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Todd and I hang out a lot, which breeds a sort of familiarity that leads to every phrase being shortened as much as possible. For example, if one's laptop batteries were very low, the word "critbatts" might be invoked. So when we found ourselves standing outside of the VIP area of the X Games in LA, and Todd said, "Dude, let's just smash it", I knew exactly what he was talking about: the Gaijin Smash.

The Gaijin Smash is a term used to describe a certain way of operating as a foreigner in Japan. The Japanese are extremely polite and sometimes nervous around foreigners (Gaijin), so as a foreigner you tend to get your way. I think the phrase came about from some guy smashing his way through the subway barriers without paying, and not being stopped. Todd and I mostly used it to ride our hilarious fold-up bikes like maniacs.

Anyway, back to the X-Games. Thanks to my brother and his good friend Chase Hawk, Todd and I had passes to this year's event in LA. But our passes were weird: they were only meant to give us access to the skate park section of the course, because Chase was only riding the park. But we also had friends competing in the street course, so we found ourselves standing outside the entrance to the VIP area of the street course, wanting to watch them.

To My Former Schoolmates.

On to chase or to hunt

I want to thank the assholes, bullies, teachers who turned a blind eye, kids who stole my clothes from my gym locker, everyone who thought I was a lesbian (I believe the term dyke was popular at that time), called me a whore, cunt, slut (seriously, I was a virgin until my 20's), and anyone else who made my teenage years a living hell. This includes the friends who did nothing to stop it, the family who didn't believe it, and the councilor who told me to deal with it.

Thank you.

Thank you for being the catalyst that propelled me to personal, financial, educational, and emotional success. It was your generosity and attention that fueled much of my art, writing, photography, friendships, and life choices.

You'll never know just how much it means to me that you hated yourselves enough to care.

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