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When I was a kid, the older boy across the street and his dad built a 4-foot quarter pipe in their driveway. I begged my parents for a skateboard for my birthday, and they went along with it, buying me a Kmart special that was still the coolest thing I'd ever laid my hands on. As I tried to stay upright, making tentative turns in my driveway, I would see the kid across the street pulling wicked tricks on his ramp, stalling for a second on the lip or turning a quick 180 at the top of the ramp. I dreamed of the day I would be good enough to walk across the street, roll up to that ramp and pull some insane air. But that's all it ever was for me -- a dream. Turns out that falling down hurts, and pain isn't really my thing. So much for Extreme Dave.
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