That is so cool!
Of course, I've come to expect nothing less from you. :)
You could perhaps link up with Kirk Tuck while you're in Austin. http://visualsciencelab.blogspot.com/
If you're still there. Sorry not to have thought of this before.
youre here? take a pic of me pedicabbing!
can there be roller girls in it?
That would make for a great photo!
Loop him in on tomorrow's schedule, that would be fantastic!
Awesome! I love the sheer energy and capacity for enjoyment all the Roller Derby women seem to have (never seen any live, but from Fablor's links, your pix, it just jumps out at you!)
Edited at 2012-02-10 08:02 pm (UTC)
2012-02-10 09:56 pm (UTC)
SO I recognized Colin in a photo today. Was going through my Armed America with a friend, and like 15 pages in "Hey that guy looks familiar, minus the snazzy suit" :).
How was that vegetarian chili?
Oh, what a great moment! I know and love one of those fans! William - he's an awesome Improv teacher and actor from San Francisco. What a lovely surprise to see him here!
I'm all glowy now.
It really feels good to be around all this positive energy -- to see these men homosexuals black people who've made something for themselves and become star athletes, many of them in their 40's, chiseled something good out of the world. <--This reads odd, no? A touch patronising maybe? You are clearly a lovely, talented person, and influential. Don't make the fact that women achieve in sports, however old they are!;) sound like something "special". It isn't, it's normal.
I certainly dont want to sound that way, but I think it is unique. According to askmen.com
it is special for an athlete to succeed after 40 "most athletes" they say, "call it a career in ther 30's. But once in a while while we're treated to ageless wonders who make our jaws drop as they compete with players who are often half their age." With the possible exception of golf, I can't think of any men's sport which competes at a national level that invites, recruits, and trains men of all ages to play. (Some men's sports, like softball, have "senior leagues" but you won't be playing against 25 year olds.) I think this is one of the grand, and indeed special, things about roller derby. It's embracing in a way I don't think it would be were it run by men.
I should add that it won't hurt my feelings if I'm wrong and you tell me (and that goes for evwrybodu). I'm glad to get called out when I'm insensitive. I want to be one of the people making the world better. Edited at 2012-02-11 04:00 pm (UTC)
I see what you mean with the age thing. There are or at least were, 40+ women cricketers (peeps like Rachael Heyhoe Flint) and also sports like Akido and kendo have older participants, possibly not so much pro-football and other, more popular, mainstream sports.
It was more the vibe that women achieved, and that it was extraodinary — making it seem out of the ordinary — (men, being the default, the ordinary) that, although unintended by you, is a common way of undermining female achievements, in whatever field. Highlighting the gender/orientation/colour/religion of a group engaged in an activity, pushes it to the margins, where it can be ignored as an anomaly,a freak. We don't refer to men's football, men's hockey.
Not sure about the US, but men are also involved in Roller Derby over here UK(for sure, some of its staunchest supporters are male ;)
There are also male and mixed teams.
It is possibly, currently, unique, which is a shame, is it not? Women and men have shared the planet for quite a while. That this achievement is percieved as a special snowflake is rather depressing.
I absolutely do not wish to hurt your feelings in any way. I read your Lj because I like what you post and love the piccies. Also, Roswell.
I hope this makes sense, it's Sunday morning, and I haven't had a cuppa yet.