Pasta, Derby, and Blood


Last night was a good one.

Unseasonably hot in Sonoma County, a blistering 97 degrees, but as always an evening cool down.

So I attended the fundraiser for the Resurrection Rollergirls in Santa Rosa……a great pasta feed for just $7 (I ate too much), so their travel team could head south soon. But I got to be with so many of them in their fun, non-game environment.

And the best part: a half dozen or so of their other league competitors, Sonoma County Roller Derby, led by Lady Sparks, stopped by to show support and pay their respects. As so often it seems in Derby leagues split for whatever reason. The irony for me (as a promoter) is that if they scheduled games against each other they should pack the house, but everything in due time. Donated a few books for the raffle and bought some raffle tickets…..what would I do if I won my books?

Sitting outside at Ausiellos spent sometime with Darth Evader, Jaime Miller. Of course I fell in love with her too (why can’t I have 5000 Derby wives). Skates for Resurrection, broke her leg, teaches special ed children and trains the Junior Derby people…..there is the future of the game! And just really exuberant about life and especially Derby. If you have to be a zealot, why not about the Game. Loved the time with her….know she will be skating again soon.

And I have to say a word about Robyn Mechelle Ross who I also sat with. We became friends at Rollercon (so many from last night are coming again, including almost all I talked to…..better get my hug strength up again) and she now lives in Santa Rosa and hopefully will be joining Resurrection..I will see them skate on the 31st against Monterey; unfortunately cannot see Sonoma County this time around as they skate on the 21st.

Actually was there last night on behalf of http://www.brownpapertickets.com (the reason I do that instead of just saying Brown Paper Tickets is that this way you will go right to the site and I will pick up “brown-ie” points (ouch).We and the Red Cross are now locked in with these two leagues again for the 2nd annual blood drive this August and September…..all the leagues exceeded their goals in blood donated last year and with more time and promotion we are hoping to double the amount this year. We may have as many as 13 leagues this year and will talk about expanding the drives at Rollercon.

Until I get around the participants in Roller Derby (and it appears to be the same everywhere), I tend to forget the unifying force the game provides. I don’t think anything except Roller Derby does it the same. And three players came up to me to say proudly they were members of Derby over 40…do you realize there are just about 4000 now skating who have joined the page on facebook!

So skate as long as you enjoy it. It is making your life better…..and if you have family and others get them involved also in some form….just makes it easier.

The easy way to get a unique tee shirt and skate cookie!


(4) Jerry Seltzer.

click on the link above to see some dude in the great Roller Derby, Red Cross, Brown Paper Tickets tee shirt which are given to blood donors along with the great 5 inch Skate Cookies!

The blood drive to date with Roller Derby leagues in Northern California have resulted in over 150 pints of blood being given by caring skaters, fans, and others; this amount can save up to 450 lives!

Red Cross is everywhere helping people; you can also donate today to help those affected by the terrible flooding in Colorado. The Derby leagues there are helping also.

There are two more blood drives upcoming: one this Saturday September 21 in San Jose at the home of the Silicon Valley Roller Girls on Blossom Hill Road. To register go to http://www.redcrossblood.org, and enter the word “Derby”…..or you may just show up.

Leave with the tee shirt, cookie and other treats, and a smile knowing you have helped your fellow being. I gave, you can too.

And watch for the word about Sonoma County’s Roller Derby drive on November 23rd in Santa Rosa. more on that later.