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Connecting with Inspiration

Xander Zarezit | TDIDI Army General #1

Good day, good eve, good month, and good year, all you TDIDI Army Brats!

The topic of inspiration gets thrown around all the time but where are people finding it? Necessity seems to be the birth of invention but what influences us to create something custom with intent, a piece that’s a bit more poignant or personal for someone special? I’d like to share with you all a story. An homage to my friends who inspire me often.

As a controlist, I like when I find moments I can manipulate in this eccentric world. Like a lot of my peers, I’ve been told what to do so often that I feel like some revolving cog, no more important or irriplaceable then that spring over there or this ridiculous switch there that’s been broken since birth. Over time I’ve develop more of an inclination to see an opportunity to create a perfect moment and I take it. So I suppose a big question then is, what is a perfect moment?  As I’ve heard, when it all falls into place, it feels as though you’ve reached the summit.

"Over time I've develop more of an inclination to see an opportunity to create a perfect moment and I take it. So I suppose a big question then is, what is a perfect moment?"

X->Z

 

In my circle, part of my daily communication is a pair of other TDIDI generals. The three of us talk daily , share pictures, and always hope that in our best moments we inspire one another. Let’s see, the first one we will hypothetically call Xreg Zenfro or “X” for short and my other friend who for safety sake we will hypothetically call Xcott Zemposki or “Z” for short. Man, both X and Z are remarkable artists with an uncanny, almost multi-dimensional, range of talents from untouchable technique quality to unending levels of inspiration. Yet aside from our countless conversations of techniques and disc dyeing project results, we talk as honest friends.

One such honest moment was not too long ago. One of my favorite DJ’s, Philly born DJ Jazzy Jeff dropped a live set I wanted to share with them. When I listen to him spin his collection of songs and mixes, I feel it so easy for me to delve into that state of mind where I can express and create easier.  I was hoping that sharing the soundtrack of my transcendental state may carry my friends away to said creative state of bliss as well. That’s what it is when you share honest moments with people in your life, you’re actually sharing with them the things you truly value.

Now for whatever reasons, X wasn’t really into it, totally cool, but in the conversation I remember getting on my soap box and felt compelled to justify to them that I was not simply a fair weather fan of hip hop. I wanted them to know that I remembered a time back when I was being made fun of for what I felt instinctually drawn to as a youth…and in the conversation I remember quickly saying it. The single sentence that caused something to happen…

“Why the first tape (yes, I said tape) I ever bought was The Beastie Boys : License to Ill, for God’s sake.”

That’s all. Just a simple interjection during an otherwise random rant…or so I thought.

Motivation can be a fickle demon. Sometimes just starting a project can be the highest hurdle. What do you hope to do when a person gets the disc that you’ve spent time on? Do you want them to smile? Do you want them to say thank you? Do you want them to pay you what you feel like you’ve earned? Sometimes these questions should be answered before you start a project. Then there are those ideas that make you so curious just to see how it may unfold. I knew what X was feeling then. When the idea hits you, such a stir rises that you can’t find comfort until you are finished, and by finished, I mean you know the answers to one or all of those questions.

…I remembered mentioning it and how long ago that seeding second happened for X. That moment the energy starts to rise up, capable of causing an artist’s eyes to well up, excited at the notion that you may have found genuine inspiration for a perfect custom moment. What my friends X had done was learn something honest about me in a moment I let my guard down and whether he liked it , believed in it , or disagreed with it, what he did with it was become inspired by that one sentence. I do want to note, there is one variable that is a catalyst for what I said becoming inspiration to my friend which is the act of caring. Between the three of us, we care about each others opinions. A simple design will not suffice when it comes to sharing between us, so again, when a grand idea is ready and set, you do.

I have such crafty friends. Down where X is from they have this wicked great disc golf shop that he loves to remind me carries Kastaplast, the brand that I throw primarily. While he paroozed the Kasta-section, he kept asking me questions about what he saw almost as though I was walking in the store along with him. Is this a good one? What about this, is this good for a flippy mid? Well what do you like to use? My mind was elsewhere and I never saw the setup X had in mind. I’ll be honest, I was just hoping he ran across some Hot Pink gear because it’s easier for me to see that color and I have a hard time finding my internet distance enhanced shots. He told me he found a goody that he wanted to send me, which I gladly welcomed, appreaciated, and thanked him even prior to knowing what was in mind.

Uhhhhhgggggghhhhh, the freaking mail is so slow right now. My heart goes out to the good people that work there but I am so anxious to see what X thinks will make it to my bag, I could spit. Ideas and conversations were passed day in and day out as time passed and nothing was ever said. No clues, hints, not a whim about even if the package was sent…until 2 days before it arrived. X messaged me that I should keep an eye open for a package soon, which started the skin crawling itch to see my mailperson ASAP.

“You’re goodies just arrived” caught my eye in that weird your online friends are stocking you sort of truffufle. At the same time, I think I took 3 steps from my bedroom all the way down to the mailbox, I bolted so hard. There it was, in the box, loving IT! I took more steps to get back in the house as the tension was over and I had time to slow down about and enjoy the buildup for what I was about to see. Again, thank you, X. I was flabergasted. When I opened the box though, it was not the driver of pure shimmering gold. Nor was it the hot bubble gum cloud that billowed gently to my bag as my main putter. It was the third one. The Rocky “right, right, LEFT” move that stunned and then knocked me out. As I unwrapped the opaque tissue paper and saw what I saw… the same exact tape cover I set down and purchased that first time. That beautiful crushed airplane with their name of the band on the tail, delicately painted, with love. Even the mold, my Rekos that I will never not bag… I smiled, with a tear in my eye, and laughed at how wonderful, generous, and very smart, my friends can be.

…What’s a perfect moment?

In between was a reason. What was found between X and Z… was why.

So connect with your ideas, find the detail in each other that matter to the people who they should matter to. Create not only a single reaction but a true perfect moment of your own because caring about the quality of your art is correlated to the connection we have with each other in this funky world.

Keep Doing It,

X->Z

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The Basics on Bone

Nickname: Bone, Boner, Wannabone

Age: Chris is the more than just the token Asian of our group, he’s also our only Millennial.

Area of Origin: Imported all the way over from under the rains of Seattle.

Prefered throwing style: Backhand and Overhand

Favorite throw: Signature Flip Flop Backhand Bomb

Favorite Driver: TDIDI custom Bone Huckface (Discmania Freak)

Favorite Fairway: The TDIDI custom Geometric Spiral Flick I stole out of Cobbers bag a couple years back.

Favorite Midrange: TDIDI custom Seattle Seahawks Skyline Innova Star Gator

 

Chris
Wannebo

"Bone"

Bone brings the laughter…once he finally arrives.  Seriously, try and get all the way through Hole 1 still mad at him for being late, again.  Slow as he may be getting there he’s always quick in the box, and quick with a crooked smile follow by his signature chuckle.  Along with having mastered the art of driving in flip flops, Bone helps our Huck Crew keep things light and always filled with the kind of laughter that hurts your stomach a little!  Get ’em Bone!

Favorite putter: The Judge, and the verdict is in! None of us can keep up with Bone’s short game.

Favorite course: How can you not pick Druid Hill?!? Three full 18 holes courses, awesome DG scene, and all the trees you could ever want to hit!

PDGA #: (none currently) They’re just giving those out now?

Interests outside of DG: Camping, fishing, tending to his whip, driving fast, video games, chasing Mila around the yard, pool parties, and the occassional good old fashion game of shot dog.

Sports outside of DG: Ball golf, basketball, kayaking, snow boarding, biking, can-jam, smash ball, played some mean offensive line back in the day, figure skating, and interpretive dance.

The Basics on Old Man Cobbers

Nickname: Old Man Cobbers, Cobbers, Bob Cobb, Bobby Digital, Digital

Age: Obviously the old man of the crew…the beard is greying quickly.

Area of Origin: In the outskirts of the City of Brotherly Love, Go Birds!

Preferred throwing style: Backhand and Overhand

Favorite throw: Man I wish I could still throw my Thumber! While the old wing is recovering we’ll say it’s the Anny Backhand.

Favorite Driver: Scott Semposki edition “Crooked Dome” Star Sidewinder

Favorite Fairway: Tough call, but I’m going with my Champion Leopard3. Second disc I ever spun on the turntable.

Favorite Middy: Greg Renfro edition “War of the Worlds” Westside Tournament Warship


BObby
Curry

"Old Man Cobbers"

With several decades traveling around the sun, and the most senior member of our Crew, Cobbers has earned the Old Man ribbing he takes from the rest of the group.  Through all the travels and up and downs along the way, there’s always been Disc Golf there to escape to and feel like a kid again.  You can usually find him seeking that buzz that comes from one ripping off your fingertips, or spinning another fancied up piece of plastic from off his turntable in The Box.

Favorite putter:  TDIDI custom “D in the B” Discraft Zepplin. Maybe one of these days I’ll figure out how to use it.

Favorite course: I’m a real sucker for the whole circuit of courses we regularly tour in this great state of Maryland from Kinder Farm Park, to Rockburn, to Druid Hill. But I’ll always be a Philly boy at heart, and after just one round at Sedgley Woods I knew I was home. Love that place!

PDGA #: (none currently) Afraid my rating would break the system.

Interests outside of DG: Kind of into disc dyeing, painting, fishing, camping, rebuilding my camper for a 2nd life on the road, giving Jojo NBA 2K lessons (and other video games), and piloting the TDIDI Warship.

Sports outside of DG: Basketball, kayaking, skiing, biking, billiards, darts, horseshoes, and football back in the glory days.

The Basics on Bommers

Nickname: Bommers, Boms, BomBoms, Tommy Buttcheeks, T-Cheekers

Age: He’ll never tell

Area of Origin: Straight from the center of Sin City, VEGAS BABY! Or maybe it’s from out in the cornfields of PA? Whatever, he’s here now.

Prefered throwing style: Forehand Flicker and the occasional Backhand

Favorite throw: The Flick…I just like to flick it.

Favorite Driver: Feel the wrath of the Wraith!

Favorite Fairway: Feel more of the wrath of the Wraith!

Favorite Middy: SKEETER! When you hear it yelled out good things are about to happen. …or more of the wrath of the Wraith!

Tommy
Wells

"Bommers"

Boms brings the energy!  Real piece of work that guy…  You can’t go a round without hearing him bellow out a “DEUCE”, or “UGH Upper Lipper”, or “OOOOHHH NOOOOOOO!”  Which ever it is, everyone always knows where we’re at on the course when Bommers is along announcing the good times.  He’s our group’s only regular forehand flicker and has honed his trusty Wraith in for virtually any spot on the course.  Get it Bommers!

Favorite Putter: Goes back and forth on every hole. Wizard to the Judge then back to the Wraith, seriously!

Favorite course: Boms loves that short to short layout at Calvert Road Park. Just don’t ask him to play from the long tees, Ace hunting is his thing!

PDGA #: (none currently) No chance they’d give him one.

Interests outside of DG: Camping, fishing, loves fixing and building stuff (usually after breaking it), video games, masterful with the camcorder, good food, and portion control.

Sports outside of DG: Kayaking, skiing, beer pong, cornhole, foosball, most all carnival games really (especially ringing the bell with that big hammer), can we count camping and fishing again here so I feel more like an athlete?

The Basics on 44

Nickname: 44, VP Incorporated, SPB

Age: Stopped counting years and started counting coins about 5 years back.

Area of Origin: Born here, raised here, probably die here.

Prefered throwing style: Backhand with a burgeoning Forehand Flick

Favorite throw: The 44 Hyzer Bomb

Favorite Driver: TDIDI custom Captain Caveman (Champion Blizzard Wraith)

Favorite Fairway: Innova DX Gazelle

Favorite Midrange: TDIDI custom US Gold Eagle Coin (Champion Mako3)

Favorite putter: Still sorting those putter things out. Since I can’t throw one it’s usually my KC Pro Roc, Mako3, or my driver after parking it.

Shawn
Bernard

"44"

Shawn is the rookie of the group who right after he started hucking ’em with us…broke his arm at work.  He got in more than enough beforehand though to catch the fever!  All healed up, now he’s back to slinging plastic with the boys and already challenging the top of our leader board.  It may take him forever to finally huck it, but it’s hard to argue with his methods as he out drives us all.  

Favorite course: Kinder Farm Park all the way! Pretty good chance you’ll find him on one hole or another almost every day of the week.

PDGA #: 129578, thanks mom and dad!

Interests outside of DG: Stacking gold and silver coins, playing poker, metal casting, taking my pitbull to the park and community beach, blowing off the meanest backyard firework displays you’ve ever seen, and trying to get my white boy rhythm back and improve my dance moves.

Sports outside of DG: May not have been blessed with what you’d call and athletic frame. More built to sling plastic than anything else, but I love kayaking, hiking, and getting dragged all over the park by my dog that weighs more than I do…really should be a sport!

The Basics on The Burkeman

Nickname: The Burkeman, Jojo, Stretch, Pipeline, White Lightning (so he says)

Age: Newly Wed (whole life ahead of him…)

Area of Origin: A true Annapolitan, Jojo holds the home field advantage.

Prefered throwing style: Backhand and Overhand

Favorite throw: Oh, it’s Hammertime! Many years of baseball, and a trebuche for a right arm, has Jojo deadly accurate with the Hammer and Thumber.

Favorite Driver: TDIDI custom Hammertime Champion Destroyer

Favorite Fairway: X to the Z edition Star Mamba

Favorite Midrange: Usually pull out my trusty Leopard for upshots. It’s all about the second shot baby!

 

Joe
Burke

"The Burkeman"

The Burkeman is without question The Spirit of our little Huck Crew.  We all have one of those friends who’s ready to Do It at the drop of a hat, whatever “It” is…that’s The Burkeman!  His energy is infectious and almost impossible to resist.  But really who’d want to?!?  He’s also our acting Sherpa having been born and raised in these parts.  Always ready to lead us into our next adventure, Jojo brings enough Doing It to keep our whole group going at all times!

Favorite putter: Does it really even matter when you can’t make any of them find the chains? Fine, my Aviar that I aptly named Dr. Hole Seeker MD.

Favorite course: Kinder Farm Park! Jojo grew up as a wee lad hucking his way though the woods of KFDGC. With around three full decades abusing the trees here, he has elevated himself to Sherpa status on these trails.

PDGA #: (expired)

Interests outside of DG: Mostly making his new wife happy, jamming out to old vinyl, long walks with Lefty, camping, fishing, taking endless lesson from Old Man Cobbers in NBA 2K, and most importantly being a bad ass disc golf dad to the newest member of his family and our Huck Crew!

Sports outside of DG: Basketball, baseball, ball golf, kayaking, skiing, biking, foosball, cornhole, darts and really any other sport that allows you to play with a beer in one hand.

The Basics on X to the Z

Nickname: X to the Z, Xander, The Gator, Del, Chris?

Age: Wizard level (above Harry Potter but younger than Gandalf)

Area of Origin: High atop the Pocono mountains

Prefered throwing style: Forehand and Backhand

Favorite throw: The hyzer flip

Favorite Driver: Prodigy 400g D2, Dynamic Discs Vandal, Innova Sidewinder, MVP Fission Photon

Favorite Fairway: Innova Leopard, Legacy Rival, Innova Firebird

Favorite Midrange: Axiom Theory, Innova Roc (all), DD Justice, Prodigy A1

 

Xander Zaretzit

"X to the Z"

Xander is a late addition to our crew, and the first member of the TDIDI Army to be officially indoctrinated into the TDIDI Huck Crew!  From Shakespearean level commenter on our videos, to long distance disc dyeing mentor, to ski trip bunk up, to huck buddy and friend, X is the actual embodiment of what makes the TDIDI Army so awesome.  Now, just another one of the stooges in our crew!

Favorite putter:  DD Keystone, Reptilian Disc Stego (quite possibly the MOST overstable disc in the known universe…cuz yeah, that’s how I roll.)

Favorite course: Villas Crossing, course no longer exists but at the time it was a divine design. Butter Valley DGC, Steal Club DGC, Blue Mountain DGC, and Muddy Run DGC are my runner ups.

PDGA #: (none currently)

Interests outside of DG: I’m a disc dyer as well as a cinephile (I like watching shows and movies) and a foodie.

Sports outside of DG: ski/snowboarding, biking, ice/inline skating, competitive eating (I just lose a lot).