“Here is the crazy bald guy skating”
That is how she described me as she sent this video to a common friend. Tried out Union Hill Park skating rink for the first time. Took her there in case I came back with some extra pieces of bone.
There were two young guys practicing their tricks. To save myself from too much embarrassment, I went and introduced myself to them first.
“How long have you guys been doing this?”
“Oh! about 4 years.”
“Cool. I am just getting started. I am too old for this. But I want to try.”
Instead of laughing it away, the younger kid did a whole old man thingy on me – “It does not matter how old you are. You gotta do it as long as you are having fun”.
I was not expecting that from a young kid.
“Thanks for the encouragement, man!”, I said and went off to my corner.
After I was done practicing, the kids gave me a couple of tips on how to pick up the board without bending. They were doing it in a fluid motion. I was dropping the board all over the place!!
But it was fun! And a young guy once told me to keep doing it as long as I was having fun!!