Friday, October 30, 2009

Gone Rogue Island: #2 Scarecrow in Wickford, R.I., is #1 in My Book

This is the best scarecrow I've seen in a long time, "Gone Rogue Island- Miss Sarah Palin." It was entered in the Wickford (R.I.) scarecrow contest this year and like last year's presidential elections, took second place. Ms. Gone Rogue Island is the creation of Ms. Melissa Devine, a friend of my boss. The Headless Horseman, also pictured, took first place and I don't know who's responsible for him.

And since it's Halloween, thought I'd pimp out some of my spooky travel related experiences, such as the evening I spent in a Tallahassee cemetery with paranormal investigators, or a list of my favorite Voodoo haunts in New Orleans. Since I'm one always up for a good ghost tour, here's a review of last year's Savannah midnight ghost tour and finally, a list of ghost hunting hot spots in Northeast Florida.

And speaking of ghost tours, I joined Historic Ghost Tours of Punta Gorda (Florida) this evening for a cemetery walk, stay tuned to for a summary of that experience.

Have a spooktacular Halloween!

Tuesday, October 27, 2009

A Facebook Fan Page? Yup

For someone who's comfortable behind the scenes making others look good having my own Facebook Fan Page for my roller derby alter ego is a little bit odd. Oh, I'm sure I'll get use to it.

If you're on Facebook, feel free to click this link to become a fan of Yankee Tripper or to just check out photos from last week's photo shoot.

Much appreciated!

Sunday, October 25, 2009

Unleashing Creativity with Bisque It in North Port, Florida

Although I should have been in bed Friday night I joined my friend Kathy at Bisque It Studio (14812Tamiami Trail, North Port; Tel: 941/423-5955) a paint your own pottery studio. They supply the raw ceramic items, paints, and paint brushes. For a small fee, visitors paint their masterpieces. It's not quite like paint-by-numbers but simple. The finished product is left to be baked in a kiln and picked up a few days later.

Friday night was "Ladies Night," which is offered every so often. Some gals brought food, wine and friends. I tagged along with Kathy and her friends and found a table in the corner sharing with another group of ladies.

The most difficult decision I had to make that night was WHAT to paint. There were generic items such as pitchers, bowls, and plates along with holiday items. Once my creativity was unleashed, I ended up painting two items and get to pick them up Tuesday.

Stay tuned for images of the final products!

I Don't Have Swine Flu, Really

Wearing a surgical mask so not to spread germs is all fine and good if there are germs to spread but for the one wearing it with breathing issues, it's no fun. I had the pleasure of this experience Friday when at 8:37 a.m. I secured the only appointment at the County health clinic for the day (9 a.m.) and upon arriving, since I was coughing, was instructed to don the unfashionable mask. There was also a sign indicating if patients have flu-like symptoms (fever, cough, sore throat) to put them on.

So I sat in the corner of the waiting room trying to breathe through the mask. Already hot from fever, breathing into the mask intensified my uncomfortableness but being a good patient, I suffered until the nurse pulled me in to take my vitals. We both agreed it was most likely a sinus infection that had taken over my head and making my life miserable. She allowed me to toss the mask - yay!

"I don't think you have the flu," the doctor told me.

I knew I didn't but since I was having problems breathing during the week and getting winded while walking up my stairs, thought it'd bring peace of mind.

I left with a Z-Pack and returned to the office although I wanted to head home and bed. I wanted to do that all week but had commitments to keep including a presentation last Thursday. Am I that important? Maybe.

Happy to report I can breathe, am not winded, and have regained my strength but the coughing has intensified and very annoying. As to other things in my life...

Be sure to check out my travel blog to see what else I've been up.

Recent writings: Article rounding up the top five holiday gifts for outdoors women.

And with all the talk about Afghanistan these days, I keep thinking about some of Afghanistan's youth I met during my March 2006 trip and wonder where they are and whether they are alive. Morbid, I know, but it's the truth. Meet some of Afghanistan's future in my favorite slide show.

Tuesday, October 13, 2009

Bradenton/Sarasota-Area Roller Derby this Weekend

What are you doing this weekend? How about some slammin' and jammin' roller derby action! This release was distributed to local media today...

"Whip It" with the Bradentucky Bombers Roller Derby Intra-League Bout Sunday, October 18, 2009

Red vs. Black on the Track with Real, Live, and Local Derby

Bradentucky, Fla. (October 13, 2009) – The regular skating season has concluded but the Bradentucky Bombers Roller Derby League is giving fans one last intra-league bout on Sunday, Oct. 18. Coinciding with the October release of the roller derby movie Whip It, directed by Drew Barrymore, and the sport’s growing popularity, the Bombers have dubbed the bout with the movie’s title. The bout will take place at Florida Wheels (3611 3rd Street, W. Bradenton, Fla.) and rolls at 6:15 p.m. Tailgating begins at 5 p.m. with free beer provided by The Distillery Tavern. Tickets are $10 in advance and $12 at the door.

Fans, those curious about the sport, and those who remember roller derby of yesteryear are invited to come see female skaters who are sweet teachers, administrators, and business owners by day and hard-hitting roller derby girls by night. The league is recruiting and looking for a few good women who think they have what it takes to be a roller derby girl. Those who think they have what it takes are invited to the bout, too.

What: Whip It Roller Derby Intra-league Bout

Who: Bradentucky Bombers Roller Derby League

When: Sunday, October 18, 2009
5 p.m. Tailgating, Free Beer from The Distillery Tavern
6:15 p.m. Bout Start

How: $12 Tickets available at the door
$10 Tickets in Advance; Available from:
RAWK Shop: 1103 12th Street, Bradenton
Florida Wheels: 3611 3rd Street, Bradenton
A Bradentucky Derby Girl (like ME! Yankee Tripper!)
Children under 10 are free; this bout is rated PG-13.

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 in between. 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.

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Tel: (941) 803-8237