Anatomy of a Dinner Party: a day in the life of a hospitalityaholic

Playing Rough

Written by Patti on August 30th, 2010

Good Morning, Darlings!

You all know how much I adore living in Atlanta. It’s a town filled with surprises. We are genteel, we are foodies, we love a parade, we love a spectacle. Sometimes we like  it rough.

Saturday night was one of those rough nights. Besties Crystal, Teague, Denise, Rick, Eric and I all packed up the food and tailgated before the Atlanta Rollergirls bout at the Shriners Temple. This was my first time seeing the Rollergirls in action, and what a treat it was. But first, we must eat.

Hanging With Denise and Crystal Pre-Game

Crystal prepared the yummiest homemade pimento cheese sandwiches (and I thought I didn’t care for pimento – I had just never had homemade). She also stopped by Popeyes Chicken for some crunchy chicken fingers. I made pound cake soaked in limoncello and Denise whipped up a gorgeous salad. There were chips, pretzels and salami, too. And of course, the cooler was filled with beer. A coconut rum with pineapple & orange juice cocktail completed the bar.

Pimento cheese sammies

Bless the Rollergirls, they allow you to bring your own coolers into the venue, so you are never without libations. I can appreciate that. So after getting pleasantly full on tailgating fare, we loaded up the cooler and made our way to the auditorium.

The Dirty South Atlanta Rollergirls

You have to appreciate all the contradictions of the evening. Here are a boodle of women all out for blood, circling a track in a room adorned with castle walls and chandeliers. It’s like the Princess Death Match. The crowd is also immensely diverse. Old, young, big, little, hip, nerdy – all converging for an evening of fun. And you might think in a room with so many tattoos that tempers would flare. Au contraire. While waiting in line for the ladies room, one of the referees very politely asked if she could cut in line so she could get back to calling the game. Everyone quietly stepped aside and let her pass. I can’t recall a more genteel group in recent memory. But that’s our Atlanta, full of surprises.

Some more fun shots of our evening out.

Crystal and Teague enjoy the game.

Our Atlanta Rollergirls beat the ladies from North Carolina soundly. We even saw a nosebleed. But the most fun for me were the names of the players. There were Celia Fate, Demi Gore, Wheeling Jennings and Nora Gretz. Aren’t they creative? I bet they throw one heckuva party.

And between bouts, there is live music, The King of Pops popsicles, and fun shopping. Something for everyone. I nabbed a Mexican Chocolate popsicle from the King of Pops and was very happy. Drippy, but happy.

Live music between bouts in the courtyard

All walks of life enjoyed the evening

Signing autographs for the fans

And then it was over. We only had tickets to the first bout so off we went. The last bout is September 25, so if you want to enjoy a fun, unusual night out, get your tickets NOW…..they sell out like crazy.

My love, Eric, as we pack up to leave

Everybody has a little freak in them....

xoxo, Patti

Today blogging to Elton John – Saturday Night’s Alright For Fighting


6 Comments so far ↓

  1. Scout SnipeHer says:

    Glad you enjoyed the bout!!!

    And this official greatly appreciates not getting any grief for having to cut in line for the restroom 🙂

  2. Jayna says:

    Here’s another great contradiction for you: one of the ladies on the Denim Demons was a professor of mine. Her derby name is Hate Ashbury and her research interests include 1960s US History.

    And yet another contradiction: We get a large group together (round 10 people) from our parish to go to all the bouts. Our parish priest is going with us to the next doubleheader (along with pre-bout tailgating). He’s excited about it.

  3. Patti says:

    Jayna – How cool! It really is fun for everyone, isn’t it? P

  4. Patti says:

    Scout SnipeHer – You were so sweet, how could anyone deny you a cut in line? xoxo, P

  5. Lisa says:

    My attorney is a roller girl!
    What fun……

  6. Patti says:

    Lisa, that’s so crazy! I love it! xoxo, P