|Claudine, I agree with you absolutely. But I also can understand Robert's blues. I you have lived a time when there were lots of people to skate with and when you arrive in a present where there are (almost) none, then this is a sad state of affairs.
Aside from that, I would say the same to Robert: In 1999, I thought there was no other roller skater beside me. Now look at all the people you can meet in the web! And all the stuff they share with you: experience, building plans, photos videos, memories, ...
Maybe the times are better than ever?