I used to be quite the skater in my day. I would pull on those beauties and skate around my neighborhood, The Shamrock (our local rink back in Cali), and as I got older, The Strand. For those of you who are unfamiliar with Southern California, The Strand is miles and miles of sidewalk that runs along the beaches. It is also the perfect place for people-watching, which is a super fun activity. And so, I could skate myself ragged, checking out all the interesting characters that shared The Strand with me - bikers, skater boys, runners, dog-walkers, and fellow skaters. I can't remember what happened to my prized skates, except that they must have been left behind in my quick move to Utah. I probably assumed people didn't skate up mountains and they wouldn't be needed. Pity.
A few months ago, while I was still pregnant, I had a strong desire to rollerskate. No, not roller blade, roller skate. Rollerblades and my ankles do not get along. Anyway, I dismissed the thought because I did not want to harm my growing bambino, but the idea has continued to grow. So I started to do research - where could I buy skates? Other than the local skating rink there were only skates for kids available. And I was NOT going to pay $300 for a pair of professional rollerskates, as I am not a professional (yet). Apparently the market for 'quad-skates' (as I discovered they are called) is all in kids age 6 and under.
Aren't the 80's back, though? I mean, all the other things I loved as a kid are cool again - Care Bears, My Little Pony, Rainbow Brite, I even saw some Garbage Pail Kids cards the other day. 80's music is all over the radio, girls are even wearing those Madonna-type clothing styles and leg warmers again. And so I ask...where are the rollerskates?!
Online, of course.
I looked on the internet and found an amazing array of skates available, although I did not want to purchase them without trying them on or seeing the real thing. I mean - ROLLERSKATES! This is a serious purchase. I decided to forget about it. And then the longing grew... so I caved.
The skates pictured above are on their way.
So if you see a 30-something lady skating down the river trail (or around my neighborhood, for that matter) like a crazy lunatic with a smile on her face, it's probably me.
Just smile and wave.