Today I was rummaging around in the basement and found my old pair of roller blades! It has been about ten years since I’ve used them, and to be perfectly honest I had even forgotten that I had them! I rummaged around a bit more and found the elbow pads, knee pads and helmet. I took them all outside, put them on and roller-bladed my heart out in the driveway, up and down our little cul-de-sac. I got tired pretty quickly, but I sure had fun! I’ll bet I’ll be sore in the morning!
My brother loves to skateboard. He has been skateboarding as much as he can squeeze in over the last ten years at least. He wants to buy a new pair Vans skate shoes from a website he found recently. He says they have a great selection of skate shoes, and that he likes their prices, too. I went to their website and looked around for myself. I went to their accessories section and laughed so hard at the can cozy they are selling that says “I’m not deaf I’m ignoring YOU!” I told my brother that when he orders he shoes, to order that can cozy for me, too.
Boating Operating Under the Influence is the biggest cause of boating deaths in the state. People get drunk and don’t put on their life jackets and then they do something stupid with their boat, fall out and drown or worse yet crash into another boat or a dock or heaven forbid a human being.
With so many more boats and jet skis being used each and every year and so many of those people drinking while enjoying some fun in the sun it’s no wonder there aren’t even more accidents happening, all though believe me there are way too many as it is. I’m so glad that they are starting to crack down on this people that really should no better than to drink and drive, whether it’s on the road or on the water.
When I was a kid, my parents used to take the whole family on vacation to a beach where there frequently were stinging jellyfish. The only thing was, they (we) called them “Sea nettles.” There were other creatures in the water that we called Jellyfish, but those didn’t sting. I do recall how much those stings hurt! And the sea nettles ranged in size from as small as a quarter to over twenty feet long!
I can remember the summer when I turned fifteen. That was the summer when I learned to water ski. I had a group of friends that I went water skiing with, and we skied in those sea nettle infested waters. I got stung so much that I eventually became immune to the pain! Once when I climbed into the boat after having water skied as much as I wanted to ski my friends gasped at all of the stripes of stings on my body, but I didn’t feel a thing!
My folks said that they were told that sprinkling Adolph’s Meat Tenderizer on the sting makes it feel better, but I never tried it. By the time they learned about that treatment, I had become immune.
Now that I’m older and not involved in water skiing, I don’t go in the water anymore if the “sea nettles” are out; I don’t want to take the chance that the immunity wore off, and I do remember that the sting IS very painful.
The summer Olympics are in London this year and all my friends are watching the different events on TV every night. I actually have three different friends who have gone to London to watch some of the events, and I have one friend who lives over there and is going to as many events as she can manage, although it is a hardship for her to take off from work to attend. But she says that this is a chance of a lifetime and that she wants to make the most of the opportunity to see world class competition.
One of the guys that I went to high school with is a fan of swimming and both of his sons compete in swim events, although they are not qualified to compete in the Olympics. They are just big fans of the sport and they wanted to have a chance to see Michael Phelps break the world records, if he can. From what I understand, this is the last time Phelps can compete and he will be retiring after this.