Catching Up with the Blazer Nation
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.
(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!
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.
(@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."
(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.
(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?
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