ice kayaking

one thing I noticed about Yuri On Ice is that there are no really big hardcore rivalries. You see it off ice a bit with Yurio and Yuuri of course but even that you know is turning into a respectful friendship and it was more one-sided anyways. They are all competitive and make fun of each other but nothing is bad spirited, even with JJ acting out and running his mouth, you see in episode 9 that he just really wants to be the next best skater like all of them and make his family (one with big ties to famous skaters) and country proud of him. You can tell that the creators want you to love all of the characters for their individual aspirations. They just all want to win and prove their worth but they do it without tearing each other down for the sake of cheap drama. I find it a bit more realistic in terms of sports I’ve played or ones that my brother and family have taken part in.

I don’t miss the anxiety and panic and deep sadness of unrequited love, but… it was nice, sometimes. Really nice. When it wasn’t excruciatingly painful, it felt amazing to have feelings for somebody.

The electric jolts from brief, accidental touches. The sensation of looking into a spotlight when we made eye contact. The way everything about her was fascinating, even things I had found uninteresting before. That was really something.

Yeah, sure, she did eventually tell me she thought of me as a little brother, but the *hoping* before then was sometimes wonderful. We stole ice cream and kayaked into the sunset. She ‘borrowed’ the golf cart and raced it around camp while I hung on for dear life. We dragged mattresses out into the field and slept side-by-side under the stars. I snuck out of my cabin after curfew and she brought me absolutely divine fried chicken.

It did suck to find out that she’d never even considered it, but… man… it was incredibly exhilarating to think that we were flirting.

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Dates for The Signs

Aries: going to a sporting event, having a water gun fight, riding roller coasters at a theme park
Taurus: picnicking in the park, bowling, acting like tourists in your own town
Gemini: going to a fair and riding on the Ferris wheel, paintballing, taking a hot air ballon ride
Cancer: having a dinner at a small romantic restaurant, going to a butterfly garden, spending the day at the beach
Leo: sneaking into a fancy hotel and go swimming in the pool, rollerskating, going to a concert
Virgo: going bike riding, going to a planetarium, kayaking
Libra: ice-skating, embarrassing yourself at karaoke, waking up early to watch the sunrise
Scorpio: shopping in a thrift store, going to an arcade, bowling
Sagittarius: going on an impromptu road trip, browsing a flea market, swimming in a lake at midnight
Capricorn: hiking, taking a cooking class, horse-riding
Aquarius: getting your palm read, going to an art museum, going to a drive in movie
Pisces: going to a musical, playing with animals at an animal shelter, stargazing