On Thursday after work I got to skate a whopping fifteen minutes before I broke my board. I did not break it doing anything gnarly but on a measly heelflip on flatland going two miles an hours. Doing tricks I stomp down as if I’m allergic to being airborne, so I break boards sometimes. But the problem was that I wanted to skate Saturday because some of my crew planned to come to Rockaway.
On Friday I went to a surf shop that I won’t name to get a deck. I know they are local surfers and do good things for the community so I won’t call them out by name. But do they really have to take every skate product and add ten or more dollars above retail? Online or at legit skate shops a normal brand deck costs 50 to 55 bucks, at this surf shop decks are 60 to 65 bucks. Bones Swiss bearings in legit shops are 45 bucks, and at this surf shop they cost 60 bucks. They are nice enough but I don’t like that they rip off skaters, and I believe they add ten bucks to every freaking skate product.
Anyway I needed a board the next day, so I brought a deck. They had only one 8.5 deck, the size I ride, and it was an Alien Workshop deck. Alien Workshop went out of business this year, I think in May or June. A lot of people feel these decks will be collector items. In fact I’m glad I have one of their collaboration sets with the Andy Warhol museum on my wall. The Marilyn Monroe Warhol painting is cool in my opinion and even cooler on two skate decks side by side.
The surf shop did not know that these might be collector items while most skate shops pulled them off the shelves months ago. For a long time I liked Alien Workshop. I felt they had good wood, and good shapes. So I bought the deck. I posted a picture of it on instagram and facebook. Quickly a few of my skate friends told me to keep the deck and not skate it. I decided I wanted to skate it, and I set it up. Saturday my friends came through and we had an epic skate day. I was at the Rockaway mini park from 2:30 to almost 8:00. By far it was my longest skate day of the summer. I liked the board right away and had the best skate day this year.
Like a dork I overthink things. I decided collecting stuff is stupid. Sure get a few decks and art for your wall, but to put value and meaning to objects is counterproductive. I moved in March of this year, and it took months to clean out a small apartment. I found Burger King receipts from 2010, and worse. So I’m glad that I’m transitioning from a hoarder to a minimalist. I hope to improve on learning the ways of minimalists. If you need a skate deck, buy one and skate it. My wall has enough so I don’t need to buy more for decoration.
On a last note, I read 70 pages of The Total Money Makeover by Dave Ramsey but stopped reading it since I already know debt is bad. One thing I took from that book is the examples were problems from material things, people buying too much house, too much car, expensive clothes, or whatever. I’m starting to believe that collectibles, or things considered valuable don’t matter. What matters most is the interactions and memories people form over a lifetime. On that note if I learn to eat and drink cheaper I’ll be all set financially. I also need to learn to buy skate decks from skate shops that don’t overprice their goods.