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A Day of Skating in Birmingham - Saturday 03/01
Got up early and out to Homewood skatepark around 11:30 am to meet Patrick Jackson there to skate. Right off, I knew something wasn't quite right when I dropped in the first time. My balance was just off and I couldn't really "feel" my skateboard. Something was up...and would get worse through the day. But I persevered..."playing through the pain" as they say (haha)....besides, it was BEAUTIFUL out! 65-ish and sunny! Since I wasn't really on at Homewood, I didn't really work on runs or any tricks I had in mind. I just stuck to what I knew and tried to improve. Patrick was ripping, but he was having an equally rough day...lots of slams for some reason. I will say he had backside ollie-to-tails dialed in! SMACK!...every time! We also had little Travis (Hosey's buddy) skating with us. He reminded us several times throug the session that he was good friends with Hosey and that he skated for Steadham...little kids are funny. (haha) He was a little ripper and fun to watch though. Patrick's last slam was onto his already sore plam, so with that, he called it a day. It was near 2pm, and I was ready to go too. Told Patrick and a few other Homewood locals good-bye and headed off to Alabaster to hit Vets. I arrived to find Eddings and Scott Hughston already skating along with another of our *new* old guys (sorry, forget his name at the moment). Spinosi showed up pretty much right as I did. I took a few photos and padded up. After a few runs, I was feeling even worse than before...started having aches from more than just skating...stomach, eyes, etc. I wanted to skate, but it wasn't happening today. I could tell I must be coming down with something. Around 4 pm, I left as Scott and his family were leaving too. I think Eddings was done too...he was really banged up from some falls over the past weeks....hippers, shin, etc. I felt so bad, I didn't even want a parking lot beer with Spinosi! Now that's BAD! (haha) Sure enough, I woke up Sunday feeling MUCH worse. I must have caught something going around (flu, crud, cold, etc) after having dodged it for a good while now. Sunday was even more beautiful out, and I could not even come close to skating. I felt like hell. I did manage to get out and rebuild my little 1/4-pipe, so maybe that kinda counts since it will help skating on another day. At least, I had Saturday....looking forward to the next, like always!
Travis does a big iceplant-to-fakie
Travis does a big iceplant-to-fakie
SWEET backside ollie-to-tail from PJ
SWEET backside ollie-to-tail from PJ
Patrick gets a grind in tight quarters
Patrick gets a grind in tight quarters
Solomon's old favorite...Pivot-to-Fakie (1.02 WMV video)
Solomon's old favorite...Pivot-to-Fakie (1.02 WMV video)
Backside disaster by Patrick
Backside disaster by Patrick
Solomon's other favorite...Ollie Blunt-to-Fakie (982 Mb WMV video)
Solomon's other favorite...Ollie Blunt-to-Fakie (982 Mb WMV video)
Crowded park
Crowded park
Travis fakie to backside pivot
Travis fakie to backside pivot
Love when kids pile up on the platform
Love when kids pile up on the platform
Nice switch 5-0 on the ledge
Nice switch 5-0 on the ledge
Textbook k-grind on the ledge box
Textbook k-grind on the ledge box
Overview of Homewood park
Overview of Homewood park
local hits a backside tailslide on the rail
local hits a backside tailslide on the rail
Another overview of Homewood before leaving
Another overview of Homewood before leaving
Eddings takes flight
Eddings takes flight
New local old guy frontside on a classic ride
New local old guy frontside on a classic ride
Scott Hughston gets inverted
Scott Hughston gets inverted
Eddings layback to tail
Eddings layback to tail
As Scott called this...the old man Madonna
As Scott called this...the old man Madonna
Eddings frontside tuck knee
Eddings frontside tuck knee
Scott gets REALLY laid back!
Scott gets REALLY laid back!
Alec Spinosi frontside 180 off the ledge
Alec Spinosi frontside 180 off the ledge
Now THAT's a frontside rock! Scott steps it up!
Now THAT's a frontside rock! Scott steps it up!
Little Spinosi hits the rail
Little Spinosi hits the rail
Alex Salillas frontside boardslides his way down
Alex Salillas frontside boardslides his way down
Scott lends himself a hand through a frontside grind
Scott lends himself a hand through a frontside grind
Eddings works through some issues
Eddings works through some issues
Scott does a true layback grind
Scott does a true layback grind
Little Travis rolls into the bowl (6.9 MB AVI vidwo)
Little Travis rolls into the bowl (6.9 MB AVI vidwo)
Eddings gets in one more air
Eddings gets in one more air