Tuesday, February 06, 2007

What Would Brian Boitano Do?

[Smooth and authoritative sounding announcer voice]:"Folks, I'm Frank Jones and welcome to another edition of ABC's "Skating With The Blogger Stars".

"Tonight, we'll see how The Redhead-Next-Door fairs after taking a 5 year break from skating. Will she return better than ever? Or will daydreaming about potential mates have her thinking about life off the ice? And, more importantly, what will she be wearing."

"Here she is...let's watch."

Enter me, onto the ice. A bit more wobbly than anticipated.

Ah, best to warm up so to avoid...too late too bloody late! Charlie horse, charlie horse, G**D*** charlie horse. Breathe in. Breathe out. Maintain composure. People are watching...including two cute guys.

Ok, that's better. Hey, is that music playing? Yes, yes it is! It's Car Wash (the original track). [Gives attitude to self] "Alright girl get your figure skating groove on!"

While doing an on-ice version of the hustle...receive racing challenge. From an 8 year old little boy named Jaden. Gleefully accept challenge. This will be like taking candy from a baby
. But on skates. And, there's no candy involved. (What, do you think I'm some kind of person that would give candy to kids?) Or a baby (What kind of parent would take their baby skating - that's dangerous!)

The race begins. That little bugger's legs can move fast. Hey, he's cheating already! Must. skate. faster.

And then...

Something that oddly looks a bit like this.

But less co-ordinated. And instead of falling backward, I went forward. Much like when a baseball player is sliding into homeplate. But without the cushiony dirt.

And I had on a pair of jeans and a sweater instead of sequins and nylons.

So really, nothing much like this picture. But I'm sure we both hurt the same afterwards, albeit in much different places.

How to recover from potentially [actually] embarassing fall? Hmmm, what would Brian Boitano do?

So, I got up. Dusted the ice shavings off. And smiled at the two cute guys.

Then did a little twirl.

When out of visual and audio range, I asked my friend Terri if she knew first aid (she does). Then I told her that her son Jaden was racing round the rink - it's against rink rules! ;) In the end, I always win. Bruuuuhaha.


Amy said...

And the winner is....

Congratulations Erika! Well done!

James said...

Ouch - that sounds really painful. Shouldn't you wear that stuff the hockey players have?

Kirsten said...

The hardest part is dusting the ice off the old rump.

Sean said...


Frankly, Scarlett said...

The key word is that you smiled at the cute boys :)

Is it bad that i only really enjoy figure skating when the skaters fall on their @sses??

Erika said...

Amy: If only you were only of the judges!

James: Naw, figure skating is hard core. Much like rugby is to football, figure skaters do not have the "stuff" that hockey players have, including a cup (thank goodness).

Kirsten: Luckily, my rump was pointed at the ceiling and went uninjured.

Sean: Ah, what's a couple of bruises!

FS: Not unless your pulling a Tonya Harting and wacking the skaters with a board.