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Subject:That was smart
Time:11:53 pm
My company has offsite events once a quarter, for all of the usual teambuilding/camaraderie/fun-plaace-to-work reasons. Usually they're pretty fun. Today we rented out the bowling alley at Yerba Buena and spent the afternoon bowling.

Well, they did. I put myself on the disabled list, since my wrists and arms just aren't up for flinging around ten-pound plastic balls. I hung out and drank beer and socialized, until a coworker and I decided to sneak out and go ice skating.

I can't honestly remember the last time I was on skates. I'm almost certain it was when I still lived in Portland, and pretty certain it was while I was still married. My best guess is that it was christmas day sometime between 1988 and 1991. At that distance the details sort of become irrelevant-- it's been a bloody long time.

Some things never change-- crappy rental skates, coin-operated lockers, bad music on a bad sound system, ice that's been chewed up by way too many blades. I wasn't the least bit surprised to learn that I could still walk across the cushy rubber floor in skates. Making my way onto the ice was scary, though-- after all these years, I've gone back to being one of those people who hugs the wall. That's pretty embarrassing for someone who used to be able to confidently skate backwards, spin, and even land the occasional jump. After a lap or two I felt it starting to come back, and I could move away from the wall without killing myself. I only landed on my butt once, which is far better than I expected. The rink was lousy with kids, since today was apparently a school holiday. I dodged them adequately, and didn't even run over the ones who kept cutting in front of me. They deserved it, though, the careless little shits.

I'm pretty sure I'm gong to be sore tomorrow, though. And I'll be spending the whole weekend in a rope bondage class. Good timing on my part.
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mangosteen
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Time:2008-03-22 11:39 am (UTC)
That all sounds remarkably like a couple of weeks ago, when I got onto rollerskates for the first time in 20 years. My body spent the first 20 minutes trying to recalculate my center of gravity (which has, well, shifted around a bit), and the process of rapid rebalancing was probably fascinating to watch... from the outside.
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walterzuey
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Time:2008-03-22 04:28 pm (UTC)
"my wrists and arms just aren't up for flinging around ten-pound plastic balls." ... whereas flogging real ones is safe..

I went on a couple group skating trips in grade school. I could never even get off the wall. Then about two years ago, my daughter asked me to take her skating, so I re-attempted after 30 years. I didn't fall once and was all over the place. I didn't really learn how to break so kids cut me off at their own risk, but it was the exact opposite of my experience as a youth. I think it was all confidence -- same reason it's easier to hook up at 40 then at 20.

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whipartist
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Time:2008-03-23 04:07 pm (UTC)
No flogging real ones... my hands are really fucked up.
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evwhore
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Time:2008-03-24 07:48 am (UTC)
I didn't really learn how to [brake]

The basic method is to point your toes inward like a snowplow. Just like snowplow-stopping in skiing, if you do that.

Another easy-to-pickup method is to drag one skate perpendicularly behind you.


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walterzuey
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Time:2008-03-24 02:02 pm (UTC)
Snow..wha? English only, please.
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greeklady
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Time:2008-03-22 04:59 pm (UTC)
Oh! Whose rope bondage class are you going to? I have done the Knotty Boys workshops. I really want to go to their suspension one but I haven't found the time yet.
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whipartist
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Time:2008-03-23 07:38 am (UTC)
It's Max's two-day bondage intensive at Edges.
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greeklady
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Time:2008-03-23 04:09 pm (UTC)
Oh really? Please write a review if you have time. I am always looking for different styles to learn.
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