As a pre-birthday treat to myself, I have the coolest thing on order - a special skateboard that handles like a snowboard... but on asphalt.
We didn't have skateboards when I was a young lad growing up in England. To the best of my recollection (which is fading as I'm aging as we speak), I'd never even seen or heard of one until the father of another kid in our area returned from a business trip to the USA bearing one as a gift for his (obviously undeserving) offspring.
As soon as I saw it I wanted one, but (a) we didn't have a lot of money and (b) there was nowhere from where one could buy them where I lived (younger readers should be aware that we didn't have the Internet back in those days of yore).
I recall how the cocky little rascal used to sail down the sidewalk with the rest of us watching and desperately wanting to have a go – but he wouldn't share (grrrrrr). Well, I'm going to get a board now as a pre-birthday treat to myself (I'm going to be 50 years old in 18 days time – although I prefer to think of this as the 30th anniversary of my 20th birthday).
But I'm not just getting any-old-skateboard. No sir! Instead, I have a Flowboard winging its way to me as I pen these words.
What do you mean: "What's a Flowboard?" – aren't you keeping your finger on the pulse of what's "hip" and "trendy"? Well, as we all know, a skateboard has one pair of wheels at the front, another at the back, and you can typically tilt the little scamp to about 25 degrees. By comparison, the front-and-back wheel assemblies on a Flowboard comprise curved/arced axles each carrying seven roller-blade-type wheels.
The result is that the multiple wheels roll smoothly and carve effortlessly throughout the full transition of each turn. Furthermore, you can achieve much sharper turns, because a Flowboard can tilt up to 45 degrees!
After consulting with the guys and gals at FlowLab on the phone, I ordered a 36-inch Beauty with the "Barbed Wire" design.
There are currently fourteen kids (including my stepson Joseph and excluding myself) living within a few houses either side of us where we now reside in Huntsville Alabama. They can ride their roller skates and roller blades and bikes and scooters and skateboards as much as they wish, but I'm going to be the "coolest kid on the street" as soon as my Flowboard arrives – I CANNOT wait!
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