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(The New York Times)   45-year-old skateboarders: sad, dangerous, or sad AND dangerous? The New York Times is there   (nytimes.com) divider line 228
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2012-05-11 02:42:55 PM  
If I still could I definitely would. Screw this author. Dropping into a half pipe is an experience like no other so long as you can figure it out.
 
2012-05-11 02:42:59 PM  
37, I cruise a longboard but don't bomb down hills much anymore, not big ones anyway.
 
2012-05-11 02:43:56 PM  

Gyrfalcon: So if you take a header off your skateboard at 45, that's fine, but I'm here to tell you, you're going to feel it more and for a lot longer than when you were shredding at 17, and that cast isn't going to look as cool in the office, nowutimean?


THIS and amen. The years have made me a bit more cautious. But I disagree about the cast. You want to have a collection of effing GOLF stories?
 
2012-05-11 02:44:25 PM  
3.bp.blogspot.com
 
2012-05-11 02:46:04 PM  

Trance750: D_Evans45: ...

It makes you somebody unwilling to put on your big-boy pants, and grow up.



If you're an uptight stiff, maybe. It's a relaxing recreational activity. Instead of golf, some guys want to cruise around on a board. You ever sailed down along the beach on a longboard? Those guys are just enjoying a nice smooth ride, enjoying the scenery, having a good time.

Unless they're sagging their pants and blasting Lil Wayne, seems like a perfectly fine age appropriate pastime to me.
 
2012-05-11 02:46:22 PM  

FarknGroovn: Dropping into a half pipe is an experience like no other so long as you can figure it out.


Amen.
 
2012-05-11 02:46:30 PM  

Jubeebee: Apparently aging means you should stop doing all of the things you enjoyed doing when you were young, because you're supposed to be miserable as an adult. The only acceptable way for adults to be happy is to spend a lot of money on things.


Well, he DOES work for the New York Times, so...
 
2012-05-11 02:46:31 PM  
Skate bands and haircuts?!? Was this writen in 86? Back then skating was a punk subculture- now it's way more mainstream and sports oriented. Back then it was angry white kids with mohawks and devil locks listening to Drunk Injuns, JFA, Misfits, Agent Orange, etc. Now skating is very diverse and I see skaters from the suburbs to the ghetto to the trailer park. Lame article but I'm sure the trolliness of it will guarantee enough clicks to please his bosses. How grown up.
 
2012-05-11 02:46:41 PM  
Oh hell no. This guy can eat all the dicks. Him and his "journalism vest".

i50.tinypic.com
 
2012-05-11 02:47:34 PM  
I was actually just thinking about this last. I am huge into music and always looking into new music. I was with a coworker talking about a new band and she said "I am getting old I guess."

And I thought, you are not old, you just aren't into music. but it made me think, there is no blueprint for where we are as a society. Maybe our parents and of course the way back generations got old and maybe gave up things...but life was so different then. Toiling and working your ass off in fields and factories and house chores. All of these modern things and free time allows us to stay young longer. ..and wasn't that the goal?

But again, living to make some douche writer on the net happy is fail.
 
2012-05-11 02:47:51 PM  
GonzoNihilist

http://haveyouseenhim.jpg/

This dude knows!
 
2012-05-11 02:47:55 PM  

New Age Redneck: Nice trolling.

I don't like what someone else does so I'll shiat on it. Wow, that's stupendous f*cking journalism! Good work!



Rodney is 45 years old.

/with ironic ACDC for the hipsters!


Meanwhile Fox was covering the Washington Post's coverage of Romney's high school bullying today at lunch.

I'M SO INFORMED! IT'S LIKE AN IV OF RAW UNFETTERED INFORMATION BEING DRIP-FED INTO MY BLOODSTREAM AND ABSORBED INTO MY CEREBRAL CORTEX THROUGH OSMOSIS!
 
2012-05-11 02:48:34 PM  
last night.
 
2012-05-11 02:48:57 PM  
Being a douchebag myself, I can attest that the writer of this article is indeed a douchebag as well.
 
2012-05-11 02:48:57 PM  
Darn. Here I am, 30 years old and anxious for my son to hurry up and be old enough to ride bikes. I want to get back on the BMX bike I rode as a teen.
/S&M Dirtbike
 
2012-05-11 02:49:21 PM  

D_Evans45: Trance750: D_Evans45: ...

It makes you somebody unwilling to put on your big-boy pants, and grow up.


If you're an uptight stiff, maybe. It's a relaxing recreational activity. Instead of golf, some guys want to cruise around on a board. You ever sailed down along the beach on a longboard? Those guys are just enjoying a nice smooth ride, enjoying the scenery, having a good time.

Unless they're sagging their pants and blasting Lil Wayne, seems like a perfectly fine age appropriate pastime to me.


Clearly you haven't received the list of approved adult activities. The only way to recapture the fun of your youth is by having moar babies, plebe. Live vicariously through your spawn and stay out of my sight.
 
2012-05-11 02:49:45 PM  
I've never liked skaters much, even when they are age-appropriate. They're like surfers, but with training wheels. (If you're going to commit, commit.) They have bad taste in haircuts, and even worse taste in music. If you've ever heard a music group referred to as a "skate band," it's a sure sign that its idea of artistic innovation is playing four chords.

Geez... did this guy get raped by Mike of Suicidal Tendencies fame?

All he wanted was a man ass... NSFW
 
2012-05-11 02:50:05 PM  

pute kisses like a man: more sad and more dangerous is the notion that you have to steal yourself from any and all interests, activities or hobbies that you may enjoyed as an adolescent upon turning 40.


The truly sad part is that I just turned 40 and I am better at most of that stuff still than the little shiats out there trying to imitate us.

We knew this last batch of kids couldn't apply themselves to the real world, but I am finding out they can't even reasonably apply themselves to screwing around.
That's the sad part. There is no reason whatsoever old farts should be out-snowboarding, out-kayaking, out-playing and generally just out, running circles around people half our age.
 
2012-05-11 02:51:42 PM  
Started when I was 10, 27 years ago, and skate at least a couple times a week. Do I still do handrails and 10 stair sets? No. Doesn't mean I don't really enjoy a nice skatepark. In the process of building a minihalf in the back yard, a life long dream come true.
 
2012-05-11 02:51:47 PM  
BeesNuts
Live vicariously through your spawn and stay out of my sight.

ahahah my wife and I both snowboarded and the other night we joked that we hope she boards and gets really good and goes to the X-Games so we can live vicariously through her. hahaha

but seriously...I hope she likes to snowboard because that will be fun as hell. We will take her in a few years.
 
2012-05-11 02:52:07 PM  
Animal Chin?

farking rights I have seen him.

I'm almost 40 and still hit the street a few times each summer, and if I ever make enough money to have a big enough yard and neighbors that don't care, I'll put a nice sized half pipe back there.

Author should give it a shot instead of bashing it.
 
2012-05-11 02:52:08 PM  
Sad is when a person gives up their passion because of what other people think.

/skates
//41 years old
 
2012-05-11 02:52:32 PM  
Doing things or not doing things because other people expect you to do them is sad.
 
2012-05-11 02:53:06 PM  
i'm 49 and go long-boarding in the summer (Minnesota).
one, it is great exercise for my legs, hips and core.
two, it is great exercise for my brain - i evenly switch from regular to goofy-foot.

/OC kid
//seriously f*ed up my brain as an OC kid
 
2012-05-11 02:53:32 PM  

Jubeebee: Apparently aging means you should stop doing all of the things you enjoyed doing when you were young, because you're supposed to be miserable as an adult. The only acceptable way for adults to be happy is to spend a lot of money on things.


Also, having affairs.

/gonna roller skate till I'm 80!
//article author is a bitter old troll
 
2012-05-11 02:54:15 PM  
I say good for them...though seeing a 40+ yr old on a skateboard makes me think i am seeing a Viagra or Cialis ad in real life.

/you totes still got it gramps
//not dead yet!

affordablehousinginstitute.org
 
2012-05-11 02:55:53 PM  
I guess the equivalent being put forth is it's a bit like miniskirts with women over 30.

I don't agree with the analogy though, and as a rule, I generally mock skateboarders. But I don't mock them because they're doing something they enjoy -- I mock them because quite a few of them think they've achieved some sort of evolved superiority because they can stand on a board with wheels.

So basically, you're never too old to skateboard. The self-important 14-year old boy cockiness, however, should not be worn by anyone over the age of 14.
 
2012-05-11 02:56:31 PM  

El Freak: Trance750: D_Evans45: "People my age are still having fun! Stop doing that!"

/Being 45 and owning a skateboard does not make you a hipster

It makes you somebody unwilling to put on your big-boy pants, and grow up.

Enlighten me as to what appropriate adult hobbies and activities are, please.


I'm 51.
For me, it's:
Cycling (rarer these days, I'm lazy.)
kayaking\flyfishing
Disc golf.

I'm waffling on whether to go fishing after work, or be lazy and throw disc golf.
Either way, there's beer, so I got that going for me, which is nice.
 
2012-05-11 03:00:11 PM  

GonzoNihilist: [3.bp.blogspot.com image 422x540]


Are you the Gonzo from that movie? With the si-si-si-sick air at Del Mar???


Fark this author. No need to even explain why fark him is the thought for his article.
 
2012-05-11 03:00:42 PM  
It's a recession out there. It's hard fo' an old dude to skate. So I say Skate Old or Die!
 
2012-05-11 03:00:48 PM  
I can't skateboard for shiat but it seems like it's more fun and productive than sitting on your ass for a few hours, writing a long, pessimistic rant for the NY Times.

That and not only does he just reek of douchebaggery, I get this sense that he harbors a lot of resentment against hipsters. Granted, I don't agree with the hipster culture, but I wouldn't go out of my way to condemn them.
 
2012-05-11 03:02:34 PM  

Trance750: It makes you somebody unwilling to put on your big-boy pants, and grow up.


Part of growing up is realizing that you can enjoy anything you want without caring whether people think you're too old or whatever.
 
2012-05-11 03:02:50 PM  
Still skate. 36. Can still flipkick-180.

FTA : They think they look good. Meanwhile everyone else is stealing glances at other uncomfortable onlookers, as if to say, "Should we tell them?"

It was never about "looking good" for people like you. Wait..what's this other related article?

FTA : And every minute spent rolling down New York's streets -- even if it includes a fall -- is one not wasted in front of a television or dwelling on regrets.

The only thing that's embarrassing about seeing a 45-year-old on a skateboard? The moment you realize he just landed a trick that you didn't.


There we go.
 
2012-05-11 03:02:55 PM  
If they're wearing protective gear, what's the problem?
 
2012-05-11 03:02:57 PM  
oh, and this...

teleprompterrental.com
 
2012-05-11 03:04:23 PM  
www.esquire.com

I don't think he could look like more of a douchy, fratboy prick if he tried.

"Braaaah, lets go back to the dorm and crank some Dave."
 
2012-05-11 03:05:21 PM  

El Freak: Trance750: D_Evans45: "People my age are still having fun! Stop doing that!"

/Being 45 and owning a skateboard does not make you a hipster

It makes you somebody unwilling to put on your big-boy pants, and grow up.

Enlighten me as to what appropriate adult hobbies and activities are, please.


I enjoy travelling, tennis, working on the truck, ect
 
2012-05-11 03:06:00 PM  

Maud Dib: Looks like he went to Cabela's and decided "Yeah, this won't look silly at all."
Buy a new hat, you farking douchebag.

[www.esquire.com image 240x312]


I just "love" the faux-old baseball hat.
 
2012-05-11 03:06:08 PM  
I'm 46 and I have an awesome skateboard.

Suck it.

/All I wanted was a Pepsi. Just one Pepsi...
 
2012-05-11 03:06:16 PM  
Age 52 here, and I'll do as I damn well please for as long as I damn well please to do it.

/got a concussion coming off my skateboard last year.
//year before that, busted an eardrum after an EPIC pearldive while surfing.
///reflexes ain't what they used to be, but not dead yet, dammit!
////Slashies!
 
2012-05-11 03:07:29 PM  

Dr._Michael_Hfuhruhurr: /All I wanted was a Pepsi. Just one Pepsi...


\m/
 
2012-05-11 03:07:59 PM  
MCA was a skateboarder. That's enough for me.
 
2012-05-11 03:08:55 PM  

GonzoNihilist: [3.bp.blogspot.com image 422x540]


You made my day.
 
2012-05-11 03:09:06 PM  

Trance750: D_Evans45: "People my age are still having fun! Stop doing that!"

/Being 45 and owning a skateboard does not make you a hipster

It makes you somebody unwilling to put on your big-boy pants, and grow up.


Having never skateboarded or been considered a hipster and just now in my 30's, I can tell you that of all my friends, my best ones are my hipster and skateboarding ones. My "normal" friends? The ones who go to nickelback concerts and have themed parties?.. They're boring as hell.

In fact, one of my skateboarding friends who is 33 still boards daily, makes 80k a year from his IT job and outright owns a 4br 2bath house in a gated community. You can't lump skateboarders all into one pathetic stereotype. That's all.
 
2012-05-11 03:10:13 PM  

Gyrfalcon: I'm just wondering...it's not that you're too fat or old or whatever, but when I hit 40, I did notice that things just didn't heal up as fast as they did when I was 20. The sprained ankle I had at 40 took a lot longer to rehab than the broken ankle I had at 25. (It was the same ankle, but still)

So if you take a header off your skateboard at 45, that's fine, but I'm here to tell you, you're going to feel it more and for a lot longer than when you were shredding at 17, and that cast isn't going to look as cool in the office, nowutimean?


Bingo. On the plus side, I have better health insurance than I did in my 20's; on the minus side, all that you said, plus I'm already starting to notice a lot of loss of motor control, upper-body strength, etc. Now is not the time to take up new things, or even attempt to do EVERYTHING I could do when I was 22.
 
2012-05-11 03:11:30 PM  
I can't understand how we can live in a country where 2/3 of us are overweight or obese, and this genius shuns people who are enjoying a physical activity. Brilliant.
 
2012-05-11 03:13:16 PM  
As a 38 year old skateboarder I have to agree with this fine writer. I'm sad. I'm a hipster even though that term isn't as old my helmet. I'm uncoordinated and lack the strength of my youth, which was proven recently when I could only ride 4 of 5 days in a row on my last snowboarding trip. Such a failure. How did I think going to the gym 2/3 days a week for a couple months would prepare me?

And while we're on the subject, it's always tragic when I go to the skatepark. Showing the youth how to act, answering questions and above all landing tricks half of them can't is pathetic. If I had a dollar for every kid I've helped i could probably afford a web subscription to the NYT! Chump change! If I had a dollar for every old deck I've given away I could buy a new one and support my local skate shop! Why am I helping kids instead of the economy?

/sarcasm off

So many haters. Most weeks I skate with The Old Man Crew and we generally hit up an out of the way spot or a park far from the delicate douches in sandals downtown. We have a great time and it counts as some exercise. For all the time sports fans spend analyzing other men I'm the gay one for skating fast and looking at girls. Meh.

Happy I can still skate and around here (DC) there are plenty of kids that could use a good example, old equipment and subtle reminder we can all get along.
 
2012-05-11 03:13:20 PM  
Old people are so disgusting.

Kill everybody after 20. That will fix it!
 
2012-05-11 03:13:24 PM  
Look, skateboards were pretty popular with kids back in the mid-70's. What is so surprising that they would want one when they grew up?

/ 44 3/4
// have one
 
2012-05-11 03:14:50 PM  
www.esquire.com


He looks like the actor/douche in the movie "Radio"

www.lastageblog.com

or like someone pumped James Van Der Beeks head up to the correct size

2media.nowpublic.net
 
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