Saturday Morning Roller Skating

Wow !! haven’t  had a Saturday morning skate in almost 30 years !

My mother had won some free admissions to a local skating/fun center (Funway) and as they were expiring, we used them on Saturday morning (9:30-11:30 am).

I took my daughter and her little group of friends:

We’ve taken this group of girls here about 6 times in the past couple of years.  They are all doing pretty well on wheels.

Stepping into the way back machine now!

One of the jobs I had during college was working at a roller skating rink.

This was one of the best jobs that I have ever had in my life.  Although, most jobs when you’re 19 years old that don’t involve adult responsibilities are great jobs.

My housemate at the time was already working at the skate rink as the assistant manager and suggested I apply there. (Since the my roommate would be doing the interview, it was a sure thing.)

I was a fair skater when I started there and ended up being pretty darn good at it.  At the time that I worked there, there were probably less than 10 employees.  A couple of DJs, 1 girl that ran the snack bar and about 4-5 skate guards.  We could all do each other’s jobs except for the girl at the snack bar, she couldn’t skate and she wouldn’t go anywhere near the DJ booth!!!

During the school year I think we were open every night and matinees on the weekend as well.  During the summer it was mostly Friday and Saturday nights with a Sunday afternoon skate.  The break even point was 21 paying customers.  There were a few times on Sunday afternoon we would only have about 10-15 customers and several of us would punch out and work off the clock rather than send the people away.

Also, there were many Friday or Saturday nights that after we closed at 11 pm, we let few of our favored clients stay locked in with us and we would play roller hockey to the wee early hours.

Since the margins on soda and popcorn were astronomical, employees got those for free.  About once a week we would breakdown the popcorn machine to clean it out and don’t you know that just before we did that, we accidentally made two batches of popcorn that would have to be “thrown away.”  Thrown away is in quotes because although the popcorn was put in a garbage bag, it would end up in our house in front of out TV and we would eat popcorn all night watching MTV until our lips were bloody from the salt !!!!  A little fact for you kids today…………… MTV used to show music videos, 24 hours a day !

Good times indeed.

One summer my housemate and I both worked at the rink and at the college.  He was on the landscaping team and I worked in the bookstore.  We got paid every two weeks.  For the first 4-6 days, we lived well.  The rest of the days until payday were tight, very tight.  It’s not hyperbolic to saw that we actually had to save up to get a quarter to play the pinball machine at the skate rink.  When you’re 19, living on the edge is fun, but sure don’t want to be doing that when I’m old.

 

Below is a photo of a Halloween skate we had.

Probably the only existing photo of me from a 4 year period.

Skate_Photo

 

 

 

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