Wednesday, September 26, 2007
21st Century Awesome!
I saw something new, today, while waiting to cross the street in the Hollywood neighborhood where I work.
At first I thought it was another skateboarder cruising down the Sunset Blvd. sidewalk, until he quickly got closer. The young guy's movement and stance were skateboard-like, but his feet looked like they were on roller skates. In motion, he was perfectly balanced on two separate platforms, small tile-like squares with wheels attached underneath. Fortunately, he stopped at the same intersection.
"They're freeline skates," he answered when I inquired.
When the light turned green, he dropped one freeline skate to step on with one foot, pushed off with the other foot, and then dropped the second skate to meet his launching foot, in a smooth, well-practiced motion, and glided away.
The sight of this new toy in action delighted the kid in me, and at the same time, it also seemed to emphasize how far past prime my age is.
I can't even balance myself in the Heely skates that have been sitting in the back of my closet since I bought them.