Jul 13

Catching Up with the Blazer Nation

By Kassandra
I think it goes without saying that -- with or without a lockout -- this is the slow time of year; perhaps accurately described as a drought in the BlazerNation.

Some community outreach programs are still going on. We're right smack dab in the middle of Blazer Dancer tryouts. The Timbers enthusiasm has transcended soccer and enveloped several Blazers fans. And a whole lot more.

There is still plenty of thought and reports on other sites following the Blazers and the shows are still broadcasting on Trail Blazers TV, talking about a myriad of things non player-related. In fact, on this week's Courtside, Mike Rice regaled the viewing and listening audience with the story of his ejection at the hands of Steve Javie nearly 20 years ago (there's nothing like hearing Rice's version of events which led to him being the only announcer to ever have been tossed from an NBA game!).

On this very blogger network, RipCitySarah is closely following and relaying the Blazer Dancer auditions, which saw their first round of eliminations this past weekend. DHawes22 has been taking us on a journey of Blazers teams and players from the past.

Current Blazer Dancers Veronica, Kelly, Amanda and CaMicha have been keeping us aprised  as to their views as they contend to return to the squad. They each have provided, through their blogs, their own unique insight into a process I think a lot of us did not know was so intricate.

The great majority fans, of course, are hoping for a resolution between the owners and players so that we may get back to business as usual across the league. When a new agreement is reached, presumably there will be plenty of free agency and trade news.

But for now, the drought is on.

So what are the fans of the BlazerNation up to this summer? Well, how about a quick sampling via twitter, blog comments and e-mails.

Julianne (my college dormmate) is back home in Oxnard splitting her time between her job in a department store stock room and nearly daily trips to the beach (a 10-minute walk from her house). The latter, of course, is to soak up some sun and some waves (did you seriously think a blonde from California couldn't surf?!). Like myself, she's enjoying the summer, but already looking forward to her sophomore year.

Julianne getting some time in at the beach.

(Stephen), took a vacation to Canada -- and is going again. He says he's waiting for "all the video games that are going to steal (his) life." I suspect he's joking ... but with Stephen, you never know!

Teresa Galer is still fully engulfed in the twitter scene, in addition to the new google+ website. With Teresa, you know you're going to get a good morning on one or both. She's also a dedicated zumber (my coined phrase for those who regularly attend zumba classes). She and Albert Hoy seem to have a shared interest in reality television; that is, according to their tweets.

Jenny (@JenCadet on twitter) is very busy this summer (had a great twitter conversation with her about this). She's moving into a new school, zumbing (my coined phrase for the act of participating in zumba), moving into a new school, spending time with friends and family, cheering on the Seattle Mariners, taking road trips, going to the Oregon Jamboree and, "of course, plenty of rodeos! :)"

Block Party via Teamship (Mike Godsey), one of our Bobcats-Blazers fans from the other coast, is the "numbers guy" at his company. He's working on year-end stuff, and recently spent a week at Oak Island Beach (I assume that's on or near the east coast). He coaches a wheelchair basketball team in his spare time, with practice starting as well. He was sure to note the following: "I don't lock my players out. Unfortunately, I don't pay them either."

David Harrison (no known relation to my dormie), is working swing shift at his company (kudos there, as I'm not sure I could handle such hours!). He also says he wants to get back to blogging soon. In my opinion, he should.

Jeff (twitter's @JeffinOregon) reports that he's working out so he'll be in shape for when the season starts - whenever that is. He fears he has a boring life. I'm guessing it's status quo time for Jeff this summer. Nothing wrong with that.

As for Kassandra (me, I know, but it's hard to bold-face a pronoun!) ... well, following my brother's wedding and a week spent in San Francisco showing my three younger sisters around the area, I have come back home and settled into my summer job in my family's distributorship (given that I'm in a supervisory position, I have no problem admitting I'm posting this blog from my desk -- don't tell my mom ... er, I mean, the boss!). As I mentioned in my last blog: Oh What To Do During A Portland Summer, I am searching for new adventures and spending countless hours with my parents, brothers, sisters and friends.

It seems as though we've all got some things going on. So what are you all up to this summer? Vacation? Education? Staying around home?

~ Kassandra

In Kassandra's Words will feature regular blogs throughout the off-season. Comments and questions are welcome and encouraged. Seasons begin and end, but our Blazers are forever. Please follow on twitter: @Kassandra227


  1. Like oh yeah babe, gonna go catch a wave! Lol . Love this blog! So true about me this summer but you forgot to mention the hot guys in the stockroom. I like that picture better than the other one I gave you. anyway, I hope everyone is enjoying their summers!

    by julianne on 7/13/2011 12:04 PM
  2. Fun stuff. I worked for a beer distributor all through college, though as a grunt worker, not a fancy-pants supervisor. I used to have nightmares about that job when I first started. I woke up in the middle of the night once thinking I had fallen asleep at work and proceeded to start moving things around in my house, a la the boxes of beer and wine I moved around in grocery stories. I ended by putting my shoes in the kitchen sink, which I had no recollection of. Good times.

    by caseyholdahl on 7/13/2011 2:00 PM
  3. Miss Kassandra:

    I am working enjoying the fishing lakes of central OR. This week-end Vicki and I are celebrating our 17th wedding anniversary. Then In three weeks we say our yearly personal vows at Chelae falls, and off for our vacation at Florence. then our fall bowling league starts and summer is over

    Hi Julianne.

    by Hg on 7/13/2011 4:35 PM
  4. Jules: you always crack me up! had a lot of fun writing this. there are so many people i left out, not by importance, but just by the smaller sampling. love the photo!

    Casey: there's nothing fancy-pants about my job! anyway, i'm pretty sure you weren't disappointed with that job. that nightmare ... well, i hope you laugh about it now because it's pretty humorous.

    Hg: glad to hear you and your wife are renewing your vows. food for thought: you got married when i was two! i hope you enjoy your vacation - there's nothing like the coast!

    by Kassandra on 7/14/2011 8:34 PM
  5. We are busy with baseball and camping. Have a fun filled summer.

    by mbmurr1 on 7/15/2011 9:39 AM
  6. Lol Kassandra! It's my job as your roommate and friend to crack you up. Most people around here probably don't know how serious you are most of the time! Is it true you're summer plans have expanded to include a visit from your guy? Please disclose all details!

    by julianne on 7/15/2011 10:44 AM
  7. Hi Kasey. Very cool blog. I'm working hard this summer, but still finding some time for a couple trips out on the boat around Newport beach and have a birthday coming up so that should be a great weekend.

    by author004 on 7/15/2011 12:26 PM
  8. yes Jules, he is making a visit to portland at the beginning of august before he goes to stanford to get everything set for his senior year! that's all the details i have at the moment!

    Christopher, glad you made it to my blog! boat trips around Newport sound awesome!

    by Kassandra on 7/17/2011 3:11 AM
  9. Okay now this is going to sound bad given what you wrote about me in this blog, but I just got back from six hours at the beach! not the best of days, but fun anyway. so your guy is going to see you. any word on that modeling thing you were talking about?

    by julianne on 7/18/2011 12:42 PM
  10. i knew you were at the beach when i called earlier! lol. it's not exactly modeling, but i trust him so i'm going to give it a shot.

    by Kassandra on 7/18/2011 6:16 PM
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