I don’t know where the nickname Juice came from, nor did I invent it for her. But I was introduced to her in college with that name and it’s still stuck in my head. She and I ran around in the same group our last year at KSU and she was also living with a group of R’s friends. The first night I met her, I stayed up all night dancing watching people from the wallflower section of the dancefloor. The next morning I woke up next to people I only vaguely knew and she immediately made plans with me to eat breakfast where R was waiting tables.
Just like that. She’s just a tad friendly.
But little did I know how creative she was until we slowly became better friends.
She’s quirky and in my world, quirky = cool.
You know, people who aren’t concerned with what others think of them. I’m still trying to get there, but I have come long strides since my early 20s. This blog has helped.
So, she and her husband T (who both also did the Adventure Race with us back in November – click link here), both turned 30 recently and wanted to celebrate. They invited their friends and paid their way for a night of 80s Roller Rink Fun-o-rama.
And we made it just in time for the Limbo. whew!
Each of us took our turns getting reaccustomed to roller skating. I don’t think any of us had skated within the past 10 years, so the whole “balance” thing was a foreign idea.
Well, except for Juice.
She’s been practicing to join the local Roller Derby Team.
Anyway, some of us pushed off the wall and hoped to slow down at the Limbo line.
While others had to be helped by an outstretched hand. Eventually we all made it. It took an hour.
Now, this first experience on wheels really tested you. The length from the line to the actual limbo pole is, oh, about 20 miles. No, seriously.
I wanted to cry, it was so scary.
It was like your first jump off the high-dive. Once you started, there was no turning back.
So instead of actually skating, I did one little push and then bent over. I don’t think my head even cleared it.
The failure was promptly blamed on my high ponytail.
Then it was R’s turn.
He started off with feet parallel to each other and then somehow one foot started to split off and he couldn’t pull them back together. So the only option was to go with it.
Hopefully he can still sire children after that. It was painful to watch.
After our first run on the rink we were already sore.
R and N stretched it out for a bit….
While I chomped on Pop Rocks, provided by the hostess, and watched the show on the rink.
Every two seconds you heard someone scream and then bones breaking.
Like these three. I hope the horizontal guy is okay.
R stayed near anyone with a helmet thinking he could just fall on them and avoid the cement. Good thing this guy had one too. Man, he wiped out hard several times, causing the ‘referee’ (what are those guys called – bouncer? chaperone?) to blow his whistle and check on him.
It was awesome.
Others just breezed on by without a care in the world. Juice called ahead to ask if she could wear those fast special skates. They said yes.
What a show off.
We were jealous of her skills.
But I bet you’re jealous of my mad braking skills. That’s right ya’all. I could eat your brake for brakefest.
…and with that pun I bid you good night.
Later on, we skated the birthday girl into the bathroom (appropriately decked out in daisies) for a birthday toast. There’s something so liberating about having skates on while going pee. I’m not going to delve into that thought process, but I felt liberated.
We hung out for awhile until we were busted by the rink patrol. They were cool, thank goodness, and tsk-tsked us back to the rest of the group.
It was no use explaining to them that the bathroom break was necessary to..
Yikes. This should’ve been a recipe for disaster, but we both held on strong and whirled around. That was the thing I was most looking forward doing…. Spinning in the middle of the floor.
This had to be on of the most fun parties I’ve been to. We even broke out our Thriller dance when the song came on.
On SKATES, people.
And now I also want to take up skating as exercise… Forget running, people, skating will kill your thighs.
But it won’t kill your fond childhood memories. It only enhances them.
We used to do the Hokey Pokey, the coin toss, races and a bunch of other things. But I bet you all have some memories of your own.
Share if you’d like, I’m all ears.