"Slomo and Waldo"
These guys, are the two coolest guys on skates, period. I don't care how fast you are, or how many medals you've won... none of that matters compared to this... THESE ... are role models for LIFE.
I'm lucky enough to be friends with one of them, even though I live 5000 miles away from him (and they both make me re-evaluate my life decisions constantly).
Disillusioned with his life, Dr. John Kitchen M.D. abandoned his career as a neurologist and moves to Pacific Beach. There, he underwent a radical transformation into Slomo, trading his lab coat for a pair of rollerblades and his IRA for a taste of divinity, he quit a medical career to pursue his passion: skating along the boardwalk of San Diego's Pacific Beach. He calls himself "Slo-mo" because of the style of his skating and the pace at he wishes to live life relative to the hustle-bustle of L.A.
I find him an insanely interesting character. You can see the video that the New York Times ran about him here. And his FB profile. His FB Fan Page (not made by him) is here:
Roger Olsen, originally from Chicago, retired and has been skating forever. He's one of the original "SoCal Skaters" (see their FB page here.) On retirement he sold up shop, bought a motorhome and travels around the U.S. Skating and really living life. Almost on a weekly (sometimes daily) he'll post pictures of his adventures around the skating world, citing the headline "Where's Waldo", such are his travels. His FB profile here.
I hope, in the future, I am healthy enough, have worked hard enough, and have the opportunities that these guys have, and use my time as wisely as they have/are, when I'm older. If you're reading this having just rushed through a stressful day at work, "putting out fires" in your company, pandering to your boss's every whim tackling the umpteenth daily "emergency", then maybe take a minute out and think about this. Think about the direction of your life over the past 10 years, and compare that with what's important to you and about what you want to achieve before this life ends. I know I contemplate this on a daily basis. I'm lucky enough to work in skating, and to run my own business. People often say to me "Dream job?", well, yes it is. And then they say I'm "lucky". Well, no, I'm not lucky. I aimed for this since I was 17, to work in skating. It's taken 25 years of hard work, often thinking "I'm never gonna be able to make a living salary from skating", to get to this point in my life. The message is; If you have a dream, never give up on it ... but more than that, don't get distracted by the daily toil, stay focussed on what you REALLY want, and every day do at least one small thing, take at least one small step toward that ultimate goal. If you don't, you'll blink, and before you know it, it'll be over.
Can't give up your day job and go skating every day? No problem! ...The next closest thing to "Skating Nirvana"? ... Sk8Camp.
"Let's go faster"