My Weirdest Hobby
The other night, my friend and I were walking through a new shopping mall when I said “Oh my god! There’s one!” and began fumbling for my camera.
“What?” he asked, looking around and the expanse of sidewalk and shrubberies. “What?”
So I had to explain my weirdest hobby: collection skateboard prevention device photos.
Skateboarders like to “rail slide” – hop their boards up onto handrails or the edges of benches or planters or wide stairs so that the wood part of the board slips along the surface. I think they stole this move from snowboarding. Here’s a quick video that explains this better than I can in words:
They even wax the surfaces to make sliding easier, which also leaves a greasy-looking trail along the edges of the bench or what-have-you. This is where anti-rail-sliding devices come in.
They’re little objects embedded in the edges of things to interrupt the surface.
Sometimes they’re metal or plastic. Sometimes they are pretty or sculptural.
Sometimes they’re just divots cut out of the surface – this is more common where it freezes.
They’re all around us, though, and mostly unnoticed.
I don’t actually care about the devices themselves as much as I care about noticing what is around me. Taking photos of these devices is like a treasure hunt. Just when I think I have “collected” all the designs, I find a new one.
So far I have found 39 completely different kinds of these devices.
That’s my weirdest hobby. What’s yours?