A coworker of mine (actually, the founder of our company) is an excellent, though atypical skateboarder. He’s been at it for many years and has a lot of great skills and some really nice scars to show for his efforts. Recently, he has gotten me into skateboarding too. After a number of really nasty days here in WV, yesterday was absolutely beautiful. We cut out of work a couple of hours early and headed to Coonskin Park where there is a great skate park.
We got there and there were a number of teenagers. It’s funny, as I thought about it. Skateboarders are typically considered punks and maybe even criminals. To be sure, I saw kids who needed a shave, kids with tattoos and long hair. Some of them cussed and most of them were show-offs.
But I also saw older kids helping younger kids learn new moves, I saw people gather around to help when one boy fell and hurt his leg. I saw a boy trying to teach his new girlfriend learn to skate. There was plenty of clowning around and tons of good clean fun. These were really great kids who aren’t much different than I was when I was a teenager. Really, they are not much different than I am right now when I think of it.
Anyhow, I am gaining a new respect for skaters. These folks were decent kids who wanted to have a thrill, to show off and to hang out with friends. They were not stoned or drunk or any of those things that people often associate with skaters. They were a lot of fun and my pleasure to hang with.
I think the funniest thing I saw was the guy in the cow suit. He was a great sport and an awesome skater. One of the younger kids asked him why he was wearing a cow suit. His reply was, “to get the ladies”. The younger kid just shrugged and said, “Oh..I get that.”