|Well, unfortunately I dont think our sport will ever be popular. So I skate alone usually but still I wish I had several other skating pals to roll with. I will save my pennies for rollercon, but I'm not sure how many pennies that is lol.
I just hope I can keep going for 15+ more years cause I have so much fun with it!! I love the speed skating now, but nothing compares to the thrills/rewards of the ramps/bowls. I didnt skate today cause its cold and after my skate-a-thon, my knees been pretty sore. But I cant wait to wake up tomorrow morning and go skating!! I'm a very happy girl here!! :-D
My advice: dont hold onto the past, nor try to compare yourself with others, nor fret too much about the future. These will make you unhappy. My Dad didnt understand how I could be so positive with all the crap/financial problems I was having. I told him I'm healthy, I have my skates and furry family, I have food and shelter, whats there to complain about? Not many people can have this fun my age so why not be happy and positive? I'm actually a greedy gal, I now have 4 sets of skates to roll on lol!
: Claudine, you are so lucky to have what we did not have 15 years ago. With that said, I respect you so much. You are so enthusiastic and appreciate skating more than anyone that I have met. The fact that you have started a non popular sport and doing it at our age is awesome. You are definitely a motivation to me and probably many others. Everytime I read your posts I am amazed. You are so addicted to skating and I think that is so cool. I don't care how good anyone is as long as they love the sport. I have had some ideas in the past as well as today to promote our sport and hope I will actually do something about it.
: : Dont fret so much dwelling on the past. There is no past for me with skating. I never saw a skatepark til about a year and a half ago. I'm starting just now. I dont care, its still just as fun. I guess I need to figure out how to keep myself healthier longer, thats all. I would never do this for money or fame, just for fun. In a year from now I hope to be skating daily!! Right now I must put work and school first til things get rollin, but I will still skate as much as I can.
: : : I am sure that most of you have been to this site, but I thought this was such a cool bio that was written. http://www.rene-hulgreen.dk/2596783
: : : You can also click on the rollerskate photo link and see the most amazing skating.
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: : : Reading that article really made me look back with a lot of regret or knowledge of missed opportunities. I was probably at my prime around 1984 and then all of the parks closed down and I had no place to skate. I did skate a couple of times off and on through out the years. Reading that article made me realize how many legends I skated with and how many opportunties I missed. I got into inline in 1992 and that is when I went to Europe and skated with rollerskaters like Martin Broich and Toto Ghali. When I got home, instead of pursuing skating, I got a job. I did skate a little, but really had nowhere to skate. I met some guys at an inline contest and ended up skating in Aarons backyard. Because I worked so much, I rarely skated. I skated with Arlo, Angie, Alan, Brook and many of the big skaters. At one point, I thought about quiting my job and trying to go pro, but instead I thought I would be responsible. I even had an opportunity to move into the house Arlo lived and skate the ramp next door everyday. Talk about regret! The career that I chose lasted 7 years. I was very successful and made very good money, but it ended up meaning nothing. At least now I am skating again and I am doing it because I love it.
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: : : By the way, Bernhard are you the photog on those pics on his site?