Things have been pretty tough lately. I’m slipping further into debt, my business is struggling, and my writing has suffered for it. Sure, I haven’t missed an update in over 240 days, but I find myself less and less motivated to keep it up, and the quality reflects that at times.

For some reason, I thought being the only place in the entire country with a selection of freestyle skateboards would be profitable. Jokes on me, I guess. I have some of the best prices in the world, and I haven’t had a single sale so far.

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

Important Decisions

I may have posted in the past year about trying to get my foot in the door of the skateboarding industry, and I’m here to tell you I haven’t given that up. I did a paid campaign before the holidays to give away a free deck, and handed out a few more besides. Most recently I’ve come up with a brand I’ll be trademarking soon, and I’m officially putting Lucas B. Melo on as my first sponsored skater. He hails from Brazil and practices freestyle. With some luck, hard work, and support, the aim is to get him into some AM level contest. The ultimate goal is to create an avenue for underprivileged skaters to not only participate in skating, but potentially thrive and make a career out of it. Lucas is the first to set out on that journey, and Brazil is the jumping off point. To make this clear, I’m on a shoe string budget. I had to move back in with my Mom, I have no nine to five as backup, and I only have a grand a month to live on, and support this project with. That support includes the salary I offered Lucas, which is the equivalent of a month’s wages in his country. Don’t get me wrong, I’m not complaining about my personal cost, I’m complaining about the fact that I can’t afford to pay him more. A month’s wages in Brazil is only just over $200 CAD. If I could, I’d pay him a real salary, but I have rent and the like to worry about as well. It’s in light of these facts that I’m now considering a Patreon page, solely to increase what I’m able to pay Lucas, and improve the platform to lift future skaters out of poverty. I’ll be setting it up in the coming months, and while I normally refrain from asking for any kind of assistance, I would appreciate it greatly if you helped to spread the word. I’ll update here with details leading up to the launch, between the usual torrents of mediocre free verse. Thank you for bearing with me, I realize this was a long and rambling affair.

Warm regards,

J. C. Lloyd

Technology and Technique

I’ve concluded that I need something half decent to record audio with. The old dictaphone I’ve been using just doesn’t sound great, no matter how much I manipulate it in post. Even the microphone in my camera is terrible. Those are my gripes for the day.

On the bright side of things, I made some more progress with the whole freestyle skating endeavor. I miss downhill, but learning something new is cool. Here, take a look at what I’ve been up to today.