June 2010 I saw something about WordPress where you could blog for free, so I went to wordpress.com, didn’t read the instructions and just started in (which is why I learn a little more about my Droid every day, because I hate reading instructions).
Well, today is a milestone: I have written 150 posts, just passed 100,000 views, and have 317 subscribers (it’s free, try it).
I don’t think I have said everything yet. When I start thinking about how much still has not been related, I am not certain when I will stop; You sure will know.
Readers’ feedback has helped me focus, taught me a lot. And I have been amazed how many people tell me they follow the posts.
So what do I want to focus on as I start on the path to 200,000: one of the most amazing organisms of the past 10 years.
When Roller Derby was reborn in January 2002, it was by a bunch of women in Austin (now the TXRD) for a one-time fun event. Since one woman had just come out of a bad relationship and had taken up boxing, she wrote down some rules and called it a “bout”. And at these games (they did more than one), they would stop and two women would fight each other. And then came the eventual split, the Texas Rollergirls were born, and out of that manger came the 1105 leagues in the 38 countries today.
So let’s just assume that since there was no controlling body in charge at the time they became like much of man(woman)kind, selfish, self-serving spoiled athletes.
Well, not exactly.
Having just returned from the Championships and being in daily contact with so many of my friends, I am not certain if it is the chicken or the egg that came first. Okay, it is wrong to generalize, but were virtually all of these people willing to put others needs high on their lists, even if they did not have a lot themselves.
They created a sisterhood that goes well beyond their friends, their teams and their leagues. The way they welcome each other whether from London or Des Moines (and they took in, fed, and helped London when the volcano did not let them make their flight across the pond), but the committed service to the community is universal and unusual.
And now that the ugliness of domestic violence was really brought to our attention by Lori Milkeris. and you all have shown so much love and support. She attributes so much of her continuing recovery to the literally tens of thousands who have been in contact with her and have contributed money and love.
And Rhea and others have expanded on that start and their own previous troubles by creating sites so that all in Derby and elsewhere can tell their stories and get help.
My father always taught me that if you have a dollar, you share it with someone who needs it; Judi, who has been involved with hospice for over 25 years, taught me it is even more important to give of yourself.
With Roller Derby we always worked with our communities: the March of Dimes and many other charities. With BASS Tickets and Ticketmaster we were some of the first companies to join and support AIDS walks and community projects. And we founded the BASS Ticket Foundation which donated a million dollars worth of tickets to the underserved in the Bay Area.
I really believe this is why we are put on Earth, to befriend, support and love each other. This goes well beyond the dicta of religions or philosophies.
And Roller Derby today, for all the greatness I saw in skating in Denver, what you are as people is what I am most proud.
Leo blesses you all.