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40? Ain't nothing but a number
40? Ain't nothing but a number
Posted by Gizmo on December 27, 2005 :

Happy birthday to me
Happy birthday to me
Happy birthday dear Gizmo
Happy birthday to me

So having reached the big 4-0, I guess I'm officially an elder statesman of the turntablist scene. So from now on, I'll be acting rather more responsibly as befitting the new era in my life...

NOT! Now I'm here, I have an excuse to do some stupid childish things with a mid-life crisis excuse. First up is a skateboard. I find myself hankering for some 4 wheel action after watching Dogtown movies so when I'm in LA for NAMM, I'll be tracking down a skate store. I miss the days of Alpine Sports, Fibreflex, Kryptonics and Benjyboards (UK skaters know). I know things have changed in the last 25 years but the need for speed doesn't.

In reaching 40, I don't feel any different. It's all about attitude and I feel like I'm actually getting younger. I literally freaked out at 35 and refused visitors as I seemed to be plunging headfirst and unstoppably towards 40 - an age usually to be feared and avoided. But now I'm here, it's all good. It doesn't mean I'm going to be all thugged out and dress like a baggy panted homeboy from the pages of The Source in a misguided attempt to stay young but at the same time it doesn't mean I need to give in to accepted behaviour and wear sensible shoes, slacks and listen to Dire Straits.

In a nutshell, I won't be changing one bit. I'm as old as I feel and I feel great! Things will change this year but all for the good of me, mine and sw_smilie.png ! :d:

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63 comments to this story

On December 27, 2005, Worzel said this:
Happy Birthday Giz. Well done on reaching the Grand Old Age of 40.....and still being a master on the decks. Enjoy your day, I'm not far behind!!!

On December 27, 2005, GiJay said this:
Happy bday man. 8) smile1.gif

On December 27, 2005, Deft said this:

On December 27, 2005, SizZa said this:
happy birthday Giz :P


SizZa (Portugal)

On December 27, 2005, dj...krisp said this:
happy birhday Giz!!! keep up the excellent work.

On December 27, 2005, Stolen said this:
Happy bithday... i gift from me.

On December 27, 2005, Cresta said this:
very happy birthday!


On December 27, 2005, Youssef said this:
Wishing you a happy birthday from Egypt. Keep it up Gizmo.

On December 27, 2005, Mista Gingah said this:
HAPPY BIRTHDAY DUDE, if it makes you feel any better, i'll be 20 in a few months, so ill be old too. :P


On December 27, 2005, oti said this:
happy birthday... from chile...

On December 27, 2005, djshy said this:
WOW...happy bday...I'm almost there too...oh i'm not!!...haha...have a great day brotha!

On December 27, 2005, SoCal said this:
Dear Vestax,

Please give Gizmo a Vestax PMC 08 for his 40th birthday. :p


On December 27, 2005, X-ACTO said this:
Happy Birthday man blink1.gif

X-ACTO from Portugal.
(hey SizZa!! ehehe ť a primeira vez que vejo um post teu neste forum!! eheheh afinal sempre vens ca dar uma vista de olhos!blink1.gif

On December 27, 2005, ccp said this:
happy b-day

On December 27, 2005, 7galactic said this:
look how far sw_smilie.png goes!!

On December 27, 2005, Gyro (Canada) said this:
Happy birthday from Canada Giz, keep on the good work!

On December 27, 2005, spencer said this:
I think this and Happy Holiday article are just reasons to post up pics of your mug...


On December 27, 2005, O-Flip said this:
Happy Birthday Giz
Skateboarding is a positive thing to do
When we get sweat, it can help to maintain our health
When I was skating, I just want to get sweat
Thatís all
I really canít wait all the great things in sw_smilie.png for next year
sw_smilie.png rule

On December 27, 2005, chase said this:
nigga you ugly

On December 27, 2005, sublicon said this:
Happy Birthday, brudda...whew, yeah I'm gettin old too, I hit the big 2-2 last September. My guts hangin out, gettin grey hairs, I have short-term memory loss, the works. I don't think I'll live to see 35.

On December 27, 2005, pinstripe0404 said this:
Happy birthday Giz! And keep on skating. It kept me alive for my past years ^_^

On December 27, 2005, delatroy said this:
Happy birthday man and thanks for great reviews on all the new shit!


On December 27, 2005, rael said this:
happy b-day from the snowy swiss alps. big up yourself! smile1.gif

On December 27, 2005, DaCaveDwella said this:
HAPPY BIRTHDAY DAWG!! Damn I Thought I Was The Oldest Around Hurr... 8)

On December 28, 2005, DJ Pulse said this:
Dood, not only are you old, you're short too! blink1.gif

Happy b-day, hope to see u @ NAMM! :D

On December 28, 2005, flesh o.n.e. said this:
happy birthday! and congradulations. i hope i make it to 40.

On December 28, 2005, murj said this:
happy birthday.
Hit me up when your in LA; i'll teach you to skate and you can teach me some of your skwiggies.

On December 28, 2005, weapon-D said this:
happy birthday ol' man. has carpal-tunnel kicked in yet? :D

On December 28, 2005, Dope said this:
Happy B'day Giz...

On December 28, 2005, carbonfresh said this:
Hope you had a good one Giz. Have a happy new year as well.

On December 28, 2005, flip-o-mat said this:
happy birthday!!!

but what's wrong with the dire straits? 8)

On December 28, 2005, artin (aka DJ D.I.S.) (aka sir_is_smart) said this:
happy 40th man... yay for 40.. decreased energy and prostate probing :].... JUST KIDDING... btw... a good skate store in LA is Billys Boardsports in Glendale, next to a SAVE-ON and a UPS store :]... down from Verdugo Hills Hospital.

On December 28, 2005, skratchboarder said this:
happy birthday gizmo!!! we'll skate together soon yea!!! hehe...

On December 28, 2005, Ruben said this:
Eiiii... my birthday is the same as you smile.gif
I borned 27/12/1975

On December 28, 2005, dj cross+fade said this:
Happy Birthday Giz. u 40 years yong :D

On December 28, 2005, dj cross+fade said this:
hears a free mix from me to u

On December 29, 2005, fruitbooter said this:
why go for four wheels when you can go for 8 ?!!

sole grind baby! :P

On December 29, 2005, weaksauce said this:
oops bit late giz but hope it was a good un, life begins and all that, have a great 2006!

On December 29, 2005, Big Tunez said this:
Happy birthday Giz. keep up the good work beautiful site

On December 29, 2005, Dephik said this:
have a good one

On December 29, 2005, DJStevieRay said this:
Man Giz,

Now your not only ugly, your old too :D

On December 29, 2005, Subversizzz said this:
Happy birthday from France
Keep on!

On December 29, 2005, mr j said this:
i'm 37 mate and know exactly where your coming from, 35 hit me hard too, now i dont care, like you say its all about attitude. does make me laugh to hear younger folk going on about "old school" meaning 95 onwards, like me you probably started with this turntable malarky in the early to mid 80's, i find it really funny to see faces of kids who think they invented all this when you tell em youve been doing it over 20 years. ive actually had a 17 year old tell me he didnt think technics were invented back then. ahhh for the days of shite belt drive slbd22's and a tandy mixer with no crossfader hahaha.

On December 29, 2005, loop skywalker said this:
it only hit you at hit me at 30...i been feelin better ever fitter than i ever have been in my life ever and feel great....someone also told me you get an extra inch on ya weiner when you hit 40....i cant wait for that hahha

On December 29, 2005, Lo said this:
40? damn this site is for oldies and shit innit? im outta here amazed.gif
hope you had a good un mate! here's to the next 40 huh.gif

On December 29, 2005, click said this:
Happy B-day ma man!!

(review of the 56, 360, and get those battle cds up)


On December 29, 2005, kev kev said this:
hey OLD GEEZER . . .happy birthday

maybe if you're lucky, or if I can find you at NAMM we can grab a drink to celebrate the rest of us being young!

On December 29, 2005, Gizmo said this:
Kev - it would be rude not to! And after you buy this old timer a drink, I can kick your new jack ass all over Anaheim!

On December 30, 2005, dj relevant said this:

On December 30, 2005, SpAzZ said this:
Happy B-Day Giz, and welcome to the 40's club. Like fine, we just keep gettin' better. ^_^

On December 30, 2005, kev kev said this:
I know my way around cali, and I have in's at Disneyland, it would not be wise to kick my new jack ass smile.gif

I'm going to send you a message on your space with my phone #, I know pulse wont answer his cause he'll incur roaming charges. . . :(

On December 30, 2005, DJ Pulse said this:
LOL - you'd better believe I've found a loophole! Nothing quite like a prepaid SIM card! Email me yer new number K-man.

On December 30, 2005, - DJCNN said this:
Happy B-Day Guy'z

On December 31, 2005, pulsies biggest fan said this:
i have about 9 e-mail addy's for you . . . I do not know which one to use, however I have the same phone #, I said I was going to message Giz on myspace, rather his space because he does not have my #. . . although I am pretty good at catching smoke signals

On December 31, 2005, eddie skratch said this:
happy birthday giz! im only 2 years behind you so i know where your coming from!!

On December 31, 2005, Kev Kev gives out humpies said this:
You know my address - it's at the mix which is addicted (it's dot calm!blink1.gif

On December 31, 2005, lol said this:
my bad

On December 31, 2005, IPSO said this:
I thought I was getting old. Not anymore smile.gif (Just joking, kind of). Anyway, you're right, who cares? Look at some of the pioneers and older people in Hip-Hop who are still young in mind, or look at George Clinton or the Rolling Stones for that matter. They say that 40 is the new 20 anyway. You can get older, just don't get "old".

On January 1, 2006, SORA said this:
bon annif' giz ^_^

On January 6, 2006, DJ ROCKWELL said this:
Don't worry about the big 4 0 Giz, a force as powerful as Skratchworx needs an educated leader at the helm!.. It would never have got so far, this far without you!!!

On January 8, 2006, PIPO-DJ said this:
Feliz CumpleaŮos y saludos desde Chile !!!!!

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On January 19, 2006, Tyra F Saigon said this:
Happy BiRthDay old man!

On January 25, 2006, Obvious Alias said this:
Bit late, but happy birthday Giz! I just had my 29th back on the 5th of January, so the eventual year 30 is now close on the horizon. Hope your 40th year goes great!

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