Thursday, November 25, 2010



I'm taking Pisa and her pal roller skating last Saturday since she's been such a great kid and my wife Anita's seeing-eye monkey. Usually, when I take her and her friends skating, I get comfortable and spend a couple of hours farting around on my laptop.

But this time, Pisa asks how come I never go skating, too. I realize that I talk quite a bit about how one of the great benefits to living a more fit life is not having to sit on the sidelines, so...

 It's time to lace 'em up and show Pisa that her old man is still The Wheel Deal.

 Okay, this doesn't feel quite as stable as they did when I was thirteen. Was this a mistake or simply a bad idea?
 I tell the lady sitting at the table near our stuff to do me a solid and get ready to dial "911"...

I say a quick prayer to the Disco Gods to give me skill, balance and dexterity.

 Oh yeah, the kid's still got it. Did you know skating burns 350 calories per hour?

 Ten times around the track and I've only knocked down three little kids. Don't worry--I'll knock down more when I fully get my balance.

 Great! Pisa's skating backwards on her stupid inline skates! Better show her something she CAN'T do...

 Get up a load of speed and... WHOOOOOOAAAAAAAAA!

"Ummmm, Dad? Maybe you oughta go sit down over there and fart around on your laptop for a while."



  1. Great t-shirt Jack

    I am thankful for so much... getting healthy in 2010 is near the top of the list behind family & friends.


  2. Way to go, Jack!

    And have a Happy Thanksgiving.

  3. Love it!!!!!!!! Living life! I used to roller skate all the time....

    Have a wonderful Thanksgiving Jack!

  4. LOL! You're a great Dad, Jack :)
    Happy Thanksgiving!

  5. awesome to go skating with your kid. You rock. Happy Thanksgiving to you and your awesome family Jack...and big hugs for Anita...I hope she's feeling worlds better and can truly enjoy today with her family. :)

  6. Roller skating...awesome! Seeing those pics of the rink bring back memories of my youth :)

    Happy Thanksgiving Jack!

  7. That rink looks just like the one I used to go to, ummmm, about 20 years ago.

  8. I love it! :) I used to go roller skating every week as a kid but I always hung out in the snack bar...they had great burritos. Then when the slow song would come on I would cry in the bathroom that no one would ask me to slow skate. :( Chubby burrito eating girls dont get asked to slow skate. :-/ lol

    Happy Thanksgiving Jack! :)

  9. Oh, Jack - Happy Turkey Day!
    Next - Roller Derby?

  10. lol, I still haven't gotten up the guts to roller skate. I wasn't good at it when I was young, I doubt tie has improved my skills.
    Happy thanksgiving to you and your family...still praying for good outcomes.

  11. The neat thing abut kids is you can join in their fun pretending to be a good parent.

    Happy Thanksgiving to you all.

  12. Jack, I've be away from blog reading for so long and I've really missed you. This post made me smile. . . you are a great (and slightly embarrassing) Dad. ;) *love!*

  13. Awesome Jack! I went skating with my daughter last month too. Isn't it so fun??

  14. Is that a Justice League shirt!? kewl

  15. hey jack man, happy turkey day! glad to see you lacing it up and participating in some guy-on-kid roller derby. ROAR.

  16. That's awesome. I haven't been skating in forever. Glad you had a good time.

    Happy Thanksgiving friend! :)

  17. Oh how FUN!!! Pisa is lucky to have a Dad who's such a hoot!!!
    Happy Thanksgiving to you and your family!

  18. I bet Pisa had a blast watching her Daddy skate!! I havent gone skating since I was about 14, but wow it sure burns a ton of calories. Maybe its time to go for it!? Happy Thanksgiving to you and yours!



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