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Skate (b)log: I PASSED SCRIMMAGE TESTING!

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Skate (b)log: I PASSED SCRIMMAGE TESTING!

sMEL U L8R

So this means, after MONTHS of fresh meat status (seriously, over a year if you count my short stint with Burning River last year), weekly practices, skills training and tests, bruises (LOTS of bruises) — and yes, even some tears of pain and frustration — I am eligible to be drafted to one of our teams.

FINALLY.

It’s, like, official, official now. I AM a Steel City Derby Demon.

Hard work, determination and a whole lot of passion can take you anywhere. True story.

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What should have been on my bucket list: the extreme body slide

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What should have been on my bucket list: the extreme body slide

During the boyfriend’s stay-cation a couple weeks ago, we enjoyed a perfectly-sunny (and low on the humidity) day at the water park: SANDCASTLE (just a short 15-minute drive outside the city).

I was mostly interested in sitting on a tube in the lazy river all day. The boyfriend, however, was more psyched about doing the super slides. You know, the ones that I have sworn off since I was a kid watching in awe (and observing the serious cases of boob slippage and wedgies). And an aside: I HATE waterslides without using a tube or mat of some sort.

Regardless: enter the Lightning Express — EXTREME BODY SLIDE.

This is NOT me. I wear a top and appropriate sandals when I ride water slides.

From the Sandcastle website:

The Lightning Express tower is 60-feet high, featuring two double dip slide channels and one free-fall slide. Each body slide chute is 250-feet long. Brave thrill seekers will enjoy THE MONSTER, a free-fall slide, starting 85-feet above the finish, with a gradual slope glide of 25-feet, that drops to a steep 60-feet, hitting speeds up to 25 miles per hour! Each slide finishes in a 4-inch deep braking lane of water. Riders must be 48″ to slide

Yeah. I went on that. BOTH of them, in fact (I declined an additional run on THE MONSTER and opted for the shorter of the two extreme slides for EXTREME SLIDE Adventure Take 2). And I shook with nervousness the entire time that I was on that platform. That swayed with the wind, mind you.

Glad I got that out of my system.

If you need to find me, I’ll be chill-axing, passed out on some Xanax, on a raft in the Lazy River.

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{pursuit} of Pittsburgh

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{pursuit} of Pittsburgh

Happy Friday, Pursuit-ers! How yinz doin? Getting out much and enjoying this great summer? Will I see any of you at the Toonseum Blogger Blast II tonight? Drink any good beers lately?

Ahem…

This Day in Pittsburgh was VERY cold. Today it is not.

When living in Cleveland, I created a List of 43 Things, and it was a really cool experience to find new, adventurous things in a city that I (thought I) already knew very well. And yes, there are several things not crossed off the list that I wish I could have completed before moving. Now that I’m quickly approaching my one-year anniversary of relocating, I want to do the same for Pittsburgh. You know, since I’m sticking around these parts for a while.

{/end vague surprise news}

What would you suggest for my Bucket List of “things to do” in Pittsburgh?

Photo by: Angie Candell (she’s awesome, n’at)

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I didn’t go to broadcasting school to be on the radio.

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I didn’t go to broadcasting school to be on the radio.

UPDATE: Winner has been selected and notified. Thanks again to Bricolage for the giveaway — and for their invitation to see the show. Cheers!

Did you know that I went (and subsequently dropped out of) broadcasting school? As with many things in my life, I realized that path was not for me — but not after dishing out, in this case, a few hundred dollars for the experience. While the thought of being behind-the-scenes of both television and radio production is geek-tastic, that opportunity was squandered because of the overwhelming effects of my social anxiety directly tied to being ON camera or ON the air. Yet, that’s always where the teachers (and students) seemed to want me.

This was over a decade ago, but I still have residual panic attacks from public speaking and appearing on live broadcasts (which even a few alcoholic beverages cannot subside). And then I went to see Midnight Radio: Cowboys and Aliens at Bricolage this past Saturday night. The “live broadcast” is a hilarious and fun look into the days of radio entertainment — and encourages audience participation (watch for the applause sign, please) among its variety of skits.

And also included a couple musical interludes by artist Slim Cessna:

Back to that crowd participation… Of ALL THE PEOPLE in the audience, my contest entry for “Team Cowboy” was selected, meaning I had to go ON STAGE to play along with one of the actors for a game show portion of the show. I wanted to die of embarrassment and anxiety and all those associated emotions with being the center of attention. But thankfully my nerves (or my alcoholic imbibing prior to the show) didn’t inhibit my ability to play a word association game. And you wouldn’t believe it, but AB was on “Team Alien” and was also picked (randomly)… to play against me.

He won. *womp womp*

Bricolage does a fantastic job of showcasing forward-thinking programming, while incorporating hilarious adult fun (and inside Pittsburgh jokes) into its local theater performances. Check out a Midnight Radio show on your next visit to downtown. The series of Cowboys and Aliens ends next week, but replaces that with The Incredible Audio World of Pittsburgh Sports, then continues with new programs titled Bootleggin’ and Bathtub Gin, and the Zombie Apocalypse (natch) throughout the fall.

When you go, make sure you help fill out the mad libs sheet hanging in the lobby. Trust me.


Now, A GIVEAWAY: There are only TWO SHOWS left for Cowboys and Aliens — and you can win a pair of tickets for this Friday or Saturday (July 29-30) — both shows are at 9pm. All you have to do is comment that you’d like to go (and be available this weekend). I’ll pick a random winner on Thursday morning (July 28).

Disclaimer: I was given two free tickets to attend this performance, as well as a pair of tickets to giveaway to my readers. My review was not contingent on my attendance — I just thought Midnight Radio was totally awesome and wanted to share this with you. See my disclaimer page for more info.

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Random Summer Photos (of my body parts)

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Random Summer Photos (of my body parts)

Brief summary of my whereabouts this summer…

At the end of June, I went to the Philly area for ECDX:
Sportsplex pool Philly ECDX

Random.

Then, we visited friends at Tappan Lake (in Ohio) during the Fourth of July weekend:

Tappan Lake Ohio

It rained a little. Then DOWNPOURED and thundered a lot (thankfully, we got off the pontoon in time). But the remainder of the day was gorgeous after the storms passed.

I also had one MAJOR thigh bruise to happily show off to family that very weekend:
bruises are awesome, roller derby

And I got my hair did:

Blonder! (even if it doesn’t look it here)

The end.

How’s your summer so far?

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