Skating – Part I

Okay, if you haven’t figured it out by now, I roller skate – old school, quads, indoors. I also rollerblade, but those are my go to skates for outdoors. This is a recreational, hobby, and exercise sport for me. I get to meet new people, exercise, and dance all in one activity. These are all win-wins, since it combines my loves. Every since I can remember, I’ve loved to dance. I was in a few dance troupes growing up, but it was nothing that I ever pursued. Once I became an adult, I loved expressing myself through dance mainly at clubs, and after I had my child, I started taking hip-hop classes as a way to get my dance on. That lasted for about three years, and eventually I realized that my knees were not going to hold up. Then I re-discovered skating, I skated when I was a teenager, but I was never really good at it, mainly because I found it more interesting to chat it up with the fellas, that were also at the rink. So in August of 2007, I thought it might be fun if my son and I could have a recreational activity that we could both do together, and with the urging of my girlfriend Lucy, we tried skating. My son, a natural unfortunately does not enjoy it at all, but I’ve stuck with it, and now I am a bona-fide skater. Like a golfer, or cyclist, I’ve invested in my sport to obtain the right equipment, and it’s very rewarding and I get the benefits of being able exercise why I do something I enjoy. As I mentioned before, it combines all of my loves which includes meeting new people. It’s interesting to meet and get to know other people that enjoy the same activity that you do, so it’s easy to see why I’m so passionate about the sport.

This weekend was the Jive Biscuit Family reunion – a two day skate fest that brings together skaters from different states. It’s fun when these events occur, which is almost monthly in different states, because you get an opportunity to check out other states skating styles – and yes, some states have very distinctive styles – namely, Michigan, New York, Philly, Chicago, and yes Atlanta. These events usually are held after the normal rink hours end, so they typically start at 11:30 pm and end in the wee hours of the morning. I have to admit, I’m getting too old for this. I went last evening, and I’m wiped out, still need some rest, so if this blog is rambling, you now know why. To be continued…

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