In this episode, the crew gets together to discuss being out of “skate shape,” the new United Skates Documentary film, their trip to Detriot, and much more.
My Houston Roundup 2015 Review.
I arrived at the Houston hobby at 7:30 pm local time and went directly to the host which is about 5 minutes from the airport. The hotel provided a shuttle which I appreciated, as I did not rent a car on this trip. After checking in I went over to the Meet and Greet (which I think need a new name, but that’s a convo for a different time). It was at a bar next door. Honestly, I didn’t even go inside – I got there so late it was pretty much at capacity. Skaters spilled over in to the parking lot just chopping it up. The weather was great, no complaints there. Definitely wasn’t missing the snow storm back home. Left the Meet and Greet and “broke bread” with the skate fam. before a quick nap – had to get my mind and body “rink ready.”
The Friday night set at Fun City Rink, 12am – 5am with DJ Joe Bowen didn’t disappoint. I felt like he did a great job playing to the crowd and touching on the different styles. He even played some new and old school local flavors. He could have played that “H-Town-knocking the boots” twice and no one could have been mad at that. It was Neon NIGHT, so the lights were low all night and the skaters shined bright under the black light.
The rink was small with deep corners. The wood felt great, only one bump patch off second turn, no biggie. Seating around the rink was plentiful – decor was on point. The large skaters’ mural on the long wall stretch was a nice touch to the rink.
I skated the entire night – no real reason to get off the floor, until the music stopped. Good size crowd for a Friday night. 15-20 min ride to the hotel for some R and R.
Day two, Saturday. I’m up and out early to set up a vending table at the indoor BBQ/concert. The venue was switched, due to the predicted rain storms which, came true (good call). I didn’t see any of the concert since I was on vending duty outside under the tents. It would have be nice to have the backup of the IMSN crew to relief me of duty to check it out… apparently “extreme yoga class” and “full body waxing” was more important. Again, a convo for another time.
The bull riding was cliché for Texas but it fit in well and was entertaining.
I only had the fish fry, but the food was plentiful even though it was served late (kind of a stickler for timing especially when hungry). The Roundup committee was VERY hospitable. I had a small headache and one of the team members offer to walk across the street to a gas station to get me Advil. I tell you folks it’s the small things. I wish I knew her name. I eventually packed up and met up some skate fam. to break bread at the Texas famous Pappadeux (sp). The food was terrific! Good convo. So worth it. Stopped at DQ for some dessert and back to the hotel to chill before skating.
Saturday night 12-5a with DJ Big Bob and DJ Joe Bowen. I didn’t skate the night away because I left 1 skate in the hotel. Smh. I cried a little inside at the thought of considering wearing rentals, but someone was able to pick-up my other skate. #lifesaver #therealmvp. The crowd was thick but bearable. There was no roll-call or style-call which actually worked really well. More events should consider that in my opinion. Not all, just some. The roll call has its place.
All-in-all Houston is a good look for the skate community. Props to the producers of the event. If I could’ve done it differently I would have stayed longer to check out more local flavor. I hate 2 day trips. I was there less than 48 hrs. …but that’s the skate life.
Till next time folks.
It’s apart of the gig. It happens to even the very best of us. The trick is to playing it off as smoothly as possible…
2. …Unless you’re hurt pretty bad. In which case you should stay down for a while.
3. Unwanted Sexual Advances
Women in tutus, stretchy pants, belly-tops, jeans, sweaters, or pretty much anything are always targeted with the most disturbing sexual advances. The thirst is very real.
Limbering up for your skate night is never a bad idea. Your muscle will thank you!
The host hotel scene at an out-of-town skate jam can be pretty crazy. …some go over board and deal with the regret the next morning.
Some of us revert to toddlers if we can’t get our skate fix.
7. Skate Hang-overs
Oh the mighty “Skate Hang-over” is real! Working after a skate jam is torture.
When your skate crush agrees to skate with you.
9. The Middle
When you finally get the courage to skate in the middle.
10. Having the Proper Skate Gear
Having the proper outfit is essential!
11. The Skate Shake
When you see it, you’ll know. The complexity ranges from double fist bumps to running laps and meeting hands first 4 feet in the air.
12. Skate Routines
You practice your skate routine for months to reveal at a skate party… but there’s always one that can’t remember the steps and is separate by the group by 8-10 feet (off screen).
13. Non-Skaters Will Never Understand
…and unfortuanately for many couples their boy/girlsfriend is home waiting for a detailed report on your where-abouts at 2am.
Men skate better when the girls watch (and vise versa)… Seriously.
15. The DJ hate you!
…and your stupid requests!
16. Two words, “ALL SKATE!”
The sweet relief from the extended specialty skate sets.
When you realize your special move isn’t so special…
When your boy/girlfriend that can’t skate join you for a late night session. You’re trying your hardest to give many f*cks that he/she isn’t enjoying the view from the sideline and is ready to go… So hard to do while going all out in the fast backwards set.
19. Derby Chicks!
They’re awesome! …but will also put you on your ass! And in that order.
20. The Cyber Skate Rink
Skate related drama unfolding on social media. The real entertainment.
Also known as little devils on skates that want to kill you.
And this goes without saying… You’re totally addicted!
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