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Old December 26th, 2006, 05:23 PM   #81
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It was near some lake.
I'm NOT laughing at you, but you gave me a good internal chuckle OI. Where I live, in the land of 10,000 lakes, a comment like that would be equivalent to "it was near some road". A normal training run in high school for us could go by any of 7 lakes. On a super hot day we'd run to the first lake, jump in and run to the next lake.

I have to keep reminding myself it is a big world out there and it is not all alike!
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Old December 26th, 2006, 06:54 PM   #82
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I'm NOT laughing at you, but you gave me a good internal chuckle OI. Where I live, in the land of 10,000 lakes, a comment like that would be equivalent to "it was near some road". A normal training run in high school for us could go by any of 7 lakes. On a super hot day we'd run to the first lake, jump in and run to the next lake.

I have to keep reminding myself it is a big world out there and it is not all alike!
yeah, and if that wasn't good enough, you guys have some good ice skating out there, i would expect. It's not fair. Events like St. Paul, duluth, and some happening urban centers like Minneapolis/St. Paul.

Not that i live in an area that is all that awful, mind you....

Make the best of what's around you, i guess, right?

Syracuse- it took me about two weeks of researching to find this place to skate, and it was worth it. A guy on RaceReports answered my request for info, and i eventually even bumped into him out there. Very cool.

When i was flying across the country last week, i caught myself looking out the window at all the land below and thinking '...looks dry there, i wish i could go skating there..."

Hey, any of those lakes in Minnesota (sp?) freeze up and are skatable? Now that would be cool!
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Old December 26th, 2006, 08:09 PM   #83
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I'm Mystique, 33, and I'm another "old new skater" in the USA...Ohio, to be somewhat exact.

The 10 biggest thrills of my life (no specific order, more like a time line):

1. I got my first pair of skates...almost as soon as I could walk. The cheesy, "strap 'em to your shoes" ones...and not even plastic, all metal, including the wheels! I loved to skate, but the noise was annoying.

2. Getting my first pair of "real" skates when I was 7.

3. When they paved the road in front of my house when I was 10. Our roads were laid out really....oddly. We had two "islands" (small triangular-shaped masses of grass, with curbs) - one in front of my house, the other a bit further down the street, and they paved around both...making a great big figure 8. My best friend and I grabbed our skates as soon as they took the barriers down (signaling it was dry) and skated until it was dark.

4 - 9 aren't skating related but still...

4. Getting married (1995).

5. Birth of our son (1996).

6. Birth of daughter #1 (1998).

7. Birth of daughter #2 (2001).

8. Birth of daughter #3 (2003).

9. Birth of daughter #4 (2004).

10. Being able to get all the kids skates for Christmas this year!! As well as a new pair for myself. Hubby's is coming, he's still deciding what kind he wants, though. I think skating is going to be our new weekly "family time" thing.

Thanks to buying our house "as is"...and it being empty for years before we bought it....we had a (note the sarcasm) "lovely" little rodent problem the first month we were here. They got into my skates and destroyed them. I had my skates since 5th grade...I never grew after that, at least...my feet didn't. Guess maybe it was just someone's way of telling me I needed a new pair?

I hadn't skated in ages, but with 3 of the kids in school this year (in 5th, 2nd and K), they're constantly bringing home free admission/free skate rental tickets from one of the local rinks for their school skating parties. My son went with his friends to the November party and wanted skates...the others wanted to go, but due to my husband's work schedule, we couldn't go. We'll have to wait for weekends, but they all wanted skates. The youngest 2 I just got the all plastic clamp-on-to-the-shoes type, to get them their "skate legs", the older 3 got real ones (quads, not inlines). I did get to take our son to one of the school parties when he was in kindergarten, and skated myself then, but before then, I hadn't been on skates in about 12 years...and I haven't been back to the rink since I took our son so many years ago.

Though thanks to hardwood floors (cheap ones) in the house, I have discovered skating is much like riding a bike....once you've done it, it's easy to get back into it.

Hope to get to know you all soon!

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Old December 26th, 2006, 10:41 PM   #84
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Farmergurl, not sure if you're near Syracuse, but they have a real good stretch of trail to inline on if that is at all near you. It was near some lake, I can get the name if you want it. I skated it every day when i visited back east.

And welcome aboard David from NYC.
Yeah..well actually 1 hr. 45 mins...if you rush...We go there for some shopping usually...You used to live around Syracuse? Coolio...anyway...
Yeah ...I would like it if you gave me a name...ttyl!
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Old December 27th, 2006, 01:15 AM   #85
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i went to a college reunion about 50 miles from there, but let me check a map later and i;ll update it later.

It was nice, but it's not worth over an hour drive...
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Old December 27th, 2006, 05:08 AM   #86
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Hey, any of those lakes in Minnesota (sp?) freeze up and are skatable? Now that would be cool!
Yep, pretty much all of the lakes freeze up nicely (except rarely Lake Superior). Good skating varies by year -- these warm spells (rough ice) or too much snow (water gets pushed up onto the surface and the snow turns to slush) kills the skating on lakes sometimes.

When the lakes freeze over nicely without snow...wow that is fun! One Thanksgiving (yes, Thanksgiving) I remember skating all over a 3/4 mile long lake on 4 inches of ice just as smooth and clear as can be.

A few people make ice rinks in their back yards -- we have a natural pond in ours which is the size of a small rink. You get a few strides and then a tight corner. Probably like indoor inline. Lots of crossover practice.
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Old December 27th, 2006, 06:47 PM   #87
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yeah...dad would never go to Syracuse when we have a place only 45 minutes away...But I would like to go there sometime. Does it run through the summer? The one where we go to in Watertown doesn't...so I get alittle rusty without skatin' for alittle awhile. Thanks
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Old December 27th, 2006, 09:14 PM   #88
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yeah...dad would never go to Syracuse when we have a place only 45 minutes away...But I would like to go there sometime. Does it run through the summer? The one where we go to in Watertown doesn't...so I get alittle rusty without skatin' for alittle awhile. Thanks
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It's on Onondoga Lake, and is some state park. It's a public trail so it's open all year long, but probably only skatable 3 seasons.
Have fun!
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Old January 8th, 2007, 03:24 AM   #89
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im chrisss. im 16. i live in rhode islandd. ive played hockey since i was 4 and ive been aggressive skating for about a year.

my ice skates are bauer vapor 10 (the olddddd version from about 2002)

my inline hockey skates are ccm vector..idk the specific model

my aggressive skates are usd carlos pianowski legacies

....thats about it
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Old January 8th, 2007, 06:35 PM   #90
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I am 35 years old, from Panama City. Began skating as a kid but in those days I prefered the bike. Returned to skate at age 32, and now waiting for some Rollerblades to get back in bussiness.
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Old January 8th, 2007, 07:55 PM   #91
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Corey from Melbourne, Australia. 29yo, been skating for 27 of them (I come from a skating family...my parents owned a couple of rinks). Tried almost everything on skates (quad and inline)...tried to take most genres seriously through competition but the only thing I was ever close to being any good at was hockey (both quad/rink/hardball/whatever it's called now and inline).

If anyone is ever in Melbourne and wants to skate, come to the Melbourne city skate...and let me know when you will be there so I can make sure I am there (as I am not on it as regularly as I should be).

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Old January 8th, 2007, 08:24 PM   #92
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Hey everyone,
My name is Thom I am 40+ and recently returned to quads. I live in coastal South Carolina with my wife. My parents are to blame for all this they started me on skis and ice skates at a young age and I kept going as I got older. I have participated in alot of sports involving self powered wheels (quads, inline, BMX, MTB, scooters) or gravity power (skis, surfboards and snowboards) and even managed to involve bikes in my job (I was the first bike cop at my department). I skated every Friday night from Jr. High until college (either ice or roller) and then not so much. I was on inlines and built my own quad skates during High School. I skated outdoors on inlines with my wife for awhile but she hurt her wrist in an unrelated fall and I didn't feel like going alone. I recently got the urge to skate the local skate park and built a new pair of quads (thanx to rollerdave and his forum for the info). So far I have only skated my new quads inside 'cause I broke a finger last month during a belt test in Karate (yes I got the belt but the surgeon who screwed the finger back together doen't want me to destroy his work so no skating lately I built my wife new skates for Christmas and she loves them so I expect that once I am cleared we will be skating at the rink once a week or so. Thanks for reading
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Old January 9th, 2007, 02:59 AM   #93
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Hi everyone! My name is Mike. I skate in our local skating rink every saturday night from 6:30 to 12:00(and any other days when money permits ) I really like rythym skating. (i think thats what its called at least) Me and a few other people there skate in rythym to the music..sort of dancing to it. I have been lookin for a while for a friendly skating forum and finally found one..Im hoping to make lots of friends here!
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Old January 9th, 2007, 10:47 PM   #94
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My name is Thom I am 40+ and recently returned to quads.
Aw, man. I had such high hopes for you! All it took was one word. Quads. (much head shaking) Well, we can always hope....

Just saw your other post about feeling 16 but being 42. Ain't it great?


Sorry about the finger. Cool about the belt. Welcome to the board.

But, remember, the word is 'inline'.

Skate on.
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Old January 10th, 2007, 06:47 PM   #95
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Hey gbo,
I still have my inlines but I am much more comfortable, and a better skater for that matter, on the quads. Thanks for the sympathy and the congrats. I am anxiously awaitning my next Dr.'s appt. to see if he will let me be more active (at least let me go to the rink). i will pop in and out when work allows
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Old January 11th, 2007, 09:46 AM   #96
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BTW, welcome aboard to all of you, not just tmezz.

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Old January 11th, 2007, 07:10 PM   #97
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Hey guys....

So, I've been skating from since I was 6, and been a fan of it all my life. I just got more into it, which is when I found this forum. Frankly, it's awesome!

When I'm not skating, I'm either in school (god forbid), playing lacrosse (the true love of my life), or posting/modding in other forums. Of all the forums I go to, this is one of the best!

My favorite hobby besides lacrosse is website/graphic design. I've been using the gimp because I can't afford photoshop. I'm currently creating an online project, that is partly a joke, but is pretty cool nonetheless. I'll tell you when I get the whole thing up and running, so you can check it out.
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Old January 11th, 2007, 08:35 PM   #98
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... playing lacrosse (the true love of my life).
SMITE THE BLASPHEMER!!! BURN HIM!!! GET THE TAR, GET THE FEATHERS!!!
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Old January 11th, 2007, 08:52 PM   #99
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The name is Drew, 22, Live near tampa, and I played baseball for most of my life until my arm gave out on me my senior year of high school ending my career. Now I play softball once a week with some old high school buddies. I got to school at the University of South Florida, working towards a degree in International Business, and taking my time since I have to work full time to afford it. I havent skated since I was 14 or so, and complications ended that endevour quite quickly, but now I'm back with more determination to get around my obsticles. I haven't had much experience, but given such, I'd like to think I'm a pretty good skater, but I guess I can thank my athletic nature for that. So if anyone is ever near here, I'd be happy to go down to Bayshore and skate with you! =D
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Old January 11th, 2007, 11:32 PM   #100
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SMITE THE BLASPHEMER!!! BURN HIM!!! GET THE TAR, GET THE FEATHERS!!!

Speedy! That's why they kicked us off the last forum. You just can't do that on a civilized forum, man. Kathie banned smiting!


Besides that, we used all the feathers to celebrate me lifting my arm again, remember?

Just to get back on topic, Welcome aboard Drew24. Sorry. There are no skaters in Tampa. Congrats on paying your way through school. Tough.

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