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Starting Thursday, September 15th, 2022 and continuing every Thursday night, is Adult Skate Night at Lubbock's Skate Ranch (4701 W Loop 289).

Adult Skate Night begins at 8:30 p.m. and continues until 11:30 p.m. The cost is $9 for entry whether you choose to skate or not. You should choose to at least try to skate though, if you're physically able. I don't want to be the only one clinging to the wall to start.

Skate Ranch has been open in Lubbock since 1967. That's 55 years! It's a Lubbock institution. I had my 12th birthday party there and went countless times with my school and to meet up with friends. I was really quite good at skating and it was a nice replacement for my first love, ice skating, which wasn't available in Lubbock when I was a kid.

I bought skates a year ago, but it turns out roller skating is not like riding a bike. It's kinda hard and my body doesn't remember how to do it. I'm looking forward to attending a few adult skate nights so I can re-learn in a rink, because the last thing I want to do is land on a toddler, or land on the concrete outside. Ouch. By the way, if you're just starting to skate, let me strongly recommend wrist guards.

Most importantly, I'm so glad to see an option for adults to be social that isn't just going to a bar. Don't get me wrong, I really like some bars here, but I have sober friends and sometimes I just don't want to drink. Getting some exercise is a beautiful alternative.

Lubbock needs and wants this option, and I'm so proud that my old-school hang is the one providing it.

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