Man finds hoverboard (and an unexpected use for it)
When John first saw a Segway, he knew he wanted to try one, but never got the chance. Then he saw a report on the NBC affiliate in Denver about a local guy selling hoverboards, and bought one just for the hell of it. I asked him if he fell 40 times after buying it. He laughed.
"No, I didn't fall 40 times, but I was scared 40 times," he said.
John explained that he'd practice on his hoverboard with a ski pole or a walking stick, and then eventually got to the point that he didn't need either. I have a feeling that his past as a skier and a hockey goalie likely helped him.
He realized the hoverboard could make a great motor for Judy's wheelchair. I asked Judy how she first felt about the idea. Was she scared?
"Not really. I didn't know what I was in for!" she replied. I guess when you're with someone for that long, you begin to trust them. Weird. But John tells me he doesn't take the hoverboard to an unsafe speed. He goes about 4-5mph, which is faster than you can walk, as evidenced by the fact that I had to jog a bit to keep up with them on the video.
The hoverboard is a newer feature in their decades-long relationship, but considering they've traveled the world together, raised two kids, and managed to stay together through it all, it's just the icing on the cake of their lifelong story.
What really struck me about these two ultimately wasn't the novelty of seeing an old man cruising around on a hoverboard. People generally have a pretty negative view of hoverboards, but here's a 78-year-old man who's found a way to embrace modern technology and use it to improve the time he has with his wife. Equally impressive, if not more, she's totally cool with it. Maybe it's because I grew up in an age where everyone's parents were getting divorced, but it's pretty heartwarming that this guy is still by his wife's side. This is a relationship and a love that has adapted over time -- to disease, to the aging process, and to new technology.
But also... it's an old guy cruising around on a hoverboard! Seriously, look at that dude go!
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