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2012-05-11 05:46:01 PM  
So news media, which is it? Are we all lard asses who are going to die young, or is it stupid to continue moving and enjoying one's l ife as we age?

/ Didn't RTFA.
/ Would kill to be able to roller blade or skate or something.
/ My knees are shot
 
2012-05-11 06:05:48 PM  
Die in a fire you incredible cock sucker.
 
2012-05-11 06:11:29 PM  

Canton: This is not sad:
[i3.kym-cdn.com image 625x625]

It is the opposite of sad.


This.

It's only those of us who refuse to roll over and blindly accept social norms that actually know what it means to be alive. The rest of humanity might as well be robots operating a common program.
 
2012-05-11 06:48:51 PM  

trippdogg: Canton: This is not sad:
[i3.kym-cdn.com image 625x625]

It is the opposite of sad.


This.

It's only those of us who refuse to roll over and blindly accept social norms that actually know what it means to be alive. The rest of humanity might as well be robots operating a common program.


This reminds me all those couch potatoes who complain when their tax dollars are "wasted" when emergency services have to rescue some mountain climbers or hikers who got trapped by bad weather.
 
2012-05-11 06:54:15 PM  
blog.mysanantonio.com

It could lead to dancing.
 
2012-05-11 07:16:13 PM  
If I'm not still rock climbing at 45, shoot me.

I've climbed with guys way older than that.
 
2012-05-11 07:16:21 PM  

Mock26: This reminds me all those couch potatoes who complain when their tax dollars are "wasted" when emergency services have to rescue some mountain climbers or hikers who got trapped by bad weather.


Or like how I complain about the medical resources wasted on sending EMTs out to save their pulmonary embolism-having asses when a lifestyle that revolves around sitting, Cheetos, and prime time programming finally has its way with them.
 
2012-05-11 07:19:19 PM  
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Sir Dr. Chancellor Brian May hereby requests that you suck it.
 
2012-05-11 07:43:18 PM  
This guy right here, in the cockpit... on the throttle...

wild-bills.com

Rick Murray... He's in his 60's and I've raced and learned my racecraft from him for over six years. And it's taken me that long to be able to get to a point where I can finally show Rick a wheel now and then on the track and make the occasional sneaky pass around him. What I bring to the table with my 38 year old youth and exuberance he fights back with years of experience, and cunning.

If I'm 1/10th as fast as he is when I'm in my 60's, I'll be twice as fast as I am now.

Age isn't anything but a number...
 
2012-05-11 08:00:15 PM  
Kona skatepark Jacksonville Fl has old mens night every wednesday. Over 30 gets in for half price. Drink beer in the parking lot then skate the big concrete. Skated with Buck Smith and Lenny Byrd last Wed.
 
2012-05-11 08:23:03 PM  

fireclown: 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?


Your suit isn't going to fit over it, is what I meant. And draping your jacket over the cast looks dumb.
 
2012-05-11 08:29:22 PM  

elpresidenteALO: Kona skatepark Jacksonville Fl has old mens night every wednesday. Over 30 gets in for half price. Drink beer in the parking lot then skate the big concrete. Skated with Buck Smith and Lenny Byrd last Wed.


I've always wanted to skate Kona. The best concrete park for transition near me is Arlington VA. Mt. Rainier is an great small park for street skating. I haven't got around to skating it yet, but the Maloof brothers just opened a awesome new park in the parking lot of RFK stadium. DC is really dense with skateparks. It's a nice place to live for skaters.
 
amo
2012-05-11 08:42:42 PM  

The Jami Turman Fan Club: 42. Trying to figure out how to roller skate. Broken two bones so far. Still trying.

Feel free to laugh.


I ain't laughing, I'm high-five-ing. I'm 35, just bought my first pair of roller skates in 25 years. I've got my skate legs back, and since there's a skate(board) park on my block, I figured I might as well make use of it. I ain't broke anything yet, but you should see the bruises, they are impressive. I think my husband is starting to worry about what other people think of him. ;)

Y'all think a half pipe is hard on 4 wheels? Try it on 8 that don't leave your feet when you fumble.
 
2012-05-11 08:48:42 PM  
If you care what some dildo that writes a crappy op-ed thinks, or you care what a bunch of dumbasses on Fark think, you deserve the life you get.

For the record, here's what I think:

mydoubts.net
 
amo
2012-05-11 08:48:56 PM  

moike: This is how I roll...

farm5.staticflickr.com


My god those are ugly as sin on a nun, but they do look comfy. Tell me more.
 
2012-05-11 09:12:09 PM  
Not unusual here in the Pac NW. I still skate the parks in PDX in the summer (dry season) and ski in the winter (rainy season). I'm 44. I'll hit the park before work, and I'm not the only old-timer doing the same thing ... front side grinds and deep carves in the pools. Other dude will bring their kids with them. If you've never skated a pool before, I am sorry for you. No names, but my bro-in-law is a big suit at the NYTimes. His family came out for ski vacation in April and I was going on and on about being old and still skating, and how it translates to better skiing. Huh. But anyways, it's not like any of this matters. No one cares what any of you think, especially regarding old-timey skaters and all that.
 
2012-05-11 09:21:23 PM  

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

I like.


seconded!
 
2012-05-12 12:03:39 AM  
I'm 41. I'm a professional club DJ and support myself entirely on playing clubs from Florida to Maine on the East Coast. I've done this for ten years.

I have a mohawk. Let me preface this with, I turned absolutely silver at the age of 17. Mom apparently turned white (haired) at the same age, so it's genetic. I've have the mohawk for the same length of time I've been professionally out playing music.

There are two stories I have that cement the idea that if you've been doing something you enjoy, or are doing it *to* enjoy, there's no age limit. Really. If you're doing it as an attention whore, you'll be called out.

I turned 30. Never danced, never did anything of the kind until I was 28. Went out, said WTF and jumped into the Boston scene, hard. Age 30, Big Job with Big Hosting Firm, just under six figure income. I get all dolled up to dance, forget I've got something at the office. Go into office.

High-School Friend and Co-Worker: "What are you doing."

Me: "Gonna go dance at Manray."

Him: "No. What are you doing. You look like an idiot."

At 175lbs and 6ft 2, training at Karate five days a week, I usually got compliments.

Me: "WTF"

Him: "When are you going to act your age and grow up. You should be wearing Dockers."

Me: O_O

Me: Well, look. I'm going to have fun, check out hot girls, and hit on them. If you want to come along, you're welcome to. If not, you can get crusty and boring on your own time.

And embracing the club scene ended up with me finding I preferred to play music. Lost the job after 13 rounds of layoffs, achieved eight residencies, and now I get to have fun hair and make lots of hot, young women dance.

On that same subject, I recently walked into a gas station at night on my way to play Boston.

Man: "Hey dude, what the hell are you doing."

Me: "Uh. Gassing up my car."

Man: "No dude, what the hell are you doing? Your hair's all grey, you got a stupid haircut, what's up with THAT?" (Big shiat eating grin).

Me: "Well, let me ask you, what are you doing tonight?"

Him: "Uh, well. Going to uh, go home, cook dinner, watch TV."

Me: "Sounds cool. I'm going into Boston to DJ and make 500 people dance."

Him: FROWN

Me: Have a nice night.

/You also wouldn't believe how the silver mohawk gets compliments from everyone
//Particularly 21ish clubbing women

If you want to hear what I do, here's my latest mix: http://snd.sc/fprgdx

All done live, with my ears, not a laptop.
 
2012-05-12 12:58:43 AM  

Znuh: Me: "Well, let me ask you, what are you doing tonight?"

Him: "Uh, well. Going to uh, go home, cook dinner, watch TV."

Me: "Sounds cool. I'm going into Boston to DJ and make 500 people dance ...Do you want to come back to my place?"

Him: "...Yeah, alright."


i227.photobucket.com
 
2012-05-12 01:37:22 AM  
Behold the authority on what's cool:

www.esquire.com

I'm hoping I get to meet this guy someday. We can hang out and talk about money.
 
2012-05-12 01:38:30 AM  
about age 16, I went rollerskating for the last time. fell on my right knee three
times in the exact same spot, and couldn't walk for a coupla days. after getting my drivers license both the rollerskates and the skateboard started gathering
a whole lotta dust. don't do either anymore. but I ride my mountain bike, wakeboard, and skiied about sixty days this winter. I don't care what anyone says, My life at 50 is pretty frickin' cool.
 
2012-05-12 01:40:09 AM  

Znuh: I'm 41. I'm a professional club DJ and support myself entirely on playing clubs from Florida to Maine on the East Coast. I've done this for ten years.

I have a mohawk. Let me preface this with, I turned absolutely silver at the age of 17. Mom apparently turned white (haired) at the same age, so it's genetic. I've have the mohawk for the same length of time I've been professionally out playing music.

There are two stories I have that cement the idea that if you've been doing something you enjoy, or are doing it *to* enjoy, there's no age limit. Really. If you're doing it as an attention whore, you'll be called out.

I turned 30. Never danced, never did anything of the kind until I was 28. Went out, said WTF and jumped into the Boston scene, hard. Age 30, Big Job with Big Hosting Firm, just under six figure income. I get all dolled up to dance, forget I've got something at the office. Go into office.

High-School Friend and Co-Worker: "What are you doing."

Me: "Gonna go dance at Manray."

Him: "No. What are you doing. You look like an idiot."

At 175lbs and 6ft 2, training at Karate five days a week, I usually got compliments.

Me: "WTF"

Him: "When are you going to act your age and grow up. You should be wearing Dockers."

Me: O_O

Me: Well, look. I'm going to have fun, check out hot girls, and hit on them. If you want to come along, you're welcome to. If not, you can get crusty and boring on your own time.

And embracing the club scene ended up with me finding I preferred to play music. Lost the job after 13 rounds of layoffs, achieved eight residencies, and now I get to have fun hair and make lots of hot, young women dance.

On that same subject, I recently walked into a gas station at night on my way to play Boston.

Man: "Hey dude, what the hell are you doing."

Me: "Uh. Gassing up my car."

Man: "No dude, what the hell are you doing? Your hair's all grey, you got a stupid haircut, what's up with THAT?" (Big shiat eating grin).

Me: "Well, let me ask you, what ...


I used to rollerblade home every night from a 2nd shift job that I had a number of years ago. The commute was 6 miles at the beginning of the season and by the end of the season I was often doing 20+ miles 4 or 5 nights a week. I worked in an office and when I was off the clock I would go to the bathroom and change, would put my skates on at my desk, and then take the elevator to the lobby and leave. Security had no problem with this, nor did my boss, nor did several VIPs who had on occasion been working late and seen me get in the elevator with my skates on. One night, however, a manager from another department came into the office as I was getting ready to leave and he sees me in loose-fitting biking shorts, t-shirt, and with a bandana on my head (I am clean shaven bald and the bandana helps my helmet fit better). The manager looks at me and says, "I never took you to be one of those people. You come across as being very professional." I just said something along the lines of "I love to skate." I did not point out that he even though he was younger than me he pushing 300 pounds and I was about 210 at the time. I was definitely not "athletic body" fit, but was in great shape and my legs were very muscular. I took skating seriously (but never seriously competitive) back then I could do a 26.2 mile marathon in 1 hour 45 minutes. I doubt he could have even completed a blading marathon. I still get a lot of strange looks when I walk into a store wearing sandles and a bandana on my head while carrying my blades and helmet, but I do not care. I skate because I love to skate. Anyone who finds that ridiculous can go to hell as far as I am concerned.
 
2012-05-12 01:42:21 AM  
Lots of wisdoms on teh Fark today.
 
2012-05-12 01:49:51 AM  

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 live with my mom

Also, that 16 year old girl you've got the hots for will never be into you.
 
2012-05-12 02:12:26 AM  
My upper-40s friend once grabbed a rope attached to his sister's car in Estes, CO and skated up and down their hilly roads. This was in about 1978, he said. We just play Disc Golf now...
 
2012-05-12 02:24:51 AM  

Ow My Balls: My upper-40s friend once grabbed a rope attached to his sister's car in Estes, CO and skated up and down their hilly roads. This was in about 1978, he said. We just play Disc Golf now...


I love that disc golf is the alternative for old skateboarders. My friend's dad grew up in San Francisco in the 60's/70's. Used to ride Lombard street on the regular. Now I play disc golf with him. I'm going to be really sad on the day that I realize I can no longer skate. It's going to be devastating.
 
2012-05-12 08:23:30 AM  

farkingismybusiness: Ow My Balls: My upper-40s friend once grabbed a rope attached to his sister's car in Estes, CO and skated up and down their hilly roads. This was in about 1978, he said. We just play Disc Golf now...

I love that disc golf is the alternative for old skateboarders. My friend's dad grew up in San Francisco in the 60's/70's. Used to ride Lombard street on the regular. Now I play disc golf with him. I'm going to be really sad on the day that I realize I can no longer skate. It's going to be devastating.


or, just change your mind about what it means to transition thru life
 
2012-05-12 08:28:28 PM  

amo: moike: This is how I roll...

farm5.staticflickr.com

My god those are ugly as sin on a nun, but they do look comfy. Tell me more.


Sidi Vortice Air motorcycle roadracing boot with a Sure Grip XK4-DA45 plate mounted short-forward. Built by 'Doc Sk8' of Jam n' Speed.

I started on your traditional low top speed skates and sprained my ankle about four times pretty bad during falls that I quickly figured out that low top speed skates were not the best thing for being a derby ref, at least for me.

The braced ankle on the Sidi boot is articulated so you get yaw, pitch, and roll... but it will keep you from hyperextending the ankle in a bad fall. I can cross over just as deep and fast as with a low boot, but with the additional ankle support.

And yeah, they are comfortable, the ratcheting tension system is far superior to laces in terms of fit and adjustability.
 
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