by Dan Gibson
While I don't ever actually go, unless my son is going to a birthday party or fundraiser, I still consider myself a fan of Skate County. I spent a ridiculous amount of time there in the mid-80's, I've gone to the effort of getting prices to rent the place out for a surreal adult birthday party, and I occasionally dream of a second chance at roller rink DJing.
Anyhow, when I saw the above Facebook update, I had to wonder if I was missing out on something by having absolutely no idea who Ryan Butler is or what Vanilla Skate Company happens to be. A quick trip to YouTube to investigate TOTALLY BLEW MY MIND. Warning: if you click play on the video below, you will get sucked into a seemingly inescapable world of freestyle skate dancing, which is apparently a thing people do:
Aside of weirdness: I did a Google search to see if I was the first person to dub Ryan Butler "the Justin Bieber of competitive rollerskating" only to find that the Bieb's best friend is a different guy named Ryan Butler. I'll be hiding under my desk if you need me, because clearly the world is collapsing upon itself.