"I'm NOT going!"
"You don't know you don't want to go," I said. "This is going to be so cool — it's a skateboard event!"
"Mom," my seven year old daughter countered, "You think everything is cool."
I thought my twins - one of whom rides a RipStick to elementary school every day - would jump at the chance to play RIDE, Tony Hawk's new skateboard video game, even if they didn't yet know who Tony Hawk was.
My son, clad in his purple polyester soccer uniform, wouldn't budge from the couch. We had to triple-team him. My husband, our housekeeper, and I together changed all 75 pounds of him into his skateboard clothes. Finally, with a RipStick and skateboard in the trunk of my station wagon, we started the thirty minute drive to San Francisco.
The complaining continued. My twins told me the event was going to be "lame" and that they "would rather go play with the neighbors."
I countered with, "No, I think you'd rather go play with Tony Hawk." They were not swayed.
My luck changed on the 6th floor of the Mission parking garage. A dad and two teen skateboarders got out of a nearby car and rode their boards on the smooth parking lot cement toward the elevators.
"Mom! Can we get our skateboards out?" asked my daughter.
I was starting to get some Cool Mom points.
Inside the Metreon, we rolled toward the Yerba Buena room. At least a dozen big screen TVs lined the walls and each had a skateboard deck strewn on the carpet in front.
My kids and I began taking turns on the wheel-less skateboard decks that could wheelie and pivot, just like a real skateboard. What could have felt like a static experience actually felt like gliding through a city doing skateboard tricks I'm not capable of doing in real life. The board even had motion sensors to detect pushing off, which translated into increased speed for my on-screen skateboard avatar.Continued on the next page