February 13, 2017

What I Would Rate Ice Charades



Tell me, figure skaters and fans, if this sounds right ... when you mention figure skating to someone, they almost always think of a girl training for the Olympics.  There was a brief time (circa 1994 - 1998) when people thought of Nancy and/or Tonya, but we're back to the girl (probably 10 - 15 years of age) on her way to the Olympics.

That's not what the novel, Ice Charades, is about.  It's not for young girls.  If it were to be rated like movies are, it would be somewhere between PG-13 and R.  No violence, some swearing, some sexual situations.

I think the closest rating, one that is used in other countries, is MA15+.  It means not suitable for people under 15.

After all, Sue Olson, the protagonist of the novel is nineteen, a sophomore in college, and sets out to skate in an adult world with adult situations.  But I would recommend this for any figure skater who is approaching eighteen -- the age you need to be to be hired for most shows -- who is thinking of joining an ice show.  And I would recommend it for the parents too!





February 6, 2017

The Fitness Marshall

Me likey.

Are you looking to put a little more dance in your exercise routine or put a little more exercise in your dance routine?





About a month ago, I was looking for a certain Zumba song on You Tube when I stumbled upon The Fitness Marshall exercise/dance videos.  It's Caleb Marshall and his assorted backup booties dancing to pop songs with a blend of hip hop moves and calisthenics.  And now my daughter and I are hooked.

You can find him here on Twitter, here on Facebook, but I usually head straight to You Tube.

If your TV can get the You Tube channel or you don't mind watching your videos on small devices, you've got yourself a great workout!  My daughter and I definitely have our favorites:  Me Too, Can't Stop This Feeling and Into You.  But there are a lot more.

Caleb Marshall, is so cute and funny that you'll feel like you're not working out at all.


His webpage has announced tour dates, so maybe they're coming to your city.  If not, give him a try on You Tube.  I bet you'll love him too.

January 20, 2017

#MakeAmericaSKATEAgain


From the Mercury News:
Olympian Ashley Wagner called it an easy choice: Watch the U.S. figure skating championships Jan. 20 instead of the inauguration of President-elect Donald Trump.

The inauguration falls at the same time as the weeklong skating championships in Kansas City, Missouri, where Wagner, 25, is one of the favorites in the women’s competition.

“People have a really good reason to watch U.S. figure skating nationals, don’t they? That’s all I have to say,” she said Tuesday during a conference call.

Smart call Ashley! I agree.

America, are you ready to skate again?

January 4, 2017

December 20, 2016

It's The Most Wonderful Time of the Year

Reposted from December 8, 2008, the first year I started this blog.  In case you didn't know, I was a big fan (AND STILL AM) of Brian Orser.  Enjoy!




ah Christmas ...

Maybe you heard the songs in the middle of October, but whenever I hear the Frankie Avalon - big band version - of that song, I think of sweat rolling down my face from a muggy afternoon in southern Japan.

That's right, two of the three amusement park shows I did in Kumamoto, Japan featured a Christmas production. In August. It's a strange association for me, but at least I can still tolerate the song.

I have a harder time with the music from the Nutcracker. I skated with two productions of Nutcracker and probably because the shows came along at Christmas time, I got so tired of the music. Years later if I heard that music in a department or grocery store, I would get nauseous and start counting in my head, as in "right-2-3-4, left-2-3-4."

The only songs I liked from the Nutcracker were the Arabian Dance - because the music's cool and dark and mysterious, the Waltz of the Flowers - because it is one of my all-time favorites and the final Pas De Deux - because it was Brian Orser's big finale (and the show was almost over by then).

But time heals everything and this year I'm taking my kid to see the Nutcracker. Alas, it is the ballet version, so it will be a lot stuffier than what the skaters did and there will be no Brian Orser. So instead I give you this ...



He's looking down in the photo because someone cracked a joke, but that's him.

December 9, 2016

The Skating Protocol - Judging the Judges

It's like my dreams have been answered.  Somebody is taking a serious look at the results by first checking the nationality of the judges with predictable results.  Or as the description for his Twitter handle says - sketchy.

And he's posting on Twitter and Instagram for all to see!

@SkatingProtocol is the Twitter handle for Mark Lee, whose personal Twitter account is @therealEmLeezy.  On Instagram - The Skating Protocol.

The Skating Protocol has only been around since October 2016, but I hope it will last for a long time.  Already I'm a HUGE fan.

November 22, 2016

There's a new kind of ice show and it's ...




It's brought to you by the folks of Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey (a.k.a. Feld Entertainment) and I'm so glad I'm not trying to keep a job as a performing figure skater anymore.  The competition out there is too tough.  Besides skating, now there's acrobatics.

Let's face it folks, we had to know something like this was coming.  Circus meets the ice.  In fact, Cirque du Soleil has their own circus meets skating thing up their sleeve and I'll keep an eye on that too.

But back to Ringling, the dates are set and they're traveling quite extensively on the East Coast this winter.  Click here for all of the information.