The Girl on a Skateboard

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All these years later and I still remember it as clear as if it was yesterday.  I think my love for longboarding started when I was about 9 or 10 years old. I accompanied my mom to one of my favorite childhood places to visit, the airport. A relative was flying abroad and we were going to wish him well. While at the departure lounge, I noticed a girl, about my age, who in my mind was the most beautiful girl I had ever seen in my short life. There were three things about her I distinctively, her boyish haircut, the fact that she was wearing shorts, and that she was riding around the lounge on a skateboard. I also noticed that she too had accompanied her family to say goodbye to a friend or relative.

I had an instant crush on her but clearly I was not in any position to go introduce myself to her. It took a while to get over my instant crush but I have always wondered who she was, what happened to her and where is she now. Besides having a crush on her, her biggest impact on me was the desire to have my very own skateboard.

It was not till about 3 or so years after this that my family moved into a new neighborhood and I discovered that one of the neighbor kids had a skateboard. It was a penny board style skateboard, after all, this was early 80s. We only lived in that place for a few months but during that time I was able to borrow his board and learn to ride. It was also the time I did a number of super steep downhill runs and almost killed myself when I fell of the board going about 40 miles an hour, no pads, no helmet.,I literally had to crawl home as I was bruised up and inso much pain. Thank goodness I did no break anything.

Fast forward many many years later and I finally did get my own skateboard and eventually a couple of longboards.

Hipster Finds Lifestyle Too Expensive, Reverts Back to Mainstream

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HipsterASHEVILLE, NC — Derek Loy has been living the hipster lifestyle for the past two years, but after his bank account began to dwindle, he reverted back to mainstream customs.

“I tried my best,” said Loy, “I really did. I was juicing regularly, eating local and organic, and was doing my best to only drink craft beer. Unfortunately, my bank account just couldn’t handle hipster living.”

Loy said the added stress on his bank account caused him to revert back to a more conventional lifestyle, that he enjoyed in his pre-hipster years.

“All the stuff I was doing was great. Kale salads and IPA’s are delicious, but you know what’s also fantastic: cheap stuff. Bud light, frozen chicken and pizza, Coke. Was I saving a lot of money on clothes? Absolutely. I mean, I was buying stuff from thrift stores that homeless people probably wouldn’t wear. And, because I rarely showered…

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