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Kona Skatepark turns 40! “History is bunk,” said Henry Ford. And so are memories. That’s why we should erase historical sites such as Kona Skatepark in Arlington. This place not only dredges up the past, but it allows it to fester. In the law of torts, Kona is an attractive nuisance.
Erasing Kona would result in one less landmark sparking memories, one less attractive nuisance instigating new births. “Those who do not know history’s mistakes are doomed to repeat it,” warned George Santayana. So what is the lesson I wish to impart today? Nothing much, except that we are all doomed. Unless we act now.
For several generations, Kona has been leading Jacksonvillians to their doom. Your paper’s Matt Soergel reports that this menace first sprang up in 1977: Kona Skatepark timeline And Wikipedia verifies that Kona is one of the longest-running skateboard parks in the United States: Skatepark
Over the decades, teenage girls have gone to this skatepark to meet shirtless, sweaty boys, who, at first, are oblivious of their presence as they pump around the park’s curved walls. At some point though they take note. And once they do, they use cool moves to woo the girls. Some of these young people eventually form into couples. The couples then have babies. Soon Kona—with its jumps, half pipes, and vertical drops—is forgotten amidst the diapers. Time goes by. A decade elapses, and the babies of these relationships grow into adolescents. They go to Kona.
These offspring of the original generation form their own relationships with the people they meet there. Then they have babies. Next they have diapers. Soon they forget Kona. It’s a story as old as time itself. Einstein’s definition of insanity is “doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results.” What is the lesson we are to glean from this? That Kona epitomizes insanity..
How will this cycle be broken? By erasing Kona. But how? There are lobotomies, of course, but then, there is also Lacuna Incorporated:.
More relationships will form at Kona. It’s a nest of romantic infestation. This must be stopped!
For years to come, Kona will be just more of the same. Boys will meet girls. Girls will meet boys. People will form relationships. Babies will be born. Faster and faster will turn the wheel. And thus will be forfeited yet another opportunity to break the vicious cycle.
Lacuna Incorporated has the right idea.
Mark Twain once said, “History does not repeat itself, but it does rhyme.” With Kona, there is WAY too much rhyming. So, we must act now, before more babies are conceived! Otherwise, the next generation is just going to do it all over again. They’re going to go to Kona Skatepark and give it another go round...
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