|Rink Manager counting up the birthday party profits|
I don't mind birthday parties on public. Let's face it, the kids are just adorable....
|"Hello, I'm 5, and here's all my friends.|
Where's my cake?"
|How the party skaters see the coach|
|What the coach is thinking!|
But what I hate are party parents. You know who I mean. The adults who hang out in the gate, taking pictures. I can't get on the ice; I can't get off the ice. The parents are blocking the gate.
I don't blame them for wanting to take pictures, it's really very sweet. But they're just oblivious. There's 200 people getting off an on the ice and the parent just hangs there, pointing the camera desperately at their kid and yelling at them to 'Come over here!'
So in the spirit of being a good rink citizen, if they're that desperate for pictures I offer to take them for them. The parent will usually hand me their camera or phone, and I'll spent 4 minutes taking pictures of the party while I skate around. Give the phone back and miracle of miracles, the parent goes and sits down in the bleachers leaving the gate open.
And I build up karma points!
Guys with $800 cameras and no skating skills on the ice trying to take pictures of the party? I just let them alone. I can never figure out expensive cameras, and I don't want to be the one to drop it! Let the guy who owns it catch a toepick and drop it.
Bummer about the camera man....