Why Rollerblade’s Were The Greatest Form Of Transportation In The ’90s
Marc Gordon - July 1, 2018


By Shel Silverstein

Lester was given a magic wish
By the goblin who lives in the banyan tree,
And with his wish he wished for two more wishes-
So now instead of just one wish, he cleverly had three.
And with each one of these
He simply wished for three more wishes,
Which gave him three old wishes, plus nine new.
And with each of these twelve
He slyly wished for three more wishes,
Which added up to forty-six -- or is it fifty-two?
Well anyway, he used each wish
To wish for wishes 'til he had
Five billion, seven million, eighteen thousand thirty-four.
And then he spread them on the ground
And clapped his hands and danced around
And skipped and sang, and then sat down
And wished for more.
And more...and more...they multiplied
While other people smiled and cried
And loved and reached and touched and felt.
Lester sat amid his wealth
Stacked mountain-high like stacks of gold,
Sat and counted -- and grew old.
And then one Thursday night they found him
Dead -- with his wishes piled around him.
And they counted the lot and found that not
A single one was missing.
All shiny and new -- here, take a few
And think of Lester as you do.
In a world of apples and kisses and shoes
He wasted his wishes on wishing.

We all know that there were few things that were cooler than having your very own pair of rollerblades. It was the it thing to do, and was at the top of every kid’s Christmas wish list.  They had intense buckles and come in totally rad colors. Wearing them, we felt like we could move faster than the speed of light.

Anyone that didn’t have them would be super duper jealous, walking around on their regular legs like normal people.  It began with athletes using them, but with time, people started to realize how much fun it really was to ride around with them, making it one of the biggest trends of the ’90s.

Although today there are still people that use them, it doesn’t have the same cool connotation.  People don’t really show off the fact that they use them.  But back in the day? Riding with roller blades was basically apart of your identity.

We loved to ride around and show off our fluorescent color shorts, and bright pink or lime green knee and elbow pads that would protect us from all of our crazy stunt attempt fails.