52 Strangers Project | Strangers #14 | Oakland Lifestyle Photographer

Apr 19, 2021

Pink skates

Pink Skates

One of the things that I loved to do as a kid was roller-skate. Our tiny town had a skating rink for a while, and it was a favorite pastime to spend hours going round and round and round. I think I was pretty good at it, but I never mastered skating backward.

Pink skates

During a walk around Berkeley in February, I encountered David. He had on the most amazing roller-skates that transported me back to my childhood.

David is a freshman at Cal majoring in political science. He grew up in San Francisco, and despite applying to 29 schools, and being accepted to many of them, decided to stick close to home. Who could blame him, Cal is a great school!

David, and the rest of the students living on campus, had just come out of a two-week quarantine. Due to a Covid outbreak on campus, they were unable to leave their dorm rooms except for food.

After being cooped up, he was ready for some fun. Although he had never skated before, he decided to give it a try. He found amazing pink skates online and knew they were for him. 

The day we met was actually his very first time on skates. He was completely prepared for falls with elbow and knee pads! He was a little nervous but had a friend there for moral support. She had a skateboard and I assumed that she was a pro. Nope, it was her first time on the skateboard! I guess it’s more fun to learn together.

After showing me his moves, well he showed me he could move a few feet without falling, it was time to move on.

Good luck David! Thanks for chatting, and don’t break a leg! Check back next week to see who I meet.

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