I had a great time at the Salem Sunday Streets event a few days ago.
Well, my experience could have been even greater if I'd gotten the media coverage that I had shamelessly sought in my Statesman Journal press release. Which began with:
For immediate super-important stop-the-presses release
Salem's Senior Citizen Skateboarder, a.k.a. Brian Hines, a.k.a. me (though I will speak in the third person for greater dramatic effect) will be making an appearance at the Salem Sunday Streets event tomorrow. All available Statesman Journal reporting and photographic resources should be diverted to this locally, stately, nationally, and, arguably, cosmically important event.
Syria will still be a problem on Monday.
Sadly, the online next-day SJ story featured a cute 3 1/2 year old riding a bike rather than a not-cute 64 year old riding a longboard/skateboard.
Sigh... I am now required to be my own publicity agent. OK, more accurately I am once again required to do so.
Here's a Go Pro video that I made of me taking a return trip down pleasantly car-less State Street.
Along the way I talk with a bicyclist who made a point of catching up to me, being curious about how my longboard was propelled by a stick rather than a pushing leg.
I hope Salem Sunday Streets does a repeat of the event. If it were better publicized next time, likely there would be a lot more people taking part.
What struck me was how different State Street seemed without any cars or trucks on it. The state Capitol area felt wonderfully calmer and more natural. As a bicyclist rolled by, I heard him say "This should happen every Sunday!"
Well, at least a few Sundays a year.