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[Feb. 18th, 2013|12:29 am]
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I was at Castle Gaiman this weekend hanging out with the Fabulous Lorraine, who's birthday it was. So much crazy and wonderful stuff is going on that it'll probably be a few blog posts (especially the slow motion video stuff) and this one is pretty much just a slide show of things. (I'm never sure if it's too much in front of a cut because I'm not sure who's reading on LJ anymore & who's got an RSS feed or is coming over from the facebook. So if you're thinking "wtf? lj cut please" let me know in the comments.)

Princess the cat is at least 20 years old. Neil found her wandering in the woods. She rules the upstairs of Castle Gaiman and often wants you to turn the water on in the bathroom for her. She also sleeps right smack in the middle of my bed and purrs like a machine while I'm here. She is a darling old lady, and also very pushy. These two are not mutually exclusive. I'm always excited to see her and she always comes and greets me. I believe that the extraordinarily talented Christopher Salmon is using her as the model for the cat in his movie of Neil's story "The Price".



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Elyse Marshall was Neil's YA publicist at Harper Collins, she's just a friend now and works for Penguin where she's working with some really wonderful authors. In this photo, she's with Dill Hero, the roller derby announcer & his wife, celebrity yarner & author of Knits for Nerds & Knockdown Knits, Joan of Dark. We're all here for Fablor's bithday. Joan and I have a Top Sekret Projekt that we're working on together. You heard it here first.




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Lola is a good girl. She's polite and has a stuffed duck she wants to give everybody. Omg! Person! I have a stuffed duck! I want to give it to you! Here's my duck!




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Elyse & Joan make snow angels in the middle of the night. It was about -2 out. Right after this Dill and I wrote cryptic messages in the yard in letters 30 feet high. You can only read the messages from the attic. Or from space.




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Sometime we formed the Arctic Running Club -- I know it's not really the arctic, but we ran 5k in the snow while it was below ten, so we feel a little special, this has been marvelous and wonderful and I'm excited not to be injured and to be out seeing things and marveling at the outdoors. We're also lucky that in Minnesota snowmobiling is some sort of religion, so there are trails all over the place and you only have to leap out of the way every half hour or so. No headphones.

Photo by Elyse.




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Saturday night we went to see Fablor's roller derby team, the Chippewah Valley Rollergirls play the Iron Mountain Maidens. Lorraine's the one who got me interested in roller derby two years ago. I saw what a miraculous and wonderful metamorphosis it had caused in her and I wanted to be part of it. Joan's a famous rollergirl from Indiana and that might be how she and Lorraine first met -- I'm not sure.

Anyway, Joan at the CVRG bout.




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Fablor coaching the rollergirls. Her strategy proved sound.




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Joan and Elyse up front with Matt & Dill announcing the bout behind them.



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Matt and Dill



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The place was packed. The area right by the tape is called "suicide seating" -- because you're liable to get a face full of rollergirl flying off the track sometime during the course of the night.



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One of the things that I like best about roller derby is that in 12 years, when all these girls grow up, they're going to realize that they can do whatever they want because they saw these women kicking ass. This is really the most important paragraph in this post. Make sure your daughters and your sons get great role models across the spectrum of human accomplishment.




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Medium Rare -- aka "Pinky", one of the games real stars hi5's fans & signs autographs after the bout. Later we go to a truck stop for breakfast and I listen in a mixture of shock, horror, and glee at their "creepiest fan" stories. They're creepy stories. (It's not any of these little girls, in case you were wondering.)




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Cutthroat Kitty poses with fans.



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Dill Hero is popular with the fans too. Another thing I like about roller derby is that while I find it amazing & inspiring, so do five year olds. Maybe this is just "sports" & something I never figured out because I never liked sports, but I like to think it's something special about these people.




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Excitement on the track.




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One of the Iron Range Maidens turns to try and stop CVRG's Jammer, Riotchu, from getting through the pack. Riotchu's got her blockers with her who are going to try and help her get past. I like this photo -- it seems to capture a lot of what goes on during play. It was an extraordinarily exciting game. The CVRG came from waaaay behind to punch out a powerful victory. Everybody was on their feet.




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There's been a lot more going on and if you're watching on Twitter you've probably seen a lot of it. I'll try and get a proper blog post up later in the week. Especially so you can see my new frog hat.




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[User Picture]From: skreidle
2013-02-18 05:58 am (UTC)

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Too long for no lj-cut?

Man, this post would've been too short at twice the length. Awesome all around! :D
[User Picture]From: kylecassidy
2013-02-18 06:11 am (UTC)

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where's my "like" button?
[User Picture]From: spacedlaw
2013-02-18 06:08 am (UTC)

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No pictures of Lorraine? :(
[User Picture]From: spacedlaw
2013-02-18 06:10 am (UTC)

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Great pictures, mind. Roller derby is also all about the pack and I love that Lorraine finally found hers. It really changed her life.
[User Picture]From: howlokitty
2013-02-18 06:43 am (UTC)

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I need more Lorraine and cat pictures! Also, my Nike Fuel app thinks I ran a 5k today. It's because I forgot to turn it off after my morning jog as I was driving home. I drove a 5k, though.
[User Picture]From: pickleboot
2013-02-18 07:02 am (UTC)

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glad minneapolis is treating you well. next time, honest, drop me a line and i will show you the oddness that is ice fishing. i grew up in the midwest, and i still do not get driving vehicles in excess of a ton onto a lake and then drilling a hole in which you might catch a fish, and sitting in a stinky, well, glorified outhouse on a cold lake in zub zero temps(it is colder in the north west burbs) and drink beer. maybe it's the whole i don't like to fish unless i am doing population counts. but out here is amazing- we are on the general pelican migration route, so there is a favorite cafe hidden away across from the aptly named pelican lake(our neighbor is the chef) and the right time of year? the pelicans are so thick on the lake boats can't move. it is absolutely incredible. we get stray ones in our yard, leading to a very confused deaf boxer.

minnesota is full of amazing things. you just have to know where to look. i even know where to go harvest your own wild rice in canoes/kyaks. the owners of the land owe my family all we can haul for our life times. please, take me up on this sometime. it's fun to show off the other minnesota, the wild and fun part.
[User Picture]From: cynic51
2013-02-18 02:08 pm (UTC)

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Tangent: I don't know if you saw it, but Eliza Rickman, who ended up doing two house concerts in my living room because you posted something here long ago, has a Kickstarter up to pay for a new video.

And I'd like to thank you again for that long ago post. Since I took Eliza up on that I've hosted her twice, Jeremy Messersmith once, and I'm wrapping up negotiations to have another artist play my living room in May.
[User Picture]From: ladycelia
2013-02-18 02:39 pm (UTC)

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It's your journal, you get to decide to cut or not. Personally, it doesn't bother me that there's no cut.

What a lovely way to end your trek to the frozen north--more frozen north, with much better amenities ;^)
[User Picture]From: coffeeem
2013-02-18 03:28 pm (UTC)

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And wasn't that Lojo Russo playing guitar in the background in one of the photos from the bout?
[User Picture]From: fablor
2013-02-18 03:37 pm (UTC)

LOVE!

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Having Kyle (And Joan and Dill and Elyse) here for my B'day weekend made it the best B'day ever! Ok, so the fact we had a Bout (And yes, that was Lojo Russo playing pre-bout!)was icing on the cake (as it were)

LOVE YOU BUNCHES KYLE!
[User Picture]From: kuroshii
2013-02-18 03:49 pm (UTC)

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I'm still here!

I have no problems with the lack of LJ-cut, personally. But then I already have LJ set to use placeholders for photos until I click through to them, which speeds up page load time considerably.

Very glad to hear Princess is still with them. I remember Mr. Gaiman bemoaning the lack of new cats wandering in to the house/heart, because the dogs (well Cabal in particular) scared them off. Please give Lola ear-scritchies from me. Not that she's ever actually met me, but what dog wouldn't love more ear-scritchies.

More and more people I know are getting in to roller derby, either as players, avid spectators, or other forms of participation. I have no problem with this either. ;) One of my best friends in NY started "helping" as an announcer and is now also a referee.

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[User Picture]From: kylecassidy
2013-02-18 04:08 pm (UTC)

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I shall indeed give lola some love for you.
[User Picture]From: fivecats
2013-02-18 04:44 pm (UTC)

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I love the idea of the skaters hanging around with the fans after the show, especially to meet some of the young girls who so taken with them. Cheers all around.

Great action shot in the next-to-last image. It almost looks like you should have been bowled over, sitting so close to a curve in the track.

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[User Picture]From: D. Christopher Salmon
2013-02-18 06:18 pm (UTC)

Castle Gaiman & Princess Snowflake

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Hey Kyle, thank you for the very generous words, my friend; just what I needed today -- dealing with the demons, you know? It's strange to feel a twinge of homesickness every time I see an image of The Castle or one of its denizens, considering I was only there once ... why is that? And seeing your great pics of the Roller Girls caused a surge of guilt, as I shot some fun footage of them as well during my visit, and have been meaning to put an edit together for Quiche (btw, any theme song suggestions?). You are the best, Sir K!!! :)
[User Picture]From: sheilagh
2013-02-19 03:48 am (UTC)

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I click through anyway, who wouldn't want to see the gorgeousness! Still, a cut can be a kindness for those of us who don't have pictures set to load only when selected
[User Picture]From: adam_0oo
2013-02-19 06:41 pm (UTC)

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Love the pics with the little fans, so adorable and inspiring.
[User Picture]From: sigrdrifa
2013-02-21 03:37 pm (UTC)

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I played roller derby for 5 years. My absolute favorite part was when young fans said they wanted to be just like me when they grew up. It made it all worth it.