Tuesday, December 18, 2018

351/365/Happy Free-for-All

I went to the ice rink for the first time this season. I almost didn’t go because public skate is from 1:00 to 3:00 now, and maybe a school group would be there and if it would be crowded, and it was cold and miserable outside and I wasn’t sure that I was up to exercising in the cold, and it was almost 2:00 already so I might not get my 45 minutes in by the time I got on the ice, but the rink’s been open almost two months already and will close in another two, so I figured I’d drive by and check out the scene. There weren’t many cars in the parking lot. No buses. I went in, and there was one other guy on the ice. And the guy who seemed to be in charge of the rink was really cute. So I paid admission, put on long undies, laced up my skates, and practically had the rink to myself for 40 minutes (alone for the last 15). Given that all I can do on skates is skate forward, it almost seems wrong that someone like me should occasionally have a private rink, but I have to admit: It’s fun.


  1. Love thinking of you skating around and around.

  2. Outdoor rink? We have one here in town (which has suffered from climate change alongside everything that matters). I try to take my kids each year depending on the weather. It feels so much more...authentic...than the indoor hockey places we have.

  3. This made me smile. I think you should have feigned a fall/injury at some point to manufacture a closer encounter with the really cute guy who seemed to be in charge of the rink though.