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My (19th) birthday present to myself. This was not during the show...a friend and I arranged for private ice time during the day, and took photos for hours.
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I first met her in 1967, but then I was her In Home Supportive Service worker from 1994 until she died in 2001. Mostly what I did was drive her to appointments, take her shopping, and stuff. (She loved to "shop"...she'd walk through an entire store, just looking...drove me crazy.) But there was a problem, sometimes I'd have to pull the car over to the side of the road, or get off the freeway because we'd get to laughing so hard. About anything.
She told me a lot of interesting dirt about competitive skating judging before the Great Salt Lake Olympics scandal. I didn't really believe everything she told me till that happened. And by then she was gone, and it was too late for me to apologize for doubting her.
We did have a major falling-out over the OJ Simpson trial. But since the DA put on such a clumsy prosecution, and he was acquitted, so we got over it.
I don't remember if I was 12 or 13 when I had my first lesson...that was also my first time on the ice. I had burned out on ballet when I was 11 or 12, and quit, but I had fallen in love with a local LIVE TV show called "Frosty Frolics," and when my mom saw an ad in the paper about a little ice skating studio opening up in town...offering a discount on the first 5 lessons, she asked me if I wanted to try it. WHOOOO-HAH! Did I ever!
Here's a story about one of the stars of "Frosty Frolics" that I got to know later. She had the most amazing life, and the most amazing split-jump:
Thanks, but I was just average...one of the chorus line. That spiral was my only spectacular thing. I loved to see how high I could get my right foot...
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