September 20, 2005
NBC has been hyping the living shit out of their new sitcom with Jason Lee: “My Name Is Earl“. TV teasers, ads in every damn magazine, weird radio spots, and all over LA you see city buses and huge billboards with Jason’s face. Therefore I was a bit cautious about the show.
I tuned in last nite and I gotta say, the show is damn funny. The jokes were amusing and Jason’s acting was on point. It’s the perfect role for him. I’m actually looking forward to next week’s episode.
Due to my situation in our beloved skateboard industry, I’ve met Jason Lee a few times. I remember the first time I picked him and and a bunch of other Real and Stereo riders up from Schiphol airport. They were in town for a demo I organized in Amsterdam every summer.
Jason needed to set up a new board so I brought him to our skateshop, Rodolfo’s. He had a board, wheels and trucks, he just needed hardware. I grabbed a sheet of grip, some bolts, plus a set of the best bearings and offered to put his board together for him. Imagine how stoked I was when he said yes! Me, a Dutch nerd, putting together a board for the skater with the best steez everrrrrr.
After I was finished, I proudly gave Jason his board. He put it on the floor and started rolling around in the shop. All of sudden he stopped, picked up his board and set it on the counter.
“What is this?”
“What do you mean?” I replied, scared as hell I put the trucks on wrong.
“They are brand new.”
“I know, but I like my bearings crappy. Do you have any rusty old bearings? If so, I’de love to have those.”
So I took his board and dove in the trashcan to find some old bearings. Luckily I found some and I swapped them out with the brand new ones. These old bearings were so crappy, the wheels hardly spun and they made an aweful screeching sound!
“Perfect,” Jason said, “Just the way I like them!”