Unfortunately, some of the adults who talk to me at the rink are just like her--but they won't shut up.
I'm there to practice, and I'm willing to stroke around a couple of times to catch up, but last week a woman I barely know verbally clung to me for a quarter of an hour talking about her party plans. I actually had to leave the ice and go home to get rid of her
|Yes, please tell me more about the cake for a party I'm not invited to|
I even had an 8 year old stalker once. She trailed me around the rink for a half hour saying, "See my spin!", "See my spiral!" "See my other spin! Is that a back spin?"
See my yawn.
Kids are easy to get rid of. Keep moving and don't make eye contact, or say "Your mom is here for you."
Adults are a little trickier. I usually use, "Well, I won't keep you from practice." and skate away.
But there's a lesson here. I never talk to a person more than two trips around the rink, then I use my 'I'll let you practice' line.
Some people are there to socialize, some to skate. Make sure you know which one you're talking too.