Four people. ~16,500 square feet of rink.
You figure we'd be able to stay out of each others' way, right?
Miss Bianca and I are working in the Leftie Lutz corner when the other coach and his student skate into the circle and start working on some waltz jumps. Miss Bianca cheerfully tells me to move to center ice.
At center ice Miss Bianca has me working on my back crossovers. The other coach brings his student to center ice and has her start doing forward crossovers so she keeps coming up behind me. I swap directions; he has her swap directions. The girl is always coming up behind me and she won't yield! I have to stop or try to skate around her or sometimes to avoid him.
I stop next to Miss Bianca and ask, "Does he bully your students like this often?"
"Oh," she says cheerfully, "It's just a thing he does."
I ask, "Is he aware he's doing it?" Because I've seen people do some stuff like this and be totally unconscious of it.
Miss Bianca gives me a thoughtful stare but makes no comment.
"Let's go back to the corner," I say. I want to see if it happens again. Honestly, it might be fun. We could work our way around every corner circle.
"No, you should work here."
I assume this is to get me used to managing my skating backwards in a crowd, but it still creeps me out that anywhere we go on the empty rink, the other coach is there.
Well, next time it happens, I'll just skate into him if he doesn't move. It's not like I go that fast and he's a big guy, he can take care of himself.
Or reach up and give him a big wet one on the cheek, that never fails to drive men away!