Let’s get this straight, my neighbor is insane. I don’t mind saying this cause she won’t ever actually read the blog. Unlike Steve, who will read this, but I don’t like at all… but that’s neither here or there. This neighbor comes home from a whirlwind shopping trip with skates and pads with a grin on her face from ear to ear. Ohhh, did I ever NOT want her to bug me to get out there on my skates, practice, smile and generally foster a positive attitude about life. Grrr. But, late in the day she says, let’s go for a spin. She starts talking about going to a skate park. SKATE PARK?? Not only that, but she, in her (40 + old body) explains the etiquette and merits of skateboarding culture. How these are the kids who respect boundaries and respect the board. I am shrinking further into my seat, into my fear zone of …. holy shit, just let me roll unsuccessfully with my husband down the street and make an ass of myself. We get to the park…with the 5 -m 12 year olds. Shame, I am telling you, shame. I can hardly believe it cause I never thought I would ever be at a skate park. I put on the Tron pads though my husband would hide his face in shme. Without him, I knew I needed them to avoid a lifelong injury. I was wobbly….at first. I did a couple of laps and DID fall. It didn’t hurt too much and really wasn’t too embarrassing except for grinning neighbor asking if she can help me up. What the *&%$ is she going to do to help my iceberg ass off the skatepark cement? My limit was 2 laps at a time. My whole body would quiver by the time I was done with lap 2 due to muscle unrecognition. But, I did at least 15 laps. It was hell, but okay. Neighbor didn’t want to leave, but it is a good thing myvoice of quitting reason prevailed and we returned home cause it ends up she was tired too (hah). Now that I know of a new place where the seams in the sidewalk won’t take me out I am more motivated to get skilled in skating. Thanks to the neighbor, I won’t have to do it alone!!! Do you think she’ll stop her enthusiastic smile?? I personally doubt it.
You are going to be so surprised. I watched Whip It this weekend. You may remember, I had….shall we say… an experience with Roller Derby a few months back. I can still feel the twinge in my hamstring. I think the combination of the movie and the 10 out of 10 weather this weekend got to me. I decided I really do want to learn how to skate. I looked up local roller skate stores in Bloomington, Indiana where we spent Easter weekend and was pleased to find Rolling Thunder Fun Factory on 17th. Veronica was a wealth of information and helped me make the decision to forgo the iphone I have been dying for for a few years and give into the idea of learning how to skate. My daughter also caught the bug and we sprung for some skates for her as well. I bought outdoor wheels so that I can practice in the tennis courts near the house. So, in addition to my attempts to continue “running” I’ll be putting on the skates so that come next winter, I’ll be ready for some derby. I still think it would be a blast. I put the skates in and since I didn’t have any of the pads this weekend, my husband let me lean on him as I tried to skate up and down the driveway a couple of times yesterday. I tried again today. I figure if I can get on the skates a bit at a time, by the end of the summer maybe I’ll be able to go up and down the street without falling!! If you have any tips or learning hints, let me know.
I haven’t been on skates since college. One afternoon during finals week, some girlfriends and I were stressed. I called around to some local skate rinks only to find that they were all closed. I finally called over to a rink in Henderson, KY just across the state line and lo and behold, the good people at Skateway USA let the 5 of us skate for free that afternoon. So yesterday, to carry on the tradition of skating that was started 2 decades ago, I decided to sign up for roller derby lite. I have no idea what I am getting myself into. I bought gear from Sin City Skates online yesterday. Paid the gazillion dollars to register and am anticipating the first class on the 11th. What the heck am I thinking? I don’t even know the rules.
Here is Skateway USA: