Bill: Alright, let the record show this is Bill, representing the FDR managers and chair. I’d like to call this meeting to order. Can those present identify themselves for the minutes?
Len: Len here…
Ghostrider: This is your Ghostrider, present.
Murgatroyd Simmons: Murgatroyd. Here. On the phone from Milan.
Bill: Very good, we have a quorum. Let’s get to the new business then?
Ghostrider: We need to address Philly, one of our largest chapters.
Bill: No doubt. Does anyone have a motion on it?
Len: I’ve been traveling and not able to look at this closely yet… They shut the park this week, I saw… but… then Kyle Nicholson was still gunning for the switch 360 flip? Did I see that right..?
Bill: He’s switch 360 flipping on borrowed time, I’m afraid. The fences are up and the machinery moved in.
Murgatroyd: That’s a real bummer. Complete bummer.
Ghostrider: It’s a real blow to our brothers and sisters at the local chapter and to all of us. I assume I don’t need to recite for all of you the stats, between videos’ migration to Instagram and Vine and whatnot, all the private TFs, and the swelling rosters that pack the remaining full-lengths… I mean, it is really, really tough out there for any character actor, regardless of tenure or talent, to get meaningful screen time in skate videos these days. Any chapter, period.
Murgatroyd: Thank God for Fat Bill.
Len: Well, thank God for the Sabotage dudes… I mean… they provided roles for more members than nearly all other videos put together over the last few years. CJ the Picture Man, Joe McPeak… the tank-top gobbler… Philly Jesus, Snitch… all those bike cops…
Murgatroyd: Well hey, we should talk about a strike. Right?
Bill: It’s worth discussing.
Ghostrider: It may put the issue on people’s radar, but we need to get input from the local chapters on a move like that. There’s still good work to be got from the shop and independent videos and folks may not put that aside lightly with times like they are right now. There’s no more “…and you’re watching 411.” Transworld’s move back to the VX and weirdly abrasive paper for the new issue’s cover suggests a grittier direction, I’ll grant. But they’re a long way from ‘Free Your Mind’. It might just be some novelty thing.
Len: And, if these dudes in Philadelphia really will have to make their way without Love Park… you know, they may need our support there… It’s a two-way street.
Murgatroyd: True, well, good point.
Bill: There’s some mail on this, actually.
Murgatroyd: From the Philly chapter?
Bill: From some blog website. I guess people still do blogs. There’s a lot of run-on sentences and some made up words.
Len: What does it say?
Bill: It’s like a condolence card. Offering sympathy and solidarity in tough times for everyone who helped revive one of the world’s great spots, with minimal help from any company sponsors or corporate interests, producing some of the best skating and videos of the past decade. Thanks the Sabotage group and the rest for building a scene as raw and vital as any of the earlier Love Park heydays. Says it was both rousing and really sad, all the footage and photos this past week. The penmanship’s poor, it really rambles. Anyway then. I’d like to motion for canvassing the local chapters on a possible strike to call attention to the plight of our colleagues in Philadelphia related to Love Park’s closure.
Bill: Very good. Let’s keep an eye on this one and keep Philadelphia in our thoughts. On to old business?
Len: We’d tabled a long-term contract offer from Nike, as I recall… the money sounded alright…
Ghostrider: Yeah. I didn’t see how every one of our members sporting Nike gear helps our credibility or relevance when the shoes already saturate most skate videos right now. Still don’t, I guess, so suggest it stays tabled for now unless anybody’s got something new.
Bill: Right, seconded.
Murgatroyd: If there’s no other old business I’d move to adjourn, fellas. I’m meeting, you know, a gentleman caller.
Bill: Only other thing was a moment of silence for the Brown sisters. I suggest we adjourn with that.