No, Nelson is Hispanic, from Guatemala actually ... wears a ponytail and I think he lives at every rink in the area! He's always skating.
I skated at the Sports Arena for years before I let them talk me into going into the rink. After that it was every Tuesday and Thursday until I moved away. And I still hit it up when I go back to visit. They don't even know what an adult night is here ... so, I usually get my roll on in the backyard while I'm cooking BBQ. A girl's gotta do what a girl's gotta do!
I never got into the Venice Beach scene ... I'd always end up playing in the water rather than skate. And I only went to the other rinks maybe once .. Rosecrans and Glendale.
You've made me homesick ... now I'm gonna have to plan a road trip to get my skate on properly!