After months of borrowing my brother's, I finally went out last week and bought my own long board. The long board is basically just a really big skateboard designed more for going long distances and maneuvering around tight spots that it is for the jumps and tricks of the skateboards most people are used to. They're also really, really fun.
The great thing about skating in general is that it's humbling sport. Whenever you're starting to get cocky about what you can do, something comes along to knock you off your high horse. For example, on only the second day I had my own board, I was trying to navigate around some folks hogging the sidewalk when one of my wheels caught the grass, stopping the board and sending me flying. But at least it was a quality wipe-out, complete with full head-over-heel 360 and flailing limbs and all that.
But unfortunately I landed on my elbow, which swelled to the size of a grapefruit that night. Only now 4 days later can I even move it about 20% of its range and I still can't carry any weight in that hand.
But that's all in a day's work for a hardcore sk8 punk such as myself...