Kind Lines benefit starts tomorrow


Amazing art for a great cause.

“Kind Lines is an art show and auction to benefit Surfaid International. The event, to take place in September of 2009 in NYC, was created by Rick Malwitz, of the Brooklyn-based Malwitz Custom Surfboards. Malwitz wanted to raise money for Surfaid in a creative, fun way that would celebrate surf culture and art. When he started asking artists within the surf community if they would be interested in donating a painting for the event, the response was overwhelming. In the end, 24 artists were selected to participate. Malwitz hand-shaped and bamboo glassed canvases, each resembling a cross-section of a surfboard, and distributed these to the participants. The rules were simple: any medium, any style, any surf-related theme. In September, these 24 original works of art will be featured at gallery in NYC, and an online auction will follow. The auction will be open to anyone, and is a great way to collect original art from some of the most brilliant surf artists. 100% of the proceeds go to Surfaid. Thanks to the sponsorship by Greenlight Surf Supply, Surf Source, and Swaylocks.”

Online Auction is between September 26 – October 4th , 2009

All the details/artwork here | Put together by Mr. Rick Malwitz

Mom and Brigitte

Mom and B
Brigitte just passed the 2 month mark and it’s been amazing. Linda’s beyond an excellent Mom — and I’m so proud of her.

We got her weighed the other day and she’s now 11 pds. She’s getting more vocal, can control her legs and hands much better and it smiling up a storm !! She’s been a very good kid so far. We couldn’t ask for more.

Follow along with the “brigitte” tag on flickr.

2 weeks in with Brigitte

Just a little bit more?

Hi everyone,

It’s been quite a crazy 2 weeks. Brigitte arrived Sunday July 19th at 8:30am and joined our family.

Linda and I had prepared as much as possible (Some of it was really useful to reduce the stress of the first couple days — but other stuff went through my eyes and out the back of my head), we both knew what to expect, but reading/talking can’t really get your emotional side ready for the shift/’smack across the face’ you’re about to get.

Here’s just a couple of my random thoughts about the past two weeks:

  • By far breast feeding has been the toughest part — it makes all the other parts of caring for a healthy newborn seem easy. Linda has a lot on her shoulders and she’s been doing amazing — she’s letting me take care of almost everything else which is working just fine.
  • We absolutely love our daughter — the connection was instant — funny that it would seem obvious but shocking how strong a bond is formed so quickly.
  • She’s got some werewolf or vampire blood in her — every night she’s starts getting restless around 10 or 11 and really won’t settle down ’til 2 or 3am. We’ve shifted our day for night schedules. Linda making sure she sleeps in ’til at least noon or later to not be so exhausted. I’ve been still trying to wake up early as I will be returning to Plank one day soon !!
  • We’ve been shut-in’s with lots of friends, family and visitors. Even minor expeditions take a LOT of energy. We’re planning our first walk in the park if this rain ever lets up for later this week. Thankfully we have a great sunny front porch we can at least get some air on.
  • The cat has been less than impressed — mainly due to us having to shut him in the back half of the apartment so he won’t wake us up during those precious few hours when we get to sleep.
  • Quick diaper changes are essential especially near feeding time and near bed time.
  • White noise (a 1:30h mp3 track) has worked great at muffling the surrounding distractions.
  • I can barely remember 16 days ago. Every day seems so long, fun and full of different stuff that the weeks have really slowed down. And I thought it would fly by !! ;-)

We’re so happy it’s embarrassing to always be gushing.

Tons of photos here