Buzzard Brigade is out of the nest

This meme from Dave the Voice Boyce who is the designer for The Red Dragons apparel company from Vancouver basically sums up what my new project, The Buzzard Brigade is about.

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Anyone who knows me well, knows I am a big kidult at heart. I can laugh at myself and certainly don’t take myself too seriously. After starting a family and and having my oldest take up snowboarding and skateboarding, I found myself back on both. I fell back in love with two past times from a different point in my life. Back when things were slightly less hectic and simpler. Hang with friends, skate, party, work, repeat.

I am thrilled that I have rejoined both skating and riding in my mid thirties. I didn’t doing either by design along the way, it was more of an issue of not having the people to do them with. Some friends moved, some started families, others got hurt along the way and had to hang it up.

So when my son started riding and we would with family friends we’d meet other older guys and girls that are still getting out there and skiing or riding.

My friend Chris and I, joke about being the ” old guys ” out there with all the kids and teenagers. Which is largely true. Snowboarding is hurting all around and casual older riders just don’t seem to be out there just as I wasn’t. And riders that still want to ride like they’re in their twenties and hit the park, jumps, side hits, etc.. . even scarcer.

That all said,  I have a small group of friends and acquaintances that still ride or skate with some regularity. I was speaking with one of them at local shop and he mentioned getting an old buzzard crew together to go skate the Rye Airfield park in NH sometime.

I have heard that term thrown around for years regarding peers that were older. But now, I am a buzzard.  I am 41, I still like acting like a kid even when I am not on a board.

I ran the concept of starting a site, social channels Buzzard themed  to celebrate and promote people who are 35 or older that still skateboard, still snowboard, still wear hoodies, still wear baseball hats, still play with toys… you get the idea and hopefully read the meme above and they thought it was a great idea. Pretty much universally.

So I didn’t know what specifically to call it;

Buzzard Squad

Buzzard Crew

Old Buzzards

Buzzard Team

None of these clicked. Then I thought of my PS3 and PS4 gaming community and clan, The 33rdbrigade, then I though of the Bones Brigade and it hit me with a ton of bricks. I just had to see if the domain was available. It was. I had to see if the social channel were available. They were and BOOM! The Buzzard Brigade was born.

I plan on featuring our core group of Buzzards riding and skating as much as possible as well as any Buzzards from around the world by using #buzzardbrigade in social posts to be featured. We have stickers on the way and hopefully shirts and hoodies down the line.

 

Peep our original hack and slash logo, which has a certain freshman charm if I do say so myself. I hacked this together using GIMP.

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Now check out our new and improved logo from my friend and graphics guru for The Gun Parlor @modivationdesign  I love it but I may be biased…

Buzzard Brigade Transparent Logo White Background

 

To follow the antics of The Buzzard Brigade this winter and beyond check our our social channels to like and follow!

http://facebook.com/buzzardbrigade

http://instagram.com/buzzardbrigade

http://twitter.com/buzzardbrigade.com

Write it down and stay organized

Write it down and stay organized

Business today is so closely tied to technology that most of us will use digital calendars, task lists and notes to stay organized throughout the day. I know I abandoned my paper and pencil Daily Action Planner about 2 years ago.

For years before I would leave for the day I would write down a list on a standard legal pad of what I had planned the following day. I followed the ” do the worst first ” method and it worked for me. I didn’t always fully complete my D.A.P but it really kept me on track throughout the week.

When I got my EVO 4G I started using Google Calendar and a note app to manage my days. Although it was easier and readily available when I was away from my office, it diminished my overall organizational effectiveness.

From the EVO I went to the iPhone 4S. Between my iPad, MBP and my iPhone and the Cloud and dropbox I was able to better manage my daily tasks. Even though I had better device integration, my system apparently was lacking as I was running into situations where something important would be missed or overlooked.

Back to Basics

Sometimes it makes the most sense to use K.I.S.S. I say this because about two months ago I decided to buy some legal pads and start using my basic, simple Daily Action Planner again. At the time there was a ton going on and it seem that I was letting tasks slip through the cracks left and right. Once I started using  ” old faithful ” my workflow improved and although I did use my iphone/ipad to manage some of it I felt I was getting more done and in a more timely manner. Something about physically crossing something off a list was rewarding for me. More so than checking a radio button on my ipad or even crossing it out digitally using a stylus and NotesPlus.

Since then I have relearned how to write it down and stay organized. Most days I am in the office, I spend the last 10-15 minutes planning the following day. I normally carry over what wasn’t accomplished or is awaiting an answer first, then tasks that I deem to be the ” worst ” and then any additional items that need to be addressed.

It really has made a tremendous impact and I am thankful for having returned to my old ways. I do feel like I should work and find a better way to manage my days affairs via technology and find a system that works for me but in the meantime I am embracing good old pencil and paper!