My daughter Frankie and I biked the mile or so over to the lagoons at Washington Park on Sunday. The rain and warm weather last week may have washed away our local opportunities for skiing and sledding, but the following cold snap it created awesome skating. When I was a kid, all Milwaukee County Parks with lagoons rented skates and sold hot chocolate. I remember the lagoons being filled with people skating. I can skate for 20 minutes over my lunch hour at Red Arrow Park, but there is just something special about the natural ice of a lagoon or pond.
We ran into a neighbor skating with one of his kids at the park, but otherwise we had the lagoons all to ourselves. With temperatures in the mid-twenties, it was perfect skating weather.
I seem to be continually asking myself quesitons like that. Why don’t more people bike short distances? Why don’t more people take advantage of the Hank Aaron State Trail? Why do I have to go to a different city to buy the bike I want? Even the neighbor we met skating with his son, who lives much closer and is a bike guy, commented “Wow, you guys biked over here?” He drove the 5 blocks, we pedaled 13 blocks. Why am I so different from everybody else? At least we had skating in common.
I’m not a stickler for rules, so maybe I can still come up with a New Years resolution that has something to do with the answer to these questions. Any readers have any suggestions that offer more insight other than accepting that “I’m not like everybody else?”