Wednesday, February 11, 2009

Don't fool with Mother Nature (golf or skating)

Kendrick Park Ice Skating Rink Tuesday, 1:00 PM
Kendrick Park today 1:00 PM

And I'm not even going to ask--or theorize--what the Hell that yellowish hue is in the middle to upper part of the photos (click them to ENLARGE, if you dare). Yikes!

14 comments:

Anonymous said...

C'mon Larry, nobody can pee that much...not even you.

LarryK4 said...

Damn, I'm glad it was not a dark brown hue.

Helen said...

Hi Larry;

Haven't you ever noticed that is what happens when ice rots?

LarryK4 said...

No, I never noticed that.

I did not even know that ice could rot.

Although by tomorrow, it will sure as heck melt.

Ed said...

And it will freeze again when we go down to the lower teens later this week.

LarryK4 said...

For sure. But in a very uneven sort of way.

And last I looked (although I never noticed that ice could rot) skaters like a fairly flat even terrain.

Anonymous said...

philj.

i played some "pond" hockey on this last weekend. it was nightmarishly bad, even despite weeks of cold. it was laughable to even call the game hockey or the activity skating.

i think the rink is a great idea, and i know it's the most tauted idea of virtually everyone who gave ideas to the kendrick park committtee.

however, it needs to be something that isn't so decidely amateurish. we used to have a great facility way back in the day by the middle school, one that was iced regularly. this thing is really an afterthought. certainly better than mr. shaffer's amusing attempt to put one on the common two years ago.

there needs to be a "pad" put in that can be used for activities during warm weather and converted to ice in the winter.

i suppose if one is a nepalese hockey player and used to playing up/downhill, then it's not bad.

LarryK4 said...

If you're going to do something then do it right.

Ed said...

Well at least they didn't put it over a steam line. I saw a university administrator (not at UMass) once do exactly that, apparently never quite realizing that if all the snow melted off that part of the lawn and the grass was green all winter there, there might be a problem with keeping ice frozen too...

BTW, I suspect the yellow stain is tannin from leaves. You will see it in some very pristine swamps too.

LarryK4 said...

Well at this point we could always turn it into a swimming hole.

Anonymous said...

Hey Larry, rumor has it (based on a number of people I know) that Leading Edge is losing lots of people to Planet Fitness. Once they dropped the Gold's Gym franchise people started heading to PF.

LarryK4 said...

Yeah, BIG surprise.

At this point I feel like the bemused cop standing on the sidelines watching two Mafia families (or drug dealers) engaged in a death match.

So I really don't care which ones goes first--but one is going out pretty soon. Hint: they can claim they "relocated" to Greenfield.

And when that $50 million UMass Recreation Center opens that will take out the other one.

Ed said...

Larry, you *can* compete with the new UM Rec Center. You have two things that it doesn't: free parking and personal service.

If the center is like everything else on this campus, we will get the Soviet-level customer service and the one-size-fits-all programs. The former isn't exactly appreciated by the "I deserve it" generation and the latter isn't applicable to many. (After all, *I* am a UM student...)

Anonymous said...

not true