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Thursday, March 6th, 2008

Rollerskating

I was waiting in line at Bed, Bath and Beyond today and PYT started playing. All of a sudden I was transported back to the Bonaventure rollerskating rink in Farmington Hills, MI, circa 1984. Every Saturday in 6th grade, that's where I would be. I can still taste the rink popcorn, still remember the stench of the rental skate area, and recall wearing the same uniform every week--my calvin klein jeans, a t-shirt and my purple satin jacket with a unicorn jumping through a rainbow on the back.

I decided right then and there that I was going to make a rollerskating playlist on iTunes. I've already picked out some of the songs, aside from PYT. Brand New Key by Melanie--because it's a great song and the only one I know that's actually about rollerskating. Wanna Be Starting Something. Xanadu. Faithfully. Any other slow song by Journey.

I met my first boyfriend at the rink. His name was Mathew (one t) Wisdom. I thought he was a dead ringer for Ricky Schroeder. We met up at the rink every Saturday for a couple months and did each slow skate together. We held hands though. The more serious couples (like the ones in 8th grade) skated facing each other. I never did get to slow skate that way. I'm still kind of bummed about that.

I think one of my summer 2008 goals is going to be learning to rollerskate again. I've heard it's just like riding a bike. But there's more potential to break stuff if you fall. I want to find some nice white skates with pom poms on the laces. And hot pink wheels and stoppers. Maybe I'll start searching ebay for satin jacket featuring a unicorn. And if I get really good at it, you can expect to see me cruising around the neighborhood with my ghetto blaster perched up on my right shoulder. After I make my iTunes mix I'm going to put it on a cassette tape so I can share the songs with everyone.


7 Comments
dennydeaton
Great blog Jules! That took me back as well. But I remember going to birthday parties at the skating rink and playing Red Light/Green Light. I don't think I ever tried to stop on the Red Light either. I was needless to say awesome.

Could you ever do that thing where you are turning around at the end of the rink and you cross your outside foot over your inside foot? Those people always looked so cool but I wasn't that coordinated. Welcome to Humzoo!
Denny Deaton   Thursday, March 6, 2008
daveheinzel
I love your idea for a rollerskating playlist, and your songs are totally what I would put on mine so far. I'm trying to come up with some more... maybe some Bon Jovi... maybe some REO Speedwagon. Go crazy.
Dave Heinzel   Thursday, March 6, 2008
courtneyheinzel
Oh.My.Gosh. This totally made me snort. I think I may have awakened my husband. But it was totally worth it. I remember that song from the skate rink..."I Think We're Alone Now." That might be what it's called.
Courtney Heinzel   Friday, March 7, 2008
dazedpink
Denny, I don't remember playing red light green light. I do remember them shutting down the rink for 10 minutes or so each session to do "shoot the duck" which i was never coordinated enough to do. I ended up flat on my back after about 1.2 seconds. The crossover? yeah, I could do that. Months of ice skating lessons actually paid off.

Dave--REO Speedwagon for sure!!! And I hope Courtney didn't wake you up with her snorting.
Jules   Friday, March 7, 2008
justmeg
OMG Courtney - that song was by Tiffany - the shopping mall icon - thanks - now it is stuck in my head.

Jules - cute blog - the skateing rink days are not something I ever want to revisit tho
justmeg   Friday, March 7, 2008
Don't stress if you don't get to rollerskate this year. Trust me, Lily will have *plenty* of rollerskating birthday parties, and you will have more than your share of opportunities.
But, who/what is PYT??? I can't be that out of it!
girlcarew   Saturday, March 8, 2008
dazedpink
PYT---Pretty Young Thing by Michael Jackson. Probably my favorite song on the entire Thriller album!
Jules   Saturday, March 8, 2008
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