Friday, June 27, 2014

Meg My Day Profile

Real Name:
Megan Forrest

What is the origin of your derby name and number?
My boyfriend opened me up to the idea of using "Megan" as "make" or "making." Once he gave me that idea, it clicked that I needed to be Meg My Day, not in the Clint Eastwood sense though.. It has more to do with Colorado's Make My Day Law. M16 is in tribute to my sisters who also have the letter "M" as the first letter of their first name. 6 is my favorite/lucky number and 1+6=7, which is my boyfriend's lucky/favorite number. Lastly, I wanted to be in the military when I was younger and a series of unfortunate events led to that not being an option for me, so M16 as a whole is a tribute to our troops, as M16 is the military's standard issue rifle.

Tuesday, June 24, 2014

oh yeah, a book...

It's been about six months since I've done any serious work on the book, but believe me, it's still going to happen.  I'd say it was about 87% complete at this point.  I've had some editing done on it and I need to go back and do a fourth or fifth draft on some areas in order to improve the overall flow of the prose.  I've taken this time off to let it sit a bit, and I'll see how it reads overall.  I've also taken the time off to get some other parts of my life in order, so it's been good to take this small break.  I do want this book to be the best I can write.  I know I believe it was good in the form it's in now, but I know it can be better.

Monday, June 23, 2014

Bev and JD

This is not an easy post for me to write.  I've only been with BCB for about eight months, and I'm just now getting to know everyone associated with the team.  The the mainstay of my time here, apart from the Bomb Squad, naturally, has been Bev and JD.  Why, even my first post about the Bombers was because I was sent an article about BCB and there was Bev's picture, purple hair and everything, right on the first page.  It's a memorable image, I'll tell you what.

Friday, June 20, 2014

for the luvva Mike... wash your pads!

zombies wear zombie pads... don't be a zombie
There was funk in the air last night.  I don't understand not washing your pads.  I know I'm guilty of not washing mine enough, so don't think this isn't also directed at me.  I had a junior derby player once tell me to wash my pads.    I appreciated her doing that.  It's not always that funny to hear, but I'm also the type of friend (or ref) that will tell a player she should wash her pads.  In a nice way, of course.  I would only do it at scrimmage, never at a bout.  There's a time and a place for everything, right?

Sunday, June 15, 2014

Reffin' in the Rain

Yesterday there was a demo bout for the G'Knight Ride at Roosevelt Park.  It was outside under the pavilion.  I grew up playing at the park, and some of it still the same, and some of it is very different.  For one thing, there was no pavilion back then.  And if you had told me I'd be a referee for roller derby I wouldn't have believed you.  I mean, really, no superheroes wore roller skates (aside from Iron Man, and who ever heard of him?).  It's still a lovely park and I'm glad this event was being held there.  Not to mention all the food smelled amazing.

Saturday, June 14, 2014

who's a Jam Ref?

One of the first things I was ever told by a player was how to point at her when she was lead jammer.  I just smiled at her and said nothing, since at that point I could hardly tell what a major and what a minor was (yes, this was back when derby still had minor penalties, I sure don't miss them at all) and never ever thought I would be a jam ref.  I mean, counting points as they speed around the track?  That's not easy at all.  That was my thinking for about a year and a half, anyway.  Which was just dumb, I'll admit that.

Sunday, June 8, 2014

who's a BPR?

Since I've been in Colorado I have only been a back pack ref once, until last Thursday.  I haven't minded, as I've come to realize I was a bit burnt out from being a head ref for nearly three years.  I didn't know it at the time since it was just what I was doing.  But now, I've gotten to relax and learn and have even more fun I had been for some time.  I did do a bit of front pack reffing here and there, mostly during scrimmage, but I wasn't even that interested in the BPR, or head reffing.

Saturday, June 7, 2014

Mayday Mayhem wrap up

Yeah, I know it's three weeks late, but better late than never, right?

It really was a lot of fun to participate in this tournament. There were lots of teams and the winners actually won it- they played a LOT of bouts.  It seems like a lot of tournaments now each team plays three bouts and then it's over, and it's all for rankings.  I understand why things are done that way, but this seems more fun to me.  And if I were a player traveling from, say,  Norway, I'd want to play as many bouts as I could (we love Nidaros!) due to the length of time it took me to get there.

Sunday, June 1, 2014

new month, new start

These last two weeks have been pretty scant on posts, for no real reason at all.  I have been writing a lot on my actual physical projects, which does take some time, plus working and skating and taking care of the furry children I have.

I had several things I wanted to write about, like the wrap of my Mayday Mayhem experience, the double header from last week and possibly ref etiquette at after parties.  I'll still do them in the near future, so they will hopefully be still slightly relevant.  I'm also waiting on some more profiles, but it's really bad form to hassle someone about doing those, don'tcha think?