Jimmy sees me and says “I heard you talking to Joanie from my open window. What was all that milkman stuff about?” I said “it will take me too long to tell you the whole story, forget about it. Tell me about your sister’s street skates. Do you have them? Are they in good shape?” ”Yeah, yeah, I got them, take a look.” “ Wow! They’re in great shape.
Why is she giving them up?” “Well, she’s 16 now and lets say that she is more interested in how she looks and acts. She doesn’t want to skate around all pretty and fall down in front of any good-looking boys. You get it?” “Yeah I get it. She sounds a lot like my sister. Let’s go find Mike and work on a plan to make us a couple of skate scooters.” When we got to Mike’s house he was flying pigeons with his brother Vincent on the roof of the barn.
It’s a clear hot day. They have a huge flock of birds that just took off. What a beautiful sight seeing and hearing the pigeons flap their wings. I yelled out “hey mike, are you ready to work with us on making a couple of street scooters?” “Yeah, I’ll be right down.” His brother Vincent kept on flying the pigeons while Mike crawled into his apartment window, which is facing the roof of the barn. It didn’t take long, the door opened and Mike came out to meet us and said, and “what do you got?” “Look at these skates they’re in great shape. I think we can make two great looking scooters.” Mike took the skates from Jimmy’s hand and said, “You’re right. They look almost new.”
The three of us sat on the curb of the street in font of Mike’s house. I said, “we have to find some strong wooden boxes, some lumber for the base and nails. Then we will need a hammer to put all the parts together.” Mike said “I can get a couple of Pepsi Cola soda crate from my grandmother Chickie’s grocery store. These boxes are heavy duty and they can take a lot of punishment.” “That’s great! Now all we need is some two by fours which we can probably find near or in one of those condemned houses at the tunnel job site.” Jimmy said, “ Okay, I’ll go there to look for the lumber.
” Mike says “I’ll get the hammer and nails from Mr. Pauli’s tool shed in the barn.” I turned to them “okay, let’s meet here in about an hour and put these scooters together.” Everything was falling into place. We met again near Mr. Pauli’s barn with all the parts we needed for the scooters. Jimmy found a couple of two by fours in one of those dilapidated houses. They are nice and strong but they are too long for the base of the scooter. We didn’t think about it at first but now we know that we need a saw to cut the lumber to the right size. Jimmy and me looked at Mike and he said, “Yeah, I know, I’ll go look for a saw.
” He found one in the shed and gave it to me. I cut the lumber to the right size about five feet long. Jimmy took the skates apart. Each skate unassembled gave us two parts with two wheels each. Mike turned the front part of the skate upside-down and he nails it about three inched in from the end of the two by four. This is now the front of the scooter. He then nails the back of the skate to the other end of the wood. We turn the board with the skates nailed in place and give it a test to see if it rolls on the street. Perfect! After the test Mike nails the box to the board to the front end about three inches in from the end with the open end of the box facing the rear.
When we finished we all stood there looking at our first street scooter. Mike says, “Okay who is going to ride this baby first?” I say, “ I’ll give it a try.” I put my right foot on the board, held the top of the box with one hand on each side and pushed off with my left foot. Wow! This baby can really move. Jimmy and Mike start to yell and jump up and down. Then it was they’re turn to ride. After we all had a ride we got to work on the second scooter and finished it in about forty minutes. We then took turns riding the second scooter. All the tests worked out just as we planed. Then I screamed out loud “ROGER! EAT YOUR HEART OUT. YOU SHIT HEAD.”
We went to work again putting the finishing touches on our creation. We made handles for each scooter. The handles are made of two pieces of wood twelve inches long, two inches wide and one inch thick.
I nailed one handle on each side of the box sticking out about eight inches towards the rear. These handles will give us better control when making the scooter turn left or right. We then collected about one hundred bottle caps from Nick’s sandwich shop.
We found some small nails in the tool shed and nailed the bottle caps to the front of the scooter to form a number one on the first scooter and number two on the second scooter. Then we took turns to nail more bottle caps all along the sides of the two by fours for decoration. We parked the scooters side by side on the street. Then the three of us stepped back about ten feet to look at our work. They look beautiful. We must have stood there just looking at them for more than ten minutes.