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JUNE 25, 2013 • 02:25 PM

A SUDDEN GUST OF GRAVITY

Ok, so the plan was to get to the rink early to have all the time I needed to get my skates tied on my own and then get out there and warm up and just skate around for a while. But life intervened, and reality was me rushing out the door 25 minutes before class started and barreling over to Culver City Ice Rink via the 10 and the 405 with “Scarlet Begonias” from the Grateful Dead’s June 7, 1977 Winterland show amping me up. I arrived with exactly enough time to get my skates on, get them both tied tightly on the first try (Yesssss! People, this is a big deal. I thought this was going to take longer to relearn), and take exactly one lap around the rink to warm up before Coach Brian skated over to take attendance.

I now knew not to show up wearing full hockey gear, but after Coach Brian saw people falling all over the place last week he told us at the end of class that “You guys may want to invest in helmets,” and then had to add “I’m serious!” when about half the class laughed. So along with one hockey glove and a new pair of knee pads, I went out there with my helmet on, but since it also has a full face shield attached I was still the winner of the “guy wearing the most equipment” award. But this time I didn’t worry for one second, because I want a head injury about as much as the city of Philadelphia wants 87 gigantic “Sidney Crosby = Most Awesome Player Ever!” billboards put up throughout their city. And when one of my classmates said something to me about the helmet, I just said, “You know what? I’m wearing this thing so I can skate without fear,” and he let that sink in for a second and then gave a nod of approval. All good.

And sure enough, the gear came in handy. We were doing a drill that involved tight turns around cones with a crossover, and at one point I just ate it because I was indeed skating without fear, which in this case meant “trying to make the turn too quickly.” My left skate went out from under me and a sudden gust of gravity brought me straight down to earth: right knee pad first, right glove second, left shoulder third. I heard the Chorus Of Whoas from my classmates and I laughed and got right back up and smiled because it felt so good to be back out here doing this again. At one point during the class the song “Always Something There To Remind Me” by Naked Eyes got played over the arena PA system and it for a few seconds it didn’t just feel like I was back in 8th grade - it sounded like it too.

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