Learning to Ska-do
I met (among other characters) Slippery Soap, a young boy with long blond hair; Blue, who happened to be a middle-aged woman (that really threw me off); and Steve himself.
Have you ever wanted to learn how to "Blue ska-do?" Well, Steve Burns, Blue's accomplice on Nickelodeon's _Blue's Clues_ television show, once taught me how in a "Chelsea Piers":http://www.chelseapiers.com/ bowling alley.
It just so happens that I have a family member who was famous. That is, if you think a talking clock could be famous. When I was 10 years old, my sister Katie (8), brother Chris (13), and I auditioned for a role on _Blues Clues,_ a daytime children's show. Katie was the lucky one; she won the role of Tickety Tock, the clock.
At the end of the show's first season, the entire cast, along with family members, was invited to attend a bowling party. I met (among other characters) Slippery Soap, a young boy with long blond hair; Blue, who happened to be a middle-aged woman (that really threw me off); and Steve himself.
Before the rumors of drug use and mental breakdowns, Steve was truly king of the toddlers. Our family owned much of the _Blues Clues_ paraphernalia--we even had a real thinking chair. Most guests would laugh at the idea that a piece of the set was in our home, but despite its notoriety it has been a place of comfortable sitting throughout the years.
At the alley, Steve was showing off and dancing about the lanes, leading the children in follies and "ska-dos." His bowling technique was unforgettable. He would casually release the ball but then emphasize a wrist flick and a leg up. He was like an ice skater, posing for competition. All I wanted to do was twist my foot, shake my hips, and jump into the nearest picture for an adventure just like Steve did. At some point, he came up to me--just me. He asked if I wanted to learn how to ska-do. _Yes!_
We practiced once or twice together, then more kids came and started twisting and jumping with us. Eventually, the entire cast was doing this little jig all together in unison. Steve was our role model, our hero.