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R           hode Island. Up until 2020, the official state

                           name was “The State of Rhode Island and
                           Providence Plantations”.
                                                                       I actually just
                           learned that (the part about it being
                           shortened) when I tried to google an
                           interesting fact to start off this introduction.
                Not sure if that’s interesting, but it’s a fact.
                Rhode Island, not to be confused with Long Island, or
                an island at all even. The smallest state in America,
                it sits right between Boston and NYC and has about 50
                miles of beaches. You can drive the length of the
                entire state in an hour, and if you go that far, your
                packing a lunch for the ride.                       We call it “leaving
                town”. Aside from shitty winters and shitty roads,
                I’ve got no complaints though. Oh yeah, shitty
                drivers too. Even though it’s so small, it has a
                superpower that allows it to defy any small town
                stereotype you might be thinking.

                                                                                                                                            Landed here in ’81, been skating here since ’89.
                                                                                                                                            Been trying to write this intro since Tuesday- here
                                                                                                                                            it goes. I cant really talk about Rhode Island
                                                                                                                                            without talking about all the non-skate parts too,
                                                                                                                                            because that’s how it all happens. Get an iced coffee
                                                                                                                                            (invented here in RI, I shit you not), mix in a few
                                                                                                                                            hours annoying Peter Pan at the Watershed (RIP),
                                                                                                                                            you’ve got Jason Maxwell blasting the first big spin
                                                                                                                                            you’ve ever seen over an orange traffic barrel off the
                                                                                                                                            Cap’n Jacks bump in 1993.
                                                                                                                                            Also, this will work best if no one
                                                                                                                                            fact checks me, hopefully you don’t
                                                                                    The State of Rhode Island and
                                                                                    Providence Plantations                                  even read this far. It’s a
                                                                                    Rhode Island                                            skateboard magazine.
                                                                                                                                            It’s like a nudie mag, your just here for the
                                                                                                                                            stories, right? Exactly, already this makes no
                                                                                                                                            sense. But you still know what I mean. That was a
                                                                                                                                            reference for the older kids by the way. Do nudie
                                                                                                                                            mags exist anymore?

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