i can’t rollerskate. (or rollerblade, iceskate, ski, or any other endeavor where i don’t have full control over my limbs)
nevertheless, growing up having birthday parties at roller rinks was the thing to do. and i did have one, and attended a few. each time i would put on the skates and just stand on the rug outside the rink clinging to the rail. occasionally i would get brave and sort of inch-walk along the rug, then i’d get spooked and go sit on a bench. good times!
I used to “street skate”. A lot. Early 80’s in Tampa we used to go bar hopping through the downtown streets every Friday and Saturday. Up to a hundred people on skates, followed by a van to help any injured, out-of-shape or over-inebriated skaters. Started on Davis Islands, across the Platt Street bridge, first stop happy hour at Holiday Inn on Ashley. Then on to the skate bowl park, the now-closed dive bar The Hub, Rough Riders at Ybor Square, The original Columbia restaurant on 7th Ave, on an on. You’d think we’d all be shit-faced by the end but the skating in between the drinking stops took care of that.
Tuesdays were at USF campus. Smaller group of skaters (and smoking vs drinking ) but lots of cool sidewalk and pavement runs.
My favorite (and MOST DANGEROUS) skating was in Ft Lauderdale. I saw a sailboat crossing the overpass. What the fuck?? That was a river?? THERE WAS A TUNNEL UNDER THERE. I had to skate it. I walked a little bit of it to make sure it was ok. It was SO steep, so fast, so cool and so much fun. Until I hit the bottom where, naturally, there was a grate for water runoff. It took all I had to maintain and thankfully I didn’t wipe out. But I gotta admit the haul up the other side wasn’t nearly as fun. Probably from the shaking. Now when I look it up I see it’s haunted. I’m not surprised…
@thismyusername i totally forgot about heelys! i actually thought the poll was referring to those ones that strap over your sneakers. i had a pair of plastic fisher price ones as a kid lol. heelys makes way more sense XD
Used to when I skated around on my blades, I was skating in a pool of sweat. Miss being able to do that (advanced age, bad knees, maybe a little more sense,…) T’was fantastic exercise and I could go about as fast as most bicyclists, without the parking problem. Curbs also were no problem, after a lot of practice. I could even walk up or down steps on them.
@hchavers If you should go skating
On the thin ice of modern life
Dragging behind you the silent reproach
Of a million tear-stained eyes
Don’t be surprised when a crack in the ice
Appears under your feet
You slip out of your depth and out of your mind
With your fear flowing out behind you
As you claw the thin ice
@therealjrn And over here in America we usually go counterclockwise. Youtube some skating videos. Watch roller derby. Go to a velodrome and see which they’re cycling. Ask Nascar drivers how often they turn right. If your rink is going clockwise, it’s not the norm.