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April 4, 2014

[friday]: Dangerous pastimes

There’s still a purple splotch on my knee from the last time I went roller-skating.

I should know better than to try fancy moves. For one thing, it had been a whole year since I’d done something so foolish as try to stand up on a wheeled object. Kind of like office chairs. Ever tried using a roll-around chair to change a light bulb?

It’s almost as hard doing it on skates.

But I loved roller-skating as a kid. I still have a pair of skates at home in my size, found at your friendly neighborhood thrift store for, oh, probably about $5. They’re the old-fashioned kind: Two wheels on the left and two on the right, and a pair of long shoelaces to keep the skates on you. Light bulb sold separately.

So when I found out about area dance group Breaksk8, I didn’t quite believe what I was hearing: Break dancing on roller-skates.

Having lived under a rock for the past 25 years, I hadn’t seen them perform on any of the popular dance shows —MTV’s “America’s Best Dance Crew” or “America’s Got Talent,” or any of the rest. So — don’t tell my boss, but at work one night, I watched about 10 minutes of various YouTube videos of the group to see if that’s really what they did.

They don’t dance on thrift store skates like I do (or don’t). Jessy Nice, one of the crew’s founding members, told me he owns six or seven different pairs of skates. Light bulbs not included.

That in itself is impressive. But when he told me how much each pair is worth — $500 up to $1,100 — I’m pretty sure my eyes grew to the size of a roller-skate wheel.

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