Tuesday, January 29, 2008

Glorious incongruity 

Question: What happens to teenage skateboarders when they grow up?

Answer: At least one, spotted on the way to work this morning, carries those street skills into later life, regardless of social conventions.

I wouldn’t have given him a second glance. Just another guy, about thirty, unremarkable and highly conventional appearance – drab coloured jacket, wiry hair, glasses; could have been a school teacher, or a younger version of Michael Cain in Educating Rita - but it was the movement which caught my eye, as he deftly flicked his skateboard up into his hand as he stopped at the kerb.

Full marks to him for allowing himself a portion of incongruity amidst creeping conformity.

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