Sunday, April 24, 2016

Hello, It's Me

I bet you're wondering where the heck I've been... Or maybe not. I'm going to tell you anyway. Work has been kicking my buttocks, however, I have been trying to skate at least twice a week, not including Sundays when I ice monitor because I almost never get to skate anyway. I've been heading to City Ice, World Ice and Bethpage. All of which I can drive to without getting lost! That's a big thing for me because in the eight months I've had my job, I have not really ventured into the neighborhood because there is absolutely nothing but car dealerships around there. Back to skating... I've been "skating" with a some general numbness in my feet after 20 minutes. It usually causes me to sit down, take my skates off and shake and massage my feet until the circulation returns. Recently, I discovered that if I just shake my feet really hard while still in my skates, I can usually finish the session. Thus far, it has worked wonders. I know I mentioned my recent victory regarding being able to jump in my new skates. Well, I can do you one better: I can spin now too!! (Hold your applause until the end). Yesterday at City Ice, I not only did a few scratch spins, but some camel spins as well. They were still pretty ugly, but I'll take them. I haven't figured out why my jumps and spins are so awkward, but I'm working on it. I've also signed up for an adult intensive program on Tuesday nights. I've attended on (that session is over now) and enjoyed it. My basic skills are lacking in some of the most interesting areas: I can only do mohawks well in one direction, my right inside 3 turn shows up intermittently, my backspin is 1 1/2 revolutions after several attempts, I never learned a bunny hop. That will start next week. There's another program on Saturday mornings that begins in late June that I am also looking forward to. On another note; thanks to a run-in with the skating school director and the annoying parents who like to tell me how to monitor but will NEVER do it themselves, I have left the chore monitoring the Sunday sessions. There is only two sessions remaining and I may have to return next season if I can obtain two lessons per month with a jump specialist, but my blood pressure was going through the roof due to these annoying people. My job gives me too much stress and aggravation have to deal with these petty annoyances during my weekend. I will apologize to my co-monitor again, but she's pretty fed up too. Just a note: If you're not part of the solution; you're part of the problem. You disagree with how a skating club is run? Stop mouthing off at the volunteer monitors and write to the club president. Ask if you can attend a board meeting. Speak to someone who can act on your suggestions (unless they are petty, which all the ones I hear ARE petty) and stop complaining to people who can't change anything. It will feel so nice to sleep in on Sundays. "Hello, it's me I've thought about us for a long, long time Maybe I think too much but something's wrong There's something here that doesn't last too long Maybe I shouldn't think of you as mine..." "Hello, It's Me" - Music & lyrics by Todd Rundgren