Sunday, February 28, 2010

Roller Derby OKC

Last night I had the great pleasure of seeing Oklahoma's only all female banked track roller derby team, the Red Dirt Rebellion. Susi had the inspired idea of getting a group together to see a game. We started out with a pizza dinner, then downtown to the Cox Center for an evening of exciting athletics. Many years ago I enjoyed many a bout on TV, and had vivid memories of the late Joanie Weston's aggressive style. Our team is a new one with little experience, but hard working and great fun to watch. Last night they were playing the L A Dolls, a really good team who appeared in the movie Whip It. Our girls got their heads handed to them, but kept on trying as we cheered them on. The evening had the indie flavor associated these days with roller derby, from the intensive use of duct tape on the track to indie craft booths outside the arena. The half time entertainment was charmingly (and hilariously) homemade, and the crowd was supportive - staying to the very end of a very lopsided game.

When I worked downtown the Cox Center was called the Myriad, and was open during the day for walkers and I spent many a lunch hour there. It was the venue for the circus and concerts. These days the Ford Center is the big venue and I was curious about how the Cox center was being used. I was happy to see that many events were going on there last night, from Roller Derby to what I thought of as possibly the anti-roller derby: a Women in Ministry conference. There was also a formal ball, and a conference of independent beauty consultants. Truly something for everyone!

I'm still working on my Olympic Socks although there is no hope of completing even one sock before the closing ceremonies. I won't even make it to the heel by tonight. I will finish them, and I am so pleased at how they are coming out. It's an ambitious project and by the time I finish I should be pretty comfortable with cables and cable charts. It may be the last knitting project I ever finish because they will take me the rest of my life to do.

1 comment:

zippiknits...sometimes said...

na.. they won't take that long unless you wad them up and shove them to the bottom of a huge basket of yarns. You planning on doing that? ;o)

They are going to be quite beautiful.