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Way Out of Line

What happened to the skaters who aren't Tony Alva or Tony Hawk and are pushing 40? Diane Geurts is married to one of those guys...and is currently lobbying to build a ramp in their backyard.

Last Build Date: Fri, 11 Feb 2011 18:56:08 +0000


Check out the skaters at SLAG!

Thu, 21 Aug 2008 15:39:00 +0000

Check it: Skate Like a Girl's (SLAG) site and blog rocks. I have a million and one reasons for not dropping everything and skating, and these gals drive from Portland to Winnipeg to ride. Suddenly Woodland Skate Park seems pathetically easy to get to even with a baby in tow....

SeaSk8 design has been submitted

Wed, 20 Aug 2008 16:58:00 +0000

The final SeaSk8 design has been submitted for review. Check out Matthew Lee Johnston's post on Seattle Skateparks.

Saturday of the Reunion Weekend

Sun, 17 Aug 2008 15:02:00 +0000

I was, unquestionably, the epic example of a Skatewife yesterday (Saturday). While my husband and our two friends skated Marginal Way, Milton, Kent, the Ballard Bowl and Woodland Park in two days, I cruised around town with the baby. Cruised around town might be an ambitious phrasing, seeing as how all we really did was go to Sirens Salon in Wallingford to get my hair cut and to the Ballard Market for groceries, and then hang out in our front yard talking to the passing neighbors, but when an eight month old baby is involved I suppose that qualifies. Thank goodness Jessica, the owner of Sirens, is so accommodating and doesn't mind a baby tugging on her client's hair as she is trying to cut it (Thank you Jessica!).

Reunion: 40th Birthdays, Skating, and…Duane Peters

Fri, 15 Aug 2008 09:10:00 +0000

It's Kent's 40th birthday, and his wife's gift was a plane ticket from Pittsburgh to Seattle to skate with my husband, John, and their other friend, John, who is flying in from San Diego. They've each other since they were 18 or 19, and met skating, so you know what that means: regression. I will be surrounded by three grown men who will suddenly revert to their teenage speech patterns, behavior and antics. Well, maybe not. But that's what I'm preparing myself for, just in case.

The Longest Winter Ever

Wed, 18 Jun 2008 16:26:00 +0000

Even the Longest Winter Ever hardly explains why I haven't posted in, oh, what, a year and a half? But the explanation does fit right in with the blogs stated purpose of reporting on the Geritol skaters.

Long time no skate, long time no blog

Wed, 26 Jul 2006 14:55:00 +0000

To my three or four devoted readers, my sincere apologies for the long absence! The past few weeks have sped by as if I was driving 110 mph on, well, none of the highways in Seattle, but maybe the fast and far reaches of a Wyoming flat and far road....

Scaredy Cat Irish Setter

Wed, 12 Jul 2006 19:00:00 +0000

Our Irish Setter, Daisy, is terrified of skateboards. She runs the other way when she hears them on the sidewalk. She will not go near the Ballard Bowl, and if you drag her, pretty soon she's sprinting so fast and tugging on the leash so hard that from behind it's like watching Secretariat burst from the starting gate. Once we did get her to sit by the Ballard Bowl for all of five minutes. She trembled the entire time, and when someone's board came flying out towards us, she was positive that her day was done.

Ditch skating in Arizona

Wed, 12 Jul 2006 16:21:00 +0000

A friend of mine, Philip Shaw, sent a photo of him skating circa 1986.

Skateboarding: Seattle Skate Park Advisory Council meeting

Mon, 10 Jul 2006 18:28:00 +0000

I attended my very first Skate Park Advisory Council (SPAC) meeting tonight, hosted by John Carr and friends, and it was wickedly exciting--said without an ounce of sarcasm, honest to gosh. Why was it so exciting, you ask? I'll tell you why.

Joey at Crossroads

Thu, 06 Jul 2006 14:52:00 +0000

In my previous post I said that I wasn't going to put up the picture of Joey Veneziani, who plays keyboards in the Seattle-based band Daylight Basement because I don't think it really does him any justice. He was absolutely killing it at Crossroads Park. That said, my husband has convinced me that while it's not the best timed shot, it is still pretty decent. Plus, it's the only real skate shot we managed to get on our camera. I say real because we have some of me pushing around, and they remind me of a toddler standing on a wobbly board. I'll post them only if someone donates a whole lot of money to a charity of my choice.

John Carr, and Crossroads SkatePark

Wed, 05 Jul 2006 15:18:00 +0000

Exactly a week ago I sat down with John Carr, the Chairperson for the Seattle Parks and Recreation Skate Park Advisory Committee to talk about skating in Seattle, riding ditches in his home state of Arizona, and his past and future careers. I'm in the midst of pulling together the full report, but if you've never met John, he's pretty funny, affable and smart--and could probably run for mayor in any number of American towns. In one of his reply emails to me as we were arranging our rendezvous at Cafe Zoka in Tangletown, he said: "I am a tall blond guy with semi-spikey hair. I look a lot like the cartoon character 'Tintin.'" Which is funny, because when I just looked up Tintin again...he's kind of right.

DIY skate ramps and why I wasn’t at the Ballard Open House

Tue, 27 Jun 2006 16:19:00 +0000

I'm ashamed to admit that I totally missed the Ballard Bowl Open House. I hear it was awesome. Since I missed that and need to do follow-up with Scott Shinn, John Carr and others still, I'm going to ramble about building ramps instead.

A Must Read: note from Timothy, Marginal Way Skatepark

Fri, 23 Jun 2006 12:15:00 +0000

Here's an awesome comment from Timothy, one of the guys heading up the Marginal Way Skatepark effort:

Marginally at the Marginal Way Skate Park

Thu, 22 Jun 2006 17:14:00 +0000

Last Sunday, John and I went for a 25-ish mile bike ride from our house in Ballard over to Alki Beach. The route was chosen for very specific reasons: to avoid the solstice crowd in Fremont, to stop in at Rejuve to buy hardware for our windows, and to go by the Marginal Way Skate Park.

Reminder: Ballard Bowl Open House on Saturday

Thu, 22 Jun 2006 16:44:00 +0000

Just so you don't forget to show up to skate and eat hot dogs, here's a reminder from Teresa at "Boarders 4 Parks":