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Brian Golden Rest in Peace Brother.

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , on March 11, 2017 by gerilewis001

Helpful, insightful and beautiful. Brian Golden you had the dance floor moves! Lets get this party started!

Oh man you were such a fun guy.

Moreover you had the wit and intelligence to punch and jab with the best of them Brian. A friend’s friend we could count on you to be around, good times or bad. You were as solid as a rock. A dear friend, a blessing and your support and help throughout the many decades is irreplaceable .Thank you for your photos and conversation, Your warmth, wit, sincerity, and genuine friendship.  I sure do miss you bro. You were a light in the darkness, a  helping hand when there was often none or very few around. My very sincere condolences to the immediate family, friends and the tribe. Aloha Nui Brian.

Made in Venice the “Documentary”

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , on July 29, 2016 by gerilewis001

When is a documentary film not a documentary film? Check it home boy. I hear from reliable sources the Made in Venice “documentary” is finished. Yeah I never thought the film would be made much less released. I signed off on it years ago and got my paltry penance of income and that is that. But I never said I would keep my mouth shut. I also hear I look good in it. Bahahha. I also hear the film is inaccurate and manipulative. I will reserve judgment and comment other than what I have stated until I see it. I missed the initial screening as I live rural and fight fires for a living now. However I may see it soon. I will keep you posted and believe me the book will be published. “How to build a skatepark in the sand and loose friends you only thought you had.” Bawawawaw!

On the film, Made in Venice aka Dogtown Redemption

Posted in culture, Dogtown, Ramblings, Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , on August 12, 2013 by gerilewis001


If you happen to watch this documentary and I use the word documentary very very cautiously, I wish to give you a heads up. The film is biased and and very very far from the truth of how the Venice Skatepark was built. The producer/director is a complete amateur, wishing to make friends rather than a concise and truthful film.  The producer had access to a fantastic story yet chose to manipulate and edit, reduce and delete key players and their roles instead focusing on one person creating a myth as to how it all actually went down. Moreover  he choose to ignore  the destruction of a once vigorous,  viable and worthy organization ,the VSA  which is more than half of the story.  Sour grapes?  Not really, the proof is in the pudding and in the locals that are still around Venice. They will tell you how, why, and what went down if you really care to know. It is fairly evident, I ran and owned the VSA lock, stock, and barrel for 10 years solid. I took all the risk, put up the front money, insurance etc. I had the leadership training and a formal education which many lacked. I am not being derogatory, egotistical or obfuscating, just the facts bro, in black and white. You see, I am an old soldier figuratively and literally, a US Army veteran, and as a leader of a platoon, I wish for all the soldiers who served to get their day in the sun and their recognition.  Once I formed a board of directors, people being what and who they are, began getting very greedy and politics being what they are, I was cut out and every original person involved was run off. It took roughly 3 years to completely destroy an organization that took 10 years to build. As I mentioned the  job producer/director missed 3/4 or the story. Who knows, perhaps I will make my own flic as to what really went down. The Bully, The Sucker, The Pawn, The Manipulator, The Traitor, The Genius, The Leader.  The love, hatred and the pettiness. It is all there. Know a good film maker?