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The Long Journey

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Tom King

on 15 October 2015

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Transcript of The Long Journey

My Life As A "Mongo" Pusher
Starting skateboarding in 2005, but began to push with my front foot.
Was ridiculed and made fun of at my local skate park for multiple years.
Sometimes made it much harder to complete tricks or to learn new ones.
The Change
In about 2008 I was trying to learn another trick and "mongo" pushing got in my way again.
I taught myself how to learn to push "mongo", then unlearn it, then learn how to push regular again.
Wanted to find a change in social norms.
Wanted to be able to do the tricks I wanted to do.
It made me feel better as a person to learn another skill and apply it to my life.
Thank you English 118!
"Mongo" Push
Certain type of way to skateboard, pushing the board with your front foot instead of your back foot.
Much easier to learn, and much harder to unlearn.
Many professional skateboarders see "mongo" pushing as a easy way to find the bad skateboarders.
I had to use Davidson's ideas about how our brains retain information.
The idea that as we mature our brains begin to snip connections, molding our minds in some sense.
The best example of this ideal was the "mongo" push, such a simple but perfect example for Cathy Davidson's novel.
The Long Journey
Thomas King
"Now You See It"
According to Davidson, "We are constantly developing efficient ways of processing information so that certain sequences become automatic" (49)
This quote was perfect for my "mongo" pushing problem. The more that I tried to change how I was taught something, my brain was working alongside with me to make these all seem automatic.
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