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roller derby

this weekend the WFTDA (women’s flat track derby association) held a tournament at the civic center downtown asheville.

my old friend A-lisa from your favorite kickball team, the san diego kitshickers, is now a member of the chicago roller derby team, the windy city rollers. she goes by ‘sargentina‘ and her job is to kick ass, and she is really good at it. she was an all-star from day one on the kitshickers, and nothing is different on the windy city rollers. 

last i saw alisa, (right) she was ho-downing, now she’s downing ho’s


i got to hang out with her for a couple of days, and pouncey was allowed to sleep outside of his crate for one night and snuggle with her. he fell in love and will never be the same!

pouncey drooling over sargentina’s playing card


windy city had to finish 1st, 2nd, or 3rd this weekend in order to make it to the championships in november. they lost in a white knuckle heartbreaker saturday, but last night they squeaked by minnesota to clinch the 3rd spot!

it was really mind-blowing and exciting watching their bout. these women are extremely intense. extremely agile. extremely powerful. the score is constantly changing, as they get a point for each player that their ‘jammer’ passes on her trips around the track. it’s pretty confusing for a new fan, but very exciting. i can’t believe the small amount of padding that they wear, considering the speed they’re moving and the concreteness of the floor.

i wouldn’t want to try to break that line!

 it’s always great to see old friends, especially when they’re doing interesting things!

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RIP grace haley

grace was the black lab bitch of my friends jimmy and betsy in san diego. 
it’s because of grace that i even have those wonderful friends from san diego. she lived across the street, and of course was so cute that she was irresistible, and in a crazy tiny world coincidence, we realized she had lived in chapel hill the same time that i had, i remembered seeing her outside jimmy’s house in chapel hill, and she had been bred with a dog from holden’s very kennel in raleigh.
grace haley

grace was so eager to please. also eager to eat, eager to swim, eager to snore, eager to ride in the car, eager to dive for koozies, really just eager to please.

grace flying

she was the only dog deemed well-behaved enough to be the kitshicker’s mascot. she came to all the games and practices, wore a t-shirt, and never chased and popped a ball, unlike nacho and holden.

grace pauly g thumpy

she wore a mini sombrero.

mascot grace

she checked to make sure friends were alive after wine tours. 
grace stefan 
rest in peace sweet doggie!
grace
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best weekend ever

ALO came to town on friday armed with a new album and ready to liberate the animals of asheville for the first time with california beach funk love.

it was keyboardist zach gill’s birthday. i happily provided some balloons and cakes in the shape of dogs, straight from ingles. they all made it to the stage of the orange peel later.

unicorn balloons

also 2 of 4 members wore skippy haha vintage shirts on stage. if it’s free i’ll take it!

go to their site. buy their new (awesome) album. (sounds like this) and go see them live if they come to your town! you will smile. and dance. and feel one with humanity. and happy to be alive. and smile some more.

livin in a plastic bubble and it’s GOOD!

time lapse video of the making of their backdrop. 


next night was jack white. guitar master. rock god. hotel yorba sing-a-long. all girl band. no photos allowed.

jack white
believe the hype.
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new print available – napa valley

this image just absolutely blows me away. 
if you or somebody you know has been to napa valley and had a good time, you might need to hang this image on your wall. i think this print is incredibly beautiful and dynamic. click on it to enlarge. and get lost inside.

it is from Oakville appellation in the Napa Valley, specifically it is on Oakville Cross Road, facing Howell Mountain to the east and Mt. St. Helena to the north. The vineyards in the photo, I believe, belong to Plumpjack, Groth, and Miner. It is comprised of 28 images.

print available for extremely reasonable price. makes an unbelievable present. contact me or jay directly for more info.