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I am quite tired.

Thursday, I spent most of my work day at Walker Open Field for the CSA pickup event. I left there about 7pm to go to the derby draft party.

Friday I got up early and went to the airport with the MNRG All Stars to go to California. We spent most of the day in various gates and various planes that didn't leave the tarmac for a very very long time. Everyone was tired and pretty grumpy, but we all felt much worse for the two people on our flight who were on their way to funerals. One woman said hers was for her daughter-in-law, who died unexpectedly in her early forties and left behind five young kids. That's the kind of complaint that will make a lot of others seem quite small. We all got vouchers from Delta for $100, and $6 to spend for food at the airport. My $6 paid for almost 60% of my sub-par airport stir-fry.

The hotel where we stayed in Sacramento just may be the worst hotel I've ever stayed. That said, it was still serviceable and, as far as we can tell, vermin and bedbug-free. Laughing over the bad service and craziness that happened there seemed to bond the team, though, so that's something. Saturday we ran around Old Sacramento, taking gag photos at cheesy gift shops. Some of us posed for an "old-timey" sepia tone photo. I wore a sombrero, chaps, and a bullet belt. Good times.

I was an alternate for the bout on Saturday night, so I tweeted a play-by-play instead, which was pretty fun. We won decisively, which was also fun. The Sacramento girls were fantastic hostesses and played a good game. Sunday we got up early and drove to Oakland to scrimmage the Bay Area Derby girls. They were ranked above us so we expected a more difficult game than the night before, and we got it. I got to play for this one, which was great (it sucks to haul all your gear and not get to play at all!) We lost, but feel we learned a lot and had a lot of fun. Eqe and Ari came to watch, and it was fun to say hi to them. After that, we stopped for lunch, ironically got stuck in traffic for a Vikings game on the way to the airport.

Driving around Oakland, I saw a few large-scale sculptures from Burning Man. I've never been there, but maybe we drove past NIMBY. Seeing them out of context was kind of bizarre. The closer Burning Man gets, the more I really feel I'm going to miss it, not going for the first time in a decade, but neither Scott nor I have the freedom to change plans at this stage of the game. Well, I *might* be able to do it, but I'd feel like I'd really be fucking over my coworkers and to a lesser extent my derby team. Scott wouldn't be able to get the time off, and even if he could, driving would be super hard because I'm abstaining until I'm seizure free for long enough. Anyway.

Rubin met me where I was having lunch, so I got to wish him well right as he hit the road to the desert, which was nice, if brief!

Fortunately, our airport experience was much better on the way home than on the way there. Got in at midnight as scheduled. After spending some time at the after-party on Saturday night, waking up the equivalent of 5am CST, playing roller derby, and traveling, I was really really really happy to sleep in my own non-crappy motel bed.

Now I'm at work at catching up from being away from my desk most of Thursday and all of Friday.


Date: 2010-08-23 07:36 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
I'm guessing you probably drove by American Steel. NIMBY's pretty out of the way on a dead end street and there's not a whole lot to see from the street. American Steel has the giant metal figures that were part of Crude Awakening right out there for the street to see, behind a chain link fence.

Date: 2010-08-23 09:38 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Yep, it was Crude Awakening. I think I saw Elevation peaking out from a fence, too.


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