Last night Ronnie and I ventured out to the Showare Center in Kent to see the Pandora Love on Ice ice skating exhibition. Music performed by — yup — Barry Manilow.
Manilow impressed, big time. The 69-year old belted out iconic hit after iconic hit. I know it’s not cool for forty-three year old guys to like the dandy dude, but his body of work is impressive, and to be belting them out a year short of seventy — well, amazing.
The evening was marred, however, by the ice skating. Actually the ice skating by Nancy Kerrigan, one of the eight skaters in the Pandora show. Tonya Harding’s former nemesis fell twice during her only stint in the program, the only skater to bite the white. But then it got worse. The show was made for television, and as it turned out the show producers needed to get shots of Kerrigan nailing the jumps she missed. Easier said than done. Kerrigan came out after the show was officially over to nail the jumps for the TV production. But fell again. And again. And again. And again. And again. And again. In total I believe she fell five times (in addition to the earlier two) before she finally hit one.
It was, as you might imagine, tough to watch.
All in all, however, it was a fun evening out. Looking forward to the next one. Something tells me Nancy Kerrigan will retire before then.