Tag: mid-life crisis

How I Found Myself at Skateland

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Baltimore writer Elizabeth Hazen describes a life-changing summer outing on wheels

It was an early summer idea. Why not roller-skate? My friend Jane had recently taken her five-year-old daughter to a birthday party at Skateland, and her appetite for wheels had been whetted. She tried to articulate her desire to skate, but all she could say was, “It was so much fun. I had so, so much fun. We need to go back.” I was skeptical, but it was June. School was out, the weather was hot, and we all needed something to look forward to.

Will 40-Somethings Populate the New Baltimore Skatepark?

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Just in time to rally support for the Skatepark of Baltimore, the New York Times published yesterday a story about skateboarding as the new mid-life crisis obsession.

An excerpt:

Forget the little red sports car: the new symbol for midlife crisis is the skateboard. Graying members of Generation X, and even their older brothers, are reclaiming their youth and rebellious streak by hopping back on a skate deck. Some are even showing off old tricks in the skate park.

It’s the latest gasp for a generation of perma-dudes who listen to Black Flag in their BMWs and trade high-fives in client meetings. It’s a bid to escape the corporate grind, beat back their flagging vigor and even make good on a generational cliché: to extend their adolescence until their federal prescription-drug benefit kicks in.

If organizers can raise the money, the Baltimore skatepark will be located in Hampden, behind the Roosevelt Recreation Center at 1121 West 36th Street.  Skatepark Baltimore has already raised $25,000 from professional skateboarder Tony Hawk’s foundation and needs to raise by the end of the month an additional $25,000 to leverage $75,000 in matching funds from Baltimore City Department of Recreation and Parks.

Read “Skateboarding Past a Midlife Crisis” in the New York Times

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