OK, so I'll be 35 at the end of the month, and I'm cultivating a relatively benign midlife crisis. I'm picking up a guitar again to relearn my three chords, and maybe learn to switch between them this time. I'm getting my tattoos reworked and added to, and my birthday present is probably going to be a pair of Nudie RRDS. Stupid, but cheaper than a divorce and a Porsche. Anyway, I haven't been on a skateboard for longer than 20 minutes in literally like 20 years. I think my last board was a Powell-Peralta Caballero deck with a silver dragon on it, big clunky wheels, and an actual tail. I skated street only, but I missed all the switchstance stuff. I don't know the first thing about skating now, but I want to pick up a decent board and start dicking around on it again. I doubt I'll skate with other people much, as I don't really feel like being the Grandpa from Hipster Bingo, but there are some places nearby where I think I can skate without anyone bitching. How much do boards cost now? How have they changed - like what kind of trucks and wheels should I be looking for? What companies make decent shit for a relatively cheap price? I just had some of the best times of my teenage life drinking bumwine, smoking up, and falling on my ass in parking lots. Also skating. I'm kind of fiending for it again and I don't mind looking a little ridiculous. I'm sitting in my office in an insurance defense firm writing jury instructions and blasting the Weakerthans, so incongruity is the Mr. Bubble in which I bathe. Thanks as always!