February 7, 2020

Spinning Out


Let's hope the show is not down and "out" yet. 



There is a petition on change.org to save Spinning Out and it's already got 18,000+ signatures. Click on the link below, if you want to add yours.
And in the meantime, if any of you thought I want all that skating drama, but I'm missing some penguins .... well, I've got you covered.



January 20, 2020

Happy National Penguin Day!

In my opinion, Martin Luther King Jr Day is more important, but this year they will have to share the day, I guess.



I am a big fan of penguins and a big fan of Penguins of Madagascar (more accurately the German version - Die Pinguine aus Madagascar) television series.  It was very helpful for me and my daughter to learn German.  And snarky af.

Which is precisely how the penguins in Ice Charades usually behaved.

So, in honor of National Penguin Awareness Day, I'm sending anyone in the contiguous 48 states (the U.S. that is) a free copy of Ice Charades: Penguins Behaving Badly and Other Follies From the Road.




Send an email by January 25, 2020 to icecharadestheblog@gmail.com and I'll get a book in the mail to you.

November 4, 2019

Happy Halloween!

Okay, okay I'm a few days late.  But I'm reposting a goodie!  And BTW, the HOI website selling these costumes doesn't link anymore. 

So tell me, did you wear anything as great as these gems below?

October 19, 2010

Halloween Costumes

Buckle up kids and help me pick the silliest Holiday On Ice costume that may be the "best" Halloween costume at your local bar, neighborhood bash, or after-show cast party. Now, there are lots of beautiful costumes also for sale on the Holiday On Ice site, but that wouldn't be as fun to show you, now would it.

Up first: Some kind of "Eye" in the Bugs Bunny show.



Not to be outdone by the female version is the male eye from the same show:



This one features both male and female costumes and I can't figure out which one is creepier:



Could work out with the slate of zombie movies and tv shows coming out.

Okay, next is this guy is trying to look Mexican, but I don't know:



That poncho looks more like a navajo toga. And don't get me started on the mustache.

Which also makes me wonder how authentic this guys is:



Next up what I call the office peacock look:



This one is suppose to be a costume from the Caribbean:



And finally:

October 10, 2019

October 7, 2019

It's time to start thinking of outdoor ice rinks!

I live about an hour away from New York City.  Last Wednesday, I broke down and turned on the AC.  It was 93 degrees.  Two days later, it was 45 degrees in the morning and warmed up to a brisk 55.

Boom.  Made me think of winter.  Then I saw this great article: 45 Best Ice Skating Rinks by Randy Joyceln at the blog Vigourskate and it got me thinking about ice rinks I'd like to skate on this upcoming winter season.



This is my bucket list - hope to get to while I can still skate - skate ... the Reideau Canal in Ottowa.  I probably won't make it this year, but maybe next year.

Russia seems to have some of the most beautiful rinks, but no plans to go. 

Anyone out there planning to skate at any of the rinks on this list?  It's international, so there are rinks on almost every continent to consider.

'Tis the season (almost ...)

September 23, 2019

Ten Years Ago

don't you like how his collar is messed up a little?  very endearing

It was ten years (and one week) ago ... 9/14/2009 that Patrick Swayze passed away.  He was an incredible talent and not many knew he was also a figure skater.  Skater you say?  Yes, after actor, dancer, singer, football player and producer.

When he passed, I channeled my inner journalist (having had only one college course in it ... I knew nothing, but hey) and scoured the internet for corroboration of a friend's recollection.  And yes, I determined that he skated for a short time with Ice Charades, but it was never mentioned in any biographies at the time of his passing.

Here is the posting I did back in 2009:  


... RIP

A lot of the blogs are associating his role in "Disney On Parade" with Disney On Ice, which is not true. He was the Prince with Disney On Parade, yes, but that was a dance show.

Believe me, I've been knee-deep in Google (pages 8 and 9!) to get to the bottom of it. But good news, Wikipedia - Patrick Swayze has that part right.

What is surprising is I can't find anything on the internet about his time with Ice Capades.

But that is a minor point - what is true about him is that he was clearly one talented guy: actor, dancer, skater, singer and football player to name a few. I love to remember him from the SNL sketch with Chris Farley auditioning to become a Chippendales dancer.

My thoughts are with his wife, Lisa Niemi, of thirty-five years.



I am very sad that I missed the documentary about him that aired on September 18th on Paramount Network.  I would have liked to have seen that.

By the way, my original post about Patrick Swayze on 9/15/19 received more hits than any other post on this blog.  People were far more interested in searching for Patrick Swayze than Ice Charades.  FAR MORE.  And that's the way it should be!




September 17, 2019

Ohhh, these are so tempting!





It's that time of year in southern Germany!  Oktoberfest!  And I've got dirndl fever.  That's right - they're called dirndles.

The old showgirl in me really wants to get one of these and find some any excuse to wear one!

Why, you ask?

First of all, they have beautiful colors and they're oh, so shiny.

AND

They flatter an old showgirl's more mature (ahem, curvy) figure.  No need to suck in your stomach on these costumes.  Phew!

Tell me, which one would you get?





I think I'd like the dark blue, but ...