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Andy Wegner and Kyle Feeney

Andy Wegner has lived in Denton for six years, and attended Denton High School where he met Kyle. They sit on a bench facing the courthouse as Kyle scoots his longboard back and the square is a second home for them.

Andy is in the process of becoming a hip-hop artist and under the name Square Rat.

“All we did was party and hang out with each other,” Andy says, “Square Rat is going to bring it back.”

Skating, Arts and Jazz, Denton

“I skateboarded and I hurt it,” Andy says, “My doctor told me I could take of my splint. Then, I went to Arts and Jazz and got drunk and punched some kid in the ribs and fractured it even more.

Andy says he doesn’t have a lot of money but is saving up for a computer to record his music. Now, he has two  songs almost completed and another he would like to add another verse to he says as he begins to rap:

“Say no to dope or hang by the rope of addiction / and lose all ambition trying to handle your condition / But, you’re in the position pick your family and next ___ / And you’re skin like tick, so you don’t feel sick / when you’re gonna kick the bucket, when you’re gonna say fuck it / Bounce back, no shit, sound of whack when your heart’s starting to turn black. / Glass. Chrystal. Crank. / You might think it makes bank / Watch you don’t get shanked. / It ruins people’s lives, / I’ve seen it in my own eyes. / Don’t believe the lies. / Put it down and lets rise / and start realize these guys really aren’t your real friends. / They won’t be there in the end. /  It’s time to comprehend you’re nothing to them. / They’ll use you and abuse you.”

He finishes to a fist bump from Kyle.

“Denton’s beautiful. It’s filled with music,” Kyle says.

“We have the most interesting people in the world outside of Austin,” Andy adds.

“And it’s a smaller Austin. But, we’re raising out,” Kyle says as he looks around the square.

“We’re going to be awesome one day. We’re cooler,” Andy says.

“Appreciate,” Kyle finishes.

“Denton’s beautiful. It’s filled with music,” Kyle says.

“Denton’s beautiful. It’s filled with music,” Kyle says.

Andy says the Denton is the easiest place he can be himself. It’s his home and where he’ll stay until the day he dies.

Kyle is not an aspiring hip-hop artist but he loves the music of Denton and that’s why he sticks around. He says he will probably leave, go to college and come back since he has lived here his entire life.

“It’s one of those towns that draws you back,” he says.

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Segway, Tour Guide, Dallas Tour, Skating, longboard, Klyde Warren

Skater Stew, a Segway and the Open Road

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.