Wednesday, November 25, 2009

Gratitude with a bit of attitude

On Saturday, the Boston Derby Dames held their annual award ceremony. The awards range from the expected (Best Rookie, Most Versatile Player) to the more creative (Heavy Metal Murder Machine). The homemade awards the skaters, refs, and volunteers receive are miniature labors of love, but it's the whole festivities that is the point. It's the epilogue of the 2009 season. It's fitting that the awards are held on the eve of the Holiday Season, because it is a cool-down for the Dames, and those who love them as we shed our derby responsibilities and personae and go back to our biological friends and families for two months before coming back to do it again in 2010.

I feel fortunate to play a small part in the lives of these women who work so hard to do what they love. I'm also humbled by receiving the "Man of the Year" award for my efforts. Being the second person to receive it was an honor as Philzie, the head ref of our league, was the first. Apparently, in order to win the award, you must meet the following requirements:

  • Be a man
  • Devote time and energy to assist the league
  • have ridden on Philzie's motorcycle as either (a) the driver or (b) held on to him tightly while screaming loudly as the two of you speed through Fenway.

At the end of the ceremony, the attendees went their separate ways to barhop, dance, or go home and sleep. I leave the year filled with a profound joy for everything I was fortunate to witness and be a part of, and optimistic for the future.

Be well,



Here's what the award looks like!

1 comment:

  1. What, no picture of this "miniature labor of love"? Show us the award, Man of the Year. :P