Don’t be fooled by recent violence

desert storm

I heard the President of my country on the radio lying this morning. He must have been lying because he was talking. Anyway, mentioned something about the recent escalation in violence in Iraq, which is a great excuse to post this retread of a retread story about skateboarding during the time of operation Desert Storm. The story has resurfaced on a sketchy website called Skateboarding Magazine. I say sketchy because it is brand new and is mostly populated with generic articles that seem like they are more designed to drive traffic for Google Ad Words than they are to actually express a point of view about something. Kind of like what you might hire a room full of monkeys for. Originally this story was associated with a web property called sk8shop.com, and was circulated in an email from Louie Bar. I got two of them back in ’03 and ’04. Right now sk8shop.com is dedicated to selling you photos of pro skaters taken at different public events. It’s Louie Baur’s story, so maybe he’s behind the Skateboarding Magazine. It’s titled “Skateboarding in Desert Storm” but that’s actually a little misleading since all the skateboarding action takes place in Turkey, well away from the front lines. In any case, it’s still interesting to anyone who remembers skating with guys in the military at that time. In central Illinois there was an Air Force base in Rantoul that was about a half hour away from where I was dropping out of school. We always got a few mostly cool skaters that would be session with us when they were able to get off the base. I was in touch with a guy who was skating in Iraq a few years ago. He was going to send some pictures in but never did. Maybe he didn’t like our political leanings. Then again, maybe he fell victim to an I.E.D.. Don’t forget to vote!

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  1. I lived in Bahrain during the first Gulf War and skated with a lot of yanks on RnR. We had to session with our gas masks in our back packs… fun times for sure…

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