19 Somethin’ – Skating rinks

The 19 Somethin’ series continues. If you missed the previous articles, you can get caught up here.

Here is the next line in the song:

It was 1980 somethin’
in the world that I grew up in
Skatin’ rinks and black Trans Ams

Today, we will talk about skating rinks.

Remember when skates had 2 wheels under the front toe, and 2 wheels under the heel instead of the inline skates where the “roller skate” resembles an ice skate? In the late ’70s throughout the ’80s, going to a roller skating rink was a popular recreation. You would go in and get your rental skates. It could be a pain trying to put them on. You would sit down, grab the skate, and try to slide your foot in. But the back heel of the skate would keep rolling out and away from you. Maybe that was just me. Anyway, you would then go out on to the wooden oval rink and join the rest of the skaters, and try to not to get in anybody’s way. And you would hope that somebody else wouldn’t lose control and crash into you. At least in the latter case, you wouldn’t feel as much as a fool since it would be the other person’s fault!
So, you would be skating around to music and socializing. I remember that there were a lot of disco songs playing, such as “Y.M.C.A”, “I Will Survive”, and anything from Saturday Night Fever. There would also be Hall & Oates, “Another One Bites the Dust” by Queen, and Michael Jackson songs. And then uh-oh, Ladies Choice! A slow song would come on, such as “Cherish” by Kool and the Gang, “How Deep is Your Love” by the Bee Gees, or “Babe” or “The Best of Times” by Styx. Then the D.J. would announce that it was Ladies Choice, and the girls would try to find a boy to hold hands and skate with.
There were some good times. You would go with a group of people on the weekend. Some kids may have had birthday parties there too.

Does anybody have any good or funny memories of roller skating in the 80s? Are there any favorite songs that you remember playing there? Let us know!

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