Last weekend I passed through Woonsocket as we headed up to The Hub for Connie’s coming out party.
As we cruised up Diamond Hill Road (the spine of East Woonsocket), I saw the dilapidated wreck that was once our afterschool and weekend evening haven: the sweaty den of iniquity known as Roller Kingdom. The site of many forgotten great events, and some not forgotten.
It was the location of the famous “You’re pushing me Warrior!” event (although some might think this occurred at Brunswick, which is not the case.)
I also recall Jon going toe-to-toe with a slightly older family friend of mine. Jon quipped to the slightly unstable boy “You forgot to take your pill,” to which he quickly retorted “and so did your Mom when she had you!” Not a major event, at least not like my first (I think) girl hand-hold with Barrette there in Junior High. Nervous, sweaty, body odor-laden. Good times.
I don’t think the place was air conditioned, was it? How nasty did it get in there if it wasn’t? I can only imagine the pubescent stench of feet filling the place.
I recall bad food, uncomfortable melamine seats, not really knowing how to skate (or more accurately how to stop), and being intimidated by older kids (including cruds / Cumberland Farms Crowd)– especially those on in-line skates. Those seemed like the wave of the future back then.
Any other memories?