Before I wore this t-shirt, I couldn't skate at all. Now I'm pretty good. Available at www.proskatersplace.com
1. Your last injury doesn't feel so bad because your new one is worse.
2. You can't keep enough hydrogen peroxide and anti-inflamatories in the house.
3. Your bare foot has the exact shape of your current skate.
4. You look at beautiful architecture and wonder how to roll it; don't care what's inside.
5. You feel sorry for people who can't skate (slowbees).
6. You're convinced world peace would erupt if our countries' leaders rolled.
7. You haven't seen your shoes all weekend.
8. People are surprised to see you wearing shoes.
9. You have to cut down on beer because you skate better sober… and you need the beer money for wheels now.
10. You can't remember the last time you jogged, not 'broke into a jog'… that was because you weren't wearing skates.
I am a puppet, a mental weakling, a simpering wannabe and a blind poser. I, at times, believe the skateboarding hype that inline is unfashionable. I tell people I inline skate apologetically and am sensitive to how early people tune out of conversation when I let inline roll into it.
Hello, my name is Bill, and I'm a skateaholic.
Inline is often referred to as something from the 90's, as if the buzz of floating and ripping across urban landscapes is confined to a single decade or the whims of pop culture. Inline skating gives me the ability to skate far faster than can ever be done in an enclosed rink. When hockey players are at their fastest, we're just shifting into third.
Am I alone in my obsession? My addiction? I've seen some skating demons in the Queen Street West area of Toronto lately. I know there are the Pincio skaters in Rome, a legendary group in Paris and some hard-core skaters in Munich. I like to think that right now, this very moment, that there is another rollerblading demon in some city shadows ripping into the pavement like it was ice at 8 below zero.
I implore you to fascinate and bore all those within earshot with your skating tales and philosophies. Sometimes people just don't know what's good for them. Sometimes they just have to be told. In the meantime, I'll keep shooting my skating exploits and would love to see your videos or hear your stories too.