We went to the open skate at Oaks Park today. I got in a good workout, but holy crap was it ever crowded. There were probably 200 kids there (plus lots of adults). Even on a floor that big, once it gets too crowded, it can be difficult to maintain anything like a good skating pace. Charlie and I tried to do our "jammer practice"* but quickly realized it was just too crowded. And that's saying something, since the whole point of jammer practice is to get past the other skaters.
There were several 12th birthday parties going on at the rink today, and the girls tended to get in groups of four and skate holding hands. It was really too crowded for that, but oh well. There was also a group of little girls who liked to scream. A lot. When children scream while playing (I don't mean just being loud, I mean full on *screaming*), it reminds me why I don't want to be a mother. Because seriously, that shit's annoying.
Sick Town has a beginners' practice with Brick on Saturday afternoons. There won't be one next Saturday, because next Saturday is Sick Town's season opener bout in Medford (kick ass, ladies!!). Starting the following Saturday, I'm going to derby practice on Saturdays. It'll be harder than open skate, but that's probably a good thing at this point. And there shouldn't be any screeching children.
* Jammer practice = when any of three songs comes on (right now, it's "Hey Ya," "Sk8ter Boi" and "Party in the USA"), we start at the same point on the track and I try to lap Charlie.