Re: It started playing Roller Hockey in the cul-de-sac
Fun topic for discussion Think we all probably had our own "cul-de-sacs" rinks at one point or another.
For me I got into inline as a way to train for ice hockey and it ended up being my primary source of hockey over time. We had the Twin Rivers library parking lot in East Windsor, NJ as our "rink" - was nearly perfect size and shape for us.
None of us had nets back then so what we would do is get four shopping carts from the grocery store down the block and put a pair on each end backside down so the narrower front of the carts was the top of the "net". This was way smaller than a normal net and to score goals you really had to be accurate because we often did have goalies too.
A few of us got pretty good at shooting lasers at the carts. I remember nailing quite a few slappers from 30 or so feet out in the top corner of the carts.
The rough pavement took it's toll on wheels. During the summer months with no school and lot's of play it was not unusual for the more active among us to go through a set of wheels every other week. I used to grind mine down to the hubs with how much I played.
The library was never fond of us playing out there and would get mad lol, but we really did not have any other good places like that. Sadly the year after I left to mitigate people using it for hockey etc, they put a median down the center of the lot to alter the layout and make it too narrow.
Good times though. Many LONG days out there from morning until dark.
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