Monthly Archives: December 2011

Could be Worse

You know how I have mentioned skating the ROF? That’s the Right skate on the Outside edge, going Forward.   It’s an absurdly simple thing to master. I had it, until I had my bearings cleaned and my skates became … Continue reading

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What I Got Today

There is more than one coach at my rink.  One of them is an older gent who has white hair and the sweetest smile ever.  Just a lovely man.  On the rink, though, his avuncular air evaporates and he is … Continue reading

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Learning Something Way Cool Is Way Cool

I love backwards cross-cutting.  It’s the move when you skate backwards and are on one skate, while pulling the other skate across, so it doesn’t really even look like skating.  It doesn’t even seem like it should work. It’s magical. … Continue reading

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Not exactly good, but…

Here are the fabulous Marx Brothers roller skating!  Now, it doesn’t start until halfway through this clip, it’s not a from a good Marx Bros  movie, it has super cheesy effects and it’s not great skating, but, still, Harpo + … Continue reading

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Stop Thinking

I have learned the steps to the first two dances well enough so that Big D no longer has to  say them along with me as I do them.  “Step, progressive, glide and cross”  and all the other combinations are … Continue reading

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Backwards on One Foot

Backwards skating used to be my worst thing.  Well, at least my most ungainly thing.  I would get stiff-kneed and slooooooowly lurch backwards with my arms held out like Frankenstein’s and a terrified expression on my face.  It was humorous, … Continue reading

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Flying

When I got to the rink yesterday  , there were the normal  small amount of skaters practicing, getting lessons, and goofing around. By the time I changed and got my skates laced up, the rink was empty.  This almost never … Continue reading

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