New vistas open up before you

New potential lies in wait

New avenues of change

Memories to create

So, I’ve got my first order of freestyle boards up on the webstore. If you live in Canada, I’ve got the best prices in town. On top of that, I put part of all proceeds towards helping skaters like Lucas in the third world. If you’re in the market for something to skate indoors this winter, I’d really appreciate you checking out the link below.

https://mlmskates.com/products

I used to love the small hours. For a time, I lived most of my life between midnight and five in the morning. The substantial bits, at least. Now I feel quite miserable if I stay up past eleven. To be fair, I was a meth addict back then. I’d rather be early to bed than early to the grave, so I’m definitely better off now.

I didn’t really begin this post with any direction or purpose in mind, but it’s served well in temporarily preventing me from wasting time on social media. I suppose I’ll head back to bed and try to get some sleep. I don’t know if it’s stress that’s been messing with me lately, but I could do with a proper rest.

Hope everyone is doing well. Bye for now.

J.C. “Mongo” Lloyd

Keeping Busy

If you want to see what I’ve been up to, I post a variety of things on my instagram page. I’m just putting the finishing touches on a little pseudo art project, for example. It’s a surprise for a friend in need, and I’ll admit that I’m fairly proud of the results. https://www.instagram.com/mlm_skates/

If you see fit to give me a follow, or the skater I sponsor, we would really appreciate it.

Warm regards,

J.C. “Mongo” Lloyd

I’m having a lot of trouble getting to sleep at a normal time lately, and not for lack of trying. Even when I’m exhausted, I get about two or three hours, then wake up as tired as I started. It seems like nothing really helps, whether it be a commercially available sleep aid, or a vast quantity of pot. I know people like to suggest exercise, but I’ve actually been quite active in recent months. I swear, that’s the “have you tried turning it off and on” of the sleep world.

I hope everyone is doing well, and managing to enjoy their weekend. If you’re struggling like I am, I wish you luck and peace.

Warm regards,

J.C – Lloyd

Could you spare a moment?

Starting a charitable organization from the ground up is tough, and I encounter obstacles everywhere I look. The way it’s going, I’ll be several months behind schedule with products and marketing, but I had anticipated struggles, as I do in all things. If it weren’t for the good it does for those in need, I don’t think I could motivate myself to continue. To be clear, I have no current donors and do everything out of pocket.

For almost a decade now, I’ve freely offered my writing to anyone in need of a little catharsis. I’ve shown time and time again that you can struggle openly with things like depression and disappointment without it being the end of you, or defining you as a person. I’ll continue to do this until I can’t any longer, whether anyone reads or not, and regardless of whether anyone sees fit to support my many and varied efforts. I just ask that you consider it, and keep in mind that even two dollars a month from a stranger makes a world of difference for someone like Lucas, and all the people he helps in turn.

Thank you for taking the time to read, and my apologies for coming on a bit strong. I’ve felt like a life raft on the Titanic lately.

Warm regards,

Justin Clapp – Lloyd

I’m back, and perhaps a little worse for wear. I hope everyone had a pleasant weekend. I spent mine up north, and relaxed a couple days. I don’t leave the house often, so it was a nice change of scenery, even though I lived up there for a decade. I passed by a couple of my old haunts. I was happy to see they’re still around. If you’ve never lived in northern Canada, you probably wouldn’t like it, but the trees and the hidden glades are as much a part of me as I am of the mosquitos.

Enjoy the rest of your day, wherever you are.

Warm regards,

J.C – Lloyd

Stability

Well, I’m healing up alright. My knee is finally strong enough to trust it. It rained almost every day since I slammed, so I didn’t actually lose time to the injury. Decent little silver lining, eh? Now that I’m mobile again, I have to start arranging days to film some street skating. I lined up the best locals I know, so I’m looking forward to it. If you dig the idea of being featured, let me know at mongolloydskates@gmail.com

If you want to support the project and help get underprivileged folk on the path to a stable living, consider becoming the first member of our Patreon crew.


P.S. – It doesn’t matter where you’re from, or who you are. We welcome all types at Mongo Lloyd and Melo.

Taking root.

I’ve almost got the first big batch of products ready for my web-store, and Lucas is making great progress on the Brazilian side of things. I think I mentioned before that he has an interview coming up with the country’s biggest television broadcaster, to talk about our work helping underprivileged people across the globe get involved in the skateboarding community/industry. If anyone wants to help support the cause, a small monthly pledge to our patreon would go a long ways toward expanding our efforts. The first tier is only two dollars a month ($24 CAD for a whole year). It would cover some of the cost of things like heat transfer vinyl, shirts and other products, as well as payments to skaters, like Lucas. If you can’t, I understand, and ask only that you consider sharing the page with others instead. Thanks as always for reading. I hope you’re doing well, and staying healthy.

Warm regards,

J.C. Lloyd

I woke up at 11:50pm and still managed to write my daily poem. It took until 11:54 to turn on my computer and log in, but I managed to publish by 11:57. How’s that for skirting the edge of a deadline? Hopefully I get back into the routine of updating in the mornings, but I haven’t been feeling creative in the early hours lately. In all honesty, I don’t really require inspiration, but it certainly helps the quality of my work.

I hope everyone is doing well, and finding time to relax. We all need an occasional break.

Warm regards,

J.C – Lloyd

100 Pages

Well, one hundred consecutive days. It’s the first time in this process that I’ve felt a sense of achievement, of reaching some milestone. Despite health issues, injuries, power outages, and my tendency to quit on myself, I’ve managed to be consistent and engaged.

I’d like to extend my thanks to everyone that’s kept up with me thus far. I hope you’re enjoying what little I have to offer, and I look forward to keeping it going as long as I can. To be earnest, I may well switch to every other day once the year is up.

While I’m here, I’ll give an update on my skate brand. Things are coming together piece by piece. I have stock building up and I should be ready to officially launch by the end of the summer, hopefully earlier. It’s a fairly seasonal business in Canada, but I had anticipated the first year being a loss in any case. It’s been a fun project so far, and time well spent, even if I’m not making any money. More updates to come.

Have a great weekend, everyone.

Warm Regards,

J.C – Lloyd