no broken bones = good thing

For the first time in probably twenty years, I strapped thin blades of metal to my feet and attempted to glide gracefully across an incredibly hard sheet of solid ice. Incredibly, it worked. I didn’t fall even once, although there were a few times where my arms resembled a windmill in motion. I participated in this activity in the heart of downtown Minneapolis at the Depot ice skating rink, and it was a lot more fun than I ever thought it would be. My feet hurt, my legs ached, and I was terrible at doing anything other than moving around the rink in a slow circle. But I still had a good time. I think part of it was the setting. Right on Washington Avenue in downtown Minneapolis, you can see the skyscrapers towering through the giant windows. People in their cars waiting at the light gaze at you, some with wistful expressions in their eyes, as if remembering skating in their youth. The Zamboni is styled to look like a train engine. The only drawback is that it’s not cheap. Seven bucks to skate and six dollars for a rental means this is not going to be a regular activity for me, which also means I’m not going to get very good, but for once in awhile, it was a fun way to spend an afternoon.

2 Comments so far

  1. Foster (unregistered) on November 23rd, 2004 @ 11:04 am

    Next time you wanna skate, let me and Jules know. We’ve never been to the Depot. Last time we skated was at the St. Paul Winter Carnivel rink, which was awful. Commercials BLARING at you from all sides, yard apes constantly waddling in your path, high school cuties making you feel ugly. You know what? I changed my mind. I don’t wanna skate anymore. I’ll be on the couch eating sherbet and watching The Daily Show.

  2. Nate (unregistered) on November 23rd, 2004 @ 5:38 pm

    :( I WANNA GO SKATING!! I have to get to the Depot this year. I always mean to go and then never get around to it. We should plan a a party!!!

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