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When I first started playing fantasy baseball/football, the name of my team was the Roller Babes.  I received much ribbing about it, ie was I now in to Roller Derby etc.  I let it pass and continued on to win my league that year. 

Well, the thought of participation with a Roller Derby team has never been far from my mind.  Unfortunately, I can’t skate to save my life, so that has put a serious damper on that.  Plus, I have my other interests that take up by time, such as knitting, spin, my JOB, etc.

Friday night the DH came home from work and had seen a pickup truck with an advertisement that the Carolina Rollergirls were having a match September 13th vs. the Tucson Saddletramps.  Did I want to go?  Well, I himmed and hawed.  And then I thought, What the hell else are we going to do on Saturday except watch USC CRUSH Ohio State.  And besides, I am getting tired of only watching football on the weekends. 

So, we went.  We saw.  We sweated in Dorton Arena.  We drank beer.  We yelled.  It was FUN!  It was like any other sporting event.  You could buy beer, soda, popcorn, pretzels while you watch these Roller BABES buzz around the track, score points and throw shoulders into each other and have an amazing time doing it!(at least it looked like they were having an amazing time).   My pictures do not even do it justice just to how cool it really is.

 The track is small, and those girls go fast.  In brief, there are two groups of rollers on the track.  The first group starts out, then the two JAMMERS start about 2 seconds behind them.  The goal is for the Jammers to get through the pack ahead of them to score points.  The lead Jammer gets the most points.  Now, I am no expert on Roller Derby, but they did hand out a very nice program that explained the scoring, the penalties, etc.  In addition to that, music blairs and the announcers really get the crowd going.  The Carolina Rollergirls stomped on the Tucson Saddletramps too!

DH and I enjoyed ourselves.  It was different.  It was cool.  We will go again.  The next match is November 22, which is double header.  Come on….live a little.  What have you got to lose?

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So, last weekend I attended the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners Conference in Washington DC.  It was held at the enormous, upscale, largest resort on the east coast, Gaylord Hotel in National Harbor Maryland.  It was HUGE.  Not only the hotel, but the conference itself.  3500 Nurse Practitioners from all over the United States.  In addition, families came with those NPs, to enjoy the

Gaylord Hotel

Gaylord Hotel

sites and sounds of DC while we all listened and learned on topics of our choice.  The conference was held from June26-July 1.

One view from the Gaylord

One view from the Gaylord

The SO and I ventured North on Friday, June 27.  I was a conference attendee from 6/29-7/1.  It was interesting…the lectures I attended were informative.  My personal favs were the 2D echo one, as well as the two lectures by Margaret Fitzgerald.   While I gained knowledge, my hubby lounged by the pool, took naps and basically lived the high life.  Sunday afternoon though, we had to escape to Old Town Alexandria.   See, it is like this…although the Gaylord is a very nice hotel, with a beautiful view of the Potomac River, the places to eat were VERY EXPENSIVE.  Meaning, the only places to eat at the hotel were those in the hotel.  Unfortunately, the area where the Gaylord is at is an up and coming area, and eateries are few, esp. for those of us on a budget.  Thus, we made the 5 minute trek across the Woodrow Wilson bridge, easily found a parking space, and walked King Street.  It was cool. We settled for wood fired pizza on Sunday, then went back Monday evening to this AWESOME restaurant, the Warehouse Bar and Grill.  If we had found it Sunday night, we would have ate there that night as well.  Unfortunately, we never made it to any of the monuments in DC. 😦  BUT, since we know it only takes us four hours to get there, we will be making a return trip…probably for a LONG weekend.  And a Washington Nationals game.

 

MJ at the Gaylord

MJ at the Gaylord

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