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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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