THE EPICLY LATER’D PAGE
Words & Photos by Patrick O'Dell
Top: Mike Carroll. Bottom: Alex Olson filming a trick for me, Marc Johnson and his collectible Jason Lee board, Tony Trujillo and his X-Games medal.
Today I am swamped filming the
show. I was at Guy Mariano’s house this morning and Marc Johnson’s house in the mountains yesterday. My life is filled with this stuff—questions, schedules, phone calls—and yet it doesn’t even feel like work. I am trying to get ahold of Lance Mountain next. Maybe try to interview Gino Iannucci in jail if he’ll let me. It’s crazy for me because I don’t really even know these people that well, I’m just a fan of theirs. I remember watching Guy Mariano in
and thinking, “He’s one year older than me so I have time to catch up. Maybe when I’m 14 I’ll be as good as him.” Like most skaters, I dreamed of becoming pro. But I’m not especially good at skateboarding, so when that didn’t pan out I dreamed of working at a skateboard company,
involving skateboarding. I thought even packing boxes in a warehouse would be cool. I don’t want to gloat, but I am very happy to be doing this, it is more than I could have asked. I hope it doesn’t end too soon. Sorry to be sappy.