"I'm not out of Basic Skills."
"Oh, that's okay. You're aware of other skaters. A lot of people aren't."
So, she told me the schedule. "Sunday, 8-10."
I looked at the freestyle schedule on my way out, I'd never bothered before, there was nothing on the schedule Sunday before 11 am when there was stick and puck.
|Invitation Only Secret Adult Freestyle|
Ours was the honor system. There was an envelope and a sign up sheet. You shoved your $8 for an hour (oh, halcyon days of yore! EIGHT DOLLARS! I now pay EIGHTEEN!) in the envelope and got on the ice.
One day kid skaters started showing up for the session to get ready for a comp. After a few weeks of this I said to my friend, a male skater, "I miss when it was Secret Adult Freestyle."
He gave me a funny look. "What are you talking about?"
I told him about the invitation, my vision of clandestine freestyles in rinks across the U.S.
He burst into hysterical laughter. "It's not 'secret', it's on the schedule!"
"No it's not. I checked."
He pulled out the schedule and there it was. "See! It's not SECRET adult freestyle. It's SUNDAY adult freestyle."