Saturday, October 1, 2011

I am a lucky, lucky man.

After East Region Playoffs, I believed that the off season had officially started. The life of a freelance writer is a complex one (and one of variable financial stress). My autumn was to be comprised of watching the rest of the Big 5 tournaments online, work on my novel and other writing assignments, and create the best Ice King costume imaginable for Halloween.

Then New Hampshire Roller Derby (NHRD) did something yesterday that exploded my Facebook into a sea of unbelievable links, all directing users to this picture on NHRD's page:

Uh, that is me.
No way.

I have become the poster-child for a fundraiser benefiting me. My surprise and overwhelming gratitude washed over the internet (sorry if your screens got damp). The rallying cry that came from the 603 area code was as unexpected as it was enthusiastic. Mack Truck Mel has gone so far as to say that any donation received that beat hers (over twenty) would result in her hand-washing the donor's derby pads. If you're not familiar with derby, cleaning one's pads is the modern day equivalent of Hercules cleaning out the Augean Stables.

Dread and I have been floored by this incredibly kind, over-the-top gesture. Not only did they take up the helm, they stormed the internets and have collected money from people all over the country.  In one day, they've made half of their goal within twenty-four hours.

Judging by this graphic, the plane needs more "fuel."

This is an amazing gesture from the ladies that allowed me to go on their mic in their first season and keep inviting me back due to my ability to exhibit qualities that I am still unsure I possess. They're so generous, that they're even giving stuff away. Apparently, the top donors will win a pair of VIP passes to NHRD's 2012 season, NHRD merch and other schwag!

It's one thing to be thanked for what you do for a league, it's another thing entirely to be treated like you're that vital to their personal lives. NHRD forever has my heart and my loyalty. As their league continues to grow and compete, I'll be there. And I hope you all will, too.

Go to and check out their events. Like this one!

Friday, October 28th 2011

4th Annual Monster Bash
Halloween Costume Party

Come prepared to dance the night away with your favorite rollergirls featuring DJing by MC Productions! There will be 50/50 and basket raffles, a dance contest, and more! Win a $100 gift certificate from the Bruised Boutique or other great prizes!
8:00pm until last call!
$5 with a costume, $7 without.
21+, valid ID required at the door

The Yard
1211 South Mammoth Rd
Manchester, NH
(across from the Best Western hotel)