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Skaters Jump In as Foreclosures Drain the Pool
New York Times ^ | December 28, 2008 | Jesse McKinley

Posted on 12/29/2008 6:31:43 PM PST by Lorianne

We have more pools than we know what to do with,” said Mr. Peacock, who lives in Fresno, the Central Valley city where thousands of homes, many with pools behind them, are in foreclosure. “I can’t even keep track of them all anymore.”

Across the nation, the ultimate symbol of suburban success has become one more reminder of the economic meltdown, with builders going under, pools going to seed and skaters finding a surplus of deserted pools in which to perfect their acrobatic aerials.

In these boom times for skaters, Mr. Peacock travels with a gas-powered pump, five-gallon buckets, shovels and a push broom, risking trespassing charges in the pursuit of emptying forlorn pools and turning them into de facto skate parks.

“We can just hit them back to back,” said Mr. Peacock, who preferred to give his skateboarding name because of the illegality of his activities.

Skaters are coming to places like Fresno from as far as Germany and Australia. Mr. Peacock said his floor and couch were covered by sleeping bags of visiting skateboarders each weekend.

Some skateboarders use realty tracking sites like realquest.com and realtor.com to find foreclosed houses with pools, while others trawl through satellite images from Google Earth. On the Web site skateandannoy.com, where skaters trade tips about how to find and drain abandoned pools, one poster wrote about the current economic malaise. “God bless Greenspan,” the post read, “patron saint of pool skatin’.”

(Excerpt) Read more at nytimes.com ...


TOPICS: Business/Economy
KEYWORDS: fresno

1 posted on 12/29/2008 6:31:43 PM PST by Lorianne
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To: Lorianne

-—every cloud has a silver lining—


2 posted on 12/29/2008 6:36:43 PM PST by rellimpank (--don't believe anything the MSM tells you about firearms or explosives--NRA Benefactor)
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To: Lorianne

What is the bounty these days on Skateboarder pelts? Is it as high as on coyotes and mimes?


3 posted on 12/29/2008 6:40:05 PM PST by Anti-Bubba182
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To: Lorianne

I’m always amazed when major newspapers do stories that glamorize idiots.


4 posted on 12/29/2008 6:42:34 PM PST by Krankor (Vitajex, what ya doin' to me)
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To: Lorianne
risking trespassing charges in the pursuit of emptying forlorn pools and turning them into de facto skate parks.

Ahm, somebody owns rights to those pools.

Without permission, access and use is not a healthy attitude in any case.

5 posted on 12/29/2008 6:42:41 PM PST by EGPWS (Trust in God, Question everyone else)
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To: Lorianne

Last skateboarder I met couldn’t put three words into a sentence without saying “man”. Couldn’t hold a job either. Last I heard he went to mommies house out of state, so he can practice more......22 years old and worthless.


6 posted on 12/29/2008 6:45:30 PM PST by ScreamingFist (Annihilation - The result of underestimating your enemies. NRA)
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To: rellimpank

Worthless pool scum. These are the leaders of the future Democratic party.


7 posted on 12/29/2008 6:46:06 PM PST by arkady_renko
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To: Lorianne

....”On a recent morning, a 27-year-old skateboarder who goes by the name Josh Peacock....”

....27 years old and still a skateboarder....reveling in his ability to trespass on other people’s property....what a jerk...get a job punk.


8 posted on 12/29/2008 6:47:19 PM PST by STONEWALLS
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To: Krankor
I’m always amazed when major newspapers do stories that glamorize idiots.

They identify with them.

9 posted on 12/29/2008 6:47:19 PM PST by Random Access
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To: ScreamingFist

It’s better than doing drugs or alcohol. I doubt that you can skateboard effectively while stoned or drunk.


10 posted on 12/29/2008 6:48:51 PM PST by giotto
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To: Lorianne

Lets see, the economy has melted down, trillions of foreclosed homes with empty pools, yet children and teenagers are traveling from all over the globe to go to Fresno to skateboard in an empty pools?

LOL!


11 posted on 12/29/2008 6:51:04 PM PST by dragnet2
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To: giotto
I doubt that you can skateboard effectively while stoned or drunk.

I doubt that most could earn an honest living doing something legal and respectful while stoned or drunk either.

12 posted on 12/29/2008 6:52:57 PM PST by EGPWS (Trust in God, Question everyone else)
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To: giotto
I doubt that you can skateboard effectively while stoned or drunk.

Professionals? No. The 3 million want to be's? It's a culture, not a sport. Go to your local skateboard park and take a look.

13 posted on 12/29/2008 6:53:16 PM PST by ScreamingFist (Annihilation - The result of underestimating your enemies. NRA)
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To: ScreamingFist
he went to mommies house out of state, so he can practice more

Yeah, but when the economy rebounds and there's a shortage of professional skaters, you won't be laughing then! /s

14 posted on 12/29/2008 7:08:55 PM PST by Right Wing Assault (What's Obama's Secret?)
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To: Lorianne

15 posted on 12/29/2008 7:21:25 PM PST by itsamelman (Announcing your plans is a good way to hear God laugh. - - Al Swearengen)
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To: Lorianne
Those pools won't last long without water weight in them.

Leni

16 posted on 12/29/2008 7:23:59 PM PST by MinuteGal
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To: giotto

They’re cleaning pools for free. When they have water in them they are mosquito hatcheries.

This is actually a public service. ;-)


17 posted on 12/29/2008 7:33:21 PM PST by glorgau
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To: MinuteGal

not to mention the skateboards beating the piss out of them


18 posted on 12/29/2008 7:33:38 PM PST by al baby (Hi mom Mr. Obama, are you aware that Sarah Palin took on her own party’s establishment in Alaska a)
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To: MinuteGal
Those pools won't last long without water weight in them.

Good point. Every February it rains in California, bringing down lava-like torrents of mud from the previous year's October fires. This time, all those empty pools are going to float like little Noah's Arks.

Verily I say unto thee: gather ye together two lawyers, two gangbangers, two purse dogs, two liberal professors, a pool boy and a Valley girl. Gather ye in a pool forthwith, and await the great rains; then go ye forth in March to repopulate California.

19 posted on 12/29/2008 7:34:17 PM PST by BlazingArizona
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To: Lorianne
I gotta side with the pool skaters on this one ... err ... since I am one. ;-)
20 posted on 12/29/2008 7:34:43 PM PST by BillyBonebrake
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To: Lorianne
The originals
21 posted on 12/29/2008 7:37:34 PM PST by Dick Holmes
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To: giotto
It’s better than doing drugs or alcohol. I doubt that you can skateboard effectively while stoned or drunk.

Who needs drugs when you lack brains?

22 posted on 12/29/2008 7:41:03 PM PST by quantim (Victory is not relative, it is absolute.)
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To: Lorianne

Skateboarding is not a crime!


23 posted on 12/29/2008 7:42:35 PM PST by 38special (I mean come on.)
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To: BlazingArizona
Good point. Every February it rains in California, bringing down lava-like torrents of mud from the previous year's October fires. This time, all those empty pools are going to float like little Noah's Arks.

Verily I say unto thee: gather ye together two lawyers, two gangbangers, two purse dogs, two liberal professors, a pool boy and a Valley girl. Gather ye in a pool forthwith, and await the great rains; then go ye forth in March to repopulate California.

Bwaaa!

24 posted on 12/29/2008 8:25:47 PM PST by 6SJ7 (Atlas Shrugged Mode: ON)
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To: itsamelman

Right on man.

Alva!


25 posted on 12/29/2008 8:40:49 PM PST by Hammerhead
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To: BillyBonebrake

BBB my man!!!

Keeping S&Bs in line I hope!!!!


26 posted on 12/29/2008 8:41:54 PM PST by Hammerhead
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To: Krankor

They should start a business cleaning and emptying abandoned pools in foreclosed houses. It helps keep down the mosquito population.

Clean out the pool in exchange for a few hours of skating, then on to the next house.


27 posted on 12/29/2008 8:46:48 PM PST by MediaMole
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To: MinuteGal

In ground pools? What would happen to them? Serious question.


28 posted on 12/29/2008 8:48:30 PM PST by MediaMole
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To: MediaMole
Get enough water pressure under them, and they'll start to float. That'll tear up the plumbing, perhaps cause cracking. Then when the soil dries out, they'll drop back down, but probably out of alignment.

At some point, the only thing worth reusing is going to be the hole.

29 posted on 12/29/2008 9:41:21 PM PST by PAR35
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To: MediaMole

Here’s a link:

Draining a Swimming Pool May be a Bad Idea
http://swimming.about.com/od/poolandspamaintenance/qt/drainswimpool.htm


30 posted on 12/29/2008 9:44:37 PM PST by PAR35
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To: Lorianne

The mosquito abatement teams must love these guys. Saves them the trouble of draining pools in foreclosed housing.


31 posted on 12/29/2008 10:35:04 PM PST by Freedom_Is_Not_Free
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Mr. Peacock, who preferred to give his skateboarding name because of the illegality of his activities.

So the NYT knows who is committing crimes but withholds the criminal's name. No surprise there. At least it isn't likely to result in the death of Americans. That is a definite improvement over their usual behavior.

32 posted on 12/29/2008 10:37:34 PM PST by KarinG1 (Opinions expressed in this post are my own and do not necessarily represent those of sane people.)
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To: MediaMole
I saw a pool here in Florida which was left drained by unthinking, absentee owners. It rose up like a boat above ground level and then listed to one side.

Simply put, there's always underground movement and water pressures underneath pools. The weight of the water in a filled pool obviates this problem.

Leni

33 posted on 12/30/2008 4:46:46 AM PST by MinuteGal
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To: Lorianne
I am surprised at the vitriol and misinformation on this thread. I myself grew up pirating pools when possible, and building magnificent wooden halfpipes when necessary. Yes, I was a skater, and I turned out to be a fine conservative citizen of FR.

I still have a longboard, a Rayne Heartless with ABEC-11 Flywheels. And if you flame me, I'll borrow my son's pool board, come and drain your pool and thrash it.

God bless smooth, gunite-coated America.

34 posted on 12/30/2008 8:32:49 AM PST by Sender (Never lose your ignorance; you can never regain it!)
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To: Krankor

The New York Times was once a major newspaper, as hard as that is to believe.


35 posted on 12/30/2008 8:38:19 AM PST by Lonesome in Massachussets (The Democratic Party strongly supports full civil rights for Necro-Americans.)
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To: MinuteGal

Thanks for the replies. I have never owned a pool and just figured it was a concrete-lined hole in the ground.


36 posted on 12/30/2008 5:32:11 PM PST by MediaMole
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