April Fools’ Day, the posters went up. She has a name. CHS had been watching Raven Scott do her thing around Capitol Hill since last year. Like many things weird and wonderful we see on Capitol Hill, we thought a little bit about her as she passed and then went about our own weird business. UPDATE: We have been informed that we should refer to her as a jestress — a female jester.
But after the April 1st posters — prank? marketing? both? — we decided to do more. Getting Raven Scott to hold still for an interview or even more photos has proved impossible. She seems perfectly happy to continue skipping across Capitol Hill without further explanation from your friendly neighborhood blog.
Instead, here is her interview from earlier this year with, of all things, the iskip “home of the worldwide skipping movement” site — How/when did you first start skipping as an adult?
As I stepped out the door on my first attempt at performing as a jester, as a street performer, it occurred to me that a jester should skip, or at least I, as a jester, should skip. So I went on about a mile or so skip through the local Saturday market, in Boise Idaho.
The next day I could not walk, or could barely walk. It took several days to recover.
Over the next couple of years I switched over my five mile run/jog to a five mile skip. I also realized that skipping, even without the costume was something of a spectacle, at least in Boise.
There’s plenty more here including her move to Seattle (two years ago), some health and equipment tips, and what it’s like skipping across Capitol Hill (it’s cool!).
And, of course, she says she believes skipping can change the world:
Yes, skipping and a sense of joy and silliness are very interrelated and if skipping could become a mainstream activity then I think it would promote joy, play and the silly sense of not taking things too seriously.
Seattle: Where a dude plays Chinese flute music and some white chick in a harlequin costume skips around the park. pic.twitter.com/wr2nnu7p9b
— lolalaptop (@lolalaptop) October 9, 2015