Wednesday, March 08, 2006

Cows CAN Skate!!!



$5.00 for three hours (including skates) is a great price! I pulled up to the rink...one I haven't stepped foot in since I was 11 years when I came to sell my skates to buy an Atari. It is so rundown it's not even funny. The carpet and snack bar tables are the same ones that were there when I was 7. I got my skates and talked to the owner about my distaste for rental skats because you can't skate like normal. He agreed and looked for a decent pair to give me. I was the only one there.

I got my skates, went to "my" table and put them on. I got up, skated to the edge of the rink and was shocked at the condition of the floor. Gone were the bold, black figure circles against the smooth, white floor. The floor was scuffed, needed to be redone and there was a huge piece of plastic where there must be a leak in the roof. I skate...very slowly as if I had not spent almost 4 years with quad skates growing out of my feet. I fell...once. It hurt. It STILL hurts. I got back up and shook it off.

By the end of hour number one I was skating forward at full speed with some tentative backward skating. No crossovers...but I was backward and I was upright. By the end of 90 minutes I was skating backard at full speed and doing some crossovers. I tried to spin...not on rentals! Ugh! I managed one revolution. I REALLY wabted to do a waltz jump, but in those boots I would fall and hurt myself.

After the first 45 minutes or so, two high school girls came in and I admit, I was THRILLED when I could out skate them! They ended up being realy sweet, told me I skated really well and anted me to teach them to skate backward! I didn't last the whole three hours. Two and a half hours in I was done.

I want to go back. $5 is so cheap. I want my own skates. They'll cost me $225. Anyone wanting to give to the "Let's Make Sure Deneice is Not a Cow for Long" fund, let me know! :) I will try and save and get the pair by the end of the year. I am going to ask the owner to watch out for used boots because he said he'd cut me a good deal.

They offer adult lessons on Monday nights. $7.50 including the session afterward. I know I am too old to pick up where I left off...but if I could pass that final figure test I'd be happy. I only took it once and everyone told me that it was rare to pass it the first time...plus I was only 10.

5 comments:

Mel said...

You so have to! $7.50 is not that much either. I'd take lessons with you if I lived closer. I've always wanted to be able to backwards skate and it just doesn't work.

The Thief said...

I'm afraid to go back to the place where I learned to roller skate. Oh, yeah. They tore it down years ago. That's pretty sad. That was the scene of my first date, in 6th grade, when I went to a skating party with Erin, a cute girl from my class. You've got me laughing aloud thinking of that!!

Thanks for giving me my own little trip down memory lane!

Friar Tuck said...

fun story...though I dont like the title

Dreaming again said...

have to agree with the Friar.

Hey, did you leave a comment on my blog under a different blog name????;)

joshua michael said...

Rollerstating is like riding a bike. You can really pick it back up again really quickly. I wish we had a rink around here. they turned ours into a pet story.