Thursday, March 5, 2009

Roller Skating

I'm just one big kid! This is an activity that I don't do often, but when I do it reminds me of my childhood. Ne'er was there a summer that I was not out on our back porch, or garage, rolling around on my skates while listening to my Walkman and getting hollered at by my mom to take of my skates in the house.

The exchange went something like this:

Mom: Take off your skates in the house!
Me: But I'm just going to the bathroom. I'll be out in two minutes.
: Take them off if your going to cross the carpet.
: But by the time I take them off I could have already been in and out of the bathroom.
Mom (again): Take them off in the house! I'm not going to say it again.

Of course, at that point, I would try to tempt my fate by then tiptoeing across the carpet on the toe stopper. Which always led to them being taken away from me for the rest of the day. If I had only listened the first time, right? Who knows maybe I could have been the first to push for roller skating in the Olympics;) Ahhh, a child's dreams dashed in the blink of a pee break. Oh, well. There are other dreams to fulfill.
But that does bring me to the events of this past week. A roller skating teen/SPG activity which we were asked to join in with a church that we know up in Bellingham.

The skating was fun. . .

Falling not so much. . .

I was the first and only injury of the night too. Go figure! The first one to accept the offer and the one most excited about it, is the one that ended up going down. Somehow, in my minds eye while reliving my former skating glory, I failed to remember that gravity is no skaters friend. I had not been out on the floor for 5 minutes when Alyssa began to "congratulate" me on staying vertical, "Hey look at Carolyn! Way to go!" When I fell down. . . KERR PLOP! and right on my right hand too. In a job where I have to type all day a hand injury is a nightmare to deal with. Nothing was broken though, thankfully. That's a Dr./Emergency room bill that I wouldn't want to deal with. My poor Visa wouldn't be able to take it. Anyway, I sat out for a little bit, but after the dust settled and my hand stopped shaking I got right back out there. Hey, go BIG or go home! Thanks Chris for taking the photo.

Most everyone was on roller blades though. It's got to be a generational thing. Except for Katie who was rockin' it on the blades, she didn't fall once! Even when Isaiah took out Rolando in a feeble attempt to stop. They tumbled right in front of her, body over body, but she dodged the dog pile unscathed.

Joel won the race he was in.

Anna almost won hers, she had them until the final stretch. She's little, but she's mighty. Definitely the fastest body out there.

Everybody basically did there best to stay vertical, Levi's was a matter of heavy concentration.

And no skating trip is complete without a cell phone break.

Despite the injury, I'm not that sore and I'm glad I went. Seriously, people don't believe me when I tell them I'm turning 30 this year (in just a mere 2 months), and I think that it's activities like this that keep the spirit young. Although, the next time may be in the distant future. At least until my wrist stops throbbing.

Do you have any childhood activities that you like to still take part in? If so, what are they? Feel free to share in the comments.

Here are some videos of us skating. The rink had horrible lighting for pics with my camera and I couldn't get it figured out.


Anonymous said...

Wish that I could have been there. It looks like tons of fun. My old roomate in VA took me for my 23rd birthday. We had a blast, but you could tell that everone was trying to figure out which kids belonged to the people in our group. The clientel were generally of the middle school variety as you can imagine.


Jackie's World said...

LOL - that looked funny...our church just had the same event a couple weeks ago. We went last year and wanted to go this year but just got too busy with work. We really need to learn how to manage work and play time better. The puppy has helped a bit :)


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