brain. 
Meanwhile, here in Grand Rapids, things are beautiful. I ate at Arby's last night, something I haven't done since a trip to California six years ago when we ate at one right down the road from Mt. Baldy.

Can't get wagons off my mind. In 2001 Audi brought a car to the Frankfurt Auto Show. It was called the Avantissimo...basically it's what you would consider an RS8 wagon, even though Audi doesn't even make an A8 wagon (or an RS8 sedan for that matter.) 430 bhp (not a lot by RS standards, but we're talking 5 years ago...) and dig that glass roof...



Another "wagon" that ingrained itself in my psyche, that I have to find a pic of, is this hot rod Suburban that Chevy engineers built awhile ago. They put a supercharged engine based around a Mercury Marine 454 block (like what we have in our 26' Chris Craft) in a 2500 and made a couple other tweaks...total beast. I shall look for this immediately.

The feelers are out. We're looking at cars every day. America hasn't given up the fight yet, having brought the Chevy Trailblazer to the fight, but all the ones we have found are roached.

XOXOXO

Cris


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Busy-ness. 
I am going to Grand Rapids, MI, today for an hour, basically. I have done these types of trips before, not often, but I have definitely flown somewhere for an hour. I have been travelling quite a bit this year. Taking the days right before Christmas of 2005 as the start, I have been to:

Chicago
France
Norway (x2)
New York (x3)
California (x5? 6?)
Oregon
Alberta

And now I am off to the U.P. After that, another trip to Vegas, followed by the yearly pilgrimage to Hershey, PA. Can't see much farther beyond that right now.

Married life is good, a couple days in.

Car shopping right now. Need to divest ourselves from the Jetta that has served us slowly but well. It's interesting to contemplate the state of the auto industry, and Detroit in specific, as I'm flying through Detroit while looking for a new car. Detroit has made it nearly impossible for us to "Buy American." thanks to uninspiring cars...indeed there are virtually NO vehicles made in the US that fit our particular bill. Where is the US version of the Allroad or the Cross Country...or even just a US A6 or Passat 4motion wagon? Sure, there's an AWD version of the bitchin' Magnum, but until gas prices halve themselves a V-8 like that mixed with my VT commute simply does not compute. A few months back Car&Driver ran a review of a car from ford that fit the bill almost perfectly...but I have yet to see this car ANYWHERE. I think it was a joke. Anyway, I have been a wagon person since the day...my first car was a hand-me-down Chevy Cavalier wagon and I have long-held this body style in the highest of regards. With the dog and our collecting tendencies at the fore, we are wagon people without a doubt.

Meanwhile in Germany, psychopaths with engineering degrees are building these:



XOXOXO

Cris


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Married. 
We finally went and did it. Ali and I are married. Man and Wife. Legit. Truth be told I had an outstanding time. I had most of my closest friends there and I have to say that their friendship and help surprised even me at times this past weekend.


Bride with Cake - Christian DaBica, 2006

To all my friends: Thanks more than you could ever know.

XOXOXO

Cris

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Updates. 
Have been too busy lately to deal with this thing. Lots happening but we can get into that later.

Sick link to the mythical Brunei Sultanate car collection.

I got a boo boo the other day...



Traveling too much. Was in California again, then NH, now back to NH and then supposedly off to Grand Rapids, then Vegas, then Hershey, then...

I'm missing something...about a thousand things. As Evan would say, MORE AFTER THE DROP.

XOXOXO

Cris

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Monday Monday. 
There's this channel on cable called "Sleuth." They run old Miami Vice episodes a couple times a week. Tubbs has, like, a 26 inch waist, seriously.

Plenty of people out there stirring up trouble with the old, forgotten stuff. Check out some original and neglected sections of the greatest highway system ever created here.

Photos from Mark and Tevis' wedding.

Cris

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Wild Rose Country 
The last time I was in Banff was 11 years ago for a Transworld Snowboarding Industry Conference. People from all the companies, the media, and related industries went there to drink and eat a shittalk.

Now, 11 years later, it feels like deja vu...a pile of industry lurks drinking and eating and shittalking, only now it's not called the Transworld Snowboarding Industry Conference, it's called Mark and Tevis' wedding.

Draplin will probably do some little list that better summarizes the goings on here. The knot gets tied this afternoon. So, as they say in the big city, "more after the drop, son."

XOXOXO

Cris

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Trivial 


I'm in elementary school...this is probably 1982 or '83. I play Little League and besides running around in the woods, building forts, this is basically all I do. BUT I want a BMX bike really bad. Problem is that good BMX bikes cost $700.00 or so and there's no way that my parents are ever going to see the upside of that kind of purchase for me. So anyway, every time I'm at a little league game this kid who lived near the field would come down. His name was John Daviaux and he was a few years older than me and he rode the wickedest most sano Redline Proline ever. White, v-bars, UKAI rims, Elina seat, and I think he even had Flite cranks. This bike was spotless and I coveted that thing in a bad way. John kind of had this unhealthy and narcisistic deal where his image and the bike were intertwined. He was a poser, really. He sat there on the bike watching everyone, smoking, vogueing to be honest. Every once in a while he would ride a wheelie down the street but other than that he never really jumped the bike or did anything bitchin' with it.

A few years back I picked up this neglected frame and fork...they had been painted this odd metallic red with trife stickers spelling out "Red Line" on one side. I brought it back from the depths of this indignity and as of a couple days ago it looks like this:



Last week I was at a client's sales meeting and got to meet Russ Okawa (Canoga Park Cycle Center team manager in the early 70s...the first real BMX team coach,) Dean Bradley (photographer and editor of Action Now,) Bill Nicholson (early midwest BMX pro,) this guy who had the bunnyhop world record at one point, and Perry Kramer (PK Ripper.) It was a gas.

As Peter Hewitt would say "F - BMX."

XOXOXO

Cris

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XOXOXO

Cris

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NH = Better. 
Two things happened recently that reminded me of why my adopted home state of New Hampshire kicks Vermont's ass. First, this weekend was amazing...an archtypical summer weekend that couldn't be beat. Despite half of Massachusetts cruising by in their cabin cruisers, bowriders, and "personal watercrafts" with nary a clue as to the rules of the sea, the sun was out, the water was bathwater-warm, and Ali didn't break or sprain anything. In fact, she did some serious driver's seat time this weekend...a big change from her usual first mate program.

Why couldn't this weekend be duplicated over here in VT? I'll give you one example: On Winnipesaukee there are actually people who still drink the lake water straight from their faucet. Here in Vermont if you drink water out of ANY faucet, never mind one hooked directly to an inland body of water, you'll be feeling the wrath of Montezuma's Yankee cousin.

The second bit of evidence is less objective...I found a photo of a car that I have told many stories about. I officially own half of this vehicle and some day I might track it down and bring it over here. It was an important part of my life for a few months and during one of my "employment-challenged" periods it provided me with mobility that I may otherwise have been denied (Thanks to some crackheads that stole my pickup truck...a story for another time and place.)



This car upset people approximately 2 hours after my friend Stefan and I bought it. On the day I took this photo we were running it at an ice race put on by a BMW club where it was causing no amount of stress due to its obvious non-Aryan pedigree. I imagine it continues to upset either Stefan's neighbors or parents or someone somewhere who lives next to wherever he has it parked. This car represents a fun, simple, very New Hampshire time of my life. So to everyone who I ever talked to about this car...here you go. See, it did exist after all.

XOXOXO

Cris

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