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In Austin, with a camera [Feb. 10th, 2012|11:01 am]
kyle cassidy
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Roller Girls are like royalty in Austin.

I got the first hint of this just as tsarina and I pulled out of the airport parking lot directly behing a Honda festooned with Texas Roller Derby bumper stickers. But the proof was in the evening when Colin and I meandered through downtown Austin with four women from CenTex Roller Derby. Cars would (and I'm not kidding) screech to a halt and people would leap out shouting "OH MY GOD! ROLLERGIRLS!!! CAN I GET MY PICTURE TAKEN WITH YOU?" -- It was like being at the mall with Madonna.

It really feels good to be around all this positive energy -- to see these women who've made something for themselves and become star athletes, many of them in their 40's, chiseled something good out of the world.

Zee from CenTex

After taking portraits we all went out to the Texas Chili Parlor where I had a delightful five bean vegetarian chili and CenTex showed off photo of their broken bones and we were all rock stars.

It's great to be around these people.

Zee, Katie, Ifeelya Payne & Guilty w/ fans

trillian_stars new play opens tonight and I wish I was in Philly to see it. If you're there, hang out after the show and tell her I love her.

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[User Picture]From: fullcontactmuse
2012-02-10 05:08 pm (UTC)
That is so cool!

Of course, I've come to expect nothing less from you. :)
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From: peter-w-morgan.myopenid.com
2012-02-10 05:14 pm (UTC)

Kirk Tuck in Austin?

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.
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[User Picture]From: hairypolack
2012-02-10 05:35 pm (UTC)
youre here? take a pic of me pedicabbing!
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[User Picture]From: kylecassidy
2012-02-10 06:17 pm (UTC)
can there be roller girls in it?
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[User Picture]From: ceosanna
2012-02-10 08:24 pm (UTC)
That would make for a great photo!
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[User Picture]From: redstapler
2012-02-10 09:17 pm (UTC)
Loop him in on tomorrow's schedule, that would be fantastic!
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From: coraline73
2012-02-10 08:02 pm (UTC)
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!)

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[User Picture]From: sdx
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?
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[User Picture]From: kcaspari
2012-02-11 07:36 am (UTC)
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.
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[User Picture]From: littleonionz
2012-02-11 11:40 am (UTC)
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.
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[User Picture]From: kylecassidy
2012-02-11 03:18 pm (UTC)
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.

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[User Picture]From: littleonionz
2012-02-12 09:25 am (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.
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