But I never thought that the last time I went to skate, they'd have Panama's equivalent of "The Today Show" using the ice as a backdrop and then Panama's equivalent of Matt Lauer asking if he could interview me.
Panama's Matt Lauer, Alex
"In Spanish?" I asked in Spanish while I made a funny face.
"Don't worry, in Spanish and in English," he replied in English.
Sure, why not. It was unfortunate that I hadn't performed in fourteen years and I was quite rusty. Couldn't skate more than forty seconds without getting winded.
But I did my best. Here's the part where I show the kids how to do swizzles.
How cool is it that I got the chyron treatment, Jenny - Patinadora Profesional Sobre Hielo? That translates to Jenny - Professional Ice Skater, if your Spanish is as bad as mine (used to be).
It's hard to top a skating day like that when you get interviewed on national television and it is part of why I haven't skated since. I could leave it there and feel good about my quasi-career in ice shows.
But that's the problem with ice shows and skating in general. It is hard to walk (shall I say skate?) away for the last time.
So if I skate again, you'll be the first to know. But regardless, here's to a great 2012 for everyone.
Happy New Year!