RollerskatingI 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.