Tuesday, May 24, 2005

Rollerblading vs. Inline Skating What’s The Difference?

First of all, everyone knows what Rollerblades® are, right? A pair of skates that all wheels are in a straight line, vs. side by side, like roller skates. Well that description is partially true, except for the fact that there are several manufacturers of skates with the wheels that are arranged in a straight line that aren’t called Rollerblades®.

That’s right; many of us are using the term Rollerblade incorrectly. Rollerblade® is a Trademark name for a company that manufactures inline skates. Inline skate is the correct term for any skate where the wheels are arranged in a straight line. So Rollerblade®, K2, Bauer, Tecnica, Salomon, UltraWheels, etc are some of the companies that produce inline skates.

Now when you strap the skates on, and go skating are you Rollerblading®? or Inline Skating……… well again Rollerblading® is an incorrect usage of a name, it's not a verb, so you can’t use the term Rollerblading® to describe what you are doing. The correct term is inline skating, I may be wearing Rollerblades®, but my action is inline skating.

So what is the Big deal about saying it wrong?
In order to protect a trademark, a company is required by the
U.S. Patent Office to make a significant effort to find instances of misuse of the terms associated with the company’s name, such as "Rollerblade" and "Rollerblading". The company is then required to contact the offender an advise them of the incorrect usage. If a company permits their name to be used in common language they could loose their trademark. Companies that have fallen to that fate include windsurfer, aspirin, escalator, cellophane and yo-yo. Xerox and Kleenex are other examples of companies that have to actively protect their trademark.

Friday, May 20, 2005

Celebrities that Skate

I was cruising the net, and came across a story of Natasha Henstridge, who like to skitch while skating. It made me wonder what other celebrities skate?? I started to compile a mental list, and my mind went blank..Help me out

Tony Danza (He should wear a helmet!)
Michelle Kwan, (she mentioned it in her Parade Magazine interview as her secret passion.)
Natasha Henstridge (As mentioned above)
Heather Mills (Paul McCartney's wife,She has special prostheses fitted for her inline skates and her ski boots
Tipper Gore (Al's Wife, maybe if he would have been president we would all be skating?

Thursday, May 19, 2005

2004 Portland Skaters Posted by Hello

Grand Floral Parade 2004

Every year Portland area skaters gather together to do our duty in community service by joining SOLV and the Rose Festival Association to help distribute the bags to help parade goers in keeping the streets clean.

A little history on the event and why it is such a big deal for Portland Skaters; the law used to state that we were not allowed to skate on the streets in downtown Portland. As a way of getting around the law, at least once a year,we decided to volunteer for the parade duty so we could skate the parade route.NO traffic, streets closed and a captive audience of people waiting for the parade to start.

We were breaking the law, and permission to do it! Now this was too cool, people loved us, the police escorted us, and we had the city streets for 4 miles to ourselves!

Now the law has changed, but we would like to think that part of the reason is our work in volunteering for the City helped to change their mind about inline skaters. Every years since 2000, Portland Skaters have joined forces to skate the city streets. Yes this is our 5 year anniversary of the event!

Here are photos from the

2004 parade
I hope that you will join us to make this our largest turn out of skaters on the streets. And enjoy the block party event that takes place before the parade begins. So volunteer today to skate the 2005 Grand Floral Parade email me !

Parade volunteer information is available here
, get directions, times, and details on how you can have fun too!

Tuesday, May 17, 2005

Roll Bounce Posted by Hello

Roll Bounce, Jam Skate In at the Theatre

A movie about skating, finally!

Roll Bounce In the late ‘70s when roller skating was a way of life, X (Bow Wow) and his pals ruled supreme. But when the doors of their local skating rink close, it marks the end of an era and the beginning of another that sees the boys venture into foreign territory - uptown’s Sweetwater Roller Rink, complete with its over-the-top skaters and beautiful girls. Through his preparation for the showdown of the season - the Roller Jam skate off with the Sweetwater crew - X manages to find himself and also help his dad (Chi McBride) get back on track.

Coming this Summer

Now how cool is this? I am excited to go to a theatre and watch a movie about jam skating. I think we should all plan to skate to the theatre and have a pre and post jam skate in the parking lot so people can experience the unique sport and art of skate dancing. Let me know what you think? Anyone interested in attending this event? Now the ultimate question, can Lil' Bow Wow skate??

Monday, May 16, 2005

Welcome! Posted by Hello

Volunteers for Rose Parades & Updates

Hello Skaters,

I have been getting the new look finalized for the 2005 PortlandSkate.com web site. Stop by and take a look around. Volunteers Needed For Rose Parades

Please let me know if you are interested in joining us in skating the Grand Floral Parade route, and volunteering some time back to the city we love to skate in by helping out SOLV. It would be great if a few of you that have volunteered in the past, would post a note to here or to PISA and tell a little about your experience so new comers that may be hesitant can hear how fun it is!

2005 Volunteers:REPLY TO nancyh@hevanet.com.

Night Skates section is up with photos form previous years and a few from this year

If you have photos or a link to your photos from a skate, please email them to me and I'll get them posted.

Also I have been working on a new project to help answer questions about inline skating that I often answer via email or from students. It is called the Inline Skate Resource

Remember also that the skate schedule and event schedule for inline skating in Portland Oregon, and beyond can be accessed through the PortlandSkate.com main page.


Thursday, May 12, 2005

Thursday Night Skate- May 12

Thursday Night was a great evening, the air was warm and the ground was dry. Maria, Jessica, George, Jerry, Shawn, and Sandra and I all head down the Oaks Bottom trail. Sandra was a guest visiting from Germany.

It is fun to meet people that come from other counties that spend an evening skating with us in Portland. We skated along pretty smoothly, Jessica had purchased a new pair of skates and was working them in. I am not sure but I think she took home a few blisters.

George was tearing up the trail, he took off first on his 5 wheels and was out of sight before long. I followed behind with a pretty easy feel to the evening's glide. It feels good when you gradually start firming up the skating muscles and take the trail in a smooth stride. I was starting to think that I had the wind at my back!

We rested at the trail head near Oaks Park then almost uniamously decided to go ahead and return via the trail, versus traveling back over the Sellwood. We got back about 8:15 and a group stayed and danced under the bridge as dusk slowly settled in on the city

MUSIC- Upbeat, Queen,U2,Keane,Blackeyed Peas
DISTANCE - 6 miles