Sandbox Adventure List 23: Guats on Ice

16 Dec

He’d seen Charlie Brown do it.  He’d seen the L.A. Kings do it.

But considering I lived in The Golden State, I didn’t think this one would be possible. But when the Christmas spirit hits Southern California you can find a little bit of Winter Wonderland even in our 80-degree weather. So I took his Charlie Brown dream and made it happen. His sister was too small to remember Charlie Brown, but she’ll remember it this year.

I’d say we were like Kings on ice, but in truth there was a lot of falling and cold butts. We enjoyed every minute. In fact it was such a good Sandbox List Adventure it made me forget about the Parking War I had with this lady and her Chevy Suburban.

Normally I’m all for waiting, parking spots are hard to come by. But there are certain rules you follow when doing so and the number one common-sense-good-driver rule is don’t block traffic. Dude, just don’t do it. Don’t have the ass of your car hanging out onto on-coming traffic. Don’t stop your car in the middle of the lane, where you’re in the perfect position to take up the entire lane and nobody can squeeze by on the left or right of you. Don’t ignore the honking of multiple horns telling you to move your ass because your need for front-row parking may in fact get your tires slashed. Don’t wait more than ten minutes for someone to get into their car. It creates road rage for those trying to get to the parking spot four spaces down.

Yes. I was behind that woman, and it almost soured the entire experience. But eventually I was able to off-road it, go around her, and leave my George-Costanza state of mind in the parking lot.  Once I got to the ticket booth all I could see was the Charlie Brown possibilities.


Mastering the ice one step at a time.

Mastering the ice one step at a time.


His sister getting a feel for the ice on a different level.

His sister was getting a feel for the ice on a different level.



Confident enough to let go of the wall he moves to the next stage … hanging on to the sled and pushing his sister.


She decided to be brave just like her brother and stand behind the seal.

She decided to be brave just like her brother and skate behind the seal.

In the end we had a good time falls and all.

In the end we had a good time falls and all.




3 Responses to “Sandbox Adventure List 23: Guats on Ice”

  1. susan swiderski December 17, 2013 at 9:21 AM #

    Looks like you guys had a ton of fun. I haven’t been ice skating since I was a teenager, and it was in a rink set up in the football stadium parking lot in Baltimore. That rink was so crowded, no one could have fallen if they’d wanted to!

    Merry Christmas!

  2. anotherday2paradise December 17, 2013 at 5:43 PM #

    Lovely fun times with the kids. I never quite mastered the art of skating. I guess I was too afraid of falling. Merry Christmas to you and your cute family. 🙂

  3. lameadventures December 17, 2013 at 10:24 PM #

    There’s something to be said about having a low center of gravity and youth on your side other than, “I have neither.” Glad that you and the Little Guats all had fun.

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