Monthly Archives: February 2012

“Bout” Time To See The Rose City Roller Derby Girls In Action!



With the 7th season under way, and sell outs occurring almost every night, it seems evident the Rose City Rollers have “jammed” their way into Portlanders hearts.

I attended my very first “bout” and it was exciting and confusing but more importantly it made me want to attend another bout – soon!

The Rose City Roller’s bouts take place in the hangar located in the back parking lot of Oaks Amusement Park in Sellwood. One of my first thoughts upon entering and looking at the track was, why is the track flat? Where are the banks and turns? I was informed by a friend that “flat track” derby started in Texas around 10 years ago with the sports resurgence into mainstream. A flat track was a lot less money and easier to to maintain. The flat track, although a little slower, but with no outer rail a powerful hip check could still send a player sliding across the track only to be stopped by the feet, lap or arms of a paying spectator – the thrill was still there and that’s what counted! So flat track quickly became the norm for Derby’s reintroduction. Continue reading


Funny Sh*t Siri Says

On the cusp of watching “Sh*t Portlanders Say” and ” Sh*t, Shit Says” I recalled a couple of memorable moments I’ve shared with Siri that left me thinking, that’s some funny sh*t!

For those of you who are not privy to Siri on the new iphone 4S, Siri allows you to use your natural voice to ask “her” to do things for you such as, send messages, schedule meetings, look things up on the web, place a phone call or send a text- she responds to your voice request with her own voice. You can even give her an accent. My Siri has an British accent. Some think Siri learns from all these questions you ask her – perhaps to take over the world – or maybe just to become more helpful to us.

Here’s some funny sh*t siri says:


Siri already knows me too well!

Siri on color palettes


Siri on fashion


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Scenes from The Anti-Valentine’s Day Party

The Anti-Valentine’s Day party hosted by the Heartless Heathers, a Rose City Roller team, took place at the Watershed PDX after the Roller Derby on Saturday the 18th.

It was a wickedly fun party and fundraiser for the team.

Spanking Booth, Wheel of Misfortune ( which I did get strapped onto and those girls were relentless with the spins!!!), dancing to the beat of classics, a ring toss that made me blush, tarot card readings, naughty but delicious cocktails. 

We had a blast, thanks Heartless Heathers!!!!! 




To mark your calendar for the next Heartless Heathers Heart Pumping Party or for a schedule for their next bout, check out their facebook page or the Rose City Rollers website  

Lovely Words In The Clouds


If you took a survey, which ironically I actually did, and asked your closest friends for adjectives that best described you – do you think you’d be surprised by their replies?

 I wasn’t fishing for compliments and that is exactly what I told my dear friends, I was just doing some research. I informed them that the adjectives did not ALL have to be complimentary either – hopefully the negatives wouldn’t be the first adjectives that popped into their heads but with some of the people I surveyed, those very easily could have been their first thoughts!

Do your friends see you as you see yourself? Does it matter? More often than not how you see yourself is a reflection of how you “feel” and how your friends see you, is how you portray yourself. Hopefully the two are similar but variations in those perspectives will always be present and can also be very enlightening. That’s what makes this “research” so intriguing and introspective. I was surprised to read what they came back with. I also thought it was telling in a way that expressed what you bring to that friend and that friendship.

I was humbled, humored and even reminded of some of my less noteworthy characteristics.

Some of my favorites: complex, true, luminous, exciting, trusting, spontaneous, convivial, mad-sexy, confident, beautiful, talented, spunky,charismatic, brave, dedicated

Some of my reminders: defensive, obstinate, cantankerous, moody

Some adjectives I would have written for myself but that didn’t come up: passionate, sensible ( stop laughing, I AM sensible), sentimental, and vivacious.

Do some “research”, see what you uncover. For me, it was 2 days of delightful surprises and confirmation that my friends & family are truly amazing, supportive and THE BEST any girl could wish for.

So now that you have all of these wonderfully thoughtful, uplifting adjectives about yourself, what do you do?

Create a word cloud, print it and look at it everyday and remember you have all these amazing attributes.

Wordle is a free site where you can generate “word clouds” from text you provide.You can tweak your clouds’ font, layout, and colors. The images you create from Wordle are yours to use however you like. It’s a really fun tool and a great way to capture and display your “research.” I’ve also used it to creatively display poems I love, or as a reminder to my kids of all their “wonderfulness” and as a thoughful gift to friends, parents or teachers.



Portland, A Pinball Mecca!


My initial intention in drafting this post was to inform about the Pinball Tournament, Rose City Showdown IV, coming up this weekend.  I’m crazy about pinball – not good at it – but none-the- less I do cash in a couple dollars and set my fingers on fire, flicking the flappers and flippantly letting the “f” bombs flow all during the course of my 2 minute, or less, game.

So when I read about the pinball tournament I thought, wow maybe I could aspire to be that good someday – no not really, but I did think it was interesting in a Portlandia sort of way.  As I dug a little deeper into this Portland pinball theme, I uncovered a Portland Pinball Phenomenon.

Rose City Pinball states ” Portland is a pinball mecca with over 500 games at 230 + locations in Portland.” Rose City Pinball was created to promote competitive pinball in Portland and the Northwest by supporting major tournaments. You can find all things related to pinball tournaments here.

Portland Pinball Map is where you can sign up for Twitter updates about all the newest pinball locations, add locations, check out pinball specific maps in other areas across the country as well as British Columbia.Llooking for a pinball app for your iphone or android – you can find it here. Wanna keep tabs on the list of “rippers” putting up the highest scores in town – all this informaton can be found at:

Crazy Flipper Fingers – LOVE LOVE LOVE this site. Not only does it give die hard “flippers” a community to join or aspire to join, because they only take on members by invitation; this January they started a lifestyle advice column on their blog called “Ask Tilt”. Flippers now have a source to answer their most dire questions about pinball, love or drinking or any combination of the three and TILT, their “pinballiest, loveliest, drinkiest” member, will answer with wise wit and a dose of snarkiness.

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Roller Derby and Anti-Valentine’s Party


Making plans to check one of the 10 items off my Must See And Do List 2012. Roller Derby and what sounds like it could be a very dangerous party to follow, booze and skates? 

High Rollers vs. Guns N Rollers 6-8pm  Friday Feb.18th

First home team bout this season at the Hangar Oaks Park. General admission is $14, doors open at 5 bout starts at 6pm

Heartless Heathers 7th Annual Anti-Valentine’s Party

February 18, 2012, 9:00 pm to 2:00 am




Heathers, Spanking and Dancing, oh my!

$5 suggested donation at the door, 21 and over.

 Water Shed PDX  5040 SE Milwaukie

A night to remember…or wish you didn’t.  Love ’em or leave ’em with a night with your favorite cold-hearted ladies, the Heartless Heathers, at Watershed PDX a skip and a hop away from the hangar for their 7th annual fundraiser.  The party comes complete with a full bar, music, dancing on a skate-able floor, and the notorious games and attractions that have made these parties go down in infamy- ala the Spanking Booth, ‘Kiss Off’ Booth, Human Wheel of Misfortune and NEW AND EXCITING NEW GAMES! You seriously do NOT want to be on the outside looking in! So put it on your calendar and get ready to have a blast!


Friendly Food Cart Competition Anyone?

If you feel you are well versed in your food cart knowledge, love to eat, can think quick on your feet and move effortlessly on Tri-Met – then you should call your friends, gather a team, begin training and sign up for the 2nd PDX Cartathlon!

March 3, 2012, 10am rain or shine, hungry or not, tennis shoes or those crazy barefoot running socks – Game On!

Let me know in the comments if you are up for a little “friendly” competition.

Fill your mouth with Sunshine: PDX Cartathlon II





The Portland Mobile Restaurant Group and Willamette Week, present “Fill your mouth with Sunshine: PDX Cartathlon II”! This mobile-eatery-themed combination of a scavenger hunt, eating competition and urban footrace celebrates Portlanders’ love of food carts, defiance of winter weather, and affinity for oddball competition.

Working in teams, participants will decipher riddles, eat, ride Tri-Met, find Portlandian items, take photos and compete in an egg toss for tickets to Cirque du Soleil’s production of OVO. The route will encompass Southeast, Southwest, Northeast and North Portland as contestants race between some of Portland’s most popular food carts, completing fun challenges and eating tasty food. 

Participation fee for contestants is $50 for a five-person team, and will include a commemorative shirt, free food along the route, and admission into an afterparty hosted by Willamette Week. 

Founding carts include: Big-Ass SandwichesFlavourSpotGrilled Cheese GrillKoi FusionPotato Champion, and Whiffie’s Fried Pies

Top team will win free food cart food for a year!

Saturday, Feb. 25 
Saturday, March 3 
(date changed)

10 am

$50, All ages

Call 445-2764 to sign up!