Nothing compares to the giddiness you get the moment school is out for Christmas break. The campus is quiet, the sky is grey and brooding, and the few remaining piles of snow lie like crusty corpses on the sides of curbs, but inside you feel like Louie Barletta. It’s party time! It’s skateboard time.
Celebrating Dave Mull’s 26th birthday and the establishment of the Worble Warehouse, which is currently under construction. Or, more like destruction…
For the past three years I’ve been working at a prep school in Massachusetts. Students here are academically motivated and follow a pretty rigorous daily schedule. For many, there’s not too much that’s unscheduled. Perhaps it’s because of this that the desire to be wild is sometimes even stronger. Maybe it’s something innate in us. Whatever the reason, all I know is that this spring, there are a lot of kids coming out to skate and just be wacky fairly often after classes. The 19th century wild man of the woods, Henry David Thoreau says, “I would not have every man cultivated any more than I would have every acre of earth cultivated.” This is the uncultivation of kids at the Academy. This is kids being wild, and really, just being kids.
Cultivating Wildness: Tip #1
Balance precariously. Too much control (and board control) in one’s life is unhealthy. Embrace its loss. This tip is brought to you by Rebekah Frangipane.
Ok, sometimes we take the skating the borders theme a little too far. It’s so much fun to skate what shouldn’t be skated though. James Lemire is an all terrain terror.
“I love even to see the domesticated animals reassert their native rights,—any evidence that they have not wholly lost their native rights.” ~ Thoreau
While Tom and Dave are dealing with L.A. traffic, Vermonters have their own problems.