Learning The Basics of Quad Roller Skates and Skating

 

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Many of us have seen kids and adults in movies roller skating, using skates that have two rows of wheels. These are commonly known as quad skates.

Quad Roller Skate

Basically, quad skating describes the vintage-style roller skates instead of the modern inline skates. These quad skates have four wheels (2 rows) per foot while modern inline skates have only a single row of wheels for each foot. 

As early as 1700s, skates have emerged in the society. Later on, quad roller skates gained much of the popularity. From sports to just pastime recreation, skating has been an interesting subject. Hence, many people got into it. Even today, there are still old souls who are trying to pick up quad skating and if you’re one of them, then you’ve come to the right place.

This article will guide you in the basic steps and skills for quad roller skating. Without any more delay, let’s discuss the tips.

Basic Tips

  • Do the duck walk.

If you’re clueless about skating, then doing the duck walk is essential for you to be able to learn how to balance. Do the walk by having your heels together, pointing both your toes forward. Afterwards, slowly walk forward. Keep doing this until you get the hang of walking with roller skates on. This basic skill will help you in gaining the balance you need.

  • Practice gliding.

From walking like a duck, you must make a transition by lengthening your strides. Here, you should allow yourself to roll in the rink. You’ll have to push yourself using one foot and then glide using the other. Your feet will take the roles alternately. You always have to lift one foot above the floor when the other one is gliding.

  • Learn how to brake.

Very importantly, you must know when to stop. Usually, your right foot roller skate is equipped with a brake. The brake is located at the toe of your skate. To put yourself in a stop, you need to glide your skates parallel to each other while staying in a squatting position. Carefully place your right skate a little in front of your left skate; afterwards, lift the toe of the right skate.

Make sure that when you hit the brake, you hit it certainly. Don’t have second thoughts; thus, don’t slightly hit the brake without an actual intention of completely putting yourself to a stop. This will only risk you from injuries due to loss of balance.

turning crossover tips

  • Turn with crossover.

Turning with crossover is actually a special maneuver. Now that you know how to glide, you can start with it in order to gain momentum. Turning with crossover is when you cross on skate over the other and pushing off for a new direction. So, if you wish to turn right, cross your left skate over your right and turn your body towards the right direction; push your body towards that direction.

  • Jump in the air.

If you really want some adventurous maneuver, jumping in the air is perfect for you. First, you must do a couple of glides. Then, bring your skates together, do a crouch and hit the air (jump). In the beginning, do some smaller jumps just to orient yourself with how it feels and how it should go. Along the way, you can do higher jumps if you’ve become more confident in landing.

Overall, you must also prioritize your safety when it comes to skating. There have been many injuries due to roller skating and you need to avoid those as much as possible. You can do this by wearing the right gears, skating in the right areas, or by taking your skating slowly but surely.

Movie Nights: Topnotch Movies to Watch With Family (and Friends)

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One of the best ways to bond with family or friends, at home, is by sharing a horror, comedy, action, or romantic flick with the group. Obviously, horror is the best because you can easily manipulate your surroundings (if you’re watching in your own outdoor/indoor home theater). This set-up works well with home theaters. Setting up your very own home cinema is simple; however, you’d need your space, projector, movie screen, (check out http://outdoormoviehq.com/outdoor-movie-screens/blow-up-and-inflatable-movie-screens/). Add in some pop corn to the calculation and you’re probably good to go

However, picture this, you’ve set up your movie screen, projector, and your home theater, in general, but you’re lacking the ultimate necessity: the right movie or perhaps, the right movies. Well, we never want you to experience this and so, we’ve compiled the best movies for comedy, horror, action, and romance in no particular order.

Horror and Thrillers

  • The Exorcist (1973) – This movie focuses on evil spirits taking over an innocent body and driving it away through exorcism.
  • The Conjuring (2013) – It’s all about that one house which desperately needs some exorcism as there are bad spirits occupying the space and disturbing the ones living in it,
  • The Blair Witch Project (1999) – If you guys are into documentaries and horror stories based on actual tales, then tune in to this movie.
  • Lights Out (2016) – The movie revolves on the importance of light to keep bad spirits away.
  • Silence of the Lambs (1991) – One of the most classic thrillers, this movie focuses on a psychopath and his adventures.

list of movies to watch

Comedy

  • White Chicks – This movie is all about two male agents who goes undercover, hilariously.
  • Scary Movie – If you want crazy horror-movie mocking, this one’s perfect for you regardless if it’s Scary Movie 1,2,3, or 4. However, this could require parental guidance for young kids.
  • The Hangover – If you’re into extreme adventures, and getting in trouble with big bad guys, Hangover 1,2, or 3 is perfect for you.

Action

  • The Matrix – For those into sci-fi action, Matrix is the perfect movie to watch if you’re into action with superhuman abilities.
  • Inception – A great science fiction film which revolves around infiltrating the subconscious.
  • James Bond – Classic James Bond will always be a great action movie; crazy adventures await Mr. Bond from time to time.
  • Aliens (1986) – If you’re into being invaded by aliens and killing them one by one, this movie is for you.

Romance

  • Love Actually – This movie is one of the all-time best romantic movies ever and so, there’ll be no spoilers at all.
  • Bridget Jones’ Diary – Another classic movie of push and pull when it comes to love.
  • 50 First Dates – This movie might have a little bit of tragedy but it goes to show what love can do.
  • A Walk to Remember – One of the most heartbreaking movies, prepare your tissues for this one.
  • 500 Days of Summer – This is a shout out to the fickle hearted and minded ones but also a lesson for those who are too selfish in love.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

General Guide in Decorating Your Home for Christmas

Christmas at home

One of the most exciting time of the year is Christmas season. That being said, a lot of preparation needs to be done (e.g. you might want to prepare a visit to your child’s dentist after all the holiday sweets).

From buying gifts to decorating the entire house, there’s a lot of work to do and sometimes, homeowners tend to be all over the place; often, they’ll be confused as to how to do it all correctly.

Many homeowners struggle in finding the best ways to decorate their homes for the holiday season. If the job is not well-thought of, chances are there will be nooks and corners of the house that won’t be struck by the spirit of Christmas. This is exactly the reason why an ultimate guide to decorating homes for the holiday is essential.

Without further delay, let’s get right into the guide.

Choose A Theme

The key to having an amazing Christmas-look for your home is having consistency and the ultimate way to achieve consistency is by deciding on a theme to go for. There are several themes you can choose from such as themes according to color; you can go for a White and Silver theme or perhaps a Red and Green theme. If you’re a little more adventurous, you may even incorporate a Superhero theme for Christmas. It doesn’t really matter which theme you’ll choose as long you and your family enjoys it and you stick to it.

Decorate Outside and Inside

Try your best to not leave out the exterior part of the home. Even if the interior part of the house is filled with crazy Christmas decors, if the outside part is left out, a little part of the Christmas spirit dies out. People who pass by your house won’t be able to feel the Christmas vibe. You may decorate the exterior part in a simple manner. You don’t really have to go all out; just add some simple lights, garlands, wreath, etc. and you’d probably be good to go.

As for the inside of the house, try to focus the decors on the living room area, stairs, and hallways. It’s alright to leave out the kitchen, bathroom, and personal rooms. Where the party will be (or where the family will gather) should be the priority.

DIY Christmas decor

Light Up

During holidays, the entire world lights up and so should your home as well. There are thousands of ideas on how to light up your house for Christmas. From lanterns to laser lights, everything is beautiful. However, there are much safer choices among the options. For instance, laser lights are way safer than going for candle lights or even for traditional Christmas lights that might be at risk of starting a fire.

Still, don’t forget your theme. Perhaps, if you’re going for the red and green theme, yellow lights would fit best and if you’re going for a white Christmas, white laser Christmas lighting might just be the perfect choice.

Go For DIYs

Don’t be scared to do-it-yourself. In fact, DIYS are the zeitgeist today. There’s tons of videos and articles on how to create Christmas decors with the use of elementary art materials. Examples of DIYs would be creating a wreath out of ribbons, painting your own snowman ornaments, etc. In a way, DIYs might help you save as well. Don’t be afraid to explore your creative side for this holiday season.