Monday, April 23, 2018

one weekend down, eighteen thousand more to go

So Siege of CNY went well, except for the part where my goddamn skates were making my goddamn big toenails turn goddamn black again.  The last game of the tournament my toes felt like they were getting smashed with hammers.  The last time this happened, it was because they were really tight on my feet, but this time around, they felt fine. WTF IS GOING ON WITH MY SKATES I'M REALLY GETTING TIRED OF IT.

Friday, April 20, 2018

so holy crow

So I took another look at my weekends.

  • Tournament
  • Tournament
  • Tournament
  • Home game
  • Away game (with a Friday night game in Buffalo)
  • Tournament
  • Nothing, but there's a Friday night game in Buffalo I could go to
  • Kid's birthday weekend
  • Tournament
  • Tournament
  • Away game
  • Men's game
  • Away game
  • Home game
That goes to LATE JULY, PEOPLE

Wednesday, April 18, 2018

it's been a while, again.....

This weekend begins Derby Insanity, where my weekends look like:

  • Tournament
  • Tournament
  • Tournament
  • Home game
  • Away game for league (with additional game the night before in Buffalo)
  • Tournament
  • Weekend off
  • Weekend off (kid's birthday)
  • Tournament
  • ECDX 
  • Away game for league
it's crazy, I tells ya.

Today I submitted my WFTDA Tournament Officiating Application.  Technically (because I am attending a few WFTDA-recognized tournaments), I qualify to officiate at championships.  (Not gonna happen - at least not this year - but it's interesting.)

What else....I'm NSOing next weekend (the 27th/28th) and I realized that my current black NSO polo shirt isn't printed per the requirements (my name is on the left side; it's supposed to be on the right), so I have to do up a new shirt.  OH WHAT A SHAME.  (I also have to make my NSO swing dress - not gonna wear that next weekend 'cause I'm flying to the tournament and trying to pack a swing dress and crinoline is just HI I WEAR WRINKLED CLOTHING.)

Wednesday, April 4, 2018

geez, it's been a while; my apologies

so, let's see!

Dust Devil was faaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaantastic.  The crew I was on really gelled from the start, I got a lot of great advice and compliments on my reffing abilities, I ate a lot of great food, I saw a lot of great things (Grand Canyon is insane), I met a lot of great people.  It was good to visit with my aunts and uncles again.

First HR assignment?  Went a lot better than I thought it would.  I need to work on pack definition and giving failure to reforms and whatnot when there's no pack, but I didn't have any brain-breaking issues, or belligerent coaches or anything.  One official review at the very end of the game that went off without a hitch.  I'm quite pleased.

this is on the short list of Favorite Derby Pictures of Me EVAR

Friday, March 16, 2018


Tomorrow is the St. Patrick's Day parade!  This will be my....tenth parade?!?  2009, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18?  Wow.  It looks like tomorrow will be partly cloudy and just around freezing.  Oh well - break out the long underwear, I guess.

Tuesday afternoon, I'm hopping on a plane and flying to... well, Newark, but then I'm hopping on a plane and going out to Arizona!  Yaaaaaaay!  Zero humidity and non-winter temperatures ahoy!

While some officials pride themselves that they are able to pack for a multi-day tournament and fit everything (including gear) into a carry-on, I am not that official.  (Plus the fact that I'm spending three days doing non-tournament stuff.)  This means that I can bring my hex key thing that I believe would qualify as a weapon according to the TSA (which I need to bring, thanks to weird skate issues).

As to the weird skate issues - my skate plates (Ophira, for those of you scoring at home) are starting to be weird.  The king pins (or whatever you call the parts that hold the trucks and the cushions and whatnot) are not fixed into the plate itself - they are big threaded bolts.  What's started to happen on my left skate is that the whole bolt itself starts to unscrew itself from the plate, so the front truck gets loose.  I spend a lot of time on my toestops, and when that's wobbly, it's annoying.

But anyway.

When I leave, I'll be dressed for Rochester (high 27 degrees) and arriving in Phoenix (high 79 degrees) and then going to the Grand Canyon the next day (high 48) and doing the tournament in Tucson (high in the low 80s).  YAY FOR PACKING FOR THREE SEASONS!

Monday, March 5, 2018

in news that actually is exciting

I will be Head Referee for the regulation game at our home doubleheader on March 31. 


And I'm officiating at ECDX again!


Tuesday, February 27, 2018

in other news that is not nearly as exciting

OPRed a game in Buffalo on Saturday night.  Took the front position; only got burned a few times.  At one point I was doing backwards crossovers where you pick up both feet to keep up - the last time I did these, I ended up in a JANE STOP THIS CRAZY THING loop where the only way I could stop my momentum was to wheel-lock myself and fall, but this time I was ok.  There were a few points, though, where the coaches were creeping into the OPR lane and I could feel myself brush past them as I zoomed by backwards and I was like FOLKS WATCH WHERE YOU'RE STANDING BECAUSE I DON'T WANT TO GET KNOCKED OVER 'CAUSE YOU'RE IN MY WAY. 

There was also a point where two skaters crashed into the spot in the OPR lane just where I was going to skate, but some quick swoopy movements put me out of their way.