Friday, March 17, 2006

We're gonna' rock down to E-lec-tric A-ve-nue!

Last night I found myself floating back to the days of Shooting the Duck and a sore bum. The families at our church had a Spring Break fun-night-thingy at our local roller rink! HEAVEN!

This wasn't one of those souped up rinks with new lights and a fancy game room. No, sir. I was sitting in the middle of the parents listening to their stories of high school, as they spent their Saturdays right there on that very floor - crying over their first love in those very booths - skating to those very songs (when they started to spray the fog machine as "Thriller" began pounding over the speakers, I really thought I might just cry with glee). The paint was still chipping off the metal bars which my son was clinging to for two hours straight. It had that smell - that 1979 skating rink smell - not disgusting, necessarily, but reminiscent.

My kids were laughing at me (and my daughter finally started skating WELL when I was out there skate-dancing and singing at the top of my lungs - she got as far away from me as she could!).

The best part? "That guy" was there. You know who I'm talking about. He's middle-aged, but still has his mullet in a pony tail, tattoos on his arms and back, tank top, blue jeans and his own personal skates with lime green wheels. He's a really good skater ... mainly because he comes every single week, and looks exactly the same way he did 20 years ago when he graduated high school. I had a BLAST watching "that guy." He made my whole night.


Anonymous said...

Oh how fun! I miss that stuff. I found out that the rink where I spent my teen years closed and no one could understand why I was so upset! Your post flooded me with memories and brought a smile to my face!

Perplexio said...

That sounds a lot like the roller rink in my hometown. I believe it's still open too, but I haven't been back there in AGES.

I'm too young to actually remember this, but I remember hearing tales of a scary phenomenon known as "roller disco" which has, thank God, apparently disappeared.

Becky said...

Oh how fun!! This entry had me giggling. For us, it was ice skating. Massachusetts...ya know. Land of snow and ice. But same idea.

TulipGirl said...

That song! That was the first song I saw on MTV. Not that we had MTV, but a relative I was visiting in the summer of. . . what. . . '84? . . . did. And had it on all the time. I get pretty nostalgic when I hear it. Which I do a lot. Huge '80s fans here. . . The good, the bad, and the parachute pants.

Anonymous said...

TG: I think parachute pants fall in the "bad" catagory. LOL.