Okay. So it’s absolutely no secret that I am a huge fan (in the Gil Renard sense) of the movie Hackers. I have been since the first time I watched it . . . at a sleep-over birthday party in the ‘90s, yes!
That fateful premiere was also my very personal introduction to in-line skating. I’d been roller-skating a handful of times, and I’d seen folks strap in-line skates to their gams, but before Hackers it just didn’t enter my realm of interest. I am not ashamed to say that one of my favourite extracurricular activities is film-inspired.
Sadly, the end of high school saw an end to my skating. My family moved away from our little home town and I was exceptionally shy and consequently made no friends that last summer before I began university. Then there was university; my first two years of post-secondary saw me living in the residence buildings at The School On Top Of A Giant Hill. No skating there. (Okay, I could have gone off campus. To be honest, by then in-line skating was among the last things on my mind.)
Long story short: I didn’t strap the skates on again until this summer, some twelve years after I graduated high school. That, my friends, is a long time. Too long.
But, better late than never.
Last month was my first foray and holy mother of WOW was it bad! I should have had training wheels. (At the very least one of those “walkers” you used when you were learning how to ice skate as a kid – remember those? Pretty slick.) But! I persevered. I was pretty shaky, but I was also in a fairly un-busy part of the city at the time and let’s face it, it’d been over twelve years since I’d done any skating of any kind.
I’ve been out a few more times since and holy! has it been fun! Skating, I’ve found, also pairs super well with my first love: walking. I can’t reach all of the targets I’d like to with walking, or hiking (I am not a jogger folks, not at all) no matter how extreme the hills I choose to climb. But throw a good skate into the mix and I’m aces!
I have to say, it’s pretty freeing to get a little more speed going. Bonus points: I’m still getting my skate-legs back so I find that I concentrate more on not falling than I do on the day’s bullshit.
Want to see the ridiculousness of my skates?
Okay, so these aren’t mine. These are skates I found on an internet search, but they’re basically the same model. Mine are blue where these are red and I haven’t removed my brake (ye gods – talk about taking your life into your hands). But at the end of the day? Yup, mid-‘90s Bauers. (Don’t worry – I’ve been out enough to justify a new pair next year. Plus side? No one does this anymore so they’re pretty affordable – and it’s all about the Rollerblades now folks. Legit.)
How about you guys? Do you in-line skate? (If you’re in the Prince George, BC area – where do you skate?) If not, what’s your poison? And hey – have you ever been inspired by a film to pick up a hobby? (If not, you should. It’s pretty awesome.)
Okay. We can’t walk away without tapping into OTV.
HACK THE PLANET!