Longboarding is not a crime (dedicated to the memory of Adam Yauch)

10 May

How does one grow old gracefully?

I don’t know.

But I do know that I look ridiculous with long hair

that I can’t party like I once did at 24

without feeling the ill effects.

That there is no such thing as lack of consequence

that I’m much different than I was

when I walked these very same streets

long ago.

I learned to develop a healthy sense of paranoia

in my youth

that is only now wearing off

So why start longboarding at my age?

Call it healthy regression

or a mid-life crisis

or blame it on the safe existence

of a protected cocoon

shattered by the unforgiving reality

of asphalt and pavement.

Maybe I do wear my cuts

bruises and scrapes as

proudly adorned medals,

battle scars

much like the Fight Club participants carry.

(My board is Tyler Durden)

Coasting in empty parking lots

around town

carving down the hills

turning up

ramped sidewalks and driveways

Why do I long board at my age?

Because its fun

and possibly preparation

for surfing;

a lesson in centripetal force

the ground running

beneath the wheels

and wood

precariously

navigating through maniac drivers

and the idiot drunks.

Am I too old to be just now learning to long board?

I probably am but that’s not going to stop me from doing it.

Besides I finally have health insurance.

~Edward Austin Robertson~

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One Response to “Longboarding is not a crime (dedicated to the memory of Adam Yauch)”

  1. cognifeeder May 10, 2012 at 4:59 pm #

    Hell yeah! Life’s better on a board!

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