I can’t remember the last time I was on ice skates, but Shannon has been talking about it for the last couple of years. Â Luckily, I’ve been able to avoid the topic until she found an accomplice in Lori and last night the Gargyles found themselves at the public rink in downtown Syracuse. Â It was my intention to stay off the ice and take pictures, but that didn’t work out so well. Â Low light, high speed photographs require a step up from what my equipment is capable of. Â Of the thirty or so pictures, I managed to get only two worth saving, one of which I decided not to post here in fear of the wrath of my wife 🙂
Realization number one — watching inexperienced ice skaters is so boring that it makes golf look exciting. Â Lori and Shannon took to the ice first. Â Lori started out alright, but Shannon never let go of the rail. Â In fact, it took her so long to get around the rink, we ran out of jokes. Â I decided that I couldn’t do any worse myself and decided to lace up. Â To my surprise, I looked up and there was Steve and Nancy renting skates.
Realization number two — ice skating looks a lot easier from the sidelines then it is when you’re on the ice. Â I went down a couple of times, but it started to come back to me. Â However, I was breathing pretty heavy after a few laps. Â Steve and Nancy looked like pros out there — neither of them fell once. Â Steve was so graceful in first lap that he decided to end on a high note. Â Nancy did a few more laps but was having cleaning flashbacks — she dusted every inch of the rails all the way around the rink.
Realization number three — the green barrels in the center of the rink are not intended to assist you in stopping. Â Starting wasn’t as big a problem as stopping was. Â Can you say “toe pick”. Â I did. Â I thought I could use them to stop my fall. Â Apparently not. Â The barrels and I both went down. Â After peeling myself out of the pile, Bob had to go back out and set them up.
Realization number four — the next morning is much more painful than the night before. Â Lori and I both went down hard a couple of times. Â Now I type this with one hand because my other arm is bruised and both legs are cut up. Â A lot of laughs though — it was worth it.
Our next stop was drinks at the Clinton Street Pub. Â Much thanks to Nancy’s daughter Katie for taking care of us. Â It felt great getting to shoot a few racks again.
Realization number five — Only old people are at the bars at 8:00pm. Â You could say that we opened the bar. Â Of course, we thought we were hilarious. Â I’m not sure that the people behind the bar were as impressed. Â The place started to fill in around 10:00pm. Â I guess we’ve passed the “needing to be proofed” age.
Realization number six — I have the most beautiful wife. Â When she actually relaxes and lets her guard down she’s radiant. Â I was the luckiest guy in the bar.
As the bar started to fill in, there were a few “larger” people in the bar. Â Steven and I went out to have a smoke and he leans in and says to me, “damn I’m looking pretty good compared to all of these fat people.” Â I laughed my ass off.
Realization number seven — Chicken wing pizza goes awesome with Guinness! Â I was starving and that spicy chicken wing pizza hit the spot.
We had a great time. Â As usual, a lot of laughs. Â Especially watching Lori and Steven dancing. Â A great group of friends.