Friday, June 27, 2008

triumphant return?

i'm skating this weekend with a tournament team called the L.A. Golden Girls. my uniform t-shirt has an image of Bea Arthur on the front and the slogan "Don't You Wish Your Girlfriend was Hot Like Bea! [sic]" oh wait, here's a jpeg:

you can see why i haven't been heavily promoting this event here at the Hollywood Librarian. i will also be wearing these:

in addition to my silly getup, there will be some serious skating going on. the tournament schedule and ticket info is on the LADD web site.

this will be your last chance to get some derby action until september. after this weekend, the L.A. Derby Dolls are taking a much-needed vacation. sort of. there's still the mayor's day of service and junior derby camp happening in july. yep, vacation, derby style.

Friday, June 13, 2008

"so loud, you can barely hear yourself drink"

the derby dolls were on the front page of the LA Times this morning (ok, technically, a small photo and a blurb on the front page with the full story on pg. 1 of the California section). i have been working with the Times' photographer since February on this piece, and am so thrilled that it's finally out. and just in time to sell out our "battle on the bank" tournament at the end of the month.

photos by Francine Orr.

Wednesday, June 4, 2008

library dispatch

i'm sitting at the reference desk right now, and i just noticed that the librarian working alongside me has a cigarette tucked behind her ear. at first glance, i mistook it for a dirty white pen.

should i say something? is it intentional? she's on the desk for the next 2.5 hours. it's not like she's waiting for a smoke break.

i keep staring at that cigarette. it looks so unhygienic brushing up against her hair. isn't this a violation of some health code or another? mechanics put their cigarettes behind their ears, which makes sense because they work in garages, which is pretty much like working outside. librarians work in libraries where there is never any smoking. did i mention that i work in a community college library? what message does a librarian with a cigarette behind her ear send to our impressionable student body?

can't. stop. staring. i am too hungover for this shit.