Jedi Grind Tricks: December 2010


By Scooter Newell

It’s the end of the year as we know it, and I feel fine. … But I do feel a rant coming on.

What is there to write about this December that will be worth reading? I’d like to start off with a nice little plug to support local beachside businesses. I could go on about how lame it is to order your skateboard gear from some website, and I’m sure you could go on about how you found your deck for $43 instead of $49 on the web. I get it. I know that it’s great to save money, and most of us are trying to save however we can. But it is funny to listen to people gripe and complain about the economy and when or if it will get better.

If you shop online, I don’t want to hear any tongue wagging about the poor economy. You are making it worse. You are ruining this nation. It’s okay to let some of those nameless, faceless, and couldn’t-care-less websites go out of business. What I’m saying is that if we want to change things economically, then Americans need to start caring about where they spend their hard-earned dollars. I feel that this lame economy needs to be remedied on the local level if it’s going to bounce back on a national level. If everyone shops online and neglects local businesses nationwide, then we’ll wind up with nothing but a ghost town of closed businesses and lost dreams.

Human beings suck. Let me give you an example of such suckiness. How many of you are religious about changing the engine oil in your automobile, and keeping your cars’ wheels balanced and aligned? Most of you? Now how many people do you know out there who actually consider where their food comes from? Are we conscious of the consumption of genetically-modified foods? How about the brain chemistry-altering effects of high fructose corn syrup, and don’t even get me started on neurotoxins in diet soda. Hey, I guess as long as the car runs well and I can drive to hospital (The hospital? What is that? A large building filled with patients, but that’s not important right now…). See what I mean? We don’t even take care of ourselves. So if we can’t take care of ourselves, we definitely won’t take care of a national economy.

I hate to break it to all the humans bummed out about this or that election, but economic destiny is in the hands of those who work and spend their money, and it also depends on where that money is actually spent. If every skater in Brevard County started boycotting online skateboard shops, we might actually see a change all across the beaches. If every skateboard purchased by Brevard residents was purchased at a local skate shop, skate park, or even a legit, surfer-owned surf shop, we could locally begin to bring ourselves out of this recession.

Think of all the local business owners who’d be able to survive and keep offering great products and good service. They would, in turn, go out to eat again after work instead of eating beans at home. I don’t have to spell out how the trickle-down effect works by supporting local businesses; I just know that it does work.

Apply the same formula to anything in our lovely beach communities. Support a local restaurant or bar instead of the “corpo” ones that moved into our towns to set up shop and suck us dry. Try the little sub shops and coffee shops that are owned and operated by people who live in your town. How about trying the little hardware stores or lumber stores when you need to do a quick fix? I will be honest, it may cost a bit more to shop at the little guy’s, but it’s an investment in your community, and the rewards that come from that investment are limitless. You’re also helping to ensure that our kids can enjoy life in a town that takes care of itself.

But what the heck do I know? I’m just a skateboarder.

News Rants:

The Skateboard Art Show at the Turkey Jam was a great success. It will be larger than the CB art show next year… maybe.

Big Props to Doubles Champs Matt Call and Frank Schaffroth for winning the Nixon packages at the Turkey Jam.

Timmy K and Clive Dixon are off to the Tampa AM

East Coast living legend Dan Brown just moved to Cape Canaveral. Welcome!

Sean and April Slater are now a happily married couple!

See you next year!