Tuesday, October 06, 2009
Roller Skating rinks. Man, they were fun, weren't they? I'm talking about the ones in which you used your roller skates with the four wheels - not the in line skates. We had a roller skating rink right up the street from our grade school - I believe it was called "Skate Odyssey."
Many of my classmates had birthday parties at Skate Odyssey. I remember playing arcade games like Defender and Frogger whilst trying to stay balanced on my roller skates. I also remember skating around the "bowl" in my blue corduroy pants, listening to "We Got the Beat" by the GoGo's (I can't remember why it's this song that I remember most when I think of Skate Odyssey).
I was never great at roller skating, but I could hold my own. Sure, I fell a few times, but never anything serious or dramatic. But, one thing I do remember vividly is hearing the ambulance fly past our school on Mac Dade Blvd on it's way to the roller skating rink. It happened daily, and sometimes 3-4 times a day.
I guess that's really one of the reasons the place close - insurance prices were probably outrageous. Plus, the inline skating probably took away some of the "cool-ness" of the skating rink.
But man, at one time, THIS ... WAS ... THE ... PLACE! It was exciting to "slow-skate" with a girl, or play roller-tag around the entire facility.