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John Wheeler, WDAY, Published November 13 2013

Weather Talk: Sliding on ice exciting for boy growing up in Alabama

One of my favorite winter experiences, growing up in Alabama, was when a cold snap would follow a heavy rain.

There was nothing more exciting than running and sliding on ice. Back in the 1960s, boys wore leather shoes to school, which was a drag most of the time. But when puddles turned into skating rinks, the leather bottoms were perfect for sliding. We knocked our noggins a few times, but the sport was fantastic because the conditions for it were so rare.

I remember once watching part of a hockey game on television and wondering how they managed to create that rink of ice inside a building. The South is full of professional, minor league, and college level hockey now, but when I was a kid, I could not even imagine such a sport as ice hockey. But I could run and slide on leather-bottomed shoes as well as anyone in school.

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