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A night with
(Editors’ note: The following letter was penned by
former Durangoan and current Austinian, Matt Joyce, known to
many late-night owls as the beloved former drummer of the Lawn
Chair Kings. Joyce is enrolled in graduate school but manages
to take a break from his studies once in a while to release
some steam, as evidenced by the following.)
I had an experience last night that I think is worth sharing.
The Texas Rollergirls Rock-n-Roller Derby hosted its inaugural
season’s championship bout at Playland Skate Center, down
here in beautiful Austin, Texas. The evening featured the championship
match between the Hustlers and the Hotrod Honeys and a fight-filled
consolation match between the Hell Marys and the Honky Tonk
Heartbreakers. I’m sure most of you have seen roller derby
on TV at one time or another, but this live event was unreal.
The players ranged in age from about 20 to 40, and they came
in all shapes and sizes. Tattoos were common. My friend Dante
Dominick, who secured tickets for the event, was particularly
excited about Buckshot Betsy of the Honky Tonk Heartbreakers.
Me, I had a soft spot for Anna Mosity of the Hell Marys. She
instigated at least four fights.
Imagine if you will a low-budget warehouse roller-skating rink
taken over by 1,200 rowdy, beer-swilling folks who are shouting
and cheering for these women as they skate in circles, knocking
each other to the ground. The guitarist for the local band “And
You Know Us by the Trail of Dead” opened the event by
singing the Star Spangled Banner. “Trail of Dead”
provided the half-time entertainment, along with big-wheel races
for the children.
Should you suspect that the Rollergirls are fakes like WWF
wrestlers, be aware that Pinky of the Hotrod Honeys separated
her shoulder after a particularly bruising shot sent her to
the floor. Apparently it was her third separated shoulder of
the season. There have also been at least two torn ACLs this
season. One girl suffered some sort of spiral fracture to her
leg. I personally saw and heard skin burning across the rink
Maybe the neatest part of the whole thing is that the league
is completely owned and operated by the players. Some movie
people have been documenting the first season, so keep your
eyes out for a documentary. The next season starts in February,
and I would say a Rollergirls match would justify a trip to
Austin in and of itself. Check out the Web site at www.txrollergirls.com.
Wake up and question your leaders
And so now we see the payoff for the war. Bush’s friends
are lining up for the contracts to rebuild Iraq. The money these
elite will pick up will come from the oil that will be sold
to you and me and all the other peons that had to get their
children killed as soldiers and were told it was for freedom
just so this could take place.
And if you think that getting the oil would ultimately benefit
America, then you are not looking at the price of gas at the
pumps. Not only will we pay more money for our gas, but we will
foot a huge bill in the billions of dollars that will come from
taxes and the greatest hidden tax of them all, inflation, and
at a time when unemployment is rampant. If you think unemployment
and the economy are stable, then you must understand that Enron
was just a bunch of rookies compared to the government when
it comes to cooking the books.
Lies were told to get America in the war. No WMD, no Saddam,
not anything to validate the deaths of the soldiers. “Terrorists”
can’t operate without the help of the civilian population,
and there is plenty of help.
And the elite are counting on Americans’ tendency to
forget quickly and move on.
America is being held by the hand and taken down the path.
Wake up and question your leaders, the mechanism is still in
place to have these elite explain the results of their actions
and be held accountable. If you don’t ask, they won’t
tell. (They won’t tell anyway, but if there is interest,
then a lot of questions will come to the forefront and the truth
– JR Borsos, via-e-mail
Cat’sMeow: A furry feline soaks
up the atmosphere from atop her outpost in a south Durango
home earlier this week./Photo by Todd Newcomer.
Unraveling the airport-shoe riddle
Recently, I traveled by air and encountered a puzzling social
phenomenon. It seems that shoe removal at airport security gates
is “optional,” but everyone seemed to believe it
was “mandatory” and shoes were coming off in unison.
Confused, I asked the surly security officer, “Is shoe
removal recommended or required?” She answered stoically,
“recommended.” When I smiled, thinking I had her,
she looked at me with wide suspicion and followed up with “strongly
recommended.” Aha! I thought and strode through the security
gate, shoes on, grabbed my bag and arrived at my gate with plenty
of time to ponder the situation. Why, I wondered, would thousands
of seemingly intelligent travelers, old and young alike, voluntarily
remove their shoes under a “suggested” security
policy? Was I witnessing some unspoken form of patriotism, or
are Americans so fearful of “terror” that they suspect