So, a few weeks back I was searching online for some skee stuff, and I came across this blog post entitled Skeeball 101: The New American Pastime by a gentleman named Nathan Badley. In the article, he mentions that he would love to be named an ambassador of the game. And who am I if not a wish-granter, a miracle maker, a dream enabler? So I reached out to Mr. Badley and asked if he’d be interested in the position of Skeebassador of SkeeNation. He agreed, but on one condition: he requested full diplomatic immuniskee. Done and done!
Below you’ll find a few pics of Skeebassador Badley, as well as a brief interview with him. We’ll be reaching out to him every so often for his opinion on skeerious matters in the league, as well as to help with any tough skeecisions.
And so now, on this 17th day of 2011, I am honored to introduce you to the first ever Skeebassador of SkeeNation: Nathan Badley!
(Diggin’ the form! Perhaps Koko can teach him the kick-back!)
SkeeNation: What is your earliest memory of skee-ball?
Nathan Badley: My earliest memory of skee-ball was cheating at Chuck-E-Cheese. I would pick the lane on the end and try to throw it from the side so I was closer. It did not help much.
SN: What is the highest score you’ve ever rolled?
NB: With or without cheating? One time, and I remember this very clearly because it was the darkest time in my life, I rolled a high enough score to earn the 5000 ticket grand prize at Chuck-E-Cheese. I don’t remember the exact number, but it was a lot.
Anyway, the machine ran out of tickets after about fifty. I told an employee what was going on and he said, “Oh. That’s too bad.”‘
I think that’s why I have such an aversion to animatronic mice now.
SN: Do you go for the 40s and 50s or the 100s?
NB: I usually go for the 40s and 50s. Once I go for a 100, though, I become determined and can’t stop aiming at it.
SN: Where did you grow up, and where do you currently call home?
NB: I grew up in Olathe, KS, a Kansas City suburb. I am still there.
SN: If you were to order the perfect pizza, what would be on it?
NB: Olives, mushrooms, sausage.
SN: What is your go to karaoke/shower song?
NB: Mr. Tambourine Man
[Editor's note: I forgot to follow up if he preferred the Dylan version or the Byrds version.... My bad.]
SN: If you could have any superhero power, what would it be?
NB: I’m glad you ask.
If I were to pick a power, I would go with superspeed. Imagine how much I could get done in a day if I was faster than the speed of sound.
SN: A brief lunch with anyone – dead/alive, real/fictitious, past/present – who would it be and why?
NB: If I could have lunch with anyone, I would pick Connor Oberst from the band Bright Eyes. We could talk music. And, yes, we would have gyros.