Friday, March 3, 2017

The Hubba



Work was brutal this week. My soul needed a little rejuvenation. I dash out of work and to Charm City Mason Dixon indoor skate park. It’s cold outside here, but warm at Charm City. This place has become one of the places I consider a home park.  Much to my surprise and frankly delight, the park is wide open as just two other dudes are there skating. I carve around and do my normal old man bullshit: a boneless here, no comply there, and a few ollies just to keep myself honest. Nose Slides feel so good, and are so fun. It’s time to get down to brass tacks, whatever that means. 5-0 grinds to tail on the hubba have become my nemesis. On any given ledge, I have them pretty consistent, but on this hubba not so much. I take a couple passes at them, I lock in grind, turn to tail a little slide, and the board shoots away from me. I’m so close, I can taste it. Sweat rolls from beneath my helmet and into my eyes. It stings, but I wipe it away.  I’m determined, I’m gonna make this freaking 5-0. This pass is it. I lock in. It feels awesome… something goes wrong, next thing I know, I’m on my back sliding away from the hubba. Fuck! I pick myself up, and do a quick self-inspection. Undeterred, I move back to take another pass.  I push towards the hubba, ollie and lock in… turn to tail… the board shoots away from me… exasperated, I take another pass. A definition of insanity has been to do the same thing again and again and expect a different result. Once more to the hubba, and the same result as my board shoots away. My ​​nemesis has won the battle this evening, but not the war. I’ll be back. I’m close, but I know it’s not happening tonight. I’m gonna get his on lock soon.  I kick around the park, carving around doing my old man bullshit: a boneless here, a no comply there, and few ollies thrown it just to keep me honest… damn, I love to ride my skateboard.

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