Dr. John Kitchin quit a medical career to pursue his passion: skating along the boardwalk of San Diego’s Pacific Beach. He calls himself “Slomo.”
Slomo: The Man Who Skated Right Off the Grid
Op-Docs – NY Times
Now, a short New York Times documentary has been made about this local living legend, who has become something of a celebrity on this stretch of San Diego Beach.
Turns out, this rollerblading lunatic is Dr. John Kitchin, a neurologist who once lived in a mansion and used to have a custom BMW and a Ferrari. He was a self-described “asshole.”
After doing a job he hated for a couple of decades and the collapse of his marriage, plus the onset of of a possible neurological disorder, where he began to lose the ability of facial recognition, he took the advice of an old codger, “To do what you want.”
He quit his successful medical career to pursue his passion: skating along the boardwalk of San Diego’s Pacific Beach. He calls himself “Slomo.” His goal in life is to “not be an asshole.”
With his background as a neurologist, he can clinically assess that he might be crazy – but to see and hear him describe the motivations behind his chosen path, this man couldn’t be more sane.
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