Tuesday, January 15, 2008

A snippet of saturday...


Okay, so I mentioned that I went roller skating over the weekend. Let me be very clear. I'm not good at roller skating. We paid $8 to get in and doing the math, I skated a dollar a lap. I remember skating as a child and either my memory is faulty or I'm old. I have a feeling it's because I'm old. Really old. There was this one guy (perhaps mid-40s?)gliding around the rink...backwards. Show-off. I really didn't want to suffer a traumatic injury or pull a muscle, so I sat on the sidelines and stayed safe. I do have a few observations from this experience though:

It is amazing what people will let their children do...or what they will do themselves. Over the course of two hours I saw...
- people whipping around the rink pushing strollers. Strollers - with actual babies in them. Does this seem safe to you?
- little children (2+) wandering onto the rink being narrowly avoided by unsteady older children wobbling on four little wheels.
- a basic failure in listening by parents and children. Example? They conducted the ever so charming skate and foot races and the children couldn't seem to follow any directions and it took forever to complete these competitions...although I must point out that a competition seems to imply that a person may be recognized as a winner and receive a prize. Nothing like this happened. As far as I am concerned if there is no prize then there is no contest.

All in all, I had a good time and encourage you to visit your local roller skating establishment and witness the demise of America and generally embarrass yourself.

6 comments:

PrincessGreen17 said...

I drove by a skating rink on Sunday and thought about going sometime...I didn't even think about the annoying children factor!

Susie said...

Hey, Katie...did you notice it had the same smell and played the same music? About three years ago, I took two kids to a rink in B'ham and I was thrown into my 12th and 13th year. I swear they played Milli Vanilli. God.

Susie said...

Maybe the 40 year old was hoping for a replay of "Rosanna" by Toto...

katie g. said...

Great observation, Susie! You're right, the music was definitely the same...and the smell. Wow. Good thing I didn't use LSD in my past or else I probably would have had one gnarly flashback.

Belle of Madison said...

I went skating about two years ago... it sucked. I was never good at it as a child (same goes for ANYTHING physical) and I was even worse as an adult. My date and the other girl enjoyed it... the other guy and I sat on the sidelines.

Peyton said...

I remember the skating rink... Paula Abdul's "Opposites Attract" playing... my hair blowing in the breeze as I rolled around the rink lap after lap... red light, green light... Hmmmmm.... memories.