Salutes and Skateboards.
Two of my favorite local groms came to the park last week and showed me this model of an F-117a Stealth Fighter. As I stare at it today on Veterans Day, I am reminded how much days like this mean to me. My grandfather, father, uncle, cousin and my daughter's mom have all served in the military and my entire family has always been more than patriotic. In 2012 my grandmother, Pauline, passed away peacefully in her sleep early Veterans Day morning. I also was in the USAF from 1991-1995. Ever since I got honorably discharged, I always opt to go to work on Veterans Day and Memorial Day. I feel like being able to go to work is a gift granted from the men and women before me who gave their all for our nation. Right now there are lots of deployed U.S. troops who would give anything to just go to work and be able to go home at the end of their day to be with family. And then there are the ones who never made it home. I salute them all. So back to the groms and the F-117a... The “117” is the aircraft I worked on during my 4 years of active duty. I noticed that aside from some serious rudder and exhaust damage that this model had stickers from my old unit, the 416th Aircraft Maintenance Unit and Tactical Fighter Squadron. I smiled at the memories and as I looked closer it was the exact "tail number" that I was assigned to, 838, the squadron commander's jet. The aircraft was nicknamed "Tinkerbell" and could deliver about 4,000 pounds of laser guided TNT into your cereal bowl from 32,000 feet. Ultra-Accurate. We would only fly at night and for most of my term the jet was classified “Secret”. Today they are boxed up somewhere in a hanger and most likely never to be used again in the military’s fighter jet inventory and I am here at the skate park in the town I grew up and somehow more proud to be an American than ever. Thanks to Zack and Chase for bringing me this model of “my” old airplane. As I skate around the park today I will remember those who served, those who I have served with and those that never made it home. Thank You.
We were recently visited by some friends from Devon, England. Black Jack Davey (David Keogh)and The Small Geezers (Finn Keogh and David Keogh) are in town to play a few shows at Nolan's Irish Pub April 11th and 12th starting at 7pm. Originally from Waterford Ireland, this crew is bound to bring you a great show of authentic foot-stomping Irish tunes. Stop in and enjoy a pint and some great music and great times.
Oh, the real kicker is that the whole family skates!!! Thanks to Abi, Black Jack Davey and The Small Geezers for shredding with us this week!
The Small Geezers
Finn, Connor and Black Jack Davey.
Over the years this ramp has been an over flow haven for skaters that enjoy our wonderful concrete park.
It was initially brought to the park from Adam Taylor’s house.
It has so much history and it is about to get a new lease on life. The ramp will be closed for renovation starting Sunday the 6th of April. Pingston Electric has paid for the materials needed to make it better than before. We are stoked that a Brevard business has stepped up to help out the local skate scene. So we would like to extend a huge welcome and thank you to Pingston Electric as our Mini-Ramp sponsor.
Out of all the beachside rednecks that we know, Kelly Slater was the only one who had a trailer hitch that we could borrow
(take without permission).
Skippy Slater and Scooter Newell went to the 11x world champ’s house in hopes that there would be a hitch useable for out truck since Sean’s was damaged, Skip’s had a different adapter, but Kelly’s was the right one. Stolen. We drove to Tim Payne’s office and were greeted by Tim, Tito, Linda, Keith and the rest of the Team Pain crew.
We loaded up enough Ramp Armor to ensure all patchwork would be replaced with new sheets.
More to come…
The Hungry Chickens By Liam Mollica
NKF Surf n Turf 2014
$40 Entry/Donation to NKF
Surf n Turf Registration Party/Skate Session Friday August 22nd 4-10pm at the CB Skate Park
Skateboarding "Bowl Contest" Prelims and Finals Saturday August 23rd at the CB Skate Park
Surfing Prelims "CB Pier" Sunday Aug 31st
Surfing Finals "CB Pier" Monday Sept, 1st
Overall Awards Monday Sept 1st 4pm at the CB Pier
Lunch Provided at BOTH events for Surf & Turf Competitors