Madwoman Out of the Attic

a feminist trudging forward in a patriarchal world

Monday, February 13, 2006

True Love

Last month, on a Saturday when I was particularly bored, Mike called out from the other room, "I may live to regret this, but come and take a look at this."

He was looking the cityguide page on AOL and the editor's pick for that Saturday was Smuckers' Stars on Ice. I was stunned. Mike can't stand ice skating. Whenever he finds me watching it in the living room, he turns tail pretty quickly and escapes.

But out of a pure desire to make me happy, he manfully offered to go to this Ice Skating show with me. And he didn't even complain at all while we were watching it, telling me afterwards that he liked the ensemble skating the best. (Mike is very tactful. He knows it would annoy me if he told me he hated it, so he subtly talks about the part he dislikes least.)

Mike, I know you'll never offer again to go to a skating show with me, but you're the best for giving it a shot once.


Blogger amelia said...

that's enough to make me believe in the goodness of mankind. :) you guys totally crack me up. in a very good kind of way.

and caroline, have you figured out when the good ice skating nights are for the olympics? cause i'm a sucker for ice skating and i'd love to come watch some with you over some pizza or ice cream or something.

2/13/2006 4:11 PM  
Blogger Caroline said...

I haven't for sure - I think the important skating is next week or the week after. Definitely, let's do an ice cream / pizza thing and watch it. Mike's out of town all this week, if you want to come over sometime and watch movies or something... :)

And I'm still hoping you'll answer my question on your skeleton woman post over at exponent blog. (I'm a nag.) Just how far should we work with the institutional Church system when we disagree with something? Is there a place for selective withdrawl or expression of dissatisfaction?

2/13/2006 4:30 PM  
Blogger amelia said...

i'm sorry i haven't gotten to it. it's been nagging me at the back of my mind. i've been putting in some pretty crazy hours. 14 hour day yesterday. and that's become standard. bleh.

maybe i can come watch ice skating and blog at the same time. :)

2/14/2006 7:45 AM  
Blogger Caroline said...

Yikes, 14 hours? Well, clearly skeleton woman should wait. Definitely, let's do a blogging/ ice skaiting get together.

2/14/2006 7:50 AM  
Blogger Deborah said...

I wanna come! Wait, I live in New Jersey. Sigh.

2/14/2006 6:10 PM  
Blogger Caroline said...

Deborah, are you an ice skating junkie too? Too bad you're so far away!

2/14/2006 7:32 PM  
Blogger amelia said...

if you ever come to SoCal, Deborah, we should definitely have a girls night. it would be tons of fun.

and apparently my days go in waves. cause i should have had a 14 hour day today, too, but i haven't. now i have to stay up grading half the night. yuck.

2/14/2006 7:53 PM  
Blogger Caroline said...

Well, if you need a break Amy, the men's short program is tonight. Yippee! I love watching the men leap and twirl! (that sounded weird)

2/14/2006 7:58 PM  
Blogger amelia said...

oh i wish i could come and watch. is it on right now?

and i think this is so funny: i'm working in panera tonight and i just went to refill my drink and overheard a group of six men discussing the nuances of figure skating. cracked me up.

2/14/2006 8:12 PM  
Blogger Caroline said...

Yup. Interspersed with some other things. Evgeny Pleshenko is way in the lead, followed by a Swiss guy. The American Weir hasn’t skated yet. It’s so much fun to see really good skating. Professional programs don’t interest me nearly as much as amateur, since they are so watered down.

Wow, men talking about nuances of figure skating? That’s awesome.

2/14/2006 8:44 PM  
Blogger Deborah said...

Know what I miss? Really great ice dancing ala Torvill and Dean. I wore out a tape of their greatest hits. Bolero will bring tears to your eyes.

2/15/2006 12:29 PM  
Anonymous Mike said...

Now that my good deed has been publicly acknowledged, I won't get my reward in heaven.

Maybe if you treat me nicely I'll go with you to another ice skating show when we're retir--I mean sometime soon.

PS, I actually did enjoy the ensemble. (I was just waiting for two skaters to run into eachother, with one skater's skate slicing into the neck of another.)

2/17/2006 7:09 AM  
Blogger John said...

Hey, what's wrong with men discussing the nuances of figure skating? Reinforcing gender stereotypes, are we? :P

2/19/2006 4:59 PM  

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