And tripped me up they did. I skated for about 50 minutes without incident and turned back to my work building and bit it good. I took on a bit of speed on a very small hill and the brakes were a bit awkward for me. I braked until it squealed and then the next thing I knew I was about to meet the ground. Since, I was too impatient to try these skates at home where I would have been properly padded up I chose to take this type of risk. I feel like I'm 12 again with my puss-y (pussy??) skinned up knees and scabby hand.
So, I went skating for the first time on some Landroller skates. I skated around the campus track for almost an hour during my lunch break. My boss' daughter wasn't too crazy about the skates after using them just a couple of times. So, my boss' wife offered them to me since she knew that I skated. The skates were awkward and heavy. It was pretty much like an in-line skating experience except just a tad weirder in sensation. The wheels are so large that they felt like they would trip me up some.
Now that children is why we should wear pads when we skate.
However, when I was a wee one they made us kids a lot tougher. We didn't have no stinkin' pads and helmets. We earned our red badges of courage with a bit of blind faith and lots of band-aids.