Tuesday, May 29, 2007

The Bluegrass Strikes Back - Dig It

If you missed the Indy bout, here's your second chance to witness the force of the Derby City Roller Girls travel team.

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June 10th @ Treo - Louisville, Ky
Doors open at 6pm.

Monday, May 21, 2007

Dad Wins First Place Last Friday

(Dad - reining competiton, 05/18/07)

My Father's midlife crisis occured in his late thirties as he transformed from:

son of a share cropper/avid golfer/unhappy insurance cubicle slaver/religious neophyte/wannabe cowboy

into --->

a semi-pro golfer/self-employed insurance professional/respected elder in his congregation/expert horseman

Now at 63, he's nearing retirement and finally winning some of those horse competitions he's been entering for the last several years (see picture above). Reining Competition is his main hobby now.

My Dad and I disagree on many things, and at the same time are alike in how our brain works. I see him in my face as I look into the mirror. I hear him in my voice when I give a speech, teach a class, or give advice. It's oddly comforting considering our relationship.

For many years I stewed over having to be a large part of the transformative force of his midlife crisis. I was the eldest son - the painful move from city to country (in my early teens), saddling and training horses, throwing hay, putting up barns and laying miles of fence posts, while my little brother watched. It was after I left home at eighteen that my father's financial success came. I watched from afar as my brother trashed the fruit of (what I thought of as) the eldest son's earned inheritance - he wrecked the new Camaro, then the Trans Am while driving drunk, then drained thousands of dollars from my parents in the form of legal fees, all that meth lab police drama. I was still driving the used Pontiac sedan with a million miles on it, co-financed with my Jack-in-the-Box earnings from high school.

Now I just look back, from the perspective of my mid-thirties, and I have a respect for his ability to change his life to one more suited to him and I'm glad that my brother has ditched his wild lifestyle, with the emotional and financial help of my parents. I hope to have my own productive, midlife change soon as well. Hopefully it will not be a "crisis"; I had enough of those in early adult years to last a lifetime. Luckily, my son is an only child.

Friday, May 11, 2007

Roller Derby!!


DCRG Travel Team (all-stars): 0 -1
The Jackie O'Nasties: 1 - 0
The Red Menace: 0 - 1

May 12 - DCRG vs Naptown Tornado Sirens in Indianapolis

May 20 - DCRG's Red Menace vs the Jackie O'Nasties in Louisville


Raoul Duke-em says, "You gotta come see this you slithy pigfuckers! Someone is feeding these people booze and pure adrenachrome. Buy the ticket, take the ride."