Sunday, September 4, 2016

Ice Skating in the Desert

One of the more reasonably priced and cool activities is ice skating (1.5 Kuwaiti Dinar for 90 minutes - basically $5 a person, including skate rental).  So after being inspired by our attendance at the "professional" hockey game, we decided to hit the rink a couple of Friday mornings.  Ian was travelling that night, so he didn't skate.  He was concerned about potential injury, so he was our photographer.  I gave him a bit of a hard time, so karma got me the next outing.

The first week was uneventful, everyone had fun and after a few trips around with the frame, they were able to do it on their own.  We even had a coach (trying to drum up business for himself, no doubt) key in on Gavin.  He is convinced that Gavin could be an amazing skater.  I agree, but he's so shy he didn't want to work one on one with the coach.  Don't worry, I hope to keep going enough to get him comfortable enough to agree.

 I have to admit that the second week's attempt was not as successful, at least not for me. Unfortunately, we don't have pictures of the second week, but everyone was skating without frames and doing a fantastic job.  Remember my comment above about karma?  Well, after about an hour of skating, I decided to sit down on the ice.  I don't remember why, maybe I was tired?  Anyway, for reasons unbeknownst to me, I decided to sit down on the ice --- hard.  So hard, in fact, that my upper body whiplashed back and I cracked my head against the ice.  I never lost consciousness, but it was hard enough that I earned my second trip to Al Seef hospital.  This time for a CT scan.  Fortunately, I didn't do any major damage, but definitely had a concussion.

And, yes, I have purchased a helmet for myself for any further ice skating adventures.

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