Wednesday. 5:07 am to Grand Central.
I lift my briefcase to store it on the overhead rack and I jam my Oxford into the steel girder under the seat. I look down to assess the damage. A thin sheaf of leather dangles from the toe cap. Expensive miss. Damn it!
I take my seat. I wiggle the toes on my right foot triggering a flashback. A tumble back, way back.
I was 14.
The ice rink. It was a Campbell Soup can without the label, rough cut vertically, flipped on its side and dropped on frozen dirt. No insulation.
Fans, mostly parents, sat huddled on one of three wooden benches that circled the rink, standing to stomp their feet and slap their mitts to keep the blood moving. It was cold, always cold.
An oxidized chain link fence protected the fans from the pucks. Players did not have face masks. It was skin to fence. No, better stated, face to fence. Cage matches before cages were a WWF sport. [Read more…]