Wow, I can’t believe a month has gone by so quickly. I’ve started several blog posts over the past few weeks, but haven’t seemed to bring them to completion. Thankfully, I’ve managed to find time to squeeze in some pretty good skate sessions here and there, but when I sit down to blog about it, something always seemed to come up before I got one to that “ready-to-post” stage (I can be a bit of a perfectionist at times). With that said, I’m going to try and get caught up on posts this week, however, this one may come across as another one of those “random thoughts” posts (all over the map), but here goes.
Fascination With The Undead:
Let’s start off on a funny and completely unrelated side note – my wife was out of town for a weekend recently so I had a bit of down time each night after the kids went to bed. So, I decided to watch the very first episode of “The Walking Dead” through our streaming Netflix account (I had heard good things about the show). I quickly became hooked – one of the best shows I’ve seen in a long time. I haven’t been this hooked on a show since maybe 24 or Lost. I went through the entire first 3 seasons in about 2 weeks. That’s saying something too, because I honestly don’t watch very much TV. We don’t even have cable. I’m totally on my own with it too – I think my wife would have loved the storyline and characters, but the horror and gore just isn’t her cup of tea. The real bummer is, now that I’m hooked, I have no way to see the current season 4 episodes (since we don’t have cable). Because it’s such a popular show, it’s nearly impossible to avoid people posting about it via Twitter or Facebook with the occasional scene spoiler.
Anyway back to skateboarding. So, as I mentioned earlier, I’ve managed to squeeze in a few good skate sessions here and there. Probably about 2 – 3 times per week, with durations ranging from 20 to 60 minutes. I found out that if I start off with some basic calisthenics type exercises (jumping jacks, running in place, etc.) even before heading outside, it cuts my warm up time on the board significantly. I’m still brushing up on the basic flat ground tricks, trying to get as dialed in on those as possible, but due to limited time, I’ve changed up the way I session. Instead of doing 10 attempts of each trick, I do each trick until I land at least 3 times and then move on to the next. When finished with the basics (if I get that far), I then spend the rest of the time working on whichever ones I feel like I need the most practice on. Currently that’s the B.S. 180, and B.S. Pop-Shove-It. I try to mix that up as much as possible too, and try to remember to just let myself have some fun too. I like to pull the ramps out on Saturdays, weather permitting, and keep that in my rotation as well.
Humorous Discovery That Leads to a Backup:
As mentioned in previous posts, before my current skate setup, I had a 8.25″ Black Label, complete setup. I got it during my first resurgence into skateboarding about 10 years ago. I didn’t skate it long enough for it to get completely worn out (at least not by my standards). Well, a while back I made somewhat of a humorous discovery – I had been skating it backwards all that time. When I bought it, I was still somewhat confused by the shape of modern decks. I still remembered the almost fish-like cruiser shapes of the decks from the 80’s and 90’s, it just seemed logical to me that with modern shaped decks the longer/larger end would of course be the tail. Not so I found out. The longer end is actually the nose – allowing for better control of ollies, flip tricks, etc. Because I didn’t do very many nose tricks during that time period, what I was left with was a deck that had hardly any tail wear at all. Since the 8.25″ size is close enough to the 8″ deck I’ve been skating lately, I decided to give it an overhaul and make a backup out of it (as close as possible to my current setup). I only needed to purchase wheels and grip tape to freshen it up (those Indy trucks were still in good shape).
Old Skater Dudes Unite:
Since starting this blog, I’m amazed at how many other guys in similar situations there are out there – still skating at 40 and beyond for their own personal reasons, passing the skate gene on to their sons and daughters. Most recently, I came across the gentlemen at http://OldManSkateSesh.com. Very nice group of guys who hit the skatepark early most mornings before the day gets rolling, and before the crowd takes over. These guys really have their stuff together – they even have their own logo, which is available on stickers and t-shirts. As a graphic designer and skateboarder, I think that is very cool. I highly recommend checking out their website.
Thanks for reading once again. More to come soon. I’ll leave you with a few images for now.
This was from a few months back before the colder weather started to set in. Riding the ramps trying to get the courage to work the coping a little bit.
Again, from a few months back before it started to get cold. The backyard skate park almost fully set up (only lacking the grind rail).
Here is the Black Label deck with the old grip tape removed. Pretty cool logo hidden under there.
Here’s the Black Label deck all set up as a back up with Indy trucks, blank wheels, and fresh grip tape. You can see here how little the tail is worn down, since I rode it backwards mistakenly.