So I finally dropped in, sure it was the tiniest of bowls even I've ever seen - our skatepark is actually geared more towards BMX apparently so there are a lot of awkward choices as far as skating is considered. But I digress. It was kind of a great feeling but also with the combination of shame. This has been a long time coming, it is overdue by so long. I first started skating regularly around high school and it was all street skating. So all this vertical shit never crossed my path. Out of those four years or so of constant flatground schoolyard and park skating I only ever approached a ramp maybe once. It was the first time I went to this one park under a bridge that had a few skate pieces including a QP and a pyramid. But I barely did anything and of course did not drop in or even try to learn it then. That was once. And then one day organized a trip with a friend to a far off skatepark, it would be the one that I spend most of my time at these days skating and learning new stuff. To our dismay, no manual pads, no small street course like pyramids and most of the park involved ascending/descending at least six feet. I certainly did nothing special that day. And then I stopped skating for a bit. That was a big mistake but maybe it was for the better. I am exploring more now. But exclusively street skating made it very awkward for my return, when I went to a night event and I couldn't do any of the ramp (admittedly small) stuff. Although it should be noted I got the hang of one kicker and tiny QP pretty easy. That was a start.
So then, after skating this far off skatepark for a year, on and off and at fluctuating frequency, I finally dropped in today. It was weird. There was this father with kids teaching his son to drop in, trying to make him used to the motion through repetition. I decided to be nice when I first got into the park and let his son drop in before I made my way to the other side. My politeness got me a thanks from the dad and possibly paid off later. Later, while still over by our entrance/minibowl having his son drop in, another skater came over to chime in and give some pointers - funny enough this also made me realize how friendly everyone is there, being that later a bunch of bmx regulars were teaching this young kid do drop in from a "both pegs on coping stall" (sorry butchered the terminology I don't know lol). Anyway I came over too and just happened to say "let me give it a try". The dad asked if I had done it before I said never. I actually wasn't totally honest here I did have practice dropping in on less steep stuff which was close to the feel of this mini bowl but not actually anything with coping or coping like elements. This is the really embarrassing part. After telling me where my feet should be he asked my age. I told him (20+) and he was kind of surprised/laughing because of this. It was pathetic but yeah I already addressed that here it really is one of those things that you should learn early on. I put it off for about a year, not counting the four years of skating from before.
Cool technique time: (and this was super awkward now I'm realizing in retrospect but also super cool of him) He stood the base of the minibowl and put my front truck on his knee/upper leg and told me to just do the motion. I did it one time, I really feel bad for his knee because I do weigh a bit. But yeah, we did that once and then I took a second to adjust my back foot, and just dropped in. Nothing to it. I didn't slam or slip off. It was a great feeling of accomplishment but also I could seriously hear a voice in my head go "finally". Damn straight. I'm pretty grateful to that dude because his method for teaching really must've helped to give me the confidence to just try it. All in all it was a good day of skating. Then I realized what was funny about what I had done, I cheated on my real dad with another dad. But with my dad at his age, I don't think he could do the knee trust test thingie and not get hurt. It's not a big deal but it does remind me of this funny Louie joke where he says how cool it is to play with his kids and then weird when another person's kid comes to play with them because their parents are too busy for them. That's about all I have to say about that. I hope you're happy Wutang I kept my word about going for it and letting you know. Pretty soon I'll have to start dropping in on the bigger pieces and then ultimately the six feet and more ramps, the scary ones, which now don't look as scary as they did before. I certainly have made a lot of progress over the last few months skating and it feels pretty good. Probably because I'm skating at least two or three times a week for hours at a time.
Then there was the whole things that went down followed by some cool news: FNF is getting injected with good ideas and updates. As a real positive step in the right direction, there will be more FP coverage and currently other ideas to integrate/improve the community meetup sessions are being drawn up. It is going to be a really good time to be involved/take part in FNF. No, scratch that, it already is. Since the launch of Rocket League, the last two weeks of FNF at least on the playstation side have been sick. Lots of new and old faces have shown for mostly full parties to play the car based soccer game for HOURS. I just got done with this week's session, playing with Alpha, 16bit, BaronSVP, Tino, Gliiitchy, Apathy and Scield, amongst others. It was awesome, balls and cars flying everywhere. Chaos.
If you want to leave any suggestions for FNF you might have please do so below or by contacting Phil, myself or Defenestrator. We would appreciate any ideas you can come up with to make the experience even better. Given the resurgence of love for them, I'm thinking of honoring FNF with a montage/top plays video based on the last three weeks playing Rocket League with dtoiders. I've been saving up clips and there is a ton to go through.
Theme for this week will be my favorite Eric Andre Show sketches.
"Describe him to me"
[url=http://www.destructoid.com/blogs/Krigo/i-m-impressed-with-how-well-blizzard-handled-the-wow-legions-announcement--297401.phtml][b]A[/b] - Krigo is digging the new WoW content as well as Blizzard's Gamescom presentation.[/url]
[url=http://www.destructoid.com/blogs/Zombiebob/it-s-about-wow-expansion-o-clock-i-do-believe--297403.phtml][b]A[/b] - Zombiebob, who thought that not many people would pay attention to the WoW news out of Gamescom, brings us the second WoW related blog of the day, literally one after another.[/url]
[url=http://www.destructoid.com/blogs/Mike+Wallace/world-of-warcraft-we-re-desperate-and-it-shows-297440.phtml][b]A[/b] - Mike Wallace rounds out the WoW related blogs for the day with his more critical view of the updates out of Gamescom.[/url]
Jesus.. the metal detector scene /ded.
[url=http://www.destructoid.com/blogs/Nintendoid/nintendoid-fnf-08-10-a-glorious-return-297444.phtml][b]F[/b] - Nintendo FNF Representin'.[/url]
[url=http://www.destructoid.com/blogs/Niero+Gonzalez/thoughts-on-metal-gear-phantom-pain-test-blog--297425.phtml][b]N[/b] - Niero here to tell us what updates coming to the Community.[/url]
[url=http://www.destructoid.com/blogs/Mr+Knives/wrecking-crew-why-destruction-in-games-needs-to-come-back-297456.phtml][b]T[/b] - I have to mostly disagree, even with just the first big point you made. Back when I was big into shooters and I first picked up battlefield I noticed something spectacular about it, the sound of Battlefield (3) was amazing. Gun sounds that is. And then I compared to CoDlles and there was just no going back for me. All the guns sound better in Battlefield, explosions too. Battlefield 3 absolutely destroyed Call of Duty whatever iteration was out at that time and it was done through awesome sounds and explosions that I feel do what you say modern games just haven't. Still I'm not trying to disparage you, I liked the blog even in disagreement![/url]
"Wheel of Prizes" with Sinbad
[url=http://www.destructoid.com/blogs/maggit/look-what-i-found-in-a-second-hand-shop-in-poland--297407.phtml][b]S[/b] - Probably my favorite blog of the day, Maggit found some sick Saints Row 3 merch in a random second hand store in Poland. That's what's up.[/url]
"Exhumed & The Supremes"
No fails, bird up, don't sound like a narc!