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Shakazulu Name Preston
Location Portland, OR, US
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Gender: Male
Age: 33
Languages: English
Experience  
Years Riding: 6
Average Days/Year: 40
Skill Level: N/A
Riding Style: all mountain
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Preferred Terrain: powder, groomers
Sizing Info  
Height/Weight: 5'11, 182 lbs
Board Size: 159
Boot Size: 10
Clothing Size: L
Jacket Size: L
Pants Size: L
Thermal Size: L
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Region: North West
Location: Oregon
Resort: Mt. Hood Meadows
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11/23/2008 12:20:36 PM I know, I'm lame for counting down the hours  But I LOVE 24 and its been a long wait!  Still trying to figure out how to get the 24 ringer on my Iphone.
11/20/2008 4:56:12 PM You knew I had to do it!  We need to get some snow so I can get my mind out of the gutter
11/20/2008 10:58:10 AM Black BNR32 had a good suggestion of starting my own thread.  Better than thread jacking everyone else.  After 140,000 glorious miles in my beautiful black on black M5, I feel it may be time for her to go.  While I have seen E39 M5's get over 200k on the clock.  None of the service guys around here have any experience with them, and its getting to be a pain in the neck to take care of it.  I frequently have to tell them what needs to be done on it.  I have two options, either learn to do it myself (good luck, the GT1 computer needed to read the engine is upwards of 20k I hear) And lets be real, I'm just ready for a new pair of shoes.  I had an order on a new Skyline GTR and sold my allocation amidst concerns of servicing it.  Those concerns turned out to be totally right and I'm thankful I didn't pick that car up now, plus making a proffit on something I didn't even really own wasn't a bad deal either.  I really love my M5 because its basically the ultimate in power and subtlety.  It handles incredibly well, is luxuriously appointed (dash is covered in leather, roof is alcantra and seats are Ostrich Skin).  I feel it has timeless styling.  Its super powerful, gets good mileage on the highway, has enough room that i can travel with it etc.  Not to mention occasionally lighting up the rear tires for an entire city block is fun. -Its built like a bank vault.  Entire car is so solid, no rattles or squeeks anywhere I have a big truck that is there for all my camping/snowboarding/home depot trips.  So while I don't want a pure race car, I don't need something with 4 doors.  Things I dislike: -Tough to service and expensive.  I don't mind the cost so much, I do mind waiting for parts, waiting for appointments, and having service tech's get it wrong when they do fix it.  -City mileage is about 12-14 mpg -Consumables are a ton.  Tires are 2 grand a set, and I go through rears in about 10,000 miles (can't rotate them due to the camber).  Brake jobs are 1600 bucks per end, 250 dollar oil changes etc. -Radio sucks and I can't replace it, no bluetooth, can't watch movies on the screen and the nav system is a few years behind.  I keep updating it with new drives, but the new I-drive BMW's are way more advanced.  -Kinda big and heavy for a sporty car.  There is something to be said for being able to fling a car through corners.  Mine has a full Dinan Stage III suspension, so handles very well, but you can still feel the weight.  Also, its more fun to drive above 100 mph than below it due to the weight, which also is strangely unsatisfying sometimes.  Possible ideas for replacements: -2008 STI, awesome deals on them.  Great engine, tons of mod potential with suspension to dial in handling.  Probably pretty reliable.  Downsides.....Well, Fast and the Furious comes to mind, but the new one looks pretty sleek and subtle.  I am kind of a tech geek, so all the differentials and various modes would be fun to mess with.  Hatchback kinda cool too. -2006-07 E60 M5.  They are all over for less than 50 grand now.  Get the new V10 engine, all the electronic updates.  More room.  Put an exhaust on it and it sounds like an F1 car.  100k warranty.  Downsides is I'm stuck with the servicing costs again, they are far less reliable than the E39 version.  It drinks gas at about twice the rate mine does.  Tires are hugely expensive  (I'm just assuming this, haven't checked yet).  Mod's are a ton of money for BMW's.  I do love the new interior though and I actually like the SMG tranny.  100k car for half price and only a year or two old?  Not bad. -2008-09BMW 135i.  Newer, much smaller and lighter.  Nimble handling, can chip it and make 400hp.  S
10/30/2008 12:27:15 PM Ok, these really only have about 25 days on them.  No smells or anything like that.  In really good shape actually. The only thing that is wrong with them is the back part of the inner tight squeeze sock has detached from the back of the boot.  So when you put the liner into the boot, you need to hang onto the sock thingy to keep it from getting scrunched down under the liner. Its no big deal, and you could probably just staple or stitch it back in with about 30 seconds of work. They are black, I'll post up pictures later on, all i ask is you pay shipping for them.
10/20/2008 8:20:04 AM Come on guys, what are you going with?  Right now the Shaun White Target edition is leading for me, yes I am selling out completely.
10/17/2008 8:33:24 AM Here you go guys, all up on ebay, starting at 1 dollar with no reserve 2006 Burton AG 1 piece, all white.  Super rare, if you remember the Kier Dillon add's from the first year of the Vapor.  This is what he was wearing 2006 Burton Idiom 3l jacket.  Can't say much here, basically brand new and top of the line protection.  Try buying a new idiom jacket for less than 500 bucks without a hookup. 2006 Burton Ronin 3l pants.  Macdaddy lime green with yellow pinstripe ones.  I wore these with a half life jacket for ultimate in visibility on the mountain.  Look brand new, no stains or anything. Here they all are in my auctions http://shop.ebay.com/merchant/phosheezy12 Email me any questions if you have any or need more pics
10/15/2008 4:39:26 PM I almost pee'd   http://www.nbc.com/Saturday_Night_Live/video/clips/vp-debate-open-palin-biden/727421/   http://www.nbc.com/Saturday_Night_Live/video/clips/palin-hillary-open/656281/   http://www.nbc.com/Saturday_Night_Live/video/clips/couric-palin-open/704042/      
10/15/2008 4:33:28 PM The largest cell in the human body is the female egg and the smallest is the male sperm. It takes food seven seconds to get from your mouth to your stomach. One human hair can support 3 kg (6.6 lb). The average man's erect penis is three times the length of his thumb. Human thighbones are stronger than concrete. A woman's heart beats faster than a man's. There are about one trillion bacteria on each of your feet Women blink twice as often as men. The average person's skin weighs twice as much as the brain. Your body uses 300 muscles to balance itself when you are standing still. If saliva cannot dissolve something, you cannot taste it. 80% of men who started reading this are probably still busy checking their thumbs....
10/11/2008 12:26:47 PM Just got back from Timberline on Mt. Hood.  They put the lifts on standby after only a few hours due to really high winds, so I only got to put in about 10-15 runs.  But it was great to be back on the snow.  Overall it was really sunny, but pretty icy.  You could find some softer snow to the sides though and it was basically wide open for some high speed runs, just had to be careful with being able to stop in time on the ice to make the turn t the lift.   Quick pics of the top of Palmer, if you look in the lower left hand side, you can still see the jumps from the summer park.  I ventured down there and decided that would be certain eath.  First of all, the run-out no longer had snow down to the lift, so it would have meant a hike out of there.  Secondly, it was pure ice, like the kind where its almost blue.  I had a hard time even stopping over there, and an even worse time walking back up to the run.  If it gets warmer though it would be worth it.   Anyway, here are some  pics        
10/10/2008 1:32:45 PM Had to re-install my operating system and forgot to keep Adobe 8 around.  I had previously bought a licensed version for 100 bucks from somewhere, can't remember where now.  Anyone got the 411 on the cheapest place to get it?
10/9/2008 6:53:55 AM Well, technically its old terrain for all of us that have been risking our season passes going through these area's anyway, but check out the post on their blog   we're opening up the S&R (Search&Rescue) Cliffs area through gated access. This is the advanced terrain skiers left of Private Reserve. It will be managed much the same way as Private Reserve through control gates. It is double black diamond - only expert skiers and snowboarders should access the area. We're also opening up gladed terrain skiers right of Tamarack near the bottom of Hood River Express. This is known as FRight Trees (Far Right Trees) which also describes the nature of steep pitches throughout - it's also double black territory." These are my two favorite spots on the mountain, epic tree runs with knarly steeps, ledges, drops, chutes.  I'm still working up the courage to drop the Cliff's, the pitch is right and when the snow is deep I think it can be down, about 50 feet I would guess, maybe more.  Been down the sides of it, which have a little pitch, but it was more of the head over heel's style and didn't end too well.
9/11/2008 3:39:40 PM Words can not describe the awesomeness of this guy..   http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SdhB4hnH6Hs&feature=related    
9/9/2008 11:39:16 AM Exactly what it says in the title.........Yet at the same time, not what you are thinking.   http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2wRdKGgnd9Y    
9/9/2008 6:11:11 AM Anyone seen the predictions for the coming winter yet?  Last years was pretty much dead on in the pacific NW, just wondering if we are due for a decent winter or not.  Summer basically sucked here, so I'm hoping for tons of snow.
8/27/2008 7:53:41 AM Just got back from rushing my girlfriend to the airport.  Her 32 year old sister apparently has some sort of kidney ailment thats incredibly serious.  The sucky part is thats its totally treatable, but she doesn't believe in western medicine and won't let the doctors help her (recently decided to become a spiritualistic hippy).  She is staying in bed until she passes on now.  Whomever she was dating isn't there anymore, and she didn't want to die alone (wasn't even going to tell the rest of the family), so she called my girlfriend and told her the deal.   Mai is alternating between total shock and anger right now.  But she is flying there now.  I don't even know what to think.  Her sister just seems like she wants to die, which makes no sense.  A few months ago she was hiking and living off the land, and now she doesn't want to be here anymore.  Its been very clearly explained to her that her life can be saved easilly and she simply doesn't care.   Both Mai and myself are really struggling trying to respect her beliefs, either way this really sucks.   I talk to her mother all the time on the phone and I'm not supposed to anything to her about all this, as her sister doesn't want her to know.


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