Wednesday, April 22, 2009

What I Did to Stimulate the Economy Today: April 22, 2009

Things were chugging along well today and looked as though I was going to be able to leave work at a reasonable time to make derby practice but at 4:45 p.m., the electricity went out. The battery backup provided enough time to close up my files, I read some trade publications and left just after 5 o'clock.

In the lobby were a pair of firefighters trying to get a woman out of the elevator. According to the firefighters they did not have an elevator key and were calling around the county to find one. I offered to help them make one (I don't know, can't you make one out of a coat hanger?) and after my volunteer services were declined, I headed down the five flights of stairs led by the light of my iPhone. The emergency lights did not come on in the stairwells.

I find this disturbing and I also find it disturbing how nonchalant everyone seems when the power went out for no visible reason especially since a bank owns the building and has a branch downstairs. And although I usually exit through the stairwell each night, doing so in the dark reminds me of Sept. 11.

It's about 5:15 now and figured plenty of time to go home, change and head to practice but I heard an odd clunking sound. "NO!!!!"

I pulled into the Wal-Mart parking lot to find a flat tire. *sigh*

Long story short, this is how I unintentionally stimulated the economy today:
  • One Tire ($100!!!!), Roasted Chicken and Snicker's Candy Bar @ Wal-Mart
I got home at 8 p.m. Needless to say, next derby practice I can attend will be next Wednesday, hope I don't forget how to skate by then!

If you have two cents to stimulate the economy, check out yesterday's post about choosing a roller derby name. I'll gladly take your two cents for you to share your opinion :)

Name that Derby Girl. Help! I Need a Super Cool Name

I need a super cool roller derby name and can’t decide on the perfect one. I asked for feedback on a name tying "fearless" and "traveling." Check out some of the suggestions I've received and feel free to leave your suggestion. Life has been moving 100 mph lately (not on skates but in my career) and don't feel I can make such an important decision without some feedback.

  • Fearless Flyer
  • Fearless Traveler
  • Frequent Flyer
  • Gutsy Globetrotter
  • Indy Anna Stones and the Dimple of Doom
  • Interstate Express
  • Intrepid Nomad
  • Mile High Missy
  • No Reservations
  • Road Warrior
  • Roaming Huboxer
  • Sky is the Limit/Unlimited
  • Speed Unleashed
  • Speeding Diva
  • Zippy Mcfearless
What I've Thought Of
  • Quirky Kix Girl (play off of my blog)
  • Auntie Social Mean-ya (anti-social media – since I'm a Twitter addict)
  • Echinus Glory (Echinus is my favorite Yellowstone geyser)
  • Celtic Thorn (Irish-heritage)
  • Yankee Ago-go (Buffalo & travel)
As for practice, the last time I attended was a week ago Thursday. It started with gearing up with my own equipment (Yay! I have everything I need) and partaking in conversations starting with, "My boss hates that I do this," or "My mother was afraid when I started," along with, "Those are cool socks!" Yes, I’m definitely in my glory with roller derby and being able to wear fun knee-high socks and best of all, funky tights! There are no fashion rules here, thank goodness! And just for clarification purposes, those are not quotes out of my mouth.

On the rink practice was okay. The girls were preparing for a bout (last Sunday) so the other Betty and I skated in circles making ourselves ill and had some time with Coach. If I don't attend tonight (Wednesday), I won't be able to attend 'til next Wednesday or Thursday (due to work). I'm itching to get back on the rink. I love my new skates and can skate so much better in them. Think I only fell once last week and that's when I was practicing a stop turn after the circle skating exercise. At least I didn't puke.

Again, let me know your thoughts and for inspiration, checkout the official register of roller derby names here.

Next thing I'll need are cool stickers to place on my helmet but that's another time.