It starts Wednesday. the most well-organized chaos imaginable.
When you see Ivanna and Trish and the few who seem like many who have put this Kraken of an event together, bow, nod your head, whatever, to show your appreciation. There has never been anything like it.
Bitch about some things if you want, but what if you were in charge? And things that caused delays or anguish in previous years have been dealt with: entrance to classes simplified, help everywhere. And how would you plan to house and schedule over 400 different activities for 5000 people flocking in from all over the Derby world?
Pardon me for thanking Sten Iverson and his great crew from Brown Paper Tickets (plug) for processing the ticketing, the badges and all. Stop by the BPT booth and he might even have something for you, and of course you will probably see Bob Noxious and the Commissioner.
The energy is amazing. You come here with a purpose. You don’t see slackers. You see those who want to make the game become what the promise holds; those who want to skate better, NSO better, announce better, whatever. Unfortunately, I can’t get better because I am at my peak (Oh really…..what the hell do you do?)
And meanwhile all of you continue to serve good causes; the raffle, the donation boxes for Scarlicious, and what ever is out there for your worldwide community, you support. And I hope we can expand the American Red Cross-Brown Paper Tickets-Roller Derby blood drives across America. It starts this Saturday at Resurrection Roller Derby in Rohnert Park and 6 other days are scheduled in August, more to come in September in Northern California.
I look around and can’t tell if you are from Christchurch, Des Moines, Bogota…..there seems to be an amazing relationship that unifies a world of skaters. Please take advantage of this binding over the 5 days handed to you by this event.
Below is one of 10 amazing Lucy D shirts by Gamegear. Sublimated, design lasts forever (remember, I do tend to exaggerate). wonderful non-odor bearing material.
My calendar? greeting as many of you as I can; being with Judi and the others in the Roll Model, Gamegear, Seltzer brand booth in the main hail; sometimes at the BPT booth; hanging with Baon Wolman (www.baronwolman.com), one of the great photographers who just happened to wander to our arena from the Haight/Ashbury crowd and capture classic photos of Derby; bringing Frankie Macedo and Judi to Karaoke; putting on what is left of my safari gear (Judi and I did the Kenya thing 25 years ago) for the fabulous Riedell party; stopping by the Roller Derby Skate Company booth, which my uncle and father started over 60 years ago; and checking out all the great vendors and booths, including Blood and Thunder magazine who is right next to us (I do a column for Robin).
By the way, Baron is bring 4 sets of different photos…..he will sell and sign them. (you will realize what a bargain you are getting when you go to his site and see what he gets for individual photos.)
taking a new Derby wife, the amazing Donna “thehotflash” Kay, and then taking my pants off and dancing; hanging with my derby-over-40 homies at the Victoria Pub on Friday evening; heading up the marketing (how to increase attendance) seminar with the powerful Bob Noxious Saturday at noon, #114; hugging Val, my first Derby wife; and catching all and seminars and fun that I can and joining the continuous pool party. Searching out at least two blondes: The amazing Crazy Skates lady from OZ: Lara Irons! And my long time Bont friend and donor of the most amazing jacket: Debbie Rice. And obviously every other blonde, brunette and redhead out there (just kidding, Judi).
Please come and hug me, talk to me, take a photo, buy a book! And I will update via twitter (@jeryseltzer), facebook (Jerry Seltzer), and of course here on WordPress (www.rollerderbyjesus.com), and writing my impressions for the UK’s Lead Jammer magazine. And I will be checking my new LG mobile device……..modern media isn’t going to overwhelm me.
To quote the great Ernie Banks: can’t we just play a double header?