I’m taking part in a video project a guy I know on Facebook is doing. He’s compiling a lot of old guy skating footage from the old guys in this group. I am one of the oldest, heh heh. Anyway, I’m filming some freestyle tricks for the video. It is actually really good motivation for doing some tricks I don’t do a lot, and trying harder to learn some new ones, without the stress of a contest looming.
Also, I am back on Nasonex allergy spray, and feeling a lot better. The allergies have had me on the ropes for months now. Just haven’t been feeling good until a couple of days ago when I got back on this stuff. It’s nice to feel like I’m fully in my own mind and body again. I skate a lot better this way.
Didn’t realize how burned out I was. I’ve barely skated the last few weeks. Just layed around the house, mostly reading. Not a bad thing to do. August in Texas is the hottest part of the year, with the orange hate ball in the sky beaming its wrath down all day, which of course radiates back out of the concrete at night. Work has been busy. Between that and the heat, I have felt quite depleted.
However, I’m going to skate tonight. An old-guy-skateboarding group on Facebook wants me to submit footage for a group video. I’m really kind of excited about this. Going to do some freestyle-esque street skating for the video, as well as some ditch skating and curb tricks. Should be a fun, and the project will be fun to be part of.
Also, at work a colleague and I are working on a conference presentation about the potential of the Punk/DIY ethos to positively influence library program design and the way we do things. I’m not really a punk guy. I’m a skater. Skating has always been primary for me. But the ethos is much the same. Reinterpretation of one’s surroundings. The urge to do something. To make something happen. To make your own scene.
Tonight is a skate night. It has been a few days since I’ve practiced. When a few days go by between sessions, sometimes I almost dread going to skate — afraid I will suck — stressed about learning this or that. So I go out and just try to enjoy myself. Hard to ignore the expectations. Very hard.
Edited on 5/22/17…
Learning tricks is not super easy for me, but given time and patience I can learn. Not sure why the difficulty, but I think that after 41 years of skating I’m just less willing be injured, even the little injuries to the shins that are so common in freestyle. That being said, I have some goals for the year, some of which I’m already on.
- Fast moving kickflips and fakie kickflips
- Proper fakie backside M-80
- Consistent ten 360s
- Consistent 5 Hang Ten 360s
- Backward Spacewalk
- 540 Big Spin
- New footwork
I wish was really a morning person, so I could get up early to go practice.
Thinking for for my summer contest activities, I’m going to concentrate on getting better at what I already know, doing it all at a higher speed, and learning/relearning a couple of things from the past. I have some ideas. Will see what works out. I have not been practicing rolling fingerflips at all. I feel like they are an awful lot of effort, but hell, they are trick I can do if I practice, so why ignore them?
Worked yesterday (Saturday). Working this afternoon 1-5. Planning to skate a ditch with my friend Chris after work, then grill some food. Will be a few days ’til I am back on the freestyle board – Wednesday evening, hopefully. Wish I could practice every day. I’ve been saying that for many years now.
I have chased the 540 Shove-It for a long time, but I don’t think I have chased it very hard, with much gusto.
Last year, in probably September, I went out to “really learn them” one day. After a lot of attempts, I felt I should try to land one. I took off, and when the board was about 90 degrees shy of 540, I got my feet back on.
I had that momentary feeling of joy you get when you realize you are going to land the trick after many tries. Then the wheels all slipped out in front of me, I feel backwards, landing on my ass, and then both elbows smashed into the concrete. I lay there on the ground, wondering if I had broken both elbows.
I test them. No, nothing broken. A little scraped, but not too bad. I got back up and continued skating, but I haven’t really tried to learn the 540 since then.
Yesterday I saw video of a 4 foot tall Japanese kid doing a 540 Shove-It on a normal sized street board, which is of course gigantic for him. It looks ridiculous, damn, that little monster makes it. It would be like me doing one on a 42″ board.
No more excuses. No fucking excuses. I will learn this goddamned trick. I will put on my helmet so I don’t have to worry about cracking my melon open, but I will learn it.
Practice for the Philly Freestyle, in October, starts tomorrow.
It is on.
Well, it was a weekend of no skating. I worked out hard at Aikido on Saturday morning, and had some very good family stuff to do that night. Sunday night the Community Band was playing on my practice spot, so I stayed in, let my body rest, and worked on some audio projects.
I guess I should mention it is super hot during the day. Way too hot to skated until about 7pm at which point it has cooled down to about 93 degrees F.