The Burnside Project Essay

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I come around the corner, and a smile comes across my face. I love it when thereisn't a crowd. Only two other people braved the chill, and had the will, to get up thisearly. Upon arrival, my view is enhanced. Though I've seen it enough to burn an imageinto my subconscious, each visit brings new wonder. I climb onto the lower platform,and quickly scale the small wall to the upper. I nod at the other already standing there.I've seen him before, but I don't need to know his name. A silent friendshipbinds us that rarely needs words. An occasional cheer or wince says more than the dailychat most are forced to endure. The sound of the second person rolls softly in my ears.His image creeps into the corner of my eye while I inspect my shoes. I scrub the solesback and forth on the pavement, out of habit, to insure a dry surface. I don't bother towatch him. I can hear him rolling smoothly down low. His slow, relaxed warm up runtells me he probably arrived short time ago. He makes his way up the back wall and hiswheels go silent. The other one puts his foot on his tail and effortlessly rolls his truckover the coping. I watch him quickly drop away and coast to the hip. He glides past it,and I start to notice the entire view before me as he blends into a larger picture.I see grey. Every shade of grey, in all its variety blends and curves from thelightest near whites, to a deepness rivaling black. The darkness overhead drones with thesound of a thousand automobile tires humming on the top of the bridge. Thoughdesigned for another purpose, it serves well as protection from the rain and weather. Thesun and light, as well as the wind, come from the sides. The wind blows softly this morn,yet it nips at exposed skin. I know I will soon appreciate its soothing aspects as I warmup, so I try not to be bitter about it chilling my already cool body.I hear the familiar pop of an ollie and my eyes automatically track its source. Iturn in time to see him land on the transition. He landed the maneuver perfectly on thesix foot ramp across from me. I whistle softly in appreciation. I follow his...

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