I started ice-skating at age three, mostly at the Plaza Ice Rink in New Orleans, Louisiana. I competed for several years, both as an individual and as part of a precision team called the L’il Dixies. Our precision team was National Champions two years in a row. I didn’t fair as well in my competitions, as I had a tendency to rush through everything (things may not have changed in this area… ha). It was a great time and I have many fond memories of this part of my life. My family relocated to Covington, Louisiana the summer before I started 4th grade. That year, I decided that the hour-long treks to New Orleans were too much for me to continue skating. Shortly after I quit, the Plaza Ice Rink closed for good, ending the opportunity for figure skating in New Orleans. Figure skating has always been one of those “coulda shoulda woulda” things in my life. How good could I have been had I never quit? I always looked forward to skating again, but for one reason or another, I never followed through on my desires. I think now is the time. I’m officially in that “Over 40” division I remember from competitions as a child. I realized that the nearest ice rink is only ~15 minutes from work and maybe only ~30-40 minutes from home; I think that’s doable at this stage in my life. So, it’s time…. I am ready to embark on the challenge of picking up where I left off 30 years ago….