April 27, 2012

This and That

I would totally wear this, except it only comes in kids' sizes. I'm having trouble with the %$#$!!@ spacing on this post, so I apologize that it is all shoved together. I'm working on this .... So, I wanted to link to a great article Vlad posted on his skating blog, World Figure Skating, about the birth of ice shows written by Olga Fluegge. Interesting reading for any chorus girl or boy, so here's the link: The History of Ice Shows | Skating Esquire By the way, you should keep watching the World Figure Skating blog, because he's going to be the one with the scoop in Sochi for the 2014 Winter Olympics. Next ... what would an Ice Charade's post be without an Ice Capades Reunion notice. Here you go ...
New Orleans Mini Reunion Weekend for Ice Capades June 14 thru 17, 2012 Wyndham Chateau Bourbon is offering a renovation special http://www.wyndham.com/hotels/MSYCB/main.wnt Rate per person – Based on Single or Double Occupancy 6/14/12 - @ $118.30 6/15 – 6/17 - @ $132.30 a night Call the hotel directly (504-586-0800) or click on the link above to make your reservation. Space is limited. Greg’s New Orlean’s Facebook page http://www.facebook.com/#!/events/410195945661755/
And finally, a little ditty to start off the weekend, which has nothing to do with skating. Yesterday, I went to my daughter's school for a presentation her class did on fables. The assignment was to update the old ones, bring them into the modern world. My absolute favorite fable that two of her classmates did was entitled "The Bat Gang and the Cow." The cow really wanted to join the gang of bats (yeah, don't ask me why), and she pretended she was voted "Australia's Prettiest Cow, 2010, (Australia? don't ask me why) and she even said she was the best swimmer of all. (Quite an imagination, these 3rd graders have, eh?) Well, the cow got busted for her fabrications and the moral of their fable, written as the last sentence of their power point presenstation?
Don't tell a lie unless it's really necessary!

April 20, 2012

Happy Birthday Toller Cranston

I told you there would be some birthdays to recognize in April ... and what better than the legend himself.

The skater and the painter, there is no one like him.

If you want to say happy birthday or even feliz cumpleanos yourself, stop over at Facebook and join the Fans of Toller Cranston page.

April 11, 2012

Like Xan, he is an adult skater

Photo by Astrid Riecken / For The Washington Post

I've got to say thanks, Xan for the idea of this post ... she bared her soul about this last month. If you haven't read it yet, please go here and read it first.

Don't worry, I'll wait for you.

Okay, are you done? Good.

Let me first say, I have such admiration for adult skaters. It's not easy to skate. It isn't easy for a kid and it doesn't get easier as you get older ... it gets harder.

Yet adult skaters go out and practice because they love the feeling of movement, they push themselves when many adults are retreating (yes, that would be me) and they make up the biggest group of Ice Charades fans (thank you)!

So that's why I love this article from the Washington Post.

The article written by Monica Hesse, profiles Mickey Bolek, a successful hairdresser, as he competes in the U.S. Adult Figure Skating Nationals.

And I love this little gem too:

The oldest skater here today is Elaine Evans, 72. She won’t be competing; she just skates recreationally. “As long as you’re willing to pay for those gorgeous young Russians,” you can buy happiness, she says. She gazes at her gorgeous Russian ice dancing coach/partner. “Best investment I ever made.”

What makes me a little sad though, when thinking about adult skaters ... what if they would have been champions, if they weren't for some reason denied the chance to skate when they were young?

Am I the only one who has thought this way?

April 6, 2012

More Birthdays This Month

... to my great friend and circus darling at Ringling ... Happy Birthday, John!

April 1, 2012

No April Fools' Joke

Ice Charades is five years old today! That means I'm learning to master complete sentences by now.

Woo hoo - give me some cake.