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tashabear
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So I'm looking around at Haverhill community events for info on a tournament I'm probably going to be heralding next weekend, and I happened upon a link for Skateland, the roller skating rink in Bradford (next to Haverhill).

Most of you don't know that I was a serious competitive roller skater back in the 80's.  When I say serious, I mean serious.  I skated an average of 6 days a week, minimum of two hours a day (up to six hours on Sunday), 50 weeks a year.  That's a lot as a middle school student.  I competed nearly every month.  Never made it to Nationals, but I was still damned good. 

I still have my skates, too... except that they don't fit any more.  As I got older and gained weight, my feet changed shape, and my skate boots don't fit. 

I took a look at the Skateland schedules and prices for classes, and they're damned affordable.  Cheaper than martial arts, I think, which I suppose is due in part to the fact that money can be made at the rink in ways other than lessons, which is not the case with a dojo.  I can join their "senior club" for $30 a month, which entitles me to all the classes and floor time I can handle.  Private lessons are $15/half hour, which is a decent rate.  Seems to me it wasn't much less than that when I was skating back in the day, and I had three or four hours of lessons a week.  Four, I think... one hour each singles, figures, and dance, and a hour of pairs with Richie (my partner). 

I'm a little too old for freestyle any more (though we'll see if I change my mind when/if I lose weight), but I could still rock figures and dance.  I dunno... we''ll have to see how much a new pair of boots for my skates will cost.  At least I don't have to buy plates and wheels, too; those are expensive.  Gonna have to think on this... it's soooo tempting.

i feel: thoughtful thoughtful

16 trips or shoot the rapids
Comments
goingdriftless From: goingdriftless Date: July 17th, 2004 03:51 pm (UTC) (base camp)
Wow! :) That sounds like fun. The only roller skating experiences I had were at the local rink where all the kids had their birthday parties.

$30 a month? That sounds like a rockin' deal!

**wonders if tashabear has any photos she'd like to share***
tashabear From: tashabear Date: July 17th, 2004 04:50 pm (UTC) (base camp)
Of me skating? No, not readily available. Sorry.

I just did the math... I skated mostly in the late 70's, early 80's... how scary is *that*?
goingdriftless From: goingdriftless Date: July 17th, 2004 05:17 pm (UTC) (base camp)
I didn't figure we'd be so lucky for you to have one scanned in for us. :) Buuuuuuut... if you ever run across one that you'd like to scan... *grin*
tashabear From: tashabear Date: July 17th, 2004 05:23 pm (UTC) (base camp)
I'll have to ask my mom. :-)
skittl1321 From: skittl1321 Date: July 17th, 2004 04:43 pm (UTC) (base camp)
That sounds like an awesome deal... and I second the comment about roller skating photos
sandthistle From: sandthistle Date: July 17th, 2004 05:42 pm (UTC) (base camp)
go Tasha!! That sounds wonderful, and I think you'd really enjoy it :) You're just into everything - truly a renaissance woman. :)
tashabear From: tashabear Date: July 18th, 2004 02:09 pm (UTC) (base camp)
And here I thought I just had a short attention span.

Heh... an entire philosophical revolution, fueled by a group of people predisposed towards ADD. Imagine what the world would have been like if they'd had Ritalin back then...
points From: points Date: July 17th, 2004 06:47 pm (UTC) (base camp)
How do you feel about rollerblades?
tashabear From: tashabear Date: July 17th, 2004 07:42 pm (UTC) (base camp)
You so don't want to know the real answer to that.

The polite answer is, I can't do anything on rollerblades that I can do on real skates, either ice or roller, so I don't see the point. Thanks, though. :-D
esmerel From: esmerel Date: July 17th, 2004 10:33 pm (UTC) (base camp)
I figure, if you enjoy it, and it's excersize, give in to temptation. ;)
frostyw From: frostyw Date: July 18th, 2004 07:54 am (UTC) (base camp)
I tried rollerskating once, but I never did get the hang of it. I did chance to go along, though, when my sister invited me to go up to Roller Kingdom up in Hudson. I was impressed that I got all the way around the rink once without falling, at which point, I promptly fell backward onto my ass. I had fun, though.

Sometimes I have aspirations of being an ice skater, at least recreationally, but I figure that's probably even more tricky than roller skating. Don't even try to get me started on Rollerblading!

I say go for it, if it'll be fun!
tashabear From: tashabear Date: July 18th, 2004 09:34 am (UTC) (base camp)
It's all about your balance point, and believe it or not, staying relaxed. Stiff muscles can't make the fine adjustments needed to allow you to maintain your balance.

If/when I get new boots, I'll be happy to try to teach you to roller skate (it's been long enough since I taught beginner ice skating that I don't remember the teaching techniques.) There are almost always adult classes taught at rinks, both ice and roller. I know Roller Kingdom has lessons. The nice thing about Roller Kingdom, as well as the rink in Bradford, is that they have hardwood floors. I learned to skate on a cement floor with an epoxy surface. Very unforgiving. After that, wood is almost a pleasure to fall on.
skittl1321 From: skittl1321 Date: July 18th, 2004 09:56 am (UTC) (base camp)
Now I want to go take up ice skating lessons again.

My boots (from 6th grade...) still fit me, but they desperately need new blades.
frostyw From: frostyw Date: July 18th, 2004 01:45 pm (UTC) (base camp)
Heh. Actually, I do remember that it wasn't so nasty falling backwards. (Lots of padding at the time. :/) It was better falling in RK than it was falling down near my house because at home is all cement road and red-brick walkways.
tashabear From: tashabear Date: July 18th, 2004 01:57 pm (UTC) (base camp)
Well, technically I learned to skate in front of my house, in the driveway, in skates with metal wheels that clamped on over my shoes.

I learned to skate at Roll On America in Leominster, which was a refurbished ice skating rink. Cement floor, as I said, over which they poured an epoxy finish designed for roller skating rinks. You could tell when the finish was new because the surface was kinda sticky and you'd use harder wheels, and then when it was older, it'd get slippery and you'd use softer wheels. Yes, it got that technical. Wanna hear about how my dad tuned my skates with a torque wrench? :-)
frostyw From: frostyw Date: July 18th, 2004 02:29 pm (UTC) (base camp)
Hey, that's actually the kind of skates I first had, too. They stapped on over the sneakers. I gave up, but over time my sister graduated to roller blades, though she hasn't been on them in a while. :)

The kicker is that I found out that RK is right next door to where my father now works. Literally, right next door on Rt 62. :)
16 trips or shoot the rapids