Thursday, July 14, 2011

Happy Hour at the Skate Bowl

By Tony Russo
About four months ago, we began producing a weekly news and entertainment podcast in conjunction with the folks at (GCFL) we call Happy Hour. My co-host, Todd DeHart, has always taken entertainment seriously but is woefully under-informed when it comes to the news. I am woefully under-informed about what it means to have a rich social life and so live vicariously through Todd and his GCFL crew. Together we equal one person with a rich, balanced existence.
This week Happy Hour was in Ocean City where we hung out at the Ocean Bowl with local skating legends Josh Marlow, Dave Messick and J.T. Hazard. 
These are the men who were children back when the Ocean Bowl Skate Park opened up and to hear them talk about it is to recognize how much the place has meant to the local kids. It’s also an insight into the skate culture as it has developed over the decades, producing not only professional skaters but also a skate community that takes community responsibility seriously.
They gave us an insider’s view into the Commotion Down the Ocean charity event to benefit Grind for Life coming up Wednesday, which will be one of the earliest chances to meet some of the world class athletes coming into town for the Dew Tour.
In the news portion I went over the near-mayhem that was last week’s Berlin Bathtub Races citing those courageous few who stood at the very edge of safety for a better glimpse of tubs traveling full bore in the direction of their small children. Anyone who was at the event knows it was a blast and given that there weren’t any injuries, Todd concluded there was no sense in complaining.
We closed the show, as we do each week, with $40 in three hours. The premise is that Todd has a finite amount of money for the weekend and needs to decide how to best spend it, given time constraints. 
If you’d like to know how and where he’s going to spend his money you’ll have to check in with us on the Internet — for those who don’t know, a podcast is an Internet radio show.
You can download the podcast from if you’d like, but the best way to get it is by subscribing via iTunes. Just go to the iTunes store and type GCFL into the search bar to subscribe. It’s free, fun and only requires a half-hour listening investment. Fair warning before you listen: Put on your irony hats, kids. It’s all in good clean fun.


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