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26 Jan, 2018

Late last night

Posted by andrea tomkins in: Ottawa

I did something new to me: I helped flood our community ice rink last night. I even have proof!

Making the ice all nice!

As you can probably tell, I’m wearing every article of warm clothing that I own. ;)

I volunteered to try it out because I’m working on a piece for the paper about it. I’ll share a link on my Facebook page when it’s ready. I will say this: it was fun. It was cold, that’s for sure, and it was actually hard work, but it was fun. I will admit that the hose got heavy after awhile, although I don’t know if it was the weight of the water or the fact that my limbs were all jelly-like after the yoga class I had earlier in the evening.

Here’s the hose cam in action:

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Guess what I did last night? #ohcanada

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I went back to the rink today to take some more photos and see how, ahem, my ice turned out. I chatted with a mother who was there with her two young boys. One of them, who was clearly a hockey star in the making, was gleefully pushing a puck around the ice. At one point he came over and I had the chance to ask him an important question.

“How’s the ice today?
“It’s REALLY nice,” he said, with extra emphasis on the REALLY.
I laughed and pointed to my chest. “I did that! I helped flood the rink last night!”

I couldn’t help myself. I was strangely excited to share this news, and a little proud, too.

1 Response to "Late last night"

1 | Jen_nifer

January 28th, 2018 at 9:05 am


That’s so awesome!

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