Dill has lost his damn mind…

He has full intentions of doing this in the spring.

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That is our girl Nay. On her SECOND trip.
Dill has wanted to do this forever, and even had plans set once before the other guy backed out. I am not going. I am scared of heights, and planes. I will be safely on the ground with a rosary and my head between my knees.

My plan A. is to feed him lots of beer and jack and cokes this winter to make him forget this madness. Plan B involves lots of prayer!

A girl on ravelry ALMOST had to jump out of a plane. Her hubby is a hardcore skydiving fool, and they made a bet. If he knit a pair of socks by her birthday, she would jump out of the plane.

She did not have to jump. Heh.

Dill has lost his damn mind…

He has full intentions of doing this in the spring.

CLICK HERE FOR THE CRAZY

That is our girl Nay. On her SECOND trip.
Dill has wanted to do this forever, and even had plans set once before the other guy backed out. I am not going. I am scared of heights, and planes. I will be safely on the ground with a rosary and my head between my knees.

My plan A. is to feed him lots of beer and jack and cokes this winter to make him forget this madness. Plan B involves lots of prayer!

A girl on ravelry ALMOST had to jump out of a plane. Her hubby is a hardcore skydiving fool, and they made a bet. If he knit a pair of socks by her birthday, she would jump out of the plane.

She did not have to jump. Heh.

Dill has lost his damn mind…

He has full intentions of doing this in the spring.

CLICK HERE FOR THE CRAZY

That is our girl Nay. On her SECOND trip.
Dill has wanted to do this forever, and even had plans set once before the other guy backed out. I am not going. I am scared of heights, and planes. I will be safely on the ground with a rosary and my head between my knees.

My plan A. is to feed him lots of beer and jack and cokes this winter to make him forget this madness. Plan B involves lots of prayer!

A girl on ravelry ALMOST had to jump out of a plane. Her hubby is a hardcore skydiving fool, and they made a bet. If he knit a pair of socks by her birthday, she would jump out of the plane.

She did not have to jump. Heh.

Scrimmage with Bleeding Heartland

Sunday was a great day for Naptown. Several months back, the Bloomington, IN team, the Bleeding Heartland Roller Girls started the process of becoming a WFTDA league. The application process involves getting letters of recommendation from at least three WFTDA leagues, and one of those three has to be the league closest to you. Since we are the closest league to Bloomington, they asked us for a letter.
Now, since we’ve never played them in a bout, we thought the best thing to do would be a fun scrimmage day. We can’t write a letter for a team we’ve never hung out with, bouted, or practiced with right? So after a couple months of hammering down a date, getting that date canceled, then hammering down another date, only to have the time on that date changed by the refs, we finally got it figured out!
Let me tell you, pulling into the parking lot of our warehouse on a Sunday and struggling to find a spot, then walking into the warehouse and seeing a line to the bathroom, and 60 girls lacing on their skates felt great! (well, not the line to the bathroom part, that was crazy)
Our original plan for the scrimmage was thwarted by the fact that Bleeding Heartland brought less girls than we had planned. But roller girls adapt! So we played one period with our vets doing a jam against whoever Bloomington put out, then our Belles doing a jam, etc. In the second period we gave Bloomington our Belles, to mix into their team to even things up a bit. It just wasn’t fair for us to have two teams worth of skaters against their one team. (though I tried to sneak Helluva,Katya and Blue back onto our team… it didn’t work out for me 😉 And it was hard to hit someone I knew as a NRG girl, especially since they were wearing black NRG shirts!
The second period was great for me personally, because by putting Sirens out on the track, and having enough sirens to bench in one jam, made me able to see how some of our skaters play. We’re playing cleaner than we were in our practices over the summer, though at least one or two of our girls are handsy. Or they pull what I call the Spider Monkey, where they come up on the back of an opposing player and put their hands on her. For those of you that don’t play derby, you can touch your own teammates as much as you want! Take a whip, shove them out of your way, pinch their butts, whatever. But you can NOT put your hands on an opposing player! Just your hips, shoulders, etc. Legal blocks only. So it was nice to see what a couple of our girls need to work on.
I only saw one Bloomington skater who had that problem. I can not for the life of me remember her name either! She was SUPER fast, and was good at confusing the pack. But during one jam, she pushed me out of her way, sending Sin and I toppling, and other time, pulled me back by my shirt. Obviously just a rookie mistake, and something that will get fixed quickly, otherwise she’ll spend a good portion of a game in penalty, and that always sucks!
I wish, I wish I had written down names, and I can’t find team photos of Bloomington with player names on their site to jar my memory. I do remember one skater whose number was 96 beers being just fantastic. A really good blocker whose style reminds me a little bit of Touretta’s. Another skater from their team had short dark curly hair, was a powerhouse hitter. During one jam we traded some pretty good hits back and forth. I’d knock her out of bounds, she would catch up to the pack and knock me out of bounds! It was fantastic!
This was the second scrimmage we’ve done, last time was Evansville. It was fun, but not as much fun since they hadn’t bouted yet at that time, and we were on our second season. So it was a little bit lopsided! This time was a little bit more even, especially once we gave them some of our girls. I highly recommend a scrimmage day to those teams who have not done it yet. I’ll have to find out if someone was keeping score or not, so we can know who “won”.
That’s it for now!

Scrimmage with Bleeding Heartland

Sunday was a great day for Naptown. Several months back, the Bloomington, IN team, the Bleeding Heartland Roller Girls started the process of becoming a WFTDA league. The application process involves getting letters of recommendation from at least three WFTDA leagues, and one of those three has to be the league closest to you. Since we are the closest league to Bloomington, they asked us for a letter.
Now, since we’ve never played them in a bout, we thought the best thing to do would be a fun scrimmage day. We can’t write a letter for a team we’ve never hung out with, bouted, or practiced with right? So after a couple months of hammering down a date, getting that date canceled, then hammering down another date, only to have the time on that date changed by the refs, we finally got it figured out!
Let me tell you, pulling into the parking lot of our warehouse on a Sunday and struggling to find a spot, then walking into the warehouse and seeing a line to the bathroom, and 60 girls lacing on their skates felt great! (well, not the line to the bathroom part, that was crazy)
Our original plan for the scrimmage was thwarted by the fact that Bleeding Heartland brought less girls than we had planned. But roller girls adapt! So we played one period with our vets doing a jam against whoever Bloomington put out, then our Belles doing a jam, etc. In the second period we gave Bloomington our Belles, to mix into their team to even things up a bit. It just wasn’t fair for us to have two teams worth of skaters against their one team. (though I tried to sneak Helluva,Katya and Blue back onto our team… it didn’t work out for me 😉 And it was hard to hit someone I knew as a NRG girl, especially since they were wearing black NRG shirts!
The second period was great for me personally, because by putting Sirens out on the track, and having enough sirens to bench in one jam, made me able to see how some of our skaters play. We’re playing cleaner than we were in our practices over the summer, though at least one or two of our girls are handsy. Or they pull what I call the Spider Monkey, where they come up on the back of an opposing player and put their hands on her. For those of you that don’t play derby, you can touch your own teammates as much as you want! Take a whip, shove them out of your way, pinch their butts, whatever. But you can NOT put your hands on an opposing player! Just your hips, shoulders, etc. Legal blocks only. So it was nice to see what a couple of our girls need to work on.
I only saw one Bloomington skater who had that problem. I can not for the life of me remember her name either! She was SUPER fast, and was good at confusing the pack. But during one jam, she pushed me out of her way, sending Sin and I toppling, and other time, pulled me back by my shirt. Obviously just a rookie mistake, and something that will get fixed quickly, otherwise she’ll spend a good portion of a game in penalty, and that always sucks!
I wish, I wish I had written down names, and I can’t find team photos of Bloomington with player names on their site to jar my memory. I do remember one skater whose number was 96 beers being just fantastic. A really good blocker whose style reminds me a little bit of Touretta’s. Another skater from their team had short dark curly hair, was a powerhouse hitter. During one jam we traded some pretty good hits back and forth. I’d knock her out of bounds, she would catch up to the pack and knock me out of bounds! It was fantastic!
This was the second scrimmage we’ve done, last time was Evansville. It was fun, but not as much fun since they hadn’t bouted yet at that time, and we were on our second season. So it was a little bit lopsided! This time was a little bit more even, especially once we gave them some of our girls. I highly recommend a scrimmage day to those teams who have not done it yet. I’ll have to find out if someone was keeping score or not, so we can know who “won”.
That’s it for now!

Scrimmage with Bleeding Heartland

Sunday was a great day for Naptown. Several months back, the Bloomington, IN team, the Bleeding Heartland Roller Girls started the process of becoming a WFTDA league. The application process involves getting letters of recommendation from at least three WFTDA leagues, and one of those three has to be the league closest to you. Since we are the closest league to Bloomington, they asked us for a letter.
Now, since we’ve never played them in a bout, we thought the best thing to do would be a fun scrimmage day. We can’t write a letter for a team we’ve never hung out with, bouted, or practiced with right? So after a couple months of hammering down a date, getting that date canceled, then hammering down another date, only to have the time on that date changed by the refs, we finally got it figured out!
Let me tell you, pulling into the parking lot of our warehouse on a Sunday and struggling to find a spot, then walking into the warehouse and seeing a line to the bathroom, and 60 girls lacing on their skates felt great! (well, not the line to the bathroom part, that was crazy)
Our original plan for the scrimmage was thwarted by the fact that Bleeding Heartland brought less girls than we had planned. But roller girls adapt! So we played one period with our vets doing a jam against whoever Bloomington put out, then our Belles doing a jam, etc. In the second period we gave Bloomington our Belles, to mix into their team to even things up a bit. It just wasn’t fair for us to have two teams worth of skaters against their one team. (though I tried to sneak Helluva,Katya and Blue back onto our team… it didn’t work out for me 😉 And it was hard to hit someone I knew as a NRG girl, especially since they were wearing black NRG shirts!
The second period was great for me personally, because by putting Sirens out on the track, and having enough sirens to bench in one jam, made me able to see how some of our skaters play. We’re playing cleaner than we were in our practices over the summer, though at least one or two of our girls are handsy. Or they pull what I call the Spider Monkey, where they come up on the back of an opposing player and put their hands on her. For those of you that don’t play derby, you can touch your own teammates as much as you want! Take a whip, shove them out of your way, pinch their butts, whatever. But you can NOT put your hands on an opposing player! Just your hips, shoulders, etc. Legal blocks only. So it was nice to see what a couple of our girls need to work on.
I only saw one Bloomington skater who had that problem. I can not for the life of me remember her name either! She was SUPER fast, and was good at confusing the pack. But during one jam, she pushed me out of her way, sending Sin and I toppling, and other time, pulled me back by my shirt. Obviously just a rookie mistake, and something that will get fixed quickly, otherwise she’ll spend a good portion of a game in penalty, and that always sucks!
I wish, I wish I had written down names, and I can’t find team photos of Bloomington with player names on their site to jar my memory. I do remember one skater whose number was 96 beers being just fantastic. A really good blocker whose style reminds me a little bit of Touretta’s. Another skater from their team had short dark curly hair, was a powerhouse hitter. During one jam we traded some pretty good hits back and forth. I’d knock her out of bounds, she would catch up to the pack and knock me out of bounds! It was fantastic!
This was the second scrimmage we’ve done, last time was Evansville. It was fun, but not as much fun since they hadn’t bouted yet at that time, and we were on our second season. So it was a little bit lopsided! This time was a little bit more even, especially once we gave them some of our girls. I highly recommend a scrimmage day to those teams who have not done it yet. I’ll have to find out if someone was keeping score or not, so we can know who “won”.
That’s it for now!

I voted yesterday…

And heard this on the news today….

FRANKLIN, Ind. (AP) — A Republican county election clerk distributed copies of an apparent chain letter referring to Democratic presidential nominee Barack Obama as a “young, black Adolf Hitler” to two employees but later told police she intended it to be a joke.

The employees, who had voted for Obama in Indiana’s Democratic primary, discovered the letters at their desks after returning from Labor Day weekend, Deputy Sheriff Doug Cox said in a police report made public this week. One of the workers complained, and surveillance video showed Johnson County Clerk Jill Jackson placing an item one worker’s desk at 5:27 p.m. on the Friday of Labor Day weekend, Cox said.

“She admitted to being responsible for the letter, but only did it as a joke,” Cox said. Jackson told police she had intended to speak with the workers upon returning to work but forgot.

Jackson could not be reached for comment Thursday. She told the Daily Journal in Franklin, which first reported the letter’s contents, that the issue was a personnel matter.

Johnson County Prosecutor Lance Hamner said Jackson did not violate any laws. One of the employees also filed a complaint with County Coordinator Kathleen Hash, who said Thursday she didn’t know the status or disposition of the complaint.

Officials from both parties called the incident unsettling.

“I don’t find anything funny about Adolf Hitler,” said Jonathan Swain, Indiana campaign spokesman for Obama.

Doug Lechner, Republican Party chairman in the county just south of Indianapolis, said the letter was unacceptable and taints Jackson’s ability to appear unbiased in administering this year’s election. County clerks are responsible for training poll workers, providing all voters an opportunity to cast their ballot without influence, and overseeing vote counts.

“She’s in a sensitive position and she has to give all the appearance of fairness,” Lechner said.

The letter does not mention Obama by name but makes references to his ties to a Chicago church whose pastor, the Rev. Jeremiah Wright, adheres to black liberation theology. It is heavy with racial references, criticizing the candidate’s parentage with such comments as, “He is proud of his ‘African heritage’ (a father who got a white girl pregnant and deserted her)” and asking, “Where is the pride in his ‘White heritage?'”

The unsigned letter urges readers to send it to everyone they know.

“The U.S. citizens are just not ready to give up their country to this young, black ‘Adolf Hitler’ with a smile, poor direction and absolutely no experience!” it said.

Indiana this year is considered a battleground state, and Obama campaigned there Thursday, drawing an estimated 35,000 people to a rally in downtown Indianapolis.

Johnson County is heavily Republican, with nearly three-quarters of the votes cast in the 2004 presidential election going to President Bush.

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It makes me seriously paranoid about how much my vote really counts in Johnson County…