Luging Down My Driveaway {random fun fact 1}

I would REALLY like to get to know YOU, my readers a little better.  I’m thinking that one of the best ways to do that is tell you something random/funny/embarrassing/revealing about myself every so often in the hopes that YOU, in return, will tell me something.
And maybe we can get to know one another one story at a time, just the way friends in real life do……

So, today, we will file this little fun fact in the random/funny/embarrassing file…..

Here goes:

In 1988, I was COMPLETELY obsessed with the Winter Olympics. Like, obsessed, OBSESSED.

OBSESSED.

I recorded as many events as possible {on VHS, of course} and ate, slept, and breathed the events.  It was all I could think of.

Am I coming accross loud and clear? I was obsessed as only a 13 year old could be.

I was VERY convinced that I was probably meant to marry one of “the Brians” {if you’re not sure exactly what I’m referring to, go ahead and google ‘battle of the brians’}  I didn’t really care which one, loved them both.

It was during this time that I realized the call of my life.
I realized for the 1st time that my destiny, if you will,
was to become an olympian.  I was convinced of it.  I reasoned {with myself, of course} that only a person destined for Olympic greatness could be THIS consumed by the Olympics.

So, I set about working on finding an event at which I could make Olympic history.  Mind you, I was already having gold medal/podium/star spangled banner fantasies. So really, finding an Olympic event at age 14 seemed like just a mere technicality.

Where to start…….

Well, I lived on a lake, and I had skates, so figure skating seemed like a no brainer {nevermind the fact that I was and have always been built more like a linebacker than a figure skater}
Even at 13, it didn’t take me long to realize that axel jumps and camel spins were not going to be realistic for a girl my size..

BUT how about speed skating? I mean, I definitely had the thighs for it, and really, what could be so hard about bending over and skating in a circle whilst swinging one arm?
It turns out that figure skates NO WORK SO WELL for speed skating *girl’s face meets ice*

‘AHA!’  I thought, ”I have a long, winding driveway, snow, and a sled….’

See where I’m going with this?

Yup.

Common sense told me that maybe training for the luge would be a more attainable goal.
I did indeed try luging down my driveaway in a $10 plastic sled. I don’t really think that I need to elaborate on how that went.

Eventually the 1988 Winter Olympics ended and my Olympic dreams seemed to go with them.

I will say that it is one of my very FAVORITE things to tell people,
“I once tried luging down my driveaway in a plastic sled.”

OK, now it’s your turn. Tell me something about you that we can file in the random/funny/embarrassing file. I LOVE to hear from you……

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Comments

  1. I’m trying my best to think of something totally embarrassing, but I am pretty sure I’ve suppressed these memories! 😉

    A totally random fact about me though….I have circumnavigated the globe! True story. 🙂

    {when I remember all of my embarrassing tales, I will come back and list one or two. Promise}

  2. When I was pregnant with my son, I craved Baskin Robbin’s Mint Chocolate Chip Ice Cream. One night, I decided I HAD to have some right away. My husband rushed me over to Baskin Robbins. We drove up to the door at 9:00pm, just as the employee was locking the door. I hopped out of our car… ran up to the door and begged the lady to let us in. We bought a Mint Chocolate Chip Birthday Cake that night. I ate half of it. It was delicious:)
    Elizabeth

  3. When I was pregnant with my son, I craved Baskin Robbin’s Mint Chocolate Chip Ice Cream. One night, I decided I HAD to have some right away. My husband rushed me over to Baskin Robbins. We drove up to the door at 9:00pm, just as the employee was locking the door. I hopped out of our car… ran up to the door and begged the lady to let us in. We bought a Mint Chocolate Chip Birthday Cake that night. I ate half of it. It was delicious:)
    Elizabeth

  4. OMG, I LOVE THIS! It’s hysterical! And awesome! And while you were dreaming of Olympics, I was dreaming of Broadway. I used to play the Les Mis soundtrack and practice my dying like Eponine and deciding which Teen Bop heart throb should be my Marius.

  5. Bar hopping with a friend. Met one of her friends, and drove to the next bar with him, following my girlfriend, following another guy. First guy hit brakes and my girlfriend slammed into his rear end. I turned to the guy I just met and said “I did that once.” He turned to me and said “That was me!” I recognized him then, and was so embarrassed. Eight months later though, we got married.

  6. @Jaime, Cool fun fact. I would love to be able to say I circumnavigated the globe!
    @Elizabeth, isn’t it amazing what pregnancy hormones make us do?!
    @Julie all I can say {through my snorts} is : two peas in a pod.
    @cinders THAT is a fun story!!!!!

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