Over the years I've seen plenty of wheeled trends sweep through the decidedly un-white, un-middle-class, un-suburban neighborhoods around here: scooters, go-carts, pocket bikes, etc. But skateboards? Definitely not.
The times they are a-changin':
- I saw the first neighborhood kid on a skateboard a few weeks ago. The armchair-sociologist lazily dozing in the back of my brain snorted, mumbled something about statistical anomalies, and fell back asleep.
- I saw another kid on another skateboard. The armchair-sociologist harumphed about bell curves and put a pillow over his head.
- I saw a whole group of teens a couple of blocks over practicing tricks together—Ollies and other arcane shenanigans—up and down past the flooded-out houses. Down the street, a younger kid practiced the same tricks by himself in his driveway.
- Yesterday a kid skated past in an oversized t-shirt that said "THUG" on the back.
Is this a localized phenomenon? Is there some broader trend?** Minions, bring me data-points!
* This "urban"-codespeak is a confusing business. If I create a radio station exclusively devoted to playing songs about or pertaining to cities, what format would it be? (And, tangentially—just because I'm curious—what would be on its play list?)
** Is this old news? Has there already been some BET feature you will politely point me to? Will I have to mutter some embarrassed apology about not having cable? Is the New York Times about to kill it with a large glossy article in its weekend magazine?