The best of times with the greatest people. Between the years of 1996 and 2002 I had the privilege of briefly being the Team Manager for Powell, Santa Cruz and Consolidated. Each introduced me to friends I've had for 20 years and each experience was markedly different. The most meaningful thing I would take away from the differences was how much more memorable experiences become when you're forced to be resourceful and frugal. Powell and Santa Cruz obviously both had considerably larger budgets to work with. So on tours everyone got a bed at a decent hotel and rode around in a comfy van that was brand new. The things I remember from those tours are the people and the skateboarding. On Consolidated tours, I remember those things for sure...but most of all I remember the experience in total. We had enough money to get a hotel one night per week. 7+ guys in a room...the floor, under the sink, in the bathtub. You slept where you fell. The van might make it to the next town. Might not. If it breaks down, bring out the wrenches or put your thumb out. Sleep in the bottom of the bowl at the skatepark. On the beach. By the lake. In the woods. No tents. Under the stars. Sometimes under the rain. Drop the older guys off at the bar while I take the young bucks to go skate. Was the older dudes' job to find us a place to crash for the night. Come back close to 1:30am, no accommodations secured, just 4-5 drunk dudes climbing back into the van. Roll to 7-11 to get "dinner", the guy working recognizes AP, asks what we're up to, offers his house up to us. Just have to wait til he gets done with his shift at 3am and then follow him while he pedals his bike three miles to his house. Countless things happened like this on a daily basis. When confronted with fewer resources, you will create an untold number of memories and you will live off of remembering those experiences for the rest of your days. Comfort from discomfort. More from less. Thank you fellas.