The Twenty-Fifth Skateboard Donation
Thank you so much to Paul Blastic for coming clutch, as usual, and delivering the twenty-fifth skateboard donation. Paul and I have been friends since high school, but it was many years earlier that I first heard about the legend that is Paul Blastic. At first it was like, “there’s a kid on that Little Grizzly Football team who’s amazing” or “Westside All-Stars are good, they have Paul Blastic” or “there’s a kid, Paul Blastic, he’s throwing backflips.”
Paul’s reputation precedes him and for good reason, he does incredible things on a daily basis and while he’s physically superior (I’ve never met anyone more coordinated), he will never rub it in your face and make you feel inferior. Instead, Paul simply encourages, shows how it’s supposed to be done, and then takes you with him on a wild, wild ride. These days Paul lives in Portland, OR and continues the family tradition of teaching Physical Education; they live by the three Rs – roll call, roll ball, and relax.
The Paul Blastic skateboard design was inspired by a typical, odd-ball Paul quote, “greasing the happy wagon” spoken in regards to a colossal frisbee golf throw that cruised flawlessly through the timber. And, after playing a few road trip word games with Paul I get the feeling this phrase was manufactured on the spot…by his cat-like reflexes.
Once again, thank you, Paul, for the out-of-the-blue skateboard donation. You’re a living legend, man, and have always been someone I admire, not only because of your kind ways, but also because of your natural confidence (depicted in the design by a pipe-smoking rabbit). I’ll always be looking forward to our next adventure, because it seems the best time we’ve had so far is almost always the last time we hung out, which is pretty phenomenal if you think about it.