Wednesday, September 5, 2012

And Ice Skating Started Yesterday

      I never miss posting about ice skating. I have posted many times and also referred to ice skating in other blogs.
Off to the rink for another year.

      So yesterday our season started and will go to the last Tuesday in April. We skate for an hour and then off for coffee. Both the skating and coffee are fun social times. I know that I am with very supportive people who care very much about each other. People who have stopped skating are still remembered and supported. We have a Christmas reception where all former skaters are invited back for coffee and goodies.

    This year our skating group has a major first. One of our skaters turned ninety this summer so yesterday's skate was the first time Howard had skated at age ninety. Howard is still a strong steady skater and when he turns on the jets I can't keep up to him. Howard also likes to couple skate as he likes to skate with the music. Howard has had a passion for skating all his life and is the major promoter of senior skating in our town. So here's to Howard and many more years of smooth skating.
Cruising down the ice.

      I have gotten to know many of the skaters extremely well. We share experiences from family, career, good time and bad times. We find we have much in common.

     And of course, when you know people so well there is always a good amount of joshing back and forth and some of it can be pretty tricky.

    So I enjoy the exercise from skating and the association with really neat people. Both of these help to keep a senior in good physical and mental health.I wish you could come and join me for a skate.

28 comments:

  1. wow, red, this is awesome! good for all of you! i can imagine it is great exercise!

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  2. wow!! 90?! your group sounds amazing..good for all of you!
    my husbands mom still plays tennis with her same aged friends..all over 75..

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    1. Yes tennis is a tough one because of the agility needed . Good for her.

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  3. Lots of fun, I have put on many miles on the ice.

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    1. I'll bet that was on a lake or stream. Outside ice is different. Artificial ice is easier to skate on.

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  4. I wish I could skate with to too. I wish I could skate period.

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    1. But you probably do other things that can't be done here.

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  5. Oh how I wish I could join you. Skating was definitely my favourite physical activity when growing up in MA. (And in the warm months, it was rollerskating.) I met my first boyfriend at the local ice skating rink(g?) and was hopelessly (and secretly) in love all that winter. I think I miss skating more than anything else about life in the USA. We have an indoor rink about 1.5 hours away. I plan to take my grand-daughter there as soon as her folks let me. (What age can kids start to skate?) Of course, we will have difficulty finding skates here, especially double runners for her. The rink's skates are always terrible. I shall have to order some from the USA. Do they still make little kids' double runners that you can put on over their shoes?

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    1. I haven't seen the double blade skates for about 60 years. Skates are very different today. They have a completely different boot so you have good support.
      Sometimes before I go on the ice there is a preschool skating class. they have kids aged 3 to 5. The kids take to skating very easily.

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  6. What an amazing thing - wonderful to have that group of people for the activity and socializing! I only went ice skating once, but I loved it! Of course, I was a kid then...now I would be afraid of broken bones...

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    1. Yes this age is not the right one to start skating.

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  7. Howard is amazing!!! I am a lousy skater, but it's lots of fun. What a great way to keep fit and have a good time.

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    1. For being 90 Howard is very vigorous.

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  8. What a wonderful activity. Howard is mighty impressive. I hope I have half his energy at any given time in my life.

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    1. Yes, if you had half his energy you would still be pretty feisty.

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  9. Seems a bit early in the season, but I guess it is September...

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    1. Well, this is artificial ice so it doesn't matter.

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  10. Skated on Lake Champlain all the time growing up, haven't had my skates on in years. Looks like fun, not sure a torn ACL would let me do it without landing on my keester!

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  11. Here's to Howard and here's to you Red : may you both have many years of skating in front of you.

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  12. Way to go Howard and you too Red. Sounds like a ton of fun to all come together and share with one another. I hope you have a fantastic skating season Red, skate a lap for me k?

    Cheers!

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  13. Sounds like so much fun! It is very special to have a group of friends to share a commom interest. I'm impressed at Howard still skating at ninety!
    Would you believe that I have never ice skated in my sixty yeras?

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  14. How wonderful!
    I saw your comment to Linda about not the age to start. I so wish I had kept roller skating so I could do it with my granddaughters but that's not to be.
    It's lovely that you have this outlet for excercise and friendship.
    Here's to a wonderful year for all of you!

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  15. You are very active....what a fine example you set for lots and lots of people.


    Linda
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    http://deltacountyhistoricalsociety.wordpress.com

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  16. Hey, I wish I could join you for a skate Red. Our winter ice is not in the arena yet, as we have fall fair on Sept 22 and usually the ice goes in first week in October, so I have to wait a bit yet. It seems to me that you love skating as much as I do and I also have some wonderful friends that enjoy skating and we do a similar coffee thing after skating. Great fun isn't it. Haven't been online too much as "Mac" went back to shop with system problems - all under warranty, but its been gone for 2 weeks now and hard to do without computer. Am at library right now. Take care and hope to be back soon.

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  17. Good for you Red! I hope you have a wonderful skating season..and Yeah! for the older gentleman! :)

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  18. It's that time of year, isn't it?! We woke to 8 C. this morning.
    One of our Meals on Wheels drivers, age 90, learned to ride horses 2 years ago. I guess it is never too late!!!
    Cheers from Cottage Country!

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  19. Have fun skating Red. After reading your post, I want to have a coffee. I have never learned to skate living in my country. Hope I will give it a try in the near future :)

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