July 30, 2006

come on feel the noise

ouchy wah wah..
i'm just recovering from the best day there ever was.
well, that's according to the alleygato.

first, the legos true ordered came in the mail. the ups man is so loved over here. "YAY, the brown guy is here!! you know what dat means?" freak out to follow.

then, we went to the big city. we bought some school clothes and had a nice meal, but we were there to roller skate. i've tried to remember how old i was when i last went roller skating. i really don't know.

the other weird thing, this particular rink was eerily familiar. i had long time ties to this part of town, so it's conceivable. but maybe it's just the generic set up of a roller rink. lockers, strobe lights, disco ball, dj station, snack bar & video games...paradise.

i apologized when i paid the entry fee. i didn't know what this was going to be like. the cashier assured me it would come right back. it did.

before long i was zooming along trying to teach the boys. true likes to squat down like a racer and just be pushed. which is fun, because honestly he doesn't care a thing about learning to roller skate. he just wants to go really fast and crash, and his skill and risk levels meet that criteria so we're all happy.

alleycat never got there. if i were to skate with him and hold his hand, it was like holding on to jerry lewis tapdancing on roller skates. never looked safe or even comfortable, and not a bit fun, but he kept going around, around and around and around. everytime, saying, "i can't skate but i'm practicing." cool, alex, very cool.

so i got overly comfortable. i'd skate with one boy and then circle around to check up on the other. we hokey pokied, we raced, we rested, and when it was almost all over, and the smiles were permablasted on our mugs WHOA, WHOA, WHU, THUD! i wiped out and took both boys with me. beautiful.

after that, i had one margarita, fed the boys and we drove home. all in all, it was the best day ever.

Posted by shoe at July 30, 2006 11:47 AM | TrackBack

Cool! Sounds like y'all had a blast.

Posted by: Dash at July 30, 2006 01:35 PM

Heh. I hear you about getting over confident. Last time I took my girls skating I was crusin' along doing just fine (thinking - "Hey! This is eeeeeeasy.") when whabbo - my skates touched and I ended up flat on my back.

The little skater-helper-upper kid came over to me and looked a bit horrified at the prospect of trying to get me back up on my feet. (Hello - he's used to the occasional 5 year old.) But I got my self up and cruised my ancient ass right off the rink. Wish *I* could have had a margarita at that point....

Posted by: Richmond at July 30, 2006 03:53 PM

Mwah! You can probably even skate backwards. I couldn't skate worth a damn when I wasn't a cripple.

Posted by: Denny at July 30, 2006 07:20 PM

"jerry lewis tapdancing on roller skates"...You ain't right....

Posted by: Yabu at July 30, 2006 08:40 PM

Brave, brave woman!!

Damn good mom, too!

; )

Posted by: Christina at July 31, 2006 06:23 AM

My buddy Jenni talked me into going roller skating for her retro birthday-at-the-roller-rink a few years back. First time I'd been on skates in probably 20 years.

It's amazing how much I resembled one of those circus bears on skates, only without their natural grace and skill.

I also felt every one of those unused-for-20-years skating muscles for the next two weeks...

Posted by: El Capitan at July 31, 2006 10:56 AM

I echo El Capitan, you're gonna have a sore hind end soon... Which, by the way, was what I liked to watch when I skated way way back in the day. I wasn't a "racer" for long. No rear view mirrors out there, but if you keep the good stuff in front of you... There's the reward. And no, I couldn't skate backwards, or I might have a different take on the skatin' deal. But, hey, if no noggin's got split, and limbs tweaked, AND you got a stiff one at the end of the deal, I'd tend to agree with you on the "best day ever"... Let me know when you can bottle those up. I need a six pack of 'em 'bout now...

Posted by: RedNeck at July 31, 2006 07:29 PM

Last time I was skatin', I did the same, only on my face. (Yeah, yeah... that explains that...)

You may have biffed, but you had a good time. It evens out.

And then some...

Posted by: That 1 Guy at July 31, 2006 08:05 PM