Helmet-Ready for Tomorrow Night’s Action

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Feb 12 2011

Now we’re Ready to Start!

Today is a chill day and recoup day.  I needed it because I have serious gout in my foot and can barely walk.   Good timing with a day like tomorrow.

We decided we are going to wear helmets tomorrow, so I went driving around and picked some up.  Then, went and got some paint to bedazzele them.  Here’s my Grammy Helmet Bedazzelement… so far.

**Reminder: Tune-in to the GRAMMYS on CBS – 8 p.m.-11 p.m. EST.  Hoffman and friends lend a hand (and riding skills) to Arcade Fire‘s live performance!

The bikes and the helmets used in the performance will be auctioned off on eBay to benefit The Michael J. Vincent Fund.  More details coming soon!

This day was destined to be turned up to 11!

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Feb 11, 2011

My family and I woke up at 4:30am and started the day.   Some days words just don’t do justice, so here was our day:

SlideShow:

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Video:

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First landing attempt ended up getting stuck in a tree.

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Second landing, well…

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Once we were all safe on the ground my family and Orly got some food at the dropzone and I took a jump with Rooftop:

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Today Was a Good Day

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The Wind Is Off – The Grammys Are On

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Feb 10 2011

Well, the wind is looking to be off shore until Monday (can’t fly), so we hit up the Birch Aquarium yesterday.

Today was an interesting day…. Spike suggested me to Arcade Fire to gather up a posse and ride around them as they play at the Grammys.  It’s a weird life….

So, I called the Lord Voelker, Mike Escamilla aka Rooftop and Simon Tabron to provide some chaos with me.  Today, we met the band and did a run through.

The first run through, I ghost rode my bike off-stage and it almost hit a camera guy and they freaked out.  I don’t blame them.  Sometimes when you do dumb things there’s no escaping the fact that it was dumb. I apologize for my dumb-atude.  I almost got kicked out before we even figured out what we were going to do….

The Grammy peeps stopped hating on me and let me carry on.  We went through the song 3 or 4 times and they rocked my lame ass!  Dude, I wish I had a ramp to throw down on!  They make some serious energy come out of their instruments.

The day went well. We ad-libbed and things came together nicely.  I’m wearing the helmet cam. The band is real and cool – makes me want to run into something at high speed.

I’m going to auction the bikes we are riding at the Grammys for Mike Vincent!  I’ll hit the band up to sign them, and we will tag them too, so if you want something rad and to give to the good look for it on eBay soon!

Gianna came with me and sat next to Ozzy! He wouldn’t stop staring at her! heh heh..

Tomorrow, I’m getting my family up at 5am to meet Rooftop at the Perris dropzone. We are going to take a hot air balloon up to around 8 thousand feet and Roof and I are gonna jump out of it!

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Wahooo!

Check back tomorrow and see you at the Grammys on Sunday!

By the way, it’s 73 degrees right now and -5 in Oklahoma!  Sorry suckas!

-Mat

La Jolla Family Vacation, Feb. 9, 2011

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Okay, it looks like I’m in real time cyber mode! Lets see if this works…

What’s happening right now is my family and I decided to cash in my airline miles and make a trip to La Jolla, CA, to escape the arctic blast back home. We arrived last night and just got photos of what the weather looks like back home… Whew, just in time.

This is my attraction to La Jolla: paragliding Torrey Pines Gliderport.

Here’s a pic of the last session I had flying here.

Right now, I’m staring at the cliff hoping the wind cooperates and I can fly some today. Gianna, Jet and Jaci are all down for a tandem ride, too. We already scoped the launch site out and there is hope for the wind to align this afternoon. Fingers crossed.

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