Wednesday, September 30, 2009

MEDIA RELEASE: Bradentucky Bombers Roller Derby League October 2009 Events

Bradentucky Bombers Roller Derby League October 2009 Events; Schedule Includes Derby Bouts, Movie Premier and Doing Good

Bradentucky, Fla. (September 30, 2009) – While the regular skating season is over, each weekend during the month of October has an activity involving Southwest Florida’s favorite roller derby league, the Bradentucky Bombers. Fans have plenty of opportunities to mix and mingle with their favorite roller derby girls during an art walk, movie premier of Whip It, fundraising walk, and of course, girl-on-girl action during the Sunday, Oct. 18 roller derby bout. The Bradentucky Bombers’ October 2009 social calendar is as follows:

Friday, Oct. 2
What: League Fundraising Cookout during the First Friday Art Walk at Village of the Arts. Meet and greet members of the Bradentucky Bombers as they grill and serve hotdogs, hamburgers and derby trash talk.

Rawk Shop
1103 12th Street
West Bradenton, FL

When: Friday, Oct. 2, 5 to 8 p.m.

Friday, Oct. 2
What: Opening Night of Whip It, a movie about an indie-rock loving misfit finding a way of dealing with her small-Texas town by joining a roller derby league. The flick is Drew Barrymore’s directorial debut and stars Ellen Page. The Bradentucky Bombers roller derby girls will be on hand to show off what they do best.

Regal Oakmont Theater
4801 Cortez Rd.
W. Bradenton, FL 34210 and

Royal Palm 20
5125 26th St. E,
Bradenton, FL 34203

When: Friday, Oct. 2, After 6 p.m.

Saturday, Oct. 3
Bradentucky Bombers are “Strong Women Rolling for a Strong Community” by participating in the Safe Place and Rape Crisis Center’s Stepping Out Against Domestic Violence walk at J.D. Hamel Park, 2 Marina Plaza, Sarasota. Join the Bombers in this 3.5 mile walk to show support for a violence-free future. Advance registration is $5 and includes a t-shirt, refreshments and awards for the most-spirited and largest teams. Registration begins at 8 a.m. with the walk at 9 a.m. (

Saturday, Oct. 10
What: "Whip It Good!" Bradentucky Bombers travel to Tampa to take on the Cigar City Mafia in a bonus bout following the Roller Derby Championship Bout between the Black Widows (Tampa) and Switchblade Sisters (Tampa). Tickets are $10 in advance, $12 at the door.

Skateplex of Temple Terrace
5313 Busch Blvd.
Temple Terrace, FL 33617

When: Saturday, Oct. 10, Doors Open at 7:30 p.m. and Championship Bout starts at 8 p.m. Bradentucky’s Bout to Follow.

Sunday, Oct. 18
What: "Whip It" Intraleague Bout where Bradentucky Bombers and Nuclear Bombshells (Bradentucky’s “B” team) take to the track. Tickets are $10 in advance, $12 at the door. Save $2 with a ticket stub to the Oct. 2 premier of the movie Whip It.

Florida Wheels
3611 3rd St. W.
Bradenton, FL 34205-8947

When: Sunday, Oct. 18, Tailgating with Free Beer from the Distillery Begins at 5 p.m., doors open at 5:30 p.m. and Bout Starts at 6 p.m.

Saturday, Oct. 24
Bradentucky Bombers Making Strides Against Breast Cancer Walk at the Sarasota Polo Club. The roller girls are raising funds to assist in the fight against cancer with a team goal to collect $1,000. Come out and walk with the Bradentucky Bombers or contribute to their fundraiser efforts on the American Cancer Society Web site. Registration for the walk begins at 7:30 a.m. for a 9 a.m. start time.

About the Bradentucky Bombers
The Bradentucky Bombers is an all-female, full-contact, flat-track roller derby league representing Bradenton, Sarasota, and Venice. The league is the Las Vegas "love-child" of founder Gigi RaMoan. Conceived in the bathroom of the Double Down Saloon as Gigi admired the "Sin-City Rollers" graffiti on the wall, the league was quite rightfully named "The Bradentucky Bombers" by her husband, Doug, mere minutes after its conception. That was a few years ago — 2006, to be exact. Today, The Bradentucky Bombers are 30+ skaters strong, currently consisting of two teams: The All-Stars (our "A-team") and The Nuclear Bombshells.

They range in age from 18 to 40+. By day, they are working wives, mothers, students, teachers, motorcycle mechanics, administrative assistants, bartenders, web designers, artists, and everything inbetween. But a few nights a week, just like Cat Woman, alter-egos emerge as they pull up fishnet stockings, strap on skates and transform into Bomber Girls, with names like Busty Bruiser, Mission Mary Position, Vixen Da CrusHer, Snow Wipe U Out, Mia Psycho, Julia Seize-Her, Yakuzza Girl and Signal 20, to name just a few.

Visit for additional information.

CONTACT: Amanda Jess (aka: ProseHack for the Bradentucky Bombers)
Tel: (941) 803-8237

Sunday, September 27, 2009

What's Shaking this Week? Derby Flick, Ken Burns National Park Documentary

I admit to being a slug towards my blogs lately, still trying to find my groove - how long does this take? I've also seriously looked at moving forward at writing a book. Know it won't be a best seller but perhaps some enjoyable chick-lit. Stay tuned to see if I can dedicate myself to the task.

Last night I attended a sneak peek of the roller derby movie Whip It directed by Drew Barrymore and starring Juno's Ellen Page. It was cute coming-of-age flick. Not a hardcore roller derby movie but decent, check out my review. Did receive a cool t-shirt - which is pictured.

Also, the much anticipated documentary by Ken Burns called The National Parks: America's Best Idea kicks off tonight on PBS. I received an advanced copy of the 12-hour documentary and have been watching it as much as possible throughout the weekend to review and tie to an upcoming article about camping in the national parks. Stay tuned.

A new post is up on about Silver River State Park in Ocala, Florida. Check it out!

Monday, September 21, 2009

Kate Walsh Shows Off Affordable, High Style with Suave During 61st Emmy Awards

I usually don't blog about celebrities – unless I'm stalking them (I'm kidding!) – but this post is about Kate Walsh's appearance on the 61st Emmy Awards red carpet last night because I met the stylist who styled her hair! If you didn't catch the star of ABC's "Private Practice" strut the red carpet, take a gander at her photo.

The star was stunning wearing a pale blue gown designed by J. Mendel while carrying an Aldo bag. As Walsh told E!, she wanted to mix high fashion with affordable products. She wanted to demonstrate women can look fabulous no matter what their budget.

What was her secret? Suave Professionals hair care. Yup, you read correctly, Suave. Affordable salon-proven products that work just as well as those fancy, schmancy over-priced salon brands.

Celebrity stylist Luck O'Connor, who I met in Chicago during BlogHer this past July (also pictured; and really wish I had him style my hair!), styled Walsh's hair in the Modern Bob. And how was the style chosen? Suave invited the public to vote on three styles: Glamorous Waves, Sleek Up-Do, but the Modern Bob was the clear winner. Obviously voting is over, but check out additional photos of Walsh and print a coupon to try Suave Professionals yourself.

Isn't the Kate Walsh Modern Bob fabulous? Follow these easy steps to get the look:
  • Begin with Vibrant Shine shampoo and conditioner from Suave Professionals to restore shine and luster to dull hair;
  • Next, blow dry hair in sections with a large round brush;
  • For the side-swept bangs, take the front section and blow-dry back with a large round brush, swooping to the side;
  • Finally, apply a dollop of Suave Professionals Sleek Anti-Frizz Cream. Apply first to ends and work your way up to control fly-aways;
  • Finish the look with Suave Professionals Extra Hold Hairspray.
Suppose I know what I'll be doing over the weekend. Or perhaps I'll try it for Sunday's derby bout. Hmm...

Kate Walsh Photo Credit: Suave

Luck O’Connor Photo Credit: Me!

Monday, September 14, 2009

Got Kitsch? Allee Willis Museum of Kitsch Launches Today!

Today's a fabulous day for those of us who appreciate the kitsch side of life. You know, those special treasures from pop culture as original pink lawn flamingos, classic Charlie's Angels lunchbox or the plastic fish coasters I have in my living room (pictured). Today the Allee Willis Museum of Kitsch launched today ( as a 24/7 museum where Willis shows off her amazingly large collection of kitsch. Yup, it's an online museum. How kitsch is that?

Visitors to the Allee Willis Museum of Kitsch can submit digital images of their own kitsch artifacts in what's called Kitschenette – the social space for Akitschionados from around the globe to interact. Several kitsch goodies have been submitted and to date those earning the Allee Willis Certifikitsch of Authenkitschity include: Lady Lipstick, a lipstick holder which has a little ceramic mermaid atop a ceramic bowl (?) to hold tubes of lipstick and Tired Ashtray for Your Butts – an ashtray which looks like a toilet and now being used to hold Q-tips and makeup brush.

So who is Allee Willis? Know the song, "Boogie Wonderland" and "September" sung by Earth, Wind & Fire? Willis wrote those. We must be kindred spirits, I LOVE "September!" Or how about the "Friends" theme song? Yup, another Allee Willis tune. I can go on and on but you get the idea. With more than 50 million records sold, she's a Grammy, Emmy, Tony and Webbie award-winning and nominated songwriter. The Los Angeles Times published a fabulous story about the Queen of Kitsch, appropriately called, "Allee Willis, Queen of Kitsch," check it out!

Not only did the Allee Willis Museum of Kitsch launch today but so did the "What Is Kitsch?" Film Festival on YouTube. Everyday between now and Sept. 21 a new video on the subject of kitsch will be posted so be sure to check out the YouTube channel here. Posted now is an introductory film called "What is Kitsch," think of it as Kitsch 101. Have something kitsch-worthy for the Allee Willis Museum of Kitsch? There's a film called, "Pitch Your Kitsch" with instructions on how to digitally submit that special, groovy item.

So stay tuned and I need to clear some camera memory to get something submitted. And I sure hope I can make a pilgrimage to meet Allee and see her collection of kitsch in person some day!

Sunday, September 13, 2009

Could I Have Been a Victim or Did the Dude Have Innocent Intentions?

While traveling I'm alert and aware of my surroundings. My guard us up and using a phrase an Afghanistan security once said to me, I'm always "keeping my head on a swivel."

I rarely think bad things will happen to me while at home especially at 10 o'clock in the morning but the more I think about what happened yesterday the more freaked out I am about the incident.

Here's the deal: I'm walking to gym and just barely outside the apartment complex when a van pulls over and honks his horn at me.

"I need directions to Bank of America...I need gas and need to go to the bank for money...I'm heading to Ft. Myers and ran out of gas on the highway and the police gave me a gallon's worth."

I gave him directions to Bank of America while I stood away from the van. There was a black brief case in the front seat. I had my iPhone and was getting the exact address - which there are two a straight shot from where we were. And, he just passed three banks and numerous
gas stations. If he had a debit card he could've used it at any of those.

"Why don't you get in the van and ride with me to the bank?"

"No," I said, definitely beginning to be a bit freaked. I mean, who in the 21st century gets in a van with a stranger?

"I'm not going to do anything," he replied, "I need money for gas...can you give $5 and I'll repay you?"

"No, don't have any money on me, which was the truth.

"Fine," he said and drove off. As he did I snapped this photo - notice no tag on the van but think there's one in the window.

Do you think this was someone legitimately needing fuel or someone with other intentions?

Saturday, September 12, 2009

Sweet and Meat: A Most Delish Burger

Last month the spirit - and odd cravings - moved me to try chocolate covered bacon, it wasn't bad. I dipped pan-fried bacon into melted Hershey's Dark Chocolate Chips. Unfortunately, think I put the chocolate on too thick because it overpowered the bacon flavor - I'll learn for next time. And if you're into all things bacon, be sure to check out Baconfest Chicago on Saturday, Oct. 24.

Last weekend's creation was a doughnut hamburger inspired by an entree at Portland, Oregon's Voodoo Doughnut. And no, I haven't tried the real Voodoo burger, I'm kicking myself for not making it to the popular doughnut shop during my trip out there two years ago. Just means I'll have to make another trip to Portland and soon.

So my doughnut creation is pictured, doesn't it look tasty? It's a Publix glazed doughnut split in half with a hamburger made from my grass-fed beef using a Julia Child burger recipe. It's topped with Asiago cheese - left over from the linguine and shrimp dinner - bacon and sauteed spinach. And the taste? Nice combination of sweet, savory and salty yet one flavor doesn't overpower the other. Not sure what I should name it, any suggestions?

Monday, September 07, 2009

Thanks Publix for a Crowd-Pleasing Dinner: Linguine with Shrimp and Pine Nuts

My Publix Grape magazine arrived last week and the cover showing plump shrimp atop linguine with spinach, pine nuts and mushrooms made my mouth drool. The recipe read as though it was easy so I opted to prepare it Friday during my day off then served it to a couple of friends on Saturday night. The verdict - definitely a crowd-pleaser! Although, the shrimp were a bit rubbery probably from being re-heated in the microwave. But, it went unnoticed.

Later this week I'll share what I prepared today - one of the most out-of-the-box entrees I think I've ever made and it was yummy!

Be sure to check out my travel blog to see my latest post called, "6 Self Portrait Tips for the Solo Travel Girl."

Updated Sept. 10, 2009

Okay, I thought maybe the recipe for this would be on the Publix site but wasn't so here goes:

12 ounces fresh or frozen shrimp, peeled and deveined (I used frozen)
8 ounces dried linguine pasta (I used angel hair pasta - it's what I had on hand)
3/4 cup chicken broth (I purchase it in a box so I can freeze the rest for future use)
1/2 cup dry sherry or chicken broth (I didn't use either but used burgundy I had on hand from the Julia Child recipe prepared last month)
2 tablespoons lemon juice (I use the juice from the plastic yellow lemon)
1/4 teaspoon crushed red pepper (Oops! Had issues with this and accidentally dumped in more than necessary)
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/4 cup pine nuts
2 cloves garlic, minced
1 tablespoon olive oil
1.5 cups sliced fresh mushrooms (4 ounces)
1 tablespoon butter
4 cups fresh baby spinach leaves (stuff from the bags works well!)
1/4 cup freshly grated Asiago cheese (1 ounce)

Step One: Thaw shrimp, rinse and pat dry. In large pot cook pasta.

Step Two: In a small bowl, combine 3/4 cup chicken broth, wine (or more broth), lemon juice, crushed red pepper, salt and set aside.

Step Three: Heat olive oil in large skillet, when hot cook shrimp, pine nuts and garlic over medium heat for 2 to 3 minutes or until shrimp are opaque. Remove mixture from skillet in another bowl.

Step Four: Heat butter in skillet, when hot add mushrooms and cook for 3 minutes or until nearly tender. Add broth mixture to skillet and bring to boil. Reduce heat and boil gently uncovered for 5 minutes. Add shrimp mixture to skillet and heat through.

Step Five: Add shrimp mixture from skillet and spinach to the pasta. Toss well and pour into a serving bowl and sprinkle with Asiago cheese.

Bon appetit!

Sunday, September 06, 2009

Hey! I Can Blog from My iPhone

Have I mentioned how much I love my iPhone? For the first time since installing the Google App I've figured how to make a blog post which means for those times I'm traveling or too lazy to pull out the laptop, I can type away wherever and whenever. I realize this isn't a new feature but in previous attempts I haven't been able to pull up the keyboard to input content. Not sure why things are different now but ain't technology grand?