New From Zorn: Ice Dancing and Zamboni Driving
Soon, Zorn's career as a disc jockey was over, but not without the experience of another adventure attempted. Just like the competitive kayaking, or the mountain climbing, or the sky diving, or the television commentating, or the pottery making, or the BMX racing, or the competitive collegiate badminton, or any of the other dozens of experiments he has undertaken in his life that prompt his wife, Joy, to laugh and call him her "Renaissance man."
Les left out the coyote skinning and the ukulele playing, but it was a nice list. Still, by this point, I figured the list of "Strange Jim Zorn Hobbies" had pretty much been exhausted. Then I asked him, in the spirit of Jason Taylor's arrival, whether he knew how to dance.
"I've done some, absolutely," he said. "What is it called, the Foxtrot? The Waltz."
Then he paused.
"And you know, you're probably the only guy that's gonna know this, this is exclusive stuff," he continued. "Ok, here's your world exclusive. And that is when I was younger, I learned how to ice skate, learned how to hockey skate.
"You know, I had hockey skates--never played hockey--and I worked at an ice skating rink all through college. And so I started speedskating, ok?. But one of the things at the ice skating rink, when you work there, you drive the zamboni machine and it's called making ice: you make ice for the sessions. But if you want more hours and you want to make some more money, you've got to work early sessions and late sessions for all the competitive skaters....
"Well, there was a couple times when there were skaters on the ice that were ice dancers, and so I'd make the ice for the ice dancers doing the different things. So I did some ice dancing, you know, to the music. The Canasta Tango is a really easy ice dance, and I did it in speed skates, you know, indoor speed skates. There was a girl, she lives in San Diego, her name is Michelle Ford, and she helped me learn a couple of these dance moves on ice. Pretty amazing.
"Ok, so you've got the scoop," he concluded. "Something out of my memory."
Indeed. Man, to be granted a free pass into Jim Zorn's Memory for a few hours. The things you could do. Michelle Ford, it turns out, still teaches ice dancing in San Diego and is a three-time national bronze medalist, so Zorn learned the Canasta Tango from the best. And if the Caps ever need a Zamboni driver....
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