Friday, July 31, 2015

Don't be that Ref!

Inspired by Q's post here, I thought of some types of refs none of us should ever want to be.  And I'll admit it, some of these might be from personal experience.  No, I'm not gonna tell which one(s), you'll just have to figure it out on your own.  Anyone who knows me at all will probably be able to figure it out.

Suffice it to say, some of these are just observations, not that I've ever worked with any ref like these (though I know they exist).  I'm quite pleased about that fact. 

Wednesday, July 29, 2015

Dazzler... on skates!

Not a roller derby hero, the Dazzler was a mutant who could turn sound into lasers and various other things.  She debuted as the Disco Dazzler in X-Men #130 (back when there was only one X-title, imagine that) in 1980 and then later had her own series in 1981.  The "Disco" bit was dropped pretty quickly, which is hardly surprising since disco had mercifully died about 1979 (some of us might say not quickly enough, but that's another post altogether).  It was Casablanca records that was backing the project initially, which might explain the face makeup the Dazzle had on in those early appearances, since KISS was their cash cow at the time.

Monday, July 27, 2015

BCB Festival 2015

photo by Ida Hit Dat
Yesterday the Boulder County Bombers put on a festival at the Boulder County Fairgrounds.  This was outdoors in the south side of the fairgrounds, so there was a lot of room to have fun things like facepainting, cakewalks, a bounce house and other games.  Early on in the day there was food, and for the adults in attendance there were tasty beverages to be had, and I can attest to the fact that everything at the cake walk was amazing.

Saturday, July 25, 2015

derby names

Perhaps I've been thinking about this too much, but I think this fun part of roller derby doesn't get enough thought.  Sure, many names have had a lot of thought processes going into them, and I'd say they are all personal, but I wonder sometimes if players think of the ramifications of their names.  I believe all names have a conscious and perhaps subconscious meaning to them. They are usually the first thing people notice about any skaters because some names make people smile or laugh and some make people shake their heads.

Sunday, July 19, 2015

that floor, though...

As I had a few hours to fill on Tuesday before I left San Diego this time, I stopped by Skateworld to say hi to Brett and chat a bit.  He's so lucky, isn't he?  I also got to see Fritz which was an added bonus.  It was good to catch up with them and just sit for a spell.  This trip was a bit busier than I had thought it would be.

Tuesday, July 14, 2015

Flat and banked

This past Sunday I reffed at the Doll House in San Diego.  Since there wasn't a bout at SDRD I went to this scrimmage.  It was ostensibly 30 minutes flat and 30 minutes banked, but that didn't quite work out that way.  More on that in a bit.  This was the first time I'd ever been to the Dollhouse, and it was pretty cool.  They have both a banked track (duh) and space for a flat track (though no room for OPRs on the outside).  They have a whole private room for the refs, which was really cool.  I'd met a few of them before, I think, but mostly I was just familiar with Dave Brawlings.

Wednesday, July 8, 2015

Reffing Saved my Life

There's a saying that goes something like this "roller derby saved my soul".  While I can understand the sentiment, that's not something I'd say.  I've said it's saved my sanity a couple of times.  I think now that I can also say it helped save my life.  As I mentioned in the last post, I was not feeling well this time last year.  I thought, as did the urgent care doctor, that I had a touch of pneumonia.  And as I said last post, it wasn't that at all.  Still, I took a course of antibiotics and did see some improvement, though not nearly as much as I would have thought.

Friday, July 3, 2015

about last year

Last year on this day we said good bye to Bomb Shelter #2.  Can't hardly believe it's only been a year since then.  But that's been covered elsewhere.  It was about this time last year that I started feeling "off" though I thought it was only a cold.  Shows what I know, right?  Anyway, I didn't skate for over two months,  since then though (and had been diagnosed with pneumonia).  Just didn't have the energy at that time.

Wednesday, July 1, 2015

Roller skatin' music

The year was 1978. I was barely listening to anything other than KISS at the time, but I did go roller skating a lot (as much as I could, anyway) back then. There are a few songs I remember very well during that time period, and this is one of them- Blondie's "Heart of Glass". It was rather popular back then. The band referred to it as "the disco song" but even with that sobriquet it's still great.