Ice Skating Memories

Tony loves to ice skate and play hockey even at his present age, 50 something. 19 YEARS AGO today, Tony played ice hockey on 4-Pole creek in Ritter Park.

Where Were You in 1989?

Quick! Where were you 19 years ago today? Chances are good you do not remember the cold wave of Christmas week 1989. After all, sub zero temperatures without an all out blizzard are not the stuff that make for “can’t forget” moments unless you are a weatherman or had your pipes burst.

Turns out December 1989 rewrote the records as the coldest in modern times. We shivered on several days with below zero mornings including Christmas dawn when Santa brought a rare rime ice phenomenon down from the North Pole. That morning, the trees glistened smartly as if they had been hosed down in the subzero chill. The symbolism of the rare rime that morning was subtle as we honored the birth of Jesus Christ.

Rime ice is a form of deposition normally reserved for Arctic or Antarctic climes. But on that Christmas morn, with wisps of sea smoke dangling above the partly open, partly frozen Ohio River, the rime formed just like it does at the North Pole!

But I digress! This blog is about December 21, 1989 when the morning temperature dropped to 13 below. I recall that day since it would be the first time I ice skated on 4 pole creek thru Ritter Park.

I recall people staring at me (nobody knew it was the weatherman) as if hockey was a foreign sport. The ice was as smooth as glass and my slap shot was low and hard. I wore my favorite Philadelphia Flyers jersey over 3 other sweat shirts.

Inside my hockey gloves, a second pair of hand warmers was fitted to my fingers. Still, when you lace up a pair of hockey blades, you can’t do it with gloves on, so my bare fingertips felt the sting of the subzero morning. And of course, my toes froze solidly rendering numbness inside my size 8 Bauers.

In my hand, I had a left handed curved Northland stick and on the ice a puck I had caught at an NHL Hockey game in Philly.

I scored a hat trick day in the metaphorical game I played against a mythical opponent. You see on this day, I was a kid again pretending I was playing on a pro ice rink.

One final reminder, it takes 3 straight nights below 10 degrees for ponds and small streams to have thick enough ice to be safe enough to walk or skate on. Tonight is night 2, though the big thaw begins on Tuesday and will be complete by Wednesday. Kids, stay away from streams with ice on it this time.

Klondike Tony
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