The next day I gave away my skates, since I never wanted to wear them again. And then I bought new skates, even though it was the end of the season.
Skating has been in my to do list all year, and on Friday I finally went to out local community rink and tried out the skates. I only lasted about five minutes - the rink is small, and I'd made Wanda come with me in case I fell and hurt myself - but I am absolutely willing to tackle the canal next.
Well, realistically, next year.
Still, I'm glad I went.