This weekend Boo and I headed to the UWS to meet up with our friend Rebecca and go ice skating at the Natural History Museum.
Or so we thought.
Turns out what we were going eco-friendly ice substitute skating. No, I didn’t make that up. And yes, apparently there is something greener than FROZEN WATER on which to skate. Go figure.
Before we were able to go home and look up what, exactly, synthetic ice was (and for the record it is “an artificial ice surface with the correct density and make-up to allow an ice-skating blade to glide smoothly. It requires no refrigeration to maintain and is also recyclable, making it highly sustainable.”) we figured that they must just add some chemical that keeps the ice frozen, or something equally chem class related and we figured we’d give it a shot.
So we geared up:
Those blue plastic skates are totally hot, aren’t they?
We didn’t want to risk pulling anything so we made sure to stretch it out before we hit the “ice.”
And then we hit it.
Well…we mostly hit it. For the first few laps, we all looked like Boo here:
In case you weren’t clear about what that look was it was the “hm…this ‘ice’ doesn’t seem too trustworthy. This wall, on the other hand, does” look.
But after a few wobbly laps, and a pause while Boo got his blades sharpened and had some scary run-ins with Moms On Ice, we got the hang of it. We figured it out and we were feeling pretty good about ourselves. Then of course someone would start the arms flailing and all faith in our skating abilities would be lost.
While we were looping around, obsessing about how when we were kids, they used REAL ICE and wondering when they decided that there could be something better for the environment that its own natural resources, we stopped–right in front of the planetarium.
Does anything look different about this? Oh, that’s right. Pluto is officially gone. It finally got the boot from the planetarium too. It’s weird to think that you could get demoted from being a planet. I mean, look how small Neptune and Uranus are (hahahaha…I just Uranus was small…hahaha I am NEVER going to grow up…hahaha….Uranus…) and they still get to be planets. You’ve got to piss someone off pretty badly to lose your planet status. And now we hear that they’ve found some new replacement planet? Is this true? Is this a rumor? Say it ain’t so!
And so Boo, Rebecca and I took a final lap. We had to end the day after we realized we’d spent the last 5 minutes saying things like “back in my day, Pluto was a planet!” and “when I was kid they used REAL ICE to skate on, not this plasticized crap!” We were surprised at ourselves. We’d spent almost an entire hour on the “ice” and no one had fallen, tripped or harmed themselves in any way. And then…
Apparently the synthesized stuff hurts way less than real ice. But I feel like its jigsaw assembly (can you see where the rink was put together?) is where the real problem lies.
Although the fact that we are old and uncoordinated could be to blame as well.
It’s hard to say.