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JUNE 18, 2013 • 03:30 PM

FIRST STEPS


Remember that scene in Legally Blonde when Elle Woods shows up to the highfalutin’ garden party dressed in a Halloween costume? That’s what I felt like last night after turning up for hockey skating class in full gear only to be told that tonight was just a skating class and that all I had really needed were my skates. I found this out about two minutes before class started so it was too late to get rid of anything besides the helmet. Oh well. On the bright side, it did mean I got a full run-through of putting the pads on and getting used to wearing them, and it’s also apparent that relearning to tie my skates properly is going to take time and practice. I got a little more exercise than I had expected as it took the better part of 15 minutes for me to get it right, but Ulf Oesterle’s suggestion to switch over to waxed laces definitely helped.

But fuhgeddaboudit. Everything is great, because it was the first time out on a skating rink with hockey gear on since the 1980s, and you know what? After I stopped feeling awkward about being the one guy out of about 12 who wasn’t just in skates, I just relaxed and enjoyed it. The class was led by the extremely patient Coach Brian, who guided us through 45 minutes of the simplest, most basic skating drills that there are. We just did really fundamental things like long strides, skating around cones, turns and the like. It was actually basic enough that I was able to do everything competently, more or less, which was actually a little bit of a relief. By the end of the class we were getting into crossovers, which will take practice to relearn, and I was even getting to the point where I could do a sort of half speed hockey stop as I would finish off my turn doing a drill


So after class ended I felt good because I did alright and had a good time and was already looking forward to the next class, but then something else happened. During the drive home I started flashing back to all those drives to and from the various rinks where my youth team played: our home rink at Monroeville Mall as well as rinks in Greensburg. Mt. Lebanon, Beaver Falls, North Hills, Johnstown and various others. And in all those cases, I was the passenger and the driver was my Dad, who worked insane hours as an architect and urban planner but always found the time to get up in the middle of the night and make sure I was at my 5:00 a.m. away games on time. Those drives generated a lot of father-son time, complete with a soundtrack of 102.5 WDVE or whatever cassette I might have bought that month. So yeah, this is all starting to come back now. Happy Father’s Day, Dad. And thank you!

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