Jesse tells us about his Cat adventures.
I thought our cat was getting fat, or at least eating too much (aka we have to clean the litterbox too often). i suggested we cut back on her food. she would be “healthier”, OR at least she’ll poop less. Alicia thought this was mean and also incorrect (she thought we fed her the right amount), so we looked up what a cat her size should eat. The general consensus for an “inactive adult female” of her approx. weight was 1.7-3.0 oz./day. We have been giving her 1/2 cup per day. So i supposed this was more than the recommended amount, and Alicia disagreed. Naturally, it had to be put to the test of science, and clearly, a mere scale would be too easy (OR we don’t have one…. you decide) AND CLEARLY lego’s, seran wrap, string, and pocket change were involved.
i was wrong. sue me.
Darn it! I’m out of sweaters again. BUT! Jocelyn and Sarah T. are still going strong. Here are our faithful, furious, and totally reliable sweater persons:
Let’s give it up to the sweater faithful!
On Saturday night all sorts of derby lovers gathered at the Connecticut Sports Center to check out 2009′s first internal CT Roller Derby bout. This year’s format was a bit different from the past. Instead of three teams battling for the highly sought-after title of league champion, the organizers took the 20 (or so) players and divided them into mixed teams for extreme face-offs!
At first I was a bit hesitant of this format. I’m an avid Iron Angels fan, Darcy’s all about the Bone Crushers, and Irene always cheered for the Widowmakers. What would happen to our favorite teams? Hesitation trumped by curiosity, we made our way to the arena on Saturday with our largest group of derby lovers yet. There were at least 15 of us.
This match up saw the Disco Dolls up against the Violent Femmes.
Beaver Kneivel (Boston derby dames)
Miz Con SepJen
Rhoda Perdition (from Providence)
The Violent Femmes
C. Mya Rage
Paula G. Imnaughty
Xena Paradox (Boston derby dames)
One fun side effect of the mixed teams was that we could now see some fantastic jamming match-ups. Pam Terror jamming against Pearl Jammer? What a treat!
As we established ourselves on the side line, Matt (a derby virgin) stated with excitement “Mark me down as ready. This looks awesome.” After a quick demonstration of the ins and outs of the game, the girls took their positions at the starting line, the whistles blared, and the girls got to work.
Eleanor Bruisevelt started the bout jamming against Pearl Jammer. Pearl, who seemed to struggle at the end of last season, showed the crowd that she was back in full force. She came out extremely fast and pulled a quick five points for the Femmes. Doomcake came up next against Pam Terror followed by Black Cherry vs. Flora. What a fantastic series of challenges!
The Violent Femmes didn’t look back. Milla inflicted a crushing blow on the Disco Dolls with 13 points in the fourth jam. This jam was followed by 7 points for powerhouse Pearl. The Femmes wasted no time securing a dominating lead on the scoreboard.
The speed and professionalism of both teams’ jammers were made possible by the pack. The blockers were strongly supporting their teams on Saturday. At one point, Miz Con SepJen, touted as a “one woman wrecking crew,” came in from a penalty and promptly slammed into the opposing team’s jammer. The jammer crashed to the ground and the crowd burst into cheers. Later, the Dolls in their golden booty shorts, worked with elegant cooperation defending against jammer Parker Poison. Ether Bunny, Rhoda Perdition, Miz, and Beaver Kneivel, nimbly exchanged the position in front of Parker, slowing her relentless drive.
The cooperation within the teams was truly staggering. Halfway through the first period, the Femmes found their jammer out on a penalty. What an opportunity for the Disco Dolls!! Flora Goodthyme quickly picked up her pace as the jammer for the Dolls. If she could sneak through the pack a few times, sheâ€™d put the Dolls back within striking distance. But the Femmes were ready. The Dolls were outnumbered in the pack, so when the Femmes increased the speed of the pack the Doll blockers had no choice but to keep up (a scattered pack results in penalties for the outlying roller girls). With the pack at near full speed, Flora was unable to catch up to score points!! The time ran out on the clock and the Femmes maintained their lead. Brilliant work by the Femmes!
We had a special treat during the intermission as one of the old emcees, â€˜David Coppafeel,â€™ came back to entertain the crowds with his band: Last One Standing. They performed a whole bunch of songs including crowd favorites: Zombie by The Cranberries, Alien Ant Farmâ€™s Cover of Smooth Criminal, and AC/DCâ€™s You shook me all night long. They had some unique instrumentation and were well received by the masses.
During intermission our group headed over to the concession stands. My friend Schuyler adds his words regarding the delicious options for snacks.
Like all other fans attending each Connecticut Roller Derby bout, Iâ€™m excited for the fast action, the hard hits, and the great roller girls. However, even if the bouts were converted to tasteful games of lawn bowling, I would still go for the cupcakes. While others choose to support our local teams by buying shirts, stickers, beer, and raffle tickets, the cupcakes (made by the roller girls themselves) easily give you the most bang for your Roller Derby buck. The action on the track is only rivaled by the action in my mouth when Iâ€™m eating a vegan Oreo or Sâ€™mores cupcake. The latter, topped with a piece of graham cracker, is a particular favorite, and has made the cupcake table an obligatory stop before I find my seat.
Saturday’s bout between The Violent Femmes and The Disco Dolls featured a new dessert that may present a challenge to the cupcakeâ€™s supremacy. Roller girl Anita Guinness baked delicious vegan pumpkin-oatmeal-raisin cookies. Just as Pearl Jammer quickly weaves through the pack before the opposing blockers even knows she is there, I found myself having finished three packs (six cookies) before I realized that, sadly, I had finished all of the cookies I had bought. Until next monthâ€™s bout, there would be no more. Yet just as I can rest assured that one month from now Miz Con SepJen will be busting heads straight into the penalty box, I also know that there will be more fine Roller Derby desserts for us all.
Thanks for giving us a feel for Derby Delicacies, Schuyler!
The famed concessions.
During intermission we also had the unique opportunity to be introduced to two incoming roller girls. Girl Fawkes took control of the emceeâ€™s microphone and introduced Anita Guinness (who apparently makes great vegan pumpkin-oatmeal-raisin cookies) and Liberty Violence. These two roller girls had been working with CTRG for a bit and were fast approaching their first true debut on the track.
Intermission ended with Luciana Pulverotti and Miz Con SepJen tossing free t-shirts to the eager fans.
The second half saw the Femmeâ€™s C. Mya Rage up against the Dollâ€™s Rhoda. Right from the onset, the jam favored the Femmes. Black Cherry, acting as pivot for the Femmes, promptly curved into Eleanorâ€™s (Doll Pivot) side. Eleanor, knocked off balance, lost her spot at the front of the pack. This opened the door to an unopposed break by Rage. She sped through the pack, took lead jammer status, and managed two additional laps before losing steam. She put 15 points onto the scoreboard. Fifteen!
Jam after jam, the action didnâ€™t stop. At one point Pam Terror came in from a stay in the penalty box and wasted no time in slamming all 4 feet 11 and a half inches of her fury into Paula G. Imnaughty, knocking Paula to her knees. Four jams later, Pam unexpectedly stole lead jamming status from the commanding Black Cherry who got trapped behind a blockade of Ether Bunny, Flora, and Lemme Atter. It amazes me that such maneuverability is possible on roller skates.
As the time ticked down, we saw one final unique moment of strategy. Jamming for the Femmes, Paula found herself on the receiving end of a strong hit. She was knocked to the ground and her roller skate fell out of place. In an uncommon move (though totally legal), Paula tossed her jammer insignia to Girl Fawkes who thus inherited the position of jammer. Although the jam ended shortly thereafter, it was an exciting moment to see an uncommon rules coming into play.
The bout concluded with the Violent Femmeâ€™s leading the Disco Dolls 111 to 50.
Pearl Jammer: 27 points in 8 jams. Lead jammer in 7/8 jams.
Black Cherry: 23 points in 7 jams. Lead jammer in 4/7 jams.
C. Mya Rage: 19 points in 4 jams. Lead in 2/4 jams.
Milla LowLife: 19 points in 6 jams. Lead in 4/6 jams.
Violet Riot*: 10 points in 6 jams. Lead jammer in 3/6 jams.
Ether Bunny: 9 points in 5 jams. Lead jammer in 2/5 jams.
Flora Goodthyme: 9 points in 6 jams. No lead.
*I realize I didnâ€™t write about Violetâ€™s unique skating style. Violet is very emotive in the way she moves around the track. Sheâ€™s both aggressive and fluid. Itâ€™s always fun to see Violet take position at the jamming starting line.
Flora Goodthyme is crowned the Queen of the penalty box with 16 minors and 1 major.
Xena Paradox comes in a close second with 9 minors.
Disco Dolls: Eleanor Bruisevelt
Violent Femmes: C. Mya Rage
Great job roller girls! Our Derby virgins left on Saturday feeling extremely satisfied in the action, thrills, and cupcakes. The new format of mix-matched teams didn’t sacrifice any of the hard hitting that we ache for. I look forward to the next show down. I’m certain that we will all return for the next bout.
If you’d like to join us at the Connecticut RollerGirls’ next event, check out their website here for times and directions!! Hope to see you there!!
My mom got a cuttlebug a short while back. The Cuttlebug is an EXTREME embossing tool that can help you make wicked sweet cards.
Here’s a card I made on a recent trip home.
Essentially it’s a job where they pay you to do really awesome stuff in Australia. Be still my heart! I can do awesome stuff!!
It’s obviously a way way long shot, but when something like this comes up you really gotta give it a go.
So this is my game plan. I will introduce myself and give them some reason to think I’m great. Then I will say “My friends would probably describe me as…”
and then BANG – BANG – BANG – BANG – BANG – BANG
6-10 super fast maximum 3 second clips get fired off with short videos of my friends describing me. Do you have a web camera? would you be willing to help me out? If the answer is a definite ‘yes’ then take a clip of yourself describing me. you can use introductory words like “Mike D is” or “I’d describe Mike D as” if you’d like… or you can just say descriptive words like “Awesome.” “wicked sweet at cool things”, “eats too much!” whatever you’d like.
Then I’ll edit your videos into mine, add some clips from the kung fu party tricks and various old Vimeos, and hopefully I’ll have a one minute video that will do me proud.
And even if I don’t get even considered for the sweet job, at a minimum I’ll have a new and improved ‘about’ page that will help herd in tons of new readers and great contributors to the comments sections.
e-mail me with questions or videos!
MikeDiDonato AT gmail D0T com
Welcome back to Sweater Thursday! Last week I was late. I’ll try not to let that happen again. FOR SHAME!
I got a new sweater this week, just for sweater Thursday. I’m really excited about it. It’s got pretty gnarly ribs, and a sweet zipper turtleneck thing going on with superfluous buttons… which in addition to style are there in case the zipper breaks I guess?
I was hoping to get it in green because I already have a multitude of brown sweaters, but I think my brown sweaters are a bit worn so this will be the start of the MIKE D SWEATER REVOLUTION. Oh man. Look out. Unfortunately, my camera broke on my trip to Ukraine (you’ll read about this later), so this photo was taken with my new webcam. Not an amazingly high quality shot, but I think you can appreciate the amazingly high quality sweater.
Everybody? Meet Rob. Rob? Meet everybody.
Rob’s wearing a sweet oatmeal colored sweater while partaking in a Black Forest milkshake, a pepper bacon burger, and yukon gold fries. Oh man. That sounds good.
Sarah brings on the color with a light yellow sweater. Nice sweater Sarah!
It’s a duo of sweater! Jocelyn and Tim! Look out!! also, Tim – nice hat.
Here’s Nicole! she actually wrote “remember sweater Thursday” on her hand so she’d remember to snap a picture this morning. Oh the dedication!
And here’s Ben! Is he naturally chipper, or is it the caffeine.
Are you wearing a sweater today? If so, snap a picture and send it over to me at MikeDiDonato AT gmail D0T com.
Ian had a little car fiasco this week. Here’s my MSPaint depicting the event.
Ryan Schenk got a new sewing machine. Here’s our conversation about this sewing machine.
Ryan: Mike D
Mike D: SCHENK MAN
Ryan: I just sewed through 8 layers of truck tarp and 12 layers of ballistic nylon….without any electical power
Mike D: huh? foot pump action?
Ryan: nope! it has a hand crank for when you need to make sail repairs on your boat
Mike D: snazzy!
Ryan: guess how much my sewing machine weighs
Mike D: 35 pounds.
Mike D: Holy moly
Ryan: muahahahahaha! it’s so cooooool
Mike D: THAT DOES NOT LOOK LIKE A BENIGN SEWING DEVICE
Mike D: what was the original purpose for this purchase?
Ryan: extreme awesomeness. Also my current sewing machine just can’t sew what The Schenk wants to sew
Mike D: lol
Ryan: did you ever see the wallet I made out of tyvek?
Mike D: yeah
Ryan: welll… I made a new wallet out of bicycle inner tube. My old sewing machine can’t hack them. The Sailrite will eat them for lunch
Mike D: wow dude
Mike D: What are all those controls on the machine for?
Ryan: the big lever that is vertically oriented is the stitch length adjuster. it has a thumb screw that limits its travel on that curved front plate it is infinitely adjustable between -6 and 6mm. The horizontal lever on the top-right is the stitch width, infinitely adjustable from 0mm (straight) to 5mm (zig-zag) and the lever on the top-left determines the needle position in straight stitch mode. If you have that lever set incorrectly during zigzag mode, the machine will destroy itself.
Mike D: whoa
Ryan: also, in that picture of the drive train, see the black plastic knob with the knurled edge?
Mike D: yeah
Ryan: that’s a CLUTCH that you can set!! hahahaha
Mike D: ha ha ha ha ha
Ryan: although it’s usually either open or closed. I don’t know why you would set it to partial-slip, but you could if you wanted to.