Skating Henry's Pool
Posted on Friday, November 30, 2007 by Rob
Photos by Mike Derewenko and Rob Meronek
Captions by Rob Meronek
Then the phone rang again several times this week along with several texts flying, too. We set up the time – 10am on Thursday morning. The last thing that Henry asked was, “Hey, do you want these guys to knock the coping off so you can get to the top?” You know the answer I gave.
A little background on our friendship...I can’t remember who introduced us, but Henry is yet another great friend of mine and Skatepark that we’ve gotten close to through business relations. In fact, he’s on the Skatepark of Tampa Business Team and handles our health and other benefits.
I’ve always liked the guy and have trusted him in many important decisions behind the scenes at Skatepark, but I think that our friendship has definitely risen to a new level after this morning. I’ll tell you, it takes a special person to invite 12+ skateboarders (not knowing the majority of them) to their home with little idea of what was about to happen.
The posse arrived on the scene a few minutes early, but everyone was geared up and ready to jam. I was a bit nervous at one point considering I had only seen the thing one time and that was three years ago! And it had water in it! What if it sucked? What if I made everyone take time off of work to go on a random wild goose chase and things didn’t pan out?
It was crazy...the neighbors had kept their kids out of school to watch, some other neighbors trekked over when they heard the noise, there were random kids, grandmas, video cameras, and even the guys working on the pool were drying it off so the session could begin. I really tripped out when Fox 13 News showed up to film and do a story. What?!
I just want to take this time to thank Henry, his lovely wife Gigi, and everyone else that made this session possible. Immediately after we left, the pool guys started with the demolition. That pool had a two-hour skateable life-span and we made the absolute best of it.