When “Winner Takes It All” by ABBA comes on, the room goes black. At first I thought I was having a heart attack, but then I realized the sparkly lights were from the disco ball… the disco ball in my head. The smells of popcorn and slurpee tell me where I am.
I’m alone in a roller rink. My socks are white and pulled up to my knees. My white old-school roller skates have sparkly red wheels.
When the last “Winner takes it aaaaaaaaaaaaalllllll” refrain hits, it’s just me, the skates, the disco ball and a spot light. I spin and spin and spin, singing with Agnetha until the song ends and I gracefully lay down on the rink. Everything goes black as Eminem brings me back to reality.
As this song is timed to play when I’m on the treadmill, it’s really important that I control my urge to spin.
It’s not easy.