There is a lot for me to learn about roller skating. Fortunately, Moonlight Rollerway in Glendale, CA was...
|As if the lure of skating wasn't enough, the mellow hum and multi-color glow of the neon-lit |
entry to Moonlight Rollerway got my wacky tacky juices going.
|It's not what it looks like; Denise & Anna weren't sitting long enough |
to get the bench warm. We were there to SKATE!
|I had absolutely no idea why there was on oversized, sand-filled, ceramic |
frog at the front door.
It was obvious that I was a novice skater.
The first, and most important, rule of the rink is,
"NO GUM ALLOWED."
You are at a roller rink - dress accordingly and be ready to participate.
Dress code: Be "Neat & Clean"
"No visiting; everyone must have
a ticket and must wear skates"
I look amazing in roller skates.
Actually, I think the two different laces signify
the increased threat level to more experienced
skaters of skating anywhere in my general vicinity.
Tuesday is organ night!
Almost all roller rinks of a certain age were fitted for organ accompaniment - canned music came much later.
By far, the best part of the night was Dominic on the Hammond Organ.
The mirror above his head is for the benefit of skaters; one can watch all the action on the keyboard.
Rexing is for lovers.
|As is evidenced by this beautifully executed silhouette,|
"rexing" is roller dancing. Apparently, rexing can be
done alone, in pairs, or as a trio. The rexual activity at
Moonlight Rollerway can get pretty intense.
They were rexing all night long.
"Skatetown, USA" (1979)
"Roller Boogie" (1979)
"Roller Boogie" (1979)
A Slush Puppie by the snack bar is the nearest thing to Heaven on Earth.
I haven't had a Slush Puppie since I was 10 years old.
Dang, they're delicious!
|Lesson # 8-A|
Ladies love a man with a Slush Puppie!
Side note: How badly did I want to hang on to
the locker key safety-pinned to my sweater?
Skating is over at 10:30.
Honestly, roller skating was a huge success. I hadn't had skates on in many years and it only took a few trips around the rink for all my old moves to return - that is to say, skating forward without falling down. I'm pretty sure I am ready to shoot the duck!!! If my "10 Lessons for a Rex-y Body" aren't enough inspiration to strap on the old quads, here's a "Popeye" cartoon that will surely have you heading to the roller rink in no time.
"A Date to Skate" (1938)
5110 San Fernando Road