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Qapla! March 23, 2012

Posted by Tantumblogo in Admin, awesomeness, fun, silliness.

I found my skateboard, up in the attic!

The one on the left is the one I bought maybe 14 years ago.  It’s just ok.  I’ve never liked the trucks, the tiny wheels, or the narrow deck.  The one on the right is my 1986 Mark Gonzalez.  Apparently, the black color is rare and somewhat valuable.  It’s not being made in the re-issue decks that are available.

After 14 years in the attic, where it probably gets upwards of 130 degrees in the summer, I figured all the plastic parts and bearings would be toast.  But I was able to hop on and ride right away.  The bearings are in bad shape, they either need a thorough cleaning or replacement, but the trucks are fine.  They carried my copious figure around with nary a problem.  I found a 3rd deck up in the attic, too, that I had forgotten all about.  That was an early 90’s G&S that was sort of a transition period between the wide decks of the 80s and the current narrow and long skateboards.  But the deck was broken in half – I let a friend of mine’s teenager borrow it, and it came back missing a wheel and with the deck broke.  So, I scavenged it for parts. 

Hopefully I’ll get the bearings cleaned up tonight and be able to ride with the kids tomorrow.  And  no more going rump over teakettle if I hit a tiny pebble!  I was able to pull a little ollie last night.


1. Raul De La Garza III (@raul_delagarza) - March 23, 2012

Duuuuuuude. That’s totally rad! I am still on the hunt for my old board.

tantamergo - March 26, 2012

DDLG, I hope you find it. We had a blast riding skateboards all weekend! The girls took to it really fast. Now, they all want their own. And they have a huge preference for the wide deck with big wheels – so much better on concrete than the skinny ones with tiny wheels.

2. Peggy - March 23, 2012

Stop being so cool or people won’t think your’re Catholic! Remember, we are here to ruin the party for everyone else! Ha!

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