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Friday, November 30, 2007


posted by on November 30 at 17:19 PM

2075727202_a115e43b83.jpgPhotos by Josh Buesseler

A single roller skate weighs upwards of 45 lbs.

They feel that way, at least. To help celebrate the birthday of Sylvia Chen, Velella Velella’s mulit-instrumental sweetheart, I ended up at a roller rink for the first time in 20-some years. The posse was small but the rink—Skate King in Bellevue—was packed. And packed with goodness—to a one, the people on the floor were badasses, confident on turns and smooth on the straights, fast and funky and rhythmic. I forgot how cool skating can be when it’s done right.

Thursday nights are ’80s night, but I was concentrating so much on not falling on my ass (which never happened, thanks very much, because I was totally in the groove) that I barely noticed the music. There was no “Jam On It” and no “Another One Bites the Dust”—two songs I vividly recall from the last roller-skating birthday party I attended, circa 1986. The final number—the last call, the couple’s skate supreme—was perfect: a duet from the movie Duets called “Cruisin’,” sung by Huey Lewis and Gwenyth Paltrow. Totally rad.

Props to Sylvia for wrangling the outing, and props to the crew for staying upright and in style. See you next Thursday?


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Those photos were taken at the skating rink? They look great.

Posted by Dougsf | December 3, 2007 8:59 AM

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