"You have skates," I said. "I gave you a pair when my guy friend quit. skating Do they fit?"
"Yeah, they fit, but they don't have blades on them."
|Dude, spend the $80 to get some beginner blades.|
After some further discussion, he reveals his fear is that he will trip over the toepicks.
He says he skates on the forward part of the blade (shrug/some hockey thing/whatever) and is afraid that he won't be able to transition to new blades.
"You have knee pads?" I ask.
"Then what's your problem?"
As near as I can make out, apparently he thinks tripping on toepicks will be like this:
When in reality, five year olds trip on their toepicks and get up from it. I'm 20 years older than he is, maybe 25, and I get up from falling. And I can't remember the last time I fell from a toepick.
I've written about this before. That movie The Cutting Edge has a lot to answer for.
I suppose it was cruel of me not to tell him the real danger of figure skating isn't falling forward, but falling backwards. Hockey players are never afraid of that!