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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 03:14:54 PM  
Simple

If it's something you do because you like it, have done it for a long time, and don't generally care what others think (and are at least pretty good at it), then it's fine - have fun and do it till you die. If you are a middle aged overweight dork who decided one day to take it up in a desperate attemt to escape the clutches of middle age, thinking you would look "cool" doing it, then we all get to point and laugh. Especially if you spend ridiculous amounts of money on top end gear to start out. Just go buy a Corvette already.

This also applies to many things, like mountain biking (my fun activity of choice that I will keep doing as long as my body allows - and I build and wrench my own bikes, too), road biking, rollerblading, windsurfing, kiteboarding, water skiing, etc.

So the 45 year old guy pushing 240 crammed into sponsor plastered spandex wheezing up a 2% grade on a $9000 road bike? I slow down and laugh. My 60 year old trail running/biking partner who matches me on the Army style obstacle course and kicks butt on his budget hardtail bike? Forever awesome.
 
2012-05-11 03:14:58 PM  
/me favoriting all the the skaters in this thread
 
2012-05-11 03:15:14 PM  
This asshat and offical spokesman of douchbags everywhere has motivated me to continue skating so i won't be a washed up pink hat wearing coon. Nothing cooler than seeing a 40 year old skating WITH his kids at the skatepark. and finding out he owns a successful business to top it off.
I guess everyone doing what they want regardless of their age is a hipster.... count me in
 
2012-05-11 03:16:36 PM  

Trance750: I enjoy travelling, tennis, working on the truck, ect



Well, as an older man you happen to enjoy the gayer things in life. Im sure you also like wine. Nothing wrong with these, to be sure, the world wouldn't be the same without effeminate dudes.

Personally, I'd rather hang out with children at heart. Effeminate douchebags with sticks up their asses aren't much fun to be around.
 
2012-05-11 03:16:54 PM  
I'm not a skater, but why shouldn't people do fun stuff if it makes them happy? The world could use all the joy it can get at this point.
 
2012-05-11 03:18:24 PM  
www.esquire.com

This dude's got date rape written all over him.
 
2012-05-11 03:18:31 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.


Having and raising children
 
2012-05-11 03:18:40 PM  
hipsters trollin' hipsters trollin' hipsters etc.
 
2012-05-11 03:19:18 PM  

Trance750: I enjoy travelling, tennis, working on the truck, ect



Well, as an older man you happen to enjoy the gayer things in life. Im sure you also like wine. Nothing wrong with these, to be sure, the world wouldn't be the same without effeminate dudes. I'd rather hang around with people young at heart, no matter what the age. Judgmental effeminate douchebags with sticks up their asses like are way less appealing, even having to view your thoughts is unpleasant.
 
2012-05-11 03:19:23 PM  

Dr._Michael_Hfuhruhurr: I'm 46 and I have an awesome skateboard.

Suck it.

/All I wanted was a Pepsi. Just one Pepsi...


But she wouldn't get it for ya, would she?
 
2012-05-11 03:19:58 PM  

hbomb1129: Having and raising children


Who you then take skateboarding.
 
2012-05-11 03:21:23 PM  

hbomb1129: El Freak: Enlighten me as to what appropriate adult hobbies and activities are, please.

Having and raising children



WTF is this shiat?
 
2012-05-11 03:22:10 PM  

GriffXX: 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.


lh6.ggpht.com


Jane, you ignorant slut.
 
2012-05-11 03:22:33 PM  
...says the journalist who forgot how to be a kid. In fact, all of the people who scorn someone who's just having fun.

It's not about how they look. That's the journalist projecting his image issues onto the person. Rather, it's about how they feel. Most people know it's not "normal" to skate around when you're an adult, and it takes overcoming all of the assholes, journalist included, to truly save yourself from the hell that is adulthood and have fun and get exercise at the same time.

As for the rest of you who seem to agree with him, I'm sorry. I'm sorry you sit in your cars for hours and hours each week; I'm sorry that if you work out, you pay to do so at some box filled with people staring in mirrors. Most of all, I'm sorry you've become so jaded you would see people be chided out of something they like to do.

/I *wish* I had the time to skate around, stoned, listening to the "bad music" that's so "inferior"
//...inferior, of course, to the nonsense filler played on the radio.
///...
 
2012-05-11 03:23:01 PM  
Though he did freestyle BMX and not skateboarding, anyone remember Dave Voelker? He's 45 and still doing demos.
 
2012-05-11 03:23:34 PM  
img.bnqt.com

a.espncdn.com
 
2012-05-11 03:24:07 PM  

D_Evans45: Trance750: I enjoy travelling, tennis, working on the truck, ect


Well, as an older man you happen to enjoy the gayer things in life. Im sure you also like wine. Nothing wrong with these, to be sure, the world wouldn't be the same without effeminate dudes.

Personally, I'd rather hang out with children at heart. Effeminate douchebags with sticks up their asses aren't much fun to be around.


Don't know too many gay people who own trucks. Now a prius, maybe.....
 
2012-05-11 03:25:51 PM  

MorePeasPlease: [graphics8.nytimes.com image 75x75]
This guy looks pretty douchey.


I've read other stuff by him that was pretty funny. This piece is bland by comparison.
 
2012-05-11 03:27:15 PM  

under a mountain: img.bnqt.com


Is that J. Mascis?
 
2012-05-11 03:28:41 PM  
 
2012-05-11 03:29:53 PM  
At least in SF enough have been trained to get off their boards when cruising past our dog park. If not they get chased down the street. Pretty funny to see some cool kid freak over a 15lb dog.
 
2012-05-11 03:29:54 PM  
I skateboarded when I was a kid, 11-16. Then, when I was in my early thirties, I tried to skateboard on my kids board, and fell, hard. Haven't picked up a board since.

That said, do what you want to do. At whatever age.
 
2012-05-11 03:32:56 PM  
I was on the fence, with the weather in the north chicago burbs being on the verge today. After hearing all this hate, screw it, I'm going skating after work.
 
2012-05-11 03:33:02 PM  

hbomb1129: 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.

Having and raising children


being an adult means not giving a fark what activities other people think you should be engaging in.

if the only way you learn to grow is by the straddle of responsibility, than what have you learned but to survive. some of us actually want some degree of happiness in life, some self awareness, some motivation to excel on our own terms and pursue our own interests. these are lessons harder learned than mere survival. anyone can get by, raise some kids, and condemn everyone else who is trying to live their lives as they see fit. it's not very interesting.
 
2012-05-11 03:34:37 PM  

Dangl1ng: That said, do what you want to do. At whatever age.


QFT
 
2012-05-11 03:35:02 PM  
47 and still inline street skating and biking.
 
2012-05-11 03:35:57 PM  
Indy 159s

Go grind or go home.


:-)
 
2012-05-11 03:36:11 PM  
Anyone else notice the author of TFA looks like he could be dumb nephew of Cooter from The Dukes of Hazard?
 
2012-05-11 03:36:50 PM  

Trance750: Don't know too many gay people who own trucks. Now a prius, maybe.....


Your truck is your claim to masculinity. You're in bad shape, my friend.
 
2012-05-11 03:37:19 PM  
My bro just broke his elbow falling off his skateboard. He's 35. His daughter was riding with him at the time (yes on the same board). Broke his elbow breaking her (and his) fall. Yea, its the hand he draws with and makes a living.

It's over brah.

Paint that board like you promised me and I'll hang the art on my wall.
 
2012-05-11 03:37:56 PM  
I hope to still riding my bicycle when I hit 100 and if that is a problem for you, honey; well, durable feces.
 
2012-05-11 03:39:15 PM  

dj1s: durable feces


WIN!
 
2012-05-11 03:40:03 PM  
I hope that when I am 45 that I will still be rollerblading, regardless of whether or not people think I am a douchebag for rollerblading. And if you want to find out if I am still rollerblading when I am 45 just remember to ask me in 3 years.
 
2012-05-11 03:41:30 PM  

WhyteRaven74: under a mountain: img.bnqt.com

Is that J. Mascis?


Yes
 
2012-05-11 03:42:35 PM  

Trance750: D_Evans45: Trance750: I enjoy travelling, tennis, working on the truck, ect


Well, as an older man you happen to enjoy the gayer things in life. Im sure you also like wine. Nothing wrong with these, to be sure, the world wouldn't be the same without effeminate dudes.

Personally, I'd rather hang out with children at heart. Effeminate douchebags with sticks up their asses aren't much fun to be around.

Don't know too many gay people who own trucks. Now a prius, maybe.....


what a bunch of homophobes.

wine is good. tennis is fun. trucks are vehicles. traveling is exciting. none of these things have anything to do with sex. (except for wine, which can get a woman drunk enough to have sex with you). farker fascination with sexualizing the inanimate is borderline obsessive. fetishistic, one could say.
 
2012-05-11 03:43:26 PM  
t.qkme.me
 
2012-05-11 03:44:32 PM  

Maechyll: dj1s: durable feces

WIN!


yes!
 
2012-05-11 03:45:45 PM  
Damn, I guess the author and Trance 750 would hate me then...45, still skate, disc golf, BMX(on a 24"), and rollerskate.

Took my 15 year old daughter and her best friend to a concert a couple of weeks ago, and introduced them to the mosh pit for the first time. They absolutely loved it. Got a shiat-ton of high fives from the kids in the pit as well...

Regularly ride trails with my 6 year old son, as well as hit the skatepark with him. Most of the older kids there have told me they wish their old man had gone to the park with them...

Not trying to be a kid, not trying to die inside either...
 
2012-05-11 03:46:06 PM  
yeah the author appears to be jealous... but check it the previous article is the opposite opinion.. IT appears to be a response to this, and the author actually does look cool unlike that douchebag.. http://www.nytimes.com/roomfordebate/2012/05/10/hip-or-about-to-break- a-hip/skate-old-or-die
 
2012-05-11 03:47:08 PM  

Arman Tamzarian: I'm 38 and still skate almost everyday. Been doing it since I was 13 and will continue until I can no longer physically do it. This guy sounds like he could never figure out how to ollie and is harbored that rage for years.



i have this seem shortcoming.

so i started mt. biking instead. will keep doing it til i cant pedal anymore.

/can still only bunny hop if i'm clipped in
//old people that pass me climbing hills is awesome and inspiring.
/// i sound fat
////am fat
//fat slashies!!!
 
2012-05-11 03:47:12 PM  

D_Evans45: Trance750: Don't know too many gay people who own trucks. Now a prius, maybe.....

Your truck is your claim to masculinity. You're in bad shape, my friend.


Am I wrong?
 
2012-05-11 03:48:23 PM  

Trance750: 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


Going to the gym in 26 minutes?
 
2012-05-11 03:49:53 PM  

Trance750: D_Evans45: ...

Am I wrong?



I don't know much about the gay populations choice in automobiles. I won't sit here and talk shiat about trucks though...
 
2012-05-11 03:50:37 PM  

under a mountain: Yes


I was pretty sure it was, but before getting too giddy I wanted to make sure.
 
2012-05-11 03:51:09 PM  

duncanIdaho: /me favoriting all the the skaters in this thread


what he said!!! Fark skate session??? F.O.G.S.C.??? (Fark Old Guy Skate Crew)
 
2012-05-11 03:52:44 PM  
Back when I was a young'un, I was slogging up son-of-a-biatch hill with a 50 pound backpack on the first leg of a two-week solo backpacking trip. I was passed (quite handily) by two women in their late 60s (yes, I asked)--one of whom had recently gotten a hip replacement; the other was on her 2nd set of knees.

Awesome and inspiring? Aw HELLS yeah. : )
 
2012-05-11 03:53:59 PM  

cableraker: F.O.G.S.C.??? (Fark Old Guy Skate Crew)


I like.
 
2012-05-11 03:54:15 PM  

Trance750: D_Evans45: Trance750: Don't know too many gay people who own trucks. Now a prius, maybe.....

Your truck is your claim to masculinity. You're in bad shape, my friend.

Am I wrong?


catering truck
interior design truck
dog grooming truck
moblie salon truck

Yup. U wrong
 
2012-05-11 03:55:49 PM  

kindms: catering truck
interior design truck
dog grooming truck
moblie salon truck


Mobile gloryhole service.

/NTTATWWT
 
2012-05-11 03:56:06 PM  

pute kisses like a man: ...what a bunch of homophobes.

wine is good. tennis is fun. trucks are vehicles. traveling is exciting. none of these things have anything to do with sex. (except for wine, which can get a woman drunk enough to have sex with you). farker fascination with sexualizing the inanimate is borderline obsessive. fetishistic, one could say.



Wine sucks and tennis is for old people.
 
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