Saturday, October 4, 2008

Bacchanalian Mondays: Heelys

Season 2, Episode 7 of NBC's hit show 30 Rock featured the main character, Liz Lemon, dating a vastly younger man.

In some additional comic relief, one of her coworkers jumps on the wagon and begins "dating" a boy of high school (or maybe junior high?) age. In one of the their many petty arguments, the kid gets fed up with her and zooms off down the hallway by lifting his toes and shifting his weight onto the wheels in the heels of his shoes.

Frustrated, the woman cries out, "What did I tell you about wearing your Heelys in the office?"

The Heely craze was one of the latest trends in kid accessories a couple of years ago. They got so hot that at some point you probably ran into a proud owner zipping around the smooth, tiled floors of your local mall.

In a 2007 article on MSNBC.com, doctors blame the shoe for an increase in injuries to children and strongly urge users to wear protective gear. Psh--yeah right. Like any kid is going to look dumb by walking around with a helmet and wrist guards are. The whole point of having Heelys is to remain low-profile until you're ready to glide away ostentaciously.

These kids are rebels--true badasses that say, "We're too hard for pads." Kind of like skaters but in more of a designer way. Why wouldn't I want to party with them? Of course this limits me to a pretty young crowd, but who says kids don't know how to have a good time?

1 comment:

Jarred D. said...

In all honesty I've always wanted a pair of heelys, if not in actuality then at least in ideal. Just thought I should let you know.