My Masi

Seventeen days ago, I got my first new bike in more than a decade; I hadn’t ridden in that long. The Masi Speciale Fixed is a single-speed bike more often used for racing but agile enough for the urban commuter. There’s one gear, and the pedals always turn, even downhill; no coasting, baby. I’ve had…

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Skating Star

Today, my daughter skated in her first US Figure Skating competition, at the San Diego Ice Arena. San Diego Figure Skating Club sponsored the competition, Skate La Grande. She skated in Las Chicas Group D with nine other girls. Credit goes to my wife, who made extra effort to get our daughter in the competition.…

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Breaking the Ice at Ice Town

This morning we returned to that rink in the mall, Ice Town, for a dramatically different skating experience. I had wondered, “Who puts an ice rink in a shopping mall?” The rink could be fun for kid and teen shoppers, but little more. My bad. A lot more. Ice Town packs in the serious skaters.…

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Ice Town

Vacation 07 had to include skating practice for my 13 year-old daughter. My wife did some Internet research and located a rink fairly close to our motel. But when we got to the address, we couldn’t find the rink. Geez, is it a California thing? The rink, Ice Town, is inside the Westfield UTC shopping mall…

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We Mourn

  Overnight, one of the teens in our community died after falling while skateboarding. We can’t offer deepest enough condolences to the family, which lost their youngest child (he was 18) and only son. Short as this post is, it took me 15 minutes to write. Every parent’s worst nightmare is the death of a…

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Skating with a Cold on Ice

My daughter skated her second competition today. What misery. She sped onto the ice with nasty cold and cough, which limited her performance. She placed third out of five skaters. My daughter started serious skating in September 2006 and has quickly advanced through the Ice Skating Institute levels. She skated today at Freestyle 4 against other…

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