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Tuesday, August 19, 2008

And Marie-Antoinette said "Let them skate!"

Ready? Set... Go!!



The kid went but the skate didn't follow!



THERE YOU GO!!! Well done!


From time to time, on Nob Hill, you'll see a bunch of young guys skateboarding behind the Academy of Art building. The hill is steep enough, for sure, and maybe for that reason, there is very little foot traffic on that particular sidewalk. A good thing, too, because we wouldn't want them to run into the Brown Twins of last week's post, whom I met only a couple of blocks below.

De temps en temps, vers Nob Hill, on peut voir un groupe de jeunes qui font du skateboard derriere le bâtiment de l'Academy of Art. La pente est assez raide et peut-être à cause de ça il y a très peu de pietons sur ce trottoir, alors les jeunes viennent s'y entrainer. Heureusement qu'il n'y a pas grand monde car on ne voudrait surtout pas les voir "rencontrer" les jumelles du billet dernier qui se promènaient, elles, seulement 2 rues plus bas.

Skateboarding is alive and well after, well, almost 50 years, according to this website. I DO admire these kids for being so tough and so driven(during the time it took me to get these 3 shots, the kid fell about 5 times!) but I always worry someone is going to get seriously hurt some day. Oh, well, I guess it's part of the culture.

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7 Comments:

Blogger claude said...

Gamine, j'ai pratiqué le patins à roulettes, ceux à quatre rours, assez hauts, et des à trois roues assez bas avec un patin devant, géniaux ! Mais je ne me suis jamais essayée au skateboard. Tu dis que la route est en pente, mais dans quel sens vont-ils. Quand tu ne loupes pas la planche, ça doit aller vite !!!

4:23 AM  
Blogger Tomate Farcie said...

Ben, ils descendent, et oui, ça va *TRES* vite! Moi aussi, quand j'etais gosse j'ai fait du patin à roulettes (4 roues), de la trotinette, bicyclette, un peu de patin à glace et meme récemment du rollerblade (!) mais pour le skate je n'avais pas l'equilibre et pas vraiment envie d'apprendre (surtout pas envie de tomber sans arret!)

As a kid I had a pair of rollerskates (4 wheels), a scooter, a bike, I even did a little ice-skating and more recently as an adult, I got into rollerblading a little (!), but I never really had enough balance for the skateboard and not much interest to put in the hours of practice (read: I didn't enjoy falling down all the time, which is a phase you probably have to go through in the beginning?).

10:07 AM  
Blogger Bergson said...

Si tu arrives à mettre les jumelles au skate board la photo va faire le tour d'internet.

2:01 PM  
Blogger AphotoAday said...

Well, I guess all kids do dangerous things...
Somehow, timewise, I just missed out on the skateboard fad...   Looks like a good way to twist an ankle...

3:14 PM  
Blogger geneline said...

J'ai vu plusieurs fois. J'avoue que je me préoccupe moins dans ces cas-là de leurs chevilles que du devenir de la planche vers de pauvres innocents en cas de chute!

5:39 PM  
Anonymous French stuffed tomatoes said...

Très drôle ton com sur mon post culinaire. J'adore !

8:17 AM  
Blogger tangobaby said...

Yes, San Francisco is made for skateboarders. I'm going to have to walk over there to check them out (and keep an eye out for flying boards).

I almost knocked out my two front teeth and took of my nose when I attempted to skateboard when I was ten. I learned my lesson and took to riding my bike with no hands on the wheel instead (but no serious injuries). It's amazing that I survived childhood. We did not have bike helmets then.

11:57 AM  

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