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Oval Fever



An unsuspecting Richmond local on a riverbank walk discovers an enchanted Speed Skating Oval.

An unsuspecting Richmond local on a riverbank walk discovers an enchanted Speed Skating Oval.



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  • The Enchanted Speed Skating Oval
  • Friends: This little slideshow is the record of a first impression. First impressions are not always correct. I love fairy tales. Peace and goodwill to all!
  • One winter day I headed out to walk downtown along the riverbank.
  • It was a bit too cold to stop for lunch.
  • The mountains were gleaming in the late afternoon sun.
  • I was worried the ducks might be cold. Suddenly---
  • I saw before me, where once was a field of grass, a beautiful Speed Skating oval
  • It was built of magic pine beetle wood, and was as majestic as a palace.
  • Entranced, I walked up and stood beneath the magic pine beetle wood awning.
  • A door was open just a crack. I squeezed through.
  • For a moment I was blinded by bright light. The air around me was as warm as a summer day.
  • I had entered an enchanted world of the fairies-- a giant silver oval of ice beneath a roof of stars.
  • And round and round the oval skated the fairy speed skaters, handsome and beautiful and dressed in brilliant costumes.
  • Around and around they skated in a magic ice dance
  • Faster than the wind
  • I hid behind a pointsettia plant and watched for what seemed like hours.
  • And then... to my great sorrow, they stopped skating
  • And began to disappear
  • In an instant they were gone
  • I humbly departed.
  • Oh what wonders I could tell of this magic place
  • Of its secret rooms of hidden treasure
  • Its precious ornaments
  • And fearsome statue
  • And towering walls of glass
  • As I looked back I saw a fence had sprung up behind me all around the entrance.
  • And I saw giant nets strung up-- to capture others as they had captured me?
  • There is a darkness in my heart
  • For now the world around me, though so clean and lovely and full of life, no longer interests me
  • The Enchanted Speed Skating Oval has bewitched me. At night I dream of it. And all the day long I hunger to return.
  • I would pay any price to go back to watch the fairy speed skaters glide around their oval of ice
  • I am afraid, though, that the price will be very high.
  • End