Posts Tagged ‘figure skating’

Oh ma gawsh. I had quite the experience yesterday meeting Johnny G. Weir at the Borders in Columbus Circle.

First of all: this was my first book signing I’ve ever been to EVER and I’m not sure if this is just the way things are done at Borders in general or just Johnny Weir specifically, but he couldn’t personalize the signings and we weren’t allowed to take pictures with him. So I was PEESED. I mean, I went so I could A) meet Johnny B) Get a picture with Johnny and C) Get Johnny to write something in Russian for my sister. BUT IT WAS NOT ALLOWED!

I got to the book signing an hour and a half early cause, as I said, it was my first book signing experience and I wasn’t sure if there’d be a cutoff or anything. Well LET ME TELL YOU, us people who got there early were the fools. Because they rushed you like crazy and the people at the end got to take their sweet old time. BUT I did get to talk to Johnny about A) The Olympics B) Him and Sasha Cohen being my favorite figure skaters and C) My little sister moving to Russia. He even told me, “Tell Alexandra I said good luck.” DONE!

Look at how cute he is! Him and his little posse. I love it.

ANYWAY let me tell you how that top photo came to be because I am so proud of myself for it. Soooo… since the signing flew by, I decided to stick around and see if I could get a picture with him when it was all done. So I waited. And waited. And people left. And I waited. There was about a dozen of us waiting on the side while he signed some last copies and TOOK PICTURES WITH BORDERS STAFF. I could have killed them. We weren’t allowed to take pictures with him and there they were snapping pictures away right in front of this. Like I get that’s your perk for working at the Borders in Columbus Circle but have some TACT.

ANYWAY so we were standing there and Johnny answered some questions for some interviewer and then he walked in the opposite direction of us and started putting on his coat and his entourage started walking in the opposite direction of us too. So I’m thinking, “Oh no, oh no.” And all of a sudden I just go, “JOHNNYYYYYY!” and he looks over at me and I wave and I go, “Will you come over here, pleaaaaaaase?” And he walked right up to me and I asked him if we could take a picture and VIOLA!

Of course after I got him over to our side and took a picture with him, the other people around me started asking for one too and as I left I go, “You’re welcome, everybody.” Because seriously. Sometimes if you want something, all you gotta do is ask. :)

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I love Johnny Weir.

That is all. Happy weekend!

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Hello! Tuesday night I went skating again at Bryant Park. Since it’s peak season and it was after work, you can probably imagine how packed it was.

The ice was so bad and there was so much snow, I felt like I was walking through a cloud instead of skating on ice. I probably dulled my blades something good. I tried to do a few things but there were just SO many people! I did a couple axels and a few spins but that was pretty much it.

I did a flying camel in the middle of the rink and then the lady teaching lessons came over and told me that she was teaching a lesson and she couldn’t really tell me not to skate in the middle but, um, could I not skate in the middle? Huh? And I was with my professional photog who also got yelled at, but for taking a picture of me (no electronics on the ice!). So many rules in figure skating!

At least the lady was nice enough to let me know when her lesson was over so I could use the middle again and I did a few more spins. I did two sit spins which I definitely have not done in years. Legs = sore.

Here’s me trying to do a layback:

As packed as it was, it was actually pretty fun. And I only knocked over one person (seriously). Also, now there’s a huge Christmas tree in Bryant Park which makes it even more lovely.

Skating at Bryant Park makes me want to skate every single day. And it makes me even more excited to finally try skating at Prospect Park, the rink that’s super close to my apartment. It’s ridiculous how close it is to me actually (I can see it from my bedroom window) so I need to get me and my skates over there ASAP.

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Ice skating in New York City: one of the most popular winter activities for tourists and locals alike. Oh, I wish I could love you. But it’s actually my biggest (perhaps my only?) complaint about living in NYC: the lack of ice rinks. And don’t even suggest Chelsea Piers. Sure, there’s about five outdoor rinks that pop up every winter, but for someone who used to be a bit of a figure skater, it just doesn’t work. Last year I made the mistake of trying to skate at the big rink in Central Park and I got yelled at for spinning in the center ice (private lessons only!). Another time at Rockefeller Center I almost landed my skate on a kid’s face. Oops. These rinks are just wayyy too crowded! And let’s not even talk about the cost of admission to get into one of these bad boys. Oh, and don’t forget your rental skates!

The Pond at Bryant Park, however, is a diamond in the rough. First, admission is free, so if you don’t need to rent skates, you’re good to go (I think renting them is about $12, though). Second, the rink opens at 8 a.m. EIGHT A.M. How many people want to get up that early to skate at 8 a.m.? Not many.

So, yesterday morning, as I had the day off of work, I made my way over at Bryant Park and was one of the first people on the ice. It got a little more crowded closer to 9, but it was nothing like the insanity it is on the afternoons, nights, and weekends. I was actually able to try a few things without worrying some little kid was going to die. And that felt great.

I’m thinking skating in the morning at Bryant Park could potentially become a regular thing for me, at least on days I don’t plan on going into the office until 10. Just keep it hush hush, please, cause I don’t want any more people showing up.

Oh, except, who wants to come with me next time and take my picture? :)

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