Defining Success: GrindWorks Podcast 055

How do you define success? A lot of people consider the attainment of wealth, favor, or eminence the default definition. But what if there are other goals and motivations? How do we define and measure success in other ways?

The working title of this episode is “Skateparks Are Like Gaybars” based on an observation noticed during preparing and recording. In it, we dive into this subject and I discuss learning tricks, school, athletics, work, starting a business, social media, and hobbies. Then we tackle a section at the end that is essentially the Lowdown, Part 3.

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The Lowdown, Part 2: GrindWorks Podcast 054

Wrapping up the Lowdown, this episode is a detailed discussion on work, manufacturing, efficiency, and what’s been going on the last year or so.

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Styles For Myles Jam: GrindWorks Podcast 053

Myles “Bubba” Roach, 11 years old, was killed on 10/30/2021 at the hands of a school bully. Since this horrific event, his parents, Jordan and Katelyn Roach, have been working on a jam in his memory and working on setting up a non-profit to “put all brakes on bullying”.

This episode is a small glimpse into what happened, how the family is coping with the loss, and how they are using it as motivation to help curb bullying for others and promote BMX and other action sports as a means of averting bullying within their community. They’ve still got a long ways to go in the fight for justice, getting a formal 501c non-profit established, and getting stronger every day.

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TBT – Trashfish: GrindWorks Podcast 051

It looks like we completely missed posting this episode on here when it dropped, and it was a really good episode, so why not throw it back and remind you to check this one out again, or for the first time.

Eddie Olschansky, or Trashfish, spends more time fishing trash out of the river from his kayak than he does on his bike these days. Listen in for how this came about and what he’s doing for his local river in Cleveland.

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The Lowdown, Part 1: GrindWorks Podcast 052 and New G Spot Wax

Recorded over a year ago, this episode should start to clear things up as to some of the mystery of where we’ve been and what’s been going on. We know there’s more questions, but that’s why this is only part 1…

We also released a new wax, the G Spot, over on the site. You’ll find the link for the wax and some links to check out the podcast on various other platforms as fits your lifestyle after the jump!

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A Sign of Life…

Whoa – A new GrindWorks blog post! I feel like it’s been forever, but the at the same time the last year has flown by. There’s been a lot of non-BMX stuff at work in my life lately, and the move from Pittsburgh back to Binghamton has not helped with that, but that’s a story for another time (lightly teases a new podcast episode or two).

I posted the design on Instagram a few weeks ago, but we have a new shirt up on the webstore as of last night! Link to the shirt is here: https://grindworksbmx.storenvy.com/products/36091864-pegging-tee

Verifiably the worst photo crop of my career.

More to come soon…

-AV

Two-for-one Special: Episodes 049 and 050 are live!

After a long break between the last few episodes, it feels good to have a few on-deck. But due to the urgency with which I want to get episode 050 out to everyone, I’m dropping both episodes 049 and 050 together.

Episode 049 is a solo-cast recorded while driving from Pittsburgh, PA to Binghamton, NY and discusses some supply chain issues with pegs, hints at upcoming jams, and pitches some alternate podcast episodes that may be on the horizon.

Episode 050 is with Derek Nelson and details some of the headaches he has had with the town where his park, HCS, and fabrication business, Spooky Action Industrial Arts, is located. There’s a GoFundMe, as well as several other links below.

Episodes are after the jump!

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Josh Sorrentino and Kevin Czuba: GrindWorks Podcast 048

This episode went live earlier today and I didn’t have time to make a formal post about it. If you’ve seen or listened to it already, thank you! If not, well here you go! Episode 048 is with Josh Sorrentino and Kevin Czuba. They hung out in Pittsburgh over a month ago and I just never put it online.

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BFS Day Trip

James Yusczyk and myself (AV) decided to head North and hit up Breaking Free Skatepark with a few friends. We managed a few clips and put this little edit together for your viewing pleasure.

We also figured that playing my own music wouldn’t be any worse than the generic rights-cleared music, so I went for that using my son’s toddler guitar and toddler drum set. Could be worse…

-AV

Matt O’Connell: GrindWorks Podcast 047

Why has it been so long and why has so much changed? I am writing this (an technically the last post) in a new format on WordPress, and it feels foreign. But our last podcast episode was in August. That’s a huge gap. We’ve tried some live-casts and while fun, I just don’t believe they make for good listening when posted up later and the element of interaction is removed.

Anyway, after such a long break, and technical difficulties during episode 046, things just appear to be working again. Well, if we were “in studio” that is. Matt O’Connell “visited” and we were able to “remotely” record an episode that has been in the works for a while. But per usual, it’s more of a hang-out session than an interview. Either way, you’re still bored and the world is pending another shut down, so give this a listen and stay tuned for a couple more coming soon.

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