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Old November 29th, 2018, 09:44 AM   #1
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Default PVC Trainers White Picket Fence..CRASH!

Sunday night I brought my wife to Holiday Skate Center. The place was busier than usual so I skated slower and holding hands with my wife. The floor thinned out a little for the moment and I turned myself loose from my wife. Shortly after a young girl about 13 took me by my hand and decided that she wanted to skate with me a while. She said that her name was Amanda and that she had been taking skating lessons on Saturdays. She was in the advanced class and she skated very good and suggested I join.

Amanda finally unlatched and I was able to put myself in turbo which I like to do before I leave to get my exercise. I was speeding around the corner with long extended crossovers to launch me fast into the straight-away. In a blink of an eye, two PVC Trainers with young kids closed in on me to form what looked like a white picket fence across the rink. I had nowhere to go because the trainers had taken my only clear pathway between a wall of people to my left and to my right.

As soon as my knee barely touched the fence, I leaped over head first and did a roll and tumble to prevent anything from breaking. I saw disco lights and people going around in circles as I was tumbling. I heard my brand new Riedell Raven skates slamming and clunking and sliding and scraping across the wood floor. I completed the roll and tumble and managed to get myself quickly back on my skates in almost a stunt like act while wobbling and continuing going forward. And here comes Amanda skating quickly up to me to see if I was ok and giving me a high five with a look like OMG this old man must be SuperMan or something because he should have broken in pieces and hauled off in a stretcher.

I was scared to see what my boots looked like when I returned to the bench to remove them. I noticed that both toes of my boots were scuffed up. It looked like burnt marks from sliding on the wooded floor. I was so bummed out about my new skates. If I had toe guards on, they would have been saved. I'm already looking into getting me some new skates and these will now be my stunt devil skates.

I worked out with weights most of my life, so basically, muscle was bouncing around and cushioning my fall. I was just concerned about the young girls safety behind the long PVC fence and did not want to collide with them. I did what I had to do to make sure nobody got hurt. ( What I would like to do is haul off all those @*!* trainers to the dump at no charge to make sure nobody else gets hurt ) I just need to stop skating recklessly and be more responsible where kids are concerned...to be honest. Lesson learned.
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Old November 29th, 2018, 10:55 PM   #2
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That's an amazing stunt. Too bad the rink can't give you a video of it. Glad you are OK; you can still get the toe protectors and cover the scuffs - problem solved.

I'm lucky enough to have 3 possible Adult nights a week with a 1/2 hour drive. No fence problems.
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Old November 30th, 2018, 04:06 PM   #3
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you won't see the PVC POSs going away anytime soon. They're a money maker for rinks, as they usually charge a decent amount ($5) for a period of time, not the whole session.

I agree that they are a serious hazard. That's why when I skate public sessions, I usually do adult nights, 18+ years of age. You won't see them at these sessions.
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Old November 30th, 2018, 08:06 PM   #4
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Default Skates will eventually scuff and wear

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