Last night, however, comedic genius and my partner-in-crime Robert M. Nelson managed to stir me from the sofa to head out for a night of gay rollerskating in, of all places, Farmington. That's a hell of a drive.
I am not a good skater, never was. The last time I rollerskated was in, say, 1980 when I face-planted on the rink at Metro Beach (resulting in three root canals a few years later). The last time I rollerbladed I ended up in the ER with a closed-head injury (cute ER resident though!). And one thing I really hate is not being good at something in front of other people. So it was with great trepidation I approached the entire adventure, but I'm really glad I did.
|Snack 'n Chat!!|
|Robert obeys the rules in the Snack 'n Chat.|
The Bonaventure Family Skating Center is a full-on 1980 time capsule, from the architecture to the interior signage to the skating rink lightshow. I don't think I have to tell you how much that excited me! It was exactly like this scene in Tales of the City.
It was boys-boys-boys and some girls (and some ladyboys) and everyone was so damn nice, it was great. I watched the action rink-side for a while before venturing in, and one guy was skating by and said "hi!" and then fully wiped out. Classic!
|Robert M. Nelson, rollerskating enthusiast.|
|Cindy Elmwood only fell twice, but looked lovely doing so!|
|The Lady Anastasia was booking around the rink.|
|Robert loves Prize Time!|
I wasn't as bad at skating as I thought I would be, although I hesitate to say I had it mastered by the end of the night. But I did see some guys I know and haven't seen in a long time except on Facebook, and I got to skate to "Xanadu" which is pretty much the greatest thing to happen to me this year.
|Shiny disco balls.|
After the fact I found out it was organized by Menjo's and Backstreet, so I think I am in love with them and I'm going to check out the new Menjo's re-do as soon as it opens. There's an article about the gay skating night here, and God willing they will do it again soon! Best gay time ever!
|Bonaventure really IS the home of the good times!!|