Sunday, February 26, 2006


Am I too old to learn to rollerblade? Is there an age when one stops being able to learn to do stuff? This is something I've been thinking about a lot with my impending motorcycle purchase. What if I can't learn to ride it? What if I'm too old to learn to coordinate the shifting of the gears? What if I don't have the ability to keep my balance while making turns? Probably this won't be the case and I'll be riding smoothly soon enough. Still, as I look for more and more things to learn after what feels like years of stagnation, I have to wonder if there's a limit.

There's a definite limit in the sense of how to fit all these things into my schedule. On top of learning to ride, I still have about a million other projects I'm trying to finish, plus I have to, like, go to work and stuff. And the gym. And the post office. And I'd like to get back into martial arts. So how can I possible fit rollerblading in amongst all that? I dunno. But I want to.

I've actually been wanting to learn to roller blade for a long time, but I was worried about aggravating an old leg injury. However, after trying to ice skate a few months ago, I think my leg will be fine. So I will probably buy some rollerblades, and as soon as the weather is nicer I will practice going to and fro the beach. Also, there is a very cute girl who rollerblades past my house on sunny days -- she rollerblades like a rocket! I will ask her to give me lessons.

Other things I would like to learn: I would like to learn to fish, and I would like to learn how to sail. I would also like to learn how to shoot a gun and how to ride a horse (though I am allergic to horses) and how to survive alone in the woods indefinitely if necessary (I guess part of me is getting ready for the end of the world). And I would like to learn to play the piano.


TW said...

No you're not too old. Just do it! Recommendation: bought some rollerskates last year and skated with CPDSA (Central Park Dance Skaters Association). They set up a dj booth w/speakers outside & we just boogied down. Heaven!

Mustapha Mond said...

Was that in June? I'm pretty sure I was there for that! On the outside looking in, but it looked like a lot of fun.

Hey, you're in NYC? The plot thickens!

tw said...

I live in one of the surrounding buroughs and yes, it was around that time. You probably saw me doing my best finger snaps while trying to keep from falling over. I'll definitely send you a link to the blog soon. Do you have an email address?

p.s. Get the darn blades already :)

Mustapha Mond said...

You can get my email from my profile.

I'm eager to get the blades, but I'm afraid I'm going to have back burner them until after I've got my motorcycle gear: leather jacket, boots, etc. Now, if I could wear the roller blades instead of the boots, that would be sweet.