The Ride Channel just released a new video starring cool guy Tony Hawk, who is apparently obsessed with gadgets and technology. And you know what? Tony Hawk and this Gizmodo blogger have a lot in common.
“I think my introduction into tech was a calculator watch,” says the legendary skateboarder. “I was so fascinated that you could actually have a calculator on your wrist,” he says. “I remember relentlessly asking my dad for one for my birthday.”
Tony, guess what. I also love calculator watches. (I’m wearing mine right now!) I, too, had to beg my parents to buy me one when I was a pre-teen. But that’s not all. The rest of Tony’s list of favorite gadgets is a lot like my list of favorite gadgets.
“I went to Japan and bought one of the first Hi8 video cameras,” says Tony Hawk. “When I got home with that Hi8 camera, people were just like, ‘What?!’ Because it’s, like, the smallest one ever.”
Tony, guess what. I also owned a Hi8 camcorder back in the day, and my friends were also, like, “What?!” I loved that little thing.
“I was the definition of early adopter back then,” he says. “I love technology, and it felt like it was moving so fast at the time—which is ridiculous now if you think about what’s available to us now. But I loved that new gadgets, new media was coming out, and I had to be on the forefront of it.”
Tony, guess what. Same! I am now a professional technology lover. We probably have more stuff in common, too, if you think about it. You like to make video games? I like play video games. You like to star in movies? I like to watch movies. You like to skateboard? I like to watch you skateboard.
So if you’re reading this, Tony, drop me a line. Let’s geek out together.