Die Wirtschaftskrise hat nicht nur schlechte Seiten, sondern auch gute, und das sind nicht Bankster in ihren komischen Anzügen die seltsame Gesichtsausdrücke durch die Gegend tragen, sondern leerstehende Häuser mit Pools, die von den Kids leergeräumt und als Sk8-Pipes benutzt werden. Like, back in those days!
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.