Photos of a HoTT MeSS

8 wheels
1 skate tool
3 first aid kits
1 pair of socks
1 pair of laces
16 bearings
2 stoppers
1 pack of smokes
1 can of PBR (Pabst Blue Ribbon)

Combined the wheels, skate tool, stoppers, laces and bearings together then add socks. Separately prepare smokes and PBR to taste. Mix all into a HOTT MESS and skate hard, use first aid kit as needed.



Blonde an' Bitchen education at D-Bomb school

I smashed myself between, Aspen, the dog and Booya's bag of blue corn chips as the borrowed van pulled away from the Hellgate Rollergirl's "inferno" warehouse. The van headed west with me, the dog, their coach, and five excited rollergirls to derby clinic in Spokane, Washington.



Blonde an' Bitchen and her sister D-Bomb (I wonder if most people put their names in that order...hum) taught the six hour clinic to about forty padded up gals. The two sisters are from the Oly Rollers, my second favorite team ;) and a huge motivation for me going. I was too star struck to say much more than thanks for having us...I'll have to work on that.  

hockey stops
snowplow stops
toe stop runs
working the out of bound girl
working together to get the girl out of bounds
deep walking
high jumping
leg lifts and .....

 ...chin splits!
and the end reward...soaking in the river... trading sweaty arm pits for mossy ______ for the long ride home.


p.s. thank you Sweet-Tart


posting photos for the Old Post :: Missoula's pub restaurant

Things I found out while on this job...
  • I still like whiskey over beer.
  • Chicken wings are really good after a shooting in a bar.
  • Some people rather have the back of their heads photographed than any other part of their body.
  • Tungsten light feels good.
  • Three out of four Missoulians would rather meet a famous musician than a famous actor.
  • Menu favs... 
                               favorite appetizer :: dip sampler
                               favorite salad :: drunken goat salad
                               favorite plate :: fish tacos
                               favorite dessert :: huckleberry root beer float
                               favorite drink :: long island ice tea
                               next dish to try :: fried banana peppers





Thailand :: Vacation

Kevin and I try to go somewhere warm for vacation every year with our friend Scott. This year our pick was Thailand.

Likes: Panang curry, Pad Thai, pints of whiskey on the table, jasmine rice, satay peanut sauce, bubble Tea Tapioca Pearls, Thai iced tea, sweet condesed milk, coconut milk, coconut palm sugar, lemongrass, mango, and so much more...
Dislikes: fish sauce flavored chips, straw mushrooms (I know, all mushrooms, but those straw ones were sneaky and trying to get into all kinds of dishes)



Likes... the downtown temple. Walking through it on my way back from the market with a banana leaf bundle of sweet rice or an iced coffee held in a plastic bag with a straw stinking out of the top is one way to feel like a local. If the local thing took to long I could always jump in with this guy.
Dislikes... temples on top of hills requiring hot hours of waiting. The tourist tax ticket that we paid for but no one ever collected. Trying to find MY shoes in the shoe sea at the entrance.


Likes: The casual setting of the fighting gym, the intensity of the fighters, the respect for the ring,  the low volume of attendance, that it was walking distance from our hotel, all the cheering and yelling.
Dislikes: the ticket price, the dead roach in our Scott's food, do you think it was crushed before or after it landed on the pork fried rice?




Island life

Likes... great food at cute beach restaurants, fans above beds, funny named coves, welcoming waters, discovering waterfalls with homemade bars and a very happy man tying knots in rope swings, boat taxis, swimming around a small island and not getting eaten by a shark.
Dislikes... that I left my tripod plate at home. That we could stay another week. 



• Two extra tight suit, four shirts and four ties, all custom made, 14,000 baht.
• extra night in the hotel, 1200 baht

..... suit shoot on the beach, priceless








 ...until next year.