Summit County is my stomping ground and has been for over 50 years. I love this area and the things it has to offer. I'm fascinated by the talent I see around me and the many ways it manifests itself in the tapestry that is life in Northeast Ohio. I have a particular interest in how we nurture ourselves with the foods we eat, the way it gets to our table and how we relate to each other over that table. You'll likely find me cooking, eating or talking about food.
Friday, June 14, 2013
OH WHERE, OH WHERE HAS THE OLD BIDDY BEEN?
Oh where, oh where can she be?
Not many places in the past year or so.
As I’ve written, life took a dramatic turn in
2012 when I became the sole caregiver for my parents who both suffer with severe-moderate
Alzheimer’s. During the past 18 months I’ve
turned my world upside down to ensure they are safe and happy in my home and I
think I’ve done a pretty OK job of it. With
the assistance of Judy, our part-time home healthcare worker, we’ve settled
into a fairly decent routine that is working for all of us.
However, I’ve really been missing this blog and the chance
to share with you fun things to do, good things to eat and drink, and in
general be a bit sociable (even if it is on the internet).
So, I’m stating this today for the world to hear – it’s time
to carve out more “me” time and put some life back into the Old Biddy. Heaven knows this caregiving role will one day
be over, and getting on with life will be the next big thing.
SO LET’S TALK STUFF
Hmmm. How about
(drumroll please)…Roller Derby!
Yes, ladies and gents, you heard me. Roller Derby.
As anyone following me on Facebook knows, I was re-introduced to Roller
Derby last year by my friend Harriet.
Harriet is a new Buckeye transplant and was looking for things to do in
the area when she ran across our local Rubber City RollerGirls.
Flat track should be safer, but none the less fun to watch!
For those of us old enough to remember the 1970’s and the weekly
roller derby matches on TV - it’s not like that anymore. The concept is the same, but the days of
sloped rinks and railings to keep the girls from flying out of the arena are
gone under the label of too dangerous. And rightly so. But I can say that today’s safer roller derby
is no less fun to watch than it was back then.
The track is flat (in fact they roll at the John S. Knight Center
downtown) and there is no railing.
However, what we miss with the gals falling over the railings back in
the day, they more than make up for if the roll off the track and tumble into
Can you tell they mean BUSINESS!
The ladies are an interesting bunch and they all seem to
really enjoy their sport. It’s serious
work and they put everything they have into the game claiming they’re “A
DIVERSE GROUP OF WOMEN BUILT FOR HARD HITS AND SPEED!” No kidding!
You can literally watch the bruises turn purple on arms and legs as the
They do it for sport and they do it for charity. Make a Wish Foundation, Ronald McDonald House
and annual skate parties for local underprivileged kids are a few of the
reasons these ladies roll. It’s serious
rough and tumble for warm and fuzzy reasons.
After attending for two seasons now, I still find fascinating
to watch and find myself cheering just as loudly as anyone for ‘our’
girls. I’ve introduced the sport to
several friends and so far they’ve all found it as much fun as I do.
The Rollergirls season is over, but there is a second league
in the county that rolls at the Fairgrounds and their season started this
month. The NEO Rollergirls look just as
awesome and if you’re looking for something to do before the winter, I’d
recommend attending one of their bouts.