Even now that I’m an old man with creaky arthritic joints in my body, I still view my surroundings from a skateboarder’s perspective. That is to say that wherever I go, whether on foot or in a vehicle of some nature, I still observe my surroundings like “that’d be a nice set of stairs, that’s a nice handrail, I’d love to bust out a long crooks on that ledge with a bit of wax, I wonder if I could pop a kicky over that gap?” etc etc. A bit of a trip since I’m now well past my years of being an enthusiastic skater, and don’t often get the ‘ol rip-stick out for a serious session of pain and frustration, these days. But still, I’m always scoping out my surroundings for skating potential. It’s not even to look for new spots. It’s just a way of looking at ordinary architecture and constructions that becomes the norm when you become a serious skateboarder.
I’ve still got a bit of skater in me. I still take the ‘ol rip stick out fairly regularly, but usually just hit up some smooth ledges, manual pads, smaller gaps and even just flat ground for a quick shred. I just can’t seem to give it up no matter how much I suffer for it. Even now that I’m walking around with a permanently fucked ankle, which usually gives up on me pretty quickly when I go for a roll, and which of course is a result of a skating mishap.
But still, wherever I go and whatever I do, if there’s some sort of man made creation and a surface to roll on, then I’m looking at it with images of hitting it up on my rip stick in my head…sometimes even when it’s not at all skate-able.
I was wondering if there’s anybody here who can relate to this? Anybody else who has this outlook on their surroundings? Probably not I suppose. Why the fuck am I even posting this on a Wu-Tang forum?