Giraffe & Y-Fliker Lessons
- March 2nd, 2013
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Qua-Fiki and Jim spent about an hour assembling the
Giraffe and adjusting the wheel and chain for balance
before Qua-Fiki decided it was time to give it a try. To
play it safe the first time, we backed the 5 foot tall
unicycle into the corner of the deck steps and Qua-Fiki
was able to climb up by himself, holding onto the deck.
Then he spent about a minute getting the
"feel" of the unicycle, going back and forth,
and holding onto the deck as he rode back and forth.
Qua-Fiki worked his way around from the deck to
the storage shed, and then it was time for him to take a
chance and launch himself into the driveway. He knew that
if he started to fall, he was to attempt to catch the
seat so the unicycle would not be damaged, but the most
important thing was to either land on his feet or to roll
to the ground and not get himself hurt.
He immediately discovered that he already knew
how to ride the Giraffe because of his experience with
the small unicycles. He just took off and rode down the
driveway, then turned to ride down the sidewalk.
He rode up and down Sanford Street (on the
sidewalk) waving to people who honked their horns or
waved to him upon seeing him learning his newest skill.
Mr. Goode came out and showed him how he used to
mount a Giraffe unicycle back when he was a Wiz Kid, by
simply stepping up on the wheel and holding onto
someone's head for balance. Mr. Goode was all set to go
for a ride just to see if he could do it... but then he
thought better of it and wisely backed down, leaving the
Giraffe to Qua-Fiki's capable hands and feet.
That's when I got out my new Y-Volution Y-Fliker
that I bought for us older guys to ride in parades, while
the Wiz Kids whiz around us on unicycles and Ripstiks.
Fred found that more to his liking and, always
the teacher, immediately began giving me instructions on
how to improve my technique for riding it.
Then Qua-Fiki had to show us both up because the
skills he uses on his Ripstik are a perfect match for
those needed for the Y-Fliker. It's all about that little
twist he gives it to start it moving down the street.
Notice that my Tea-Party Gadsden Flag is flying today
in honor of the Sequestration Budget Cuts that we got
from Congress' inability to get anything done. Well done,
Congress! If you can't do anything right, do the next
best thing and do nothing at all! Or as W.S. Gilbert put
it in a song from Iolanthe:
"When Wellington thrashed Bonaparte,
As every child can tell,
The House of Peers, throughout the war,
Did nothing in particular,
And did it very well..."
Even Miriah Tomlinson got into the act and showed
us that she could also ride the Y-Fliker. Perhaps we have
a new Wiz Kid in the making.