Go Skateboarding Day!

June 22nd, 2008 | Category: Marginalia, Me

June 21st is Go Skateboarding Day, so after a month off of my board due to a bum foot, I went skateboarding. It rained all kinds of fierce as it is wont to do in the evenings in the summer in southeast Alabama, but I skated anyway.

This spot is nothing spectacular unless you like to skate whatever like I do. It’s taller than a normal curb, sloped, and irregular, like a tiny bowl. I used to skate here in high school.

It’s also covered on one side, so the session can go on even in the rain.

It may have been raining, but it was still 8000 degrees out.

After a brief break, I decided it was time to head out, wet streets be damned.

Many thanks to Jessy for braving the rain and coming to document my fumbley skateboarding with her camera. It was good to be on the board again.

Happy Go Skateboarding Day to everyone who skates. It’s good.

P.S. Don’t think I got away from the day unscathed. One good fall into that cast iron fence behind the curb yielded the welt below. Skateboarding is strictly pay to play.

Further Posting:


  • Matt said:

    You may say “Happy Go Skateboarding Day to everyone who skates,” but get a coupla beers in you and put you high up on the roof of a downtown Birmingham apartment building, and you’re liable to yell, “YOU SUCK!” at random skaters below (who suck).

    I’m just sayin’…

  • Patti said:

    I haven’t skated in YEARS, dang it. I learned on a board a friend built with a snow ski and trucks waaay out at the ends – really stable and lovely and swoopy, great to learn on. I’m sure now I’d suck.

    I liked your reading list – glad to see you had one woman anyway, KK didn’t have any at all.

  • William said:

    Gee, I remember that spot well (I think). Is this the same church from which you and I were chased by some drunk guy in a pick-up years ago? Those curbs were fantastic.

  • Roy Christopher (author) said:

    Yep, William, that’s the one.