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PLAYER PROFILE: TANK

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Tank is a tremendous asset as a player and as a league member. A fierce competitor and a “roll” model athlete, Tank makes people want to be better. To support Tank’s journey as a Dolly Roger, please visit the Dolly Rogers’ gofundme page or keep an eye on the team’s schedule this season. Coming out to games is the best support we could ask for!

Name and number: Tank, 7

Why: During fresh meat and my first few Dolly Roger’s practices I wore this

ridiculous Boeri ski helmet from the 80s. Whips and Chaynes said I looked like Tank

Girl and it stuck. I loved the idea of being given a name rather than choosing one.

Likes: hummus, proving that size doesn’t matter, post game beer, anything agility

Dislikes: going slow, Chinese food

Why did you join roller derby: I grew up playing competitive soccer and hockey

from an early age and was fortunate enough to receive a scholarship to boarding

school in Connecticut to finish high school and play sports. I really knew little else

but team life, camaraderie, training, and hard work until I said goodbye to team

sports after a year of lacrosse in college. Ten years and many miles travelled later, I

found myself back in Ottawa itching to be part of a team again and wanting a new

challenge. My wife encouraged me to give it a try and I can still remember grinning

like crazy at that Open House four years ago when I was skating around. I had found

just what I was looking for. It felt amazingly familiar yet new and exciting and

everyone was ridiculously welcoming.

How do you train: I don’t love traditional gyms. I’m a huge fan of plyometrics, HIIT

(high intensity interval training), tabata, interval running and yoga. I train fast and

hard focusing on speed, agility, and bursts of power. Small but mighty!

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Why do you keep playing: I absolutely love team sports and the idea of different

people coming together to achieve a common goal. The camaraderie is great. This

sport allows me to embrace my competitiveness and also pushes me physically and

mentally to be the best athlete I can be. It’s inclusive and revolutionary and amazing

to be a part of.

Favorite derby moment: Beating the Montreal Sexpos this season because it was

great to see our hard work as Dolly Rogers pay off, and playing in the Team Canada

tryout scrimmage because it was a great learning opportunity and I felt honoured to

be on the track with Canada’s finest.

When I’m not playing derby: I love my team and this game but think balance is

important for my mental game. When I’m not practicing, playing, coaching the

Bacon Pirates or training, I’m hiking in the woods with my wife and crazy boxer,

eating delicious food, spending time with my nieces, planning my next adventure,

and studying/training to become a firefighter.

Pre-game ritual: I like to sleep in a bit and then go on a nice long walk with my dog

and wife. It gets my legs going and clears my mind. I do some yoga and stretching

and take my time packing my gear bag (I have to have the right socks). I drink coffee,

lots of water, and usually eat a sandwich. I can get worked up quickly so I try to stay

calm and mellow at the rink. And I always put my jersey on at the last second – game

time!

What about gear: I’ve gone through a number of different skates. I have small feet

and tiny ankles and found it hard to find the perfect boot that wasn’t a hockey skate.

I skate on Antiks right now and I like them, but am still looking for that perfect boot.

I use Prodesigned kneepads,a Bauer hockey helmet, and the rest is Atom gear. As

Dawn Cherry knows, I’m still looking for the tiniest slimmest kneepad!

How has derby affected the way you live your life: At 31 I didn’t think I would be in

better shape than my 19 year old self. This game makes me want to be healthier and

stronger. I’m also learning how to curb my performance anger, something I never

addressed as a younger athlete, so I can be the best teammate I can be.

 

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Player Profile: Lady Mayhem

My derby name is Lady Mayhem, or to my children Mommy Mayhem, and my husband helped me pick out my derby number, which is 53 (since I’m a super tall 5’3). I am currently sitting track-side with my foot elevated while I recover from an ankle injury..but soon will be back playing for the Beauty School Dropouts, Dollinquents and training with the Dolly Rogers.

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After having my two kids I needed an outlet-something that let me exercise, meet people and get out a bit. A friend mentioned she was going to see a game so I tagged along and FELL in love…it was love at first site… I kept saying, “Yep, I need to do this.” I may have messaged my husband 15 or so times with things like, ‘must do this’ and ‘found out you start with a fresh meat training course’ and ‘one just started..Damnit… But wait maybe I can join late.’ I completed fresh meat and found that my skating background with ringette helped a bit and I slowly got the hang of derby.

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I love this sport because…it’s awesome! So much to learn…so much to try…so much personal growth space…and that moment when you have something click and/or work out better than you ever pictured…it’s just amazing!

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I am entering my third season of derby but I still don’t have a favourite personal moment. I had some fun jamming for my previous home team and some good times on the road with my old travel team. I made a switch to CCDD this year and have been blown away with the coaching help I’ve received. I am super bummed to not be skating at the moment, as I am missing valuable learning opportunities. In summary…I play because‎…it’s awesome!

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Player Profile: Kaio-kensi

Derby Name: Kaio-kensi

Number: 6
I play on my house league team the Bacon Pirates, CCDD’s WFTDA charter team the Dolly Rogers, and Team Ontario. I was recruited to play roller derby (along with Labrosse) by a couple of dudes on our recreational Ultimate frisbee team who were friends with my neighbour (Kent from Team Canada Men’s Roller Derby 2014 and Morson from Team Canada 2016) and I was kind of shy / nervous about starting a new sport in my late 20s so I convinced my derby wife Fish N Hits to try it with me.
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Many bad fashion choices and gear upgrades later (from a poorly fitting bicycle helmet and neon children’s L.A. Gear elbow pads straight from the 90s to a well-rounded set of 187 pads and a proper helmet), I finally passed my minimum skills test and played in my first roller derby scrimmage, which was a Team Canada fundraiser where we skated in anti-derby direction.
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I spent the better part of my childhood and adolescence as a figure skater with Olympic dreams, so being back on skates as a full-time athlete feels like I’ve come home. It’s also important to me that this sport celebrates queer women and provides a safe space and impetus for dialogue in the greater sports community concerning gender identity and expression. People just get to play “the version and composition of roller derby with which they most closely identify”, simple as that.
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One of my favourite roller derby memories is going to the Fresh and the Furious tournament in 2014 as the captain of CCDD’s team of newbies, the Cannon Dolls, and making it through the whole day to a thrilling final jam where we ended up taking the championship.
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My derby name, Kaio-kensi, is a throw-back to my days of watching Dragon Ball Z with my little sister in our shared bedroom on an old VCR or when it came on YTV. The Kaio-ken is a fighting technique invented by King Kai where you have a sudden massive upsurge of energy, where your power, speed, hearing, and vision improve dramatically, but you can only sustain it for a short time. As a child, I was bullied a lot, and superhero stories were always a welcomed escape from reality and coping strategy. So, in a way, my derby identity provides me with a powerful visualization tool for the short, intense jams we play on the track and it allows me to honour my personal journey.
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When I started skating I went by the number X7 (before letters were illegal), because a “Kaio-ken x7” is a near-impossible feat, and also in honour of my grandmother – I was her 7th sweet pea home from the hospital. She passed away unexpectedly the year before I started playing derby and it was still bearing heavy on my heart, so I wanted to feel like she was always with me at my back.
When I had to change my number, after much toiling, I went with 6, because in numerology, it is the most harmonious number – symbolic of caring, sacrificing, healing, protecting, and teaching others. While it is important to ramp it up and play at my personal best, the needs of my team have to come first. The things that the number 6 represents remind me of my mother and the things I admire most about her, and meditating on its meaning helps me feel balanced as a player.
So really, derby to me is about being part of a strong and supportive grassroots movement and community that plays an exhilarating full contact sport. It is truly a privilege that I get to share the track with my leaguemates and all those who we travel to visit or welcome to the capital. My goal is to always have fun, to show respect for my teammates and opponents, and to express my gratitude openly to all the volunteers, officials, and fans who make it all possible and worthwhile.
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My Derby Story: Deanna Destroi

The first time my sister saw me coach roller derby – rolling around bellowing instructions, joking with the skaters and giving encouragement – her immediate reaction was a resounding, “WHO ARE YOU?!”
 
As far back as I can remember, I’ve been the shyest person alive. Approaching a salesperson for help was an ordeal; asking for directions was even worse. And telling someone what to do? Forget about it.
 
Enter roller derby. I stumbled into the arena for the first time the day after a night of Halloween partying, having no idea what to expect. Instead of terrifying eight-wheeled beasts bent on knocking me down, I met a group of the funniest, bravest, most supportive women I’ve ever met (who also want to knock me down – but with love!). And among them, I found my voice, my motivation and my YARRRRR.
 
The process of learning to play roller derby involves a lot of milestones: your first successful crossover, the first time you knockabitchdown, the day you finally pass the dreaded 25 laps in 5 minutes test. Reaching those milestones with your teammates cheering you on every step of the way instills a confidence like nothing else I know. With that confidence came the ability to speak in a pack, and then in front of the whole group. Before I knew it, I was leading drills and yelling at the top of my lungs.
 
Along with the mental confidence came a physical confidence. One of the (many, many) reasons I love roller derby is that it not only does it accept all bodies, it actually needs all bodies to form well-rounded teams. I used to go to the gym to lose weight, to make my clothes fit better, to make myself look the way I “should.” Today? I go to fine-tune my body to skate faster laps, make harder hits, stay on my feet when someone hip-checks me. I’m so proud of the muscular thighs that can’t fit into skinny jeans. I’m amazed at what my body can do, and what it can take.
 
So, in response to my sister’s question: who am I? I’m a person who is not afraid to speak up, and also to lean on my teammates for support. I’m a person who looks at a challenge not as an insurmountable wall, but as a dare. I’m a person who loves her strengths and her scars. I’m a pirate.
 
I’m Deanna Destroi, #1701.
 
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To the best fans a league could ask for,

We started to see it last year. But this year…this year is pretty awesome.

Our crowd used to be full of supportive friends and family. Now, when we look at pictures of events, we see mostly strangers in the crowd. Sure, our parents and siblings and partners are still out there, but the strangers means that the appreciation for derby is starting to spread. We’ve been dying for this day…and here it is.

On the horizon of something so spectacular, we’ve been working really hard to provide quality events. We partnered with some pretty extraordinary sponsors this year, which gave us some much needed street cred. We were able to put on a roller derby extravaganza downtown that made national headlines. Altogether, this year’s been pretty amazing, which is why we feel pretty lousy about the bump in the road that was our August 10th bout.

First of all, to Port City: thank you so much for coming to Ottawa, for playing a game that truly exposed our amazing fans to such an elite level of roller derby. You helped highlight the tremendous growth the Dolly Rogers have undergone in the past few years and we can’t thank you enough. You were a class act on and off the track and we can’t wait to face you again in a month’s time. We look forward to many more games in years to come. 

We would however like to apologize to all the great people who came to the game and patiently waited in the stands for the second game to start. This year, we wanted to give our newest team the opportunity to play a game under the bright arena lights. Most of the women who play on the Dollinquents are new to the sport and have come such a long way since last October when many of them couldn’t even skate. To do what they did on Saturday night was an accomplishment worth celebrating. It was just such a shame that Peterborough Roller Derby double-booked themselves for the evening and didn’t share that information with us, resulting in them being an hour late to our event. Thanks to those who stuck it out and supported the Dollinquents. To those of you who left: we’re sorry and we’d like to make it up to you. Please email capitalcityderbydolls@gmail.com if you attended the game. (We’ll take you at your word.) We’ll give you a free ticket to our next game in Rockland, or a free ticket to our home opener next season. We’ve worked really hard to earn you and we’d hate to lose you over this.

Double headers are a lot of work, but when something goes wrong, it tends to be pretty epic. Our last double header unfolded beautifully; maybe our beginner’s luck ran out. For those of you who came to our event on August 10th but weren’t over-the-moon about the way things went, we’d like the chance to make up for it next time, if you’ll let us.

We appreciate feedback. If you have any comments, suggestions, ideas or general thoughts, please write us. Thanks for your support this season. We’d be nowhere without the people who come see us play.  

Sincerely,

Delicate Plower, on behalf of the Capital City Derby Dolls

capitalcitycityderbydolls@gmail.com

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Take a Bow

This past weekend was probably one of the busiest weekends our league has ever had. We made national headlines. No big deal.

Ok. Way big deal. Huge. Awesome. Roller derby touched more eyeballs than we ever expected. What started as an initiative by Ottawa mayor Jim Watson to make City Hall into a more fun place, led to CCDD taking over Marion Dewar Plaza (a beautiful slab of concrete) in front of City Hall and holding an all day derby extravaganza. We held mini bouts, black and white scrimmages, a free skate and skills competitions. We worked with Street Food Ottawa (Kathy Ferguson), and she brought out some amazing food trucks. Thank you to the Merry Dairy, Ad Mare, Angry Dragonz, LUNCH, Red Roaster, Mr. Churritos, and the Gonfu bao cart. You kept spectators and fans full and happy and a huge thanks to the City of Ottawa for letting us do it all in the first place.

You couldn't ask for a more spectacular setting for a day of roller derby.

You couldn’t ask for a more spectacular setting for a day of roller derby.

So much gratitude to all the leagues who sent people to Ottawa to play: Renfrew County Roller Derby, Cornwall’s Seaway Roller Derby Girls, Toronto Roller Derby, and Toronto Men’s Roller Derby. These players spent an entire day out in the sun and helped us out HUGE. They hopped onto short-handed rosters, they promoted the fun spirit of the day, and they were super fun to hang out with.

A very special thank you to our new friends at Book the Booth. What started off as Groupon that needed to get used has turned into an amazing league resource. They come to our games, armed with cameras and family and take stunning pictures. In fact, many of this year’s awesome pics are courtesy of Renée and Kevin Pellerine. On Derby Day, they pulled double duty. Not only did they set up their booth, they took pictures of all the action on the track. Check out the booth pictures here, and their shots of the day here.

Speaking of photographers, ErickOgrpahy also captured some spectacular shots throughout the day.

A huge thanks to CBC (Ottawa and National), CTV Ottawa, the Ottawa Citizen, THE CALGARY (friggin’) HERALD (what?!), the Ottawa Sun, the Kitchissippi Times, the Food Network, and @streetfoodOTT for their reports leading up to the day’s events, or the day itself. CCDD invaded homes around the country thanks to all this.

A very serious thanks to Deborah Kent, for keeping us all cool under the sun. She was on top of ensuring there was lots of water by the benches and kept us in cooling cloths to stop the sun from doing too much damage. Also, a huge thanks to our newest medic (our existing medic now has as permanent a partner as we can give him). She comes loaded with a ton of experience: medic for the Oil City Derby Girls (Edmonton) and she’s a military medical technician. We are super happy to have her on board.

Dear referees, I don’t know how you do it. You spent all day in the sun and you were all still laughing at the end of the day. You are magnificent creatures. Unicorn zebras.

Magical zebra unicorns

Magical zebra unicorns

Finally, every single member of CCDD, official and honourary, played a huge part in the day’s success. They worked tirelessly in the sun to make sure everything ran smoothly. They answered questions, played music, talked to people, worked tables, sold merchandise, promoted our next game, manned the gear room, brought supplies, cleaned up, made photocopies, put up posters, lay down a track, tore it up, picked up garbage, made wood cut outs, lent out extra gear or even their own skates, painted faces, taught people how to skate, explained the rules, talked to reporters, etc. The list is quite pretty endless. None of it, NONE OF IT, would have been possible without our Derby Day Committee heads, Jessica “Hot Mess Jess” W-S, and Carley “Snarlz” Rogers. They put crazy amounts of work into making sure the day went off without a hitch, AND STILL MANAGED TO PLAY, while making sure everything else went smoothly. We are so lucky to have you. Please, PLEASE don’t ever stop derbying.

AMAZING ORGANIZER

Snarlz: AMAZING ORGANIZER

Too busy to even stop for a pic!

Hot Mess Jess: Too busy to even stop for a pic!

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CCDD DOUBLE HEADER

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The Capital City Derby Dolls are happy to present their first ever double header.

Some helpful information:

Date: Satuday, July 6, 2013

Time: Doors open at 6:00 p.m., first game starts at 6:30

Tickets: $12 in advance, $15 at the door, kids under 12 get in free (no fees, PayPal accepted)

Where: Barbara Ann Scott Arena, 2250 Torquay Avenue, Ottawa

Feel free to bring lawn/camping chairs or pillows if you’d like to sit by the track. Bring ID because we are sponsored by Beau’s and they will be there. 🙂

The first game of the night is Ottawa’s Dolly Rogers against Kingston’s Disloylists. The second game is a men’s game featuring Ottawa’s Slaughter Squad versus the Mont Royals from Montreal. 

If you have any questions, please feel free to email us at capitalcityderbydolls@gmail.com.

Now that the formalities are out of the way, please feel free to get over-excited, tell ALL YOUR FRIENDS, and plan to have AN AMAZING NIGHT.

See you there!

Plower 

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CCDD’s First Double Header

CCDD’s been steadily expanding in the last three years, but this past year represents our most intense spike in membership of well…ever. For us. As such, we have not just one, but two new teams. The thing about teams is that they like to play so the rest of our events this season will be double headers.  So, double the fun.

So first of all, let me introduce you to the:

Dollinquents

and

Slaughter Squad

If you clicked on the links, you probably noticed that Slaughter Squad has a bunch of dudes on it. There’s a simple explanation for that: they’re dudes.  CCDD is helping these guys out until there are enough of them to be fully independent. Frankly, given what they do for us, it’s the least we can do. A lot of these guys coach, ref, volunteer at our games, or have lost a significant other to the sport and they’re coping by playing.

The Dollinquents had one game last year and are starting this season with an away game in Cornwall against the Seaway Roller Derby Girls’ Power Dames. You’ll be able to catch the Dollinquents in Ottawa on August 10 and September 7.

But don’t worry about waiting until August for derby action. CCDD’s first double header take place Saturday, July 6, 2013. The fun kicks off at 6:30 at Barbara Ann Scott Arena, featuring the Dolly Rogers against Kingston’s Disloyalists. Following a super quick intermission (a quick staff swap…players becoming refs, refs becoming players), the Slaughter Squad will be taking on Montreal’s Mont Royals. Tickets for this awesome, amazing, super fun event are $12 in advance. You can buy tickets online here because Shopify, our awesome sponsor, made this possible. If you wait to get them at the door, they’ll cost you $15. As usual, under 12ers get in free.

Some nitty gritty: bring ID. We’re sponsored by Beau’s.  There will be food. There will be awesome merch. If you wanna sit by the track, bring a camping chair and hang out. Make signs. Be prepared to be loud. You will have so much fun, it’ll hurt your face. In a good way.

Four teams, two games, so much derby, your face will hurt!

Four teams, two games, so much derby, your face will hurt!

See you there!

Plower

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Double C to the double D…we be rollin’ in the 613

CCDD is getting their third bouting season under way. We’ve grown so much over the past few years, and we’re incredibly excited about the future.

In addition to the Dolly Rogers and their plot for world domination, we’re announcing our newest team, the Dollinquents, who will be hitting the track in June for a few away games in the neighbourhood. They’ll be bouting at home in August and September, so make sure to check out our schedule.  You do not want to miss any of it.

CCDD's newest team! Welcome to the family!

CCDD’s newest team! Welcome to the family!

Shopify

We’ve also got a whole bunch of amazing new sponsors. Have you been to our website www.capitalcityderbydolls.com or our facebook page lately? Did you notice that you can now buy merch and bout tickets? That’s all because of Shopify. Have you seen the Dolly Rogers’ new S-One Lifer helmets? We’re taking our sponsor with us wherever we go!

Burbs Pub & Eatery

When we’re in Kanata, our favourite place to hang out is The Burbs on Hazeldean.  You can often find us hanging out there after practice, having a pint of local Beau’s Beer and some yummy snacks.  They’re also super at catering to the vegans in our league. If you want a salad wrap with guacamole, with a side salad, also with guacamole, they will do it for you. Because they’re just that awesome. You should give them a visit.  Tell ‘em we sent you!

FATBOYS

We’ve also just found a new hangout in the market. Fatboys Southern Smokehouse on Murray Street has great bbq and live music on Saturday nights. We’ll be bringing our after bout parties there in June and July, if you need a ringing endorsement.

Capital City Derby Dolls are still dedicated to developing new skaters and keeping an active house league program. We’ve got in-house scrimmages planned for June, August, and September. Keep an eye on our facebook page for an invitation to come and watch your favourite new skaters KABD.

We couldn’t have done it without our fans, our friends, our skaters and our sponsors. Sponsors like Michael Lewicki, Hedges Sutherland Law Firm, Boxall Heating (boxallheating.com), Bigger Beards for Brighter Tomorrows, and Neon Skates have been there for us since day 1 and we can’t find enough ways to say thank you to them.

We hope to see you at our home opener on Saturday at Jack Charron Arena in Kanata. You can buy tickets online at capitalcityderbydolls.com!

Carpe Beardem

Hedges and Sutherland

Michael Lewicki S-ONE

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Volunteering is Dirty Work

Bust’er (Beauty) and Plow’her (The Beast)

You may have seen (or heard) some of CCDD’s finest at Beau’s Oktoberfest in Vankleek Hill on Saturday, September 29th.  We were the ones in green, soaking wet from head to toe, and randomly yelling “inside line” for no apparent reason.

We ended up in that field, under a tent, an hour from home because our sponsors, Beau’s Beer, asked us to.  They have stood behind us for 2 years now and when they asked for 10 willing and able bodies for 6 hours on Saturday, of course we said yes!

We showed up having no idea what we were in for.  When we checked in at the “volunbeer” desk (how amazing is that!), we were told that we’d all be working the Eco Wash station.  I’m sure that everyone could see our faces fall when we learned that our fate was 6 hours of washing dishes. BUT, we reminded ourselves that at least we’d all be together.

It turned into the most fun you could have in a field, under a tent, elbow deep in sudsy water (or even worse if you were on the pre-wash station).  Our Beau’s co-ordinator, Lyndell, was amazing.  She assured us that we would be well cared for, that the beer would flow like dishwater, and that we would be well fed by the food vendors.

The things we’ll do for one another…

She was true to her word.   Flats of Lug Tread, Weis o’Lantern, and a delicious cider were delivered and devoured with incredible frequency.  Pretzels and tacos and chilli kept us warm and full.  We had fun.  The kind of fun you can only have when doing dirty work in the great outdoors with your friends and teammates.

We yelled and danced for no reason.  Occasionally, we might have been louder than the band.  Random strangers rolled up their sleeves and worked alongside us, not because we were short-handed, but because we looked like such incredible fun to be around.

I’d like to show you a whole bunch of pictures of our silly foolish dish washing madness, but our hands were too wet and dirty to take the photos.  Here are a few that we did manage to take before plunging back into the brackish depths.

 

Being awesome is hard work

My back is sore, my shins are bruised from tripping over buckets of dishes, and I have a welt on my backside where someone whacked me with a wet towel, but if Beau’s Beer asks us to come back next year, I’ll answer with a resounding YES!

Special thanks to Delicate Plow’her, Nina Nails, Hairy White, Numerat’er, Mel, Ha Lou Ween, Rick, Wry and Ginger, Elizabeth Berzerkley, and Ruby Wreckage for rolling up their sleeves and getting dirty at Oktoberfest with me.

They even had food for those crazy…vegans.

Taking a silly break.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Bust’er Up

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