Carpe Diem: Roller Bomb
The revival of what some might consider vintage culture, has brought roller-skating back to the surface. In El Paso the days of "Roller King" and "Fiesta" skating on the eastside of town are long gone. But seven years ago, Roller Bomb opened on the eastside in the what the manager says is an ongoing "experiment" to see if roller-skating can really make a successful return to El Paso.
Nikki Lara, who manages the rink concedes the onset of ice skating and a club hockey team "The Rhinos" have given the roller skating rink a bit of competition. And, coming by quad-skates (roller skates with four wheels) is apparently a difficult undertaking these days as well. Most of the adult roller shoes available to rent at the rink, are in-line style. Nevertheless, the public is welcome to bring their own skates... and many do.
On the the night we were there recording this segment there were a number of local roller derby participants (part of the semi-pro roller derby league in town)... they were casually enjoying the throwback tunes to the '70s, '80s and '90s. Some of them were skating hand in hand with their children.
In the summer the rink offers live DJ music, just like in the old days. Pete Diaz of Kentucky who was visiting Roller Bomb this night said,"the roller-skating rink was just a great place to hang out in your preteen years, and it was a safe place." But now that he's in his 40's Diaz is not the only one reminiscing. There was a good cross section of generations skating, making it a comfortable place for anyone looking for a nostalgic moment, or a new one.