It's the middle of August, hazy, hot, and humid in this area. How refreshing it would be to put on ice skates and glide outdoors, with the crisp cold air and bright sunlight!
I used to skate outdoors as a child in several of the local lakes and ponds, but these bodies of water seldom ever freeze solid enough to safely skate outdoors. There must be something to the concept of global warming.
Remember the World Championships and Olympics in which the figure skating events were held outdoors? Peggy Fleming won her first of three World titles at Davos, Switzerland, skating in blinding sunshine in a chilly outdoor rink.
The skaters of old really were a tough breed, competing in all kinds of unfavorable weather - snow, sleet, rain, wind, blinding sunshine, fog - you name it, they skated in it. Can you imagine today's top skaters competing under these conditions? Can you imagine their upset at skating on choppy, uneven ice, with gusts of wind to prevent you from landing a jump - even if you were technicaly correct?