March 28, 2006

Nostalgika IV: Physical Fitness

Remember those scooters we used to use in gym class (and how it was OK to call it gym, instead of P.E.?)? The only problem was that I always, without fail, ran over my own fingers with these things.

I loved parachute days. They were few and far between. I'd like just one more parachute day.


Chinese Jump Rope! I don't remember all the steps, but there were like 17 phases in the game, and I was pretty damn proud of myself because I could do them all, and not with the rope at ankle level either! Nope, I had advanced to knee-level. I kicked such ass in grade four.

15 comments:

babyjewels said...

My son just went to a birthday party where they did parachute. I wanted to run in the middle but the birthday girl wouldn't budge.

chinese jump rope I can't recall

Kieran said...

Parachutes are great. We used one in PE too. There's only one thin you can actually do with them, which is to get everyone to hold the edges and shake it a lot. Still, it beats pushing a yellow thing will wheels.

Tumbleweed said...

We grew up around the same time. Yay!! If I could still fit my ass on one of those scooters, don't think I wouldn't have one!

I miss Land of the Lost! The special effects were so real.

Juliabohemian said...

Did you play "butts up?"

ME said...

in out side to side on...off!

i miss that so much!

Marisa said...

Damn I miss chinese jumprope! Most fun a kid could have with a flimsy piece of elastic! Inside, outside, on, off, twist, release ... thats all I remember. Did you ever try to use a chair as the second "holder" when you only had two people to play?

Shanshu said...

OMG I totally remember those little flat scooter things! Not sure what the point of them was, though.

miss kendra said...

scooters were VERY dangerous.

parachutes were fun. i liked geting underneath.

Sleep Goblin said...

I LOVE the parachutes. Our elementary school had "field day" every spring, and we'd be given these cards with activities on them. We could do each activity at least once, some twice. And I always made sure I did the bubble blowing contest, the face painting, and the parachute.

the belligerent intellectual said...

I can confidently say that I completely forgot about those scooter things. What was the point of those? To teach kids to watch where they're going even when moving backwards? To help us all sympathize a little more with the disabled? To work the muscle group associated with propelling yourself around on a roller board? It's as though we knew absolutely nothing about physical fitness back then.

jiggs said...

I was never good at jumping rope.

MadMeer said...

We did chinese jump rope every day at the bus stop to keep from freezing to death. I became so obsessed with it at one point, I can remember practicing the motions with my feet while sitting on the toilet.

I still have a scar under my chin from those damn scooters. I ate the floor with my face and bled like crazy. I was a lot more popular after that. Kids love blood.

Madge said...

ummm...

hell yeah.

Lee Ann said...

Oh, I loved parachute day too!
I used to be good at the chinese jump rope...but my favorite was climbing the rope to the ceiling and the Presidential Physical fitness. Most girls hated it, but I loved it. I was really competitive, usually with the boys, because most of the girls were not athletic.

Molly said...

Parachute days were too few and far between...they were my favorite for sure!

Just a few days ago someone was making fun of me for loving parachute day...screw them, I knew there were others like me!