Friday, September 2, 2011

Did You Know?

I had a fun day today.

Here's a couple things you may not have known about me, and in one case I did not know about myself as well! The other one I did know but had forgotten about until today.

1) I am a surprisingly good roller-skater! One of my best friends here recently became a Roller Girl, meaning she entered the local Roller Derby in PEI. Don't know what a Roller Derby is? Watch the movie Whip It and you'll get a pretty good idea of what it's all about. Today we went down to the water front where there is a large track where most people run or walk, and she let me strap on all her gear and take a trip around and around the track. I used to roller-skate lots when I was a very little person but that was a very long time ago and I was very rusty on the experience. How little you ask? Well my last pair of roller-skates had Barbie on them. I have ice skated and roller-bladed lots and lots since growing out of the Barbie skates, but roller-skating is a whole different experience. But I did really well and did not fall once! It was so much fun and a great work out. Now I really want to buy my own but with the season getting cooler already I am thinking that the investment in all the gear won't be worth the amount of time left til it gets too cold to skate outside. Anyway, I was very proud of myself for getting some good speed and even learning a couple key moves in the derby world. Yay me!

2) I really enjoy going to scrap yards, or auto-wreckers as I call them. It's something I used to do a lot when I lived back in BC because I dated a guy who had multiple cars that needed multiple parts on a regular basis, so we would always check out the auto-wreckers in mad search for that needed piece. Plus he had cars such as Jags and old VWs so the parts weren't the easiest to find. Anytime we would travel out of town, like Vancouver or Victoria, we would hit all the yards because selection was so much better than local places. And I always really enjoyed these trips even though it was sad to see hundreds and hundreds of cars torn to pieces. I think it was the not knowing if we would find something great or just a bunch of junkers that have had all the good pieces stripped away already. Anyway, today we headed out to a local scrap yard to find a hub-cap for Chris's Toyota and entering the yard brought back these forgotten feelings of nostalgia. It was nice.

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