My friend and I were in the mall and some kids skated past us. They were wearing those cool shoes that have the wheels in them. They make it look so easy, as though you can walk along and if you want to skate you push a magic button and the wheel pops out and off you go. I said, "I wish they had those in adult sizes. I'd love a pair." I meant it, too. I loved to roller skate as a kid.
I had the old metal skates that we had to adjust with a key that we wore on a string around our neck. I know some of you remember those, don't you? I also went to the roller rink on Saturdays - I think my parents sent me there or to the movies to get a few hours of peace. My point is that I really liked roller skating.
Back to my story - a few days later, my friend calls me and she's been doing some online research. "Hey, you know those shoes with the skates? They DO make them in adult sizes. Isn't that cool?" She tells me they're called Heelys because the wheel is in the heel - isn't that clever? They have them at shoes.com. Of course, we order them! She wants to try them out at University Mall because it's a nice flat surface - it should be a good place to skate. Sounds good. We couldn't wait for them to come.
When I get mine and read about them, I realize that there is no magic button. hmmm You either have the wheel in or you don't. You walk or you skate. How did those kids do that? They made it look like they were walking, then decided to skate. I put the wheel in the hole in the heel. It sticks out about an inch. No way can you just walk on it! I went out in my garage and immediately almost busted my butt! I got between the two cars and tried to do what the direction said - walk on the front until you want to skate, then rock onto the heel. Holding onto both cars, I still almost busted my butt! Little kids can do this, but I cannot seem to master this technique of walking and rocking onto the heel to skate. They should not sell these in adult sizes - our brains are unable to process something that allows one to do this.