In the heart of Golden Gate Park is a smoothly paved oval where roller skaters do their thing. Those of us who’ve lamented the loss of San Francisco’s free spirit in recent years can take heart in the survival of this vital and quintessential scene.
When you take the skates off, you move through life skating. It’s like a meditation. This same energy that we all experience out here, is just as powerful now as it was when I first came out here, March, 1979. This group here has been the epitome of what San Francisco is. You can come out to the park, you don’t have to live up to any expectations, you’re accepted, as long as you’re cool, they’re cool. You don’t see a place where you get people of all ages, all colors, all races, and all walks of life, coming together to have one kind of fun. Nobody cares what you look like, how old you are, what you do for a living. Just come out, have fun.