This year Darlene and I were fortunate to have a superhero in our circle of friends. Debra Stockwell, the wife of Ray Stockwell, drummer for Winnipeg’s 60’s rock band The Jury. Debra like us, tries every year to do one big charity drive and a few months ago she began raising funds for the Easter Seals Drop Zone Challenge. For a minimum of $1500 raised she would get to do something incredible. Namely repel down the side of a 17 story building located on the windiest corner in Canada Portage and Main.
Ray Stockwell on drums for The Jury!
When we arrived on the day of the repel the wind was howling though the urban landscape and must have been truly vicious at the top of the Royal Bank building. The normally vertical repelling lines were becoming pendulums sending the brave souls attached to them four or five windows over from their assigned drop lane.
The wind was a serious factor in this repel. Check out the wind action on that cape.
But we Winnipeggers are a hearty folk and everyone seemed to be having a great time of it. Music was playing courtesy of Hot 103. Station DJ Adam West even repelled and has the video to prove it.
Fun was the order of the day for this brave couple.
Mingling with the crowd and looking for our friend Debra and her husband Ray I began to notice a certain trend among the brave souls who were going to go over the edge. Costumes seemed to be the order of the day, many superheros were prevalent but not exclusively. Some people wore Hawaiian shirts complete with coconut bras. Others like our friend Deb became their favorite television personalities, she chose to become geek extraordinaire Sheldon Cooper from The Big Bang Theory.
Debra Stockwell becomes Dr. Sheldon Cooper.
As the time drew close Debra introduced us to her drop companion Jodie Brown who would be going down at the same time on another line, she was clad from head to booties as a hilarious looking sock monkey. Both women were incredibly pumped up about the opportunity. Deb confessed to having slight butterflies in her belly and being scared of heights. But if you know anything about Debra you know that she always faces her fears head on and was super impressed by all the safety precautions that Drop Zone had taken.
Posted in Why Winnipeg Rocks!, Winnipeg and Hometown Goings On, Winnipeg Music Scene
Tagged Adam West, Adventure, Batman, Big Bang Theory, Charity Drive, Drop Zone, Easter Seals, Garage Band, Hot 103, Hot Girls, Monkey Girl, Ray Stockwell, Repelling, Sheldon Cooper, Sock Puppet, The Jury, Wild Women, Winnipeg
OK, grab a chair and hold on tight people this is going to be a rough one. I’m writing from the gut today and I don’t have my proof reader today so if I make an oops here and there please forgive me.
Of course I am talking about the outrageous tragedy that happened just outside of Denver today. What could motivate an attack such as this? I am just baffled. Is it that we are being to lax on our children and not beating them about the head and shoulders enough with broken beer bottles? Is it the violence and the hopelessness that they see everyday growing up. Is it the corporate greed and malice that puts people out on the street everyday or is it that the sun just wasn’t the right fucking shade of yellow for him yesterday?
I give up, what the hell is going on these days. I know many many people associated with the movie are tweeting and texting today, sending thoughts and prayers to those affected. I just wonder what motivated this outlandish attack? An attack on my people, geeks and nerds, dweebs and comic fans. Who are they going to hurt, who are they going to kill?
I honestly just feel sickened by the thing, I was looking forward to seeing this film but now I just don’t know. Will I feel guilty if I am excited by going to see it loud and large? Will I want to clap at the end, or will I just stay at home save the $50 fucking dollars it takes to see a movie for two these days and just read a library book?
It takes a great deal most days to make a Canadian like myself mad enough to spit but this just takes the cake.
In any case, I’ll keep it short and finish my rant in private.
To all of those that read my blog, stay safe. May the God you pray to keep you well and remind you that the way to paradise is by gentle action not by slaughter.
Posted in Rants
Tagged Aruora, Batman, Canada, Chief of police, Colorado, Comic Books, Dark Knight Rises, Denver, Geeks, Massacre, Movie theater, Shooting, The Dark Knight Rises