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    Sunday, April 01, 2007

    First time on ice skates results in first time on butt wearing ice skates

    I'm not sure how this is possible but I've lived in New England my entire life without ever strapping on a pair of ice skates. Until yesterday.

    My first time on skates was eventful. I got the chance to have a private lesson with three-time U.S. skating champion Jo Jo Starbuck along with my colleagues on the ice at Rockefeller Center. We were in Manhattan for our annual kickoff meeting and got the weekend off to an early start with some pirouettes, coffee, muffins and wipeouts.

    It's a humbling experience to completely wipeout in front of your work friends. Jo Jo took me under her wing for about 10 minutes until I think she realized I was a lost cause. But thank you for your advice, Jo Jo. Sticking my butt out not only makes me look ridiculous but apparently it doesn't stop me from wiping out either. Click through to my Mobile set for other NYC photos including a blurry photo of my left arm on the Today Show and an R2D2 mailbox.