Did You Roller Skate?

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    Aug 20, 2014 2:45 AM GMT
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    NYT: New York City might have been the cultural epicenter for roller skating in the 1970s.

    http://www.nytimes.com/interactive/2014/sports/replay.html?ref=sports
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    Aug 20, 2014 11:14 AM GMT
    My first high school job was fixing skates at a local roller rink.
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    Aug 20, 2014 2:00 PM GMT
    gurl I DO roller skate. No past tense there! (check the profile pic, hah)
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    Aug 20, 2014 2:27 PM GMT
    I did for a short time, the old classic clip-on skates in the 1950s. Never liked them much, didn't work terribly well. I bought my sons inline boots when they were school age. They never really cared for them, either.

    Now my mother was a great skater, at the wooden rinks that used to be popular. She had lovely lace-up high boots, white leather of course, in fitted cases. But then she was very athletic for her generation: women's basketball team in the 1930s, track team, swimming lifeguard, champion skater (roller & ice both), later wore a uniform during WWII.

    In fact, my first speed ice skates were hers, that I used until I outgrew them. I never wore her figure skates because they were white. She was quite the athlete, in an age when most women did none of those things.

    Which I suppose is why today I admire tough, strong women, someone who's my equal and can stand toe-to-toe with me, and why I dismiss little kept kittens and air-heads. But I am getting rather far afield from roller skating, aren't I? icon_redface.gif
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    Aug 20, 2014 3:00 PM GMT
    Life2Short saidgurl I DO roller skate. No past tense there! (check the profile pic, hah)

    Put on an ABBA outfit and you're complete!
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    Aug 20, 2014 4:21 PM GMT
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    Life2Short saidgurl I DO roller skate. No past tense there! (check the profile pic, hah)

    Put on an ABBA outfit and you're complete!


    i have hilariously-coordinated workout clothes, like the hazard orange shirt, blue shorts and striped orange/blue socks that match
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    Aug 20, 2014 4:38 PM GMT
    I rollerblade icon_cool.gif
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    Aug 20, 2014 6:33 PM GMT
    Me too - LOVE to blade . . . STILL! (And so does my fiance but his blades were old and needed digging out!) icon_biggrin.gif
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    Aug 20, 2014 10:45 PM GMT
    I've only rollerbladed about 3 times in my life back when I lived in California. There was a local roller rink that was in our town and we'd occasinally go there. I wasn't a pro and I always fell lol But it was fun and I wanted to get better at it. Unfortunately, the place got torn down and where I live right now, there are no roller rinks near by.

    But yeah, if there was, I would still try. I'd love to be able to roller-skate street style lol
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    Aug 21, 2014 1:43 AM GMT
    I saw people rollerblading all the time in Buenos Aires and it made me feel like I was in another decade.
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    Aug 21, 2014 1:59 AM GMT
    We had a 50' long 12' wide concrete porch when I was a kid. I skated back and forth with clip-on skates and a skate key (which I think are still in an old toy chest in the garage!) Now, I just rollerblade on the neighborhood streets. Me 'n' m' 80# dog used to go rollerblading daily until she went to the Happy Hunting Ground.
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    Aug 21, 2014 2:03 AM GMT
    Sulla saidWe had a 50' long 12' wide concrete porch when I was a kid. I skated back and forth with clip-on skates and a skate key (which I think are still in an old toy chest in the garage!) Now, I just rollerblade on the neighborhood streets. Me 'n' m' 80# dog used to go rollerblading daily until she went to the Happy Hunting Ground.


    believe it or not that skate key, if you have it, is worth a fair bit of coin. They're considered VERY collectible.
  • bladeaddict

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    Aug 21, 2014 4:42 AM GMT
    Addicted to rollerblading. Hence, my user name here ... makes me feel great, and keeps my butt hard as granite :^]
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    Aug 21, 2014 7:29 AM GMT
    Oh my goodness, what an awesome question to bring back memories. Yes I did roller skate at a roller rink when I was a kid and it was some of the most awesome fun memories I have from childhood., lol
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    Aug 21, 2014 12:08 PM GMT
    bladeaddict saidAddicted to rollerblading. Hence, my user name here ... makes me feel great, and keeps my butt hard as granite :^]

    I'm sure I speak for many here - show us that hard as granite butt! icon_twisted.gif
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    Aug 21, 2014 12:59 PM GMT
    This song is for shufflers. Shufflers only in the all skate direction.

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    Aug 21, 2014 2:27 PM GMT
    I never learned to blade but did roller skate when I was young. It was the one of only two activities in the area (roller skating and bowling). Being ancient though, it was in a rink with a wooden floor and an old lady playing the organ! Yep, no flashing lights, no disco/rap music and you always hoped someone would ask you to skate for the couples skate. Unfortunately for some of us, that never happened!
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    Aug 21, 2014 4:21 PM GMT
    yes, most memorable, summer 1980, I could not skate backwards though, YMCA today, as then icon_razz.gif



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    Aug 21, 2014 8:29 PM GMT
    scruffLA saidyes, most memorable, summer 1980, I could not skate backwards though, YMCA today, as then icon_razz.gif






    skating backwards wasn't a problem so much as transitioning BACK to skating forwards. I still haven't gotten that worked out but more for lack of safe places to practice
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    Aug 21, 2014 9:36 PM GMT
    eb925guy saidI never learned to blade but did roller skate when I was young. It was the one of only two activities in the area (roller skating and bowling). Being ancient though, it was in a rink with a wooden floor and an old lady playing the organ! Yep, no flashing lights, no disco/rap music and you always hoped someone would ask you to skate for the couples skate. Unfortunately for some of us, that never happened!

    You let an old lady play with your organ? icon_lol.gif
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    Aug 21, 2014 10:45 PM GMT
    Nope. maybe a bit before my time tough/
    That and all the gay jokes that came with the blades or wheels, as if the bigger kids didn't pick on me enough
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    Aug 22, 2014 12:06 AM GMT
    Aleco_Graves saidNope. maybe a bit before my time tough/
    That and all the gay jokes that came with the blades or wheels, as if the bigger kids didn't pick on me enough


    I learned early on that I was never going to fit into the white male, heteronormative, antebellum bullsh!t New Orleans is obsessed with so I just stopped giving a damn when I was in high school. Its slow going though if you're used to trying not to "rock the boat" so to say. I'd rather be happy with who I am and stand out than be miserable but fit in.
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    Aug 22, 2014 2:44 AM GMT
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    Aleco_Graves saidNope. maybe a bit before my time tough/
    That and all the gay jokes that came with the blades or wheels, as if the bigger kids didn't pick on me enough


    I learned early on that I was never going to fit into the white male, heteronormative, antebellum bullsh!t New Orleans is obsessed with so I just stopped giving a damn when I was in high school. Its slow going though if you're used to trying not to "rock the boat" so to say. I'd rather be happy with who I am and stand out than be miserable but fit in.



    I dont think you understood me correctly

    I never conform to fit in, and i embrace who I am now , because I am physically strong enough to defend myself.

    I didn't mean conforming so you wont get teased.

    I meant being the scrawny kid and not wanting to draw bad, unwanted attention to yourself, so that you won't be called a fag by the rugby team as they beat you to a pulp and break your arm again...

    The kids here aren't always as prissy and reformed as in other countries. They will do whatever to get to as close to killing you as they possibly can. Trust me
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    Aug 22, 2014 5:56 AM GMT
    Oh dear lord! give the man a break. he asked a harmless simple question about skating. we're talking about roller skating people, not mid east politics, ha ha ha. Now it's official for me, I'm an old man in this world now that I don't understand why there would be any criticism of a guy because of whatever happened regarding his roller skating! (blading or whatever the hell you call it now, ha ha) could cause this poor guy to get any grief whatsoever from anyone. I'm confused. This guy's question should only bring back good memories for everybody unless there really is something significant that has changed at the skating rink since I used to go there as a kid? I really want to know if there has been a big change that has happened at the skating rink, actually.
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    Aug 22, 2014 8:19 AM GMT
    Aleco_Graves saidNope. maybe a bit before my time tough/
    That and all the gay jokes that came with the blades or wheels, as if the bigger kids didn't pick on me enough


    Since when is roller skating a thing only gay guys do??