I'm not sure how you could not appreciate skateboarding at any level. Whether it's teaching my kids what an ollie is or watching Lance Mountains backyard pool part from 'Extremely Sorry' there's a purity to skating that remains untouched. Maybe I'm being optimistic but I think that remains true even at the most basic level. Of course it doesn't hurt that the most people who skate are just straight up f*cking awesome.
Lets be honest you can not see somebody you skated with for eons and then you'll both be laughing. OPf course with Facebook it's easier to stay in touch with people. My latests favorite is Darren Harper. I've met Darren a whopping two times through my buddy Colin Bane however if I see an all caps facebook status update I guarantee you it's because D-Streets is on the road, out skating, playing music or throwing a party. How can you not like being connected to somebody like that? Everybody should be his friend I say.