The following is a true story, only the names have been changed, to protect the guilty.

Tuesday, November 26, 2013


It's been over a decade since I've been to the Metro Dome Stadium in Minneapolis to strap on a pair of rollerblades. A few weeks ago while I was putting away gear and tripping over my kids skates it occurred to me my kids have never been to the Rollerdome.

  Although none of my kids really skate all that much, either on ice or pavement, skating is a good way to have some fun, burn off energy, and learn balance that transfers to many other activities. It's cold now and the daylight is virtually now existent after school and work so the dome is a great way to get a warm, self- created wind, blowing through your hair.
  On Monday night it would  just be Super Y, Big D, and myself, as G Man and  Lynn were at the gymnastics gym. For a couple kids that rarely skate they did pretty well. Their biggest problem being the crappy, garage sale skates they were wearing. The wheels made from hard plastic had so little grip they just could not push-off on them. I give them a lot of credit for sticking it out for two hours. A shopping trip will be in order before our next outing.
They got interviewed by PBS for program on Almanac, in which they will be talking about the future plans of the dome being torn down and the probability of no more skating.

        My skates on the other had were virtually brand new and fast as heck. A couple years ago I found myself drooling over them at a rock bottom price.... I had to have them. They only got used three times and have been collecting dust in the gear room ever since. I know it's shameful but I like in-line skating.


  1. Damn!!
    Late 1986-1990 all winters were spent skate around that dreadful building!! Lol
    Thanks for bringing me back to those times!!

    1. Wow, I had no idea skating at the dome went back that far. Now that we're admitting things.........I still wear Crocs :-0

  2. This comment has been removed by the author.

  3. They announced that there will be skating in the new stadium concourses when it opens. It was a pretty big deal to keep it going, supposedly, and the MN Sports Authority even brought it up to the architects to keep in mind while designing, supposedly.