His name is Stew and he’s a Segway tour guide, giving beautiful Segway tours all through the downtown area, and he loves it.
It’s the only job he has ever had where he looks forward to going to work in the morning. It is the only job he’ll pull himself out of bed early just to get there. Stew lives for his Segway tours and downhill longboarding, the reason he always has a helmet on.
When he’s not on Segway tours, he lives to make it to as many races in North Texas as he can. Not Segway races, downhill longboard races. Stew tries to skate all through the downtown area as much as he can.
“I always lose and end up crashing in the corner,” he said. “I’ll come through corners with about five other guys all battling for the same line.”
He’s got a love for the sport that radiates from his smile as he talks about the full contact at the starting and finish lines. It’s the most fun he could ever have.
Stew has been giving tours for about three months at Segway Nation. All the other jobs Stew has ever held have been awful. Stew found the job when he went on Craigslist. He was interviewed immediately and got the job because he was the only candidate who actually knew something about Dallas.
“I’m here so frequently skating and used to deliver in the area, so it was pretty much just went in and got the job and now I give tours,” he said.
His tours start over in the West End in between the Greyhound station and the Omni Hotel. Stew takes tourists and residents through the convention center, the arts district, on over to Dealey Plaza “where the assassination took place before heading back on over to HQ.”
In the three months he’s been giving tours, Stew has only had one kid break a wrist. Of course, he gets the occasional falls that happen around four times a day, but nobody has broken another bone or a Segway.
“I’ll put it this way, I have more trouble with adults on Segways than I do with the kids,” Stew said. “You get an adult on the Segway and they’re like a kid again.”
They just don’t pay attention and they just start having fun and go around object and catch the wheel on something and start rolling but usually it’s just a scrape on an elbow or something like that. Nothing too dramatic.
Stew and the other tour guide take falls on the Segway all the time. “We’re very over confident so before I know it, I’m trying to come around the corner looking all cool and I’ll run into something and get thrown off,” he said.
Of course, to counteract that, Stew stands up and starts laughing. He always makes sure to look around and start laughing before other people laugh at him.
“That is the main goal,” Stew said. It’s just like when he skates. “When you get thrown off your board in front of 50 people, you got to make sure you beat them to that laugh. It’s the only way to play it off, but it’s so much fun I enjoy it.”
As he watches for his two guests to finish their food in Klyde Warren Park, he fastens his helmet. It’s time for Stew to get back on the road.