Stormy Heather blew into Angel City’s atmosphere with an audible BOOM. While simultaneously developing into one of the Rocket Queens’ jamming mainstays, Stormy took on a heavy role in the training department as a Fresh Meat coach and then eventually moving into coaching for the Rising Stars. She’s a triple threat on the track, unstoppable in every role and a brilliant coach. She is a delight to all who cross her path, and is a pillar of strength for the teams she skates and coaches for. Stormy Heather’s infectious smile and positive attitude are the epitome of what it means to be an Angel.

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The first thing I do when I get a new pad is add my contact information and an offer of a $20 reward for it’s safe return–if lost and found.  I started doing this about 7 years ago and I haven’t lost or misplaced a journal since.  I have to admit at first it wasn’t easy.  ”Offer a reward?”  “Can’t I just rely on the kindness of strangers?”  These were questions that the idea, to offer a reward, stirred up in my mind.  When I realized that the underlying truth these questions represented was that I did not value my creativity, I boldly began writing in the $20 reward.  So, when you get your new pad or journal and you’re contemplating your very first entry, I recommend your name, contact info, and a reward.  The question you ask yourself shouldn’t be, “Is IT worth it?”, but rather, “Is what I’m about to create in this new pad worth it?”


“The World will take you at your own valuation. Your body will take you at your own valuation. Your business will take you at your own valuation.  For the value you really put upon yourself is the one that manifests.”
 -Emmet Fox

A local program here in Culver City was featured on the international SmileTV!  Very exciting!  The feature is about our quarterly iNeed Help With My Gadget Workshop. Volunteers from Symantec, Culver City High School and Antoich University are regulars at the event, the next one will be held Saturday, June 22, 2013.

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Meet Gabby the …?
If you are wondering what kind of dog I have, she’s an “Australian Brindle Hound.”  Her disposition is as pleasant and loving as the name sounds.  I have to confess, she wasn’t always an Australian Brindle Hound.  She used to be a Pit Bull.  Can you believe it?It was horrible.  Every time Lori, my wife, and I would be out with Gabby and people would approach to ask us what kind of dog Gabby was, once we said, “She’s a Pit Bull,”  the color would drain from their faces and if they happened to have a child with them they’d snatch them up quick and look at us with, “how could you?”

Soon we both dreaded hearing the question and if asked I began to immediately explain how sweet she is, that we have 2 cats she loves, that not all Pit Bulls are bad, that it depends how they are raised, etc… It was so much work.  I would even catch myself firing off a quick Pit Bull history lesson on how at the turn of last Century the Pit Bull, AKA, the American Staffordshire Terrier, was considered America’s Sweetheart breed.  Theodore Roosevelt had one, the Buster Brown dog was a Pit, so was Petey on the Little Rascals, Wells Fargo’s mascot was a Pit, and even Helen Keller’s guide dog was a Pit Bull.  All fascinating stuff, but it never seemed to convince anyone, besides it was exhausting.

Then something wonderful happened.  One day while Lori and I were having lunch at an outdoor cafe with Gabby a couple at the table next to us asked the dreaded question.  “What kind of dog is that?”  I took a deep breath and tentatively let it out, “She’s a Pit Bull.”  The lady immediately responded, “I thought so, we had a Pit Bull exactly like her.  She was so sweet.  She loved our grand kids.”  Lori and I were overjoyed.  Someone knew the truth about Gabby and most Pit Bulls.  I began to tell the woman how most people freak out when they hear she is a Pit Bull.  While the lady was loving up Gabby she said, “I know isn’t that terrible, my husband would tell people she was an Australian Brindle Hound.”  Lori and I were blown away, could it be that simple?

From that day on Gabby was no longer a Pit Bull she became an Australian Brindle Hound.  As we began introducing her we discovered that everyone loves an Australian Brindle Hound.  Some people, after we answer their question as to what breed she is, have told us how they thought that she was an Australian Brindle Hound by her sweet disposition!  At first I was concerned I was being deceptive.  But then I realized introducing Gabby as an Australian Brindle Hound wasn’t deceptive, introducing her as a Pit Bull was.  And although Australian Brindle Hounds only exist in that wonderfully sweet and loving part of everyone’s imagination, so does the notorious Pit Bull.  So just like someone once said, “I thought she was an Australian Brindle Hound by her sweet disposition.”  So she must be.

*The actual history of the “Australian Brindle Hound,” aka the American Pit Bull Terrier is even more fascinating than you probably imagine.  Click here to read about how this heroic breed played an important role as an American Mascot.

*Just in case you need some more reassurance about Gabby, click here to visit Bad Rap – for all the monster myths you may have heard about Pit Bulls, along with the facts you probably haven’t.

All games @ Angel City will take place at our new home in Culver City:
 
Veterans Memorial Auditorium
4117 Overland Avenue 
Culver City, CA 90230
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See past bout results here.
February 9, 2013 ACDG Hollywood Scarlets vs. Mad Rollin Dolls @Angel City(closed bout)
February 10, 2013 ACDG Hollywood Scarlets vs Steel City Demons @Angel City(closed bout)
February 16, 2013 ACDG Rocket Queens vs. Santa Cruz Derby Girls – Harbor Hellcats @Angel City – double header
February 16, 2013 ACDG Road Ragers vs. Santa Cruz Derby Girls – Seabright Sirens @Angel City – double header
March 3, 2013 ACDG Hollywood Scarlets vs. Charm City @Angel City(closed bout)
March 16, 2013 ACDG Hollywood Scarlets vs. Sacred City @Angel City
March 23, 2013 ACDG Rocket Queens @ Dustbowl Invitational Bakersfield, CA
March 24, 2013 ACDG Rocket Queens @ Dustbowl Invitational Bakersfield, CA
March 30, 2013 ACDG Road Ragers vs. SFV Roller Derby @ SFV Roller Derby
April 5, 2013 ACDG Hollywood Scarlets vs. Tampa, Houston, & Brew City @Angel City(closed bout)
April 6, 2013 ACDG Hollywood Scarlets vs. Tampa, Houston, & Brew City @Angel City(closed bout)
April 7, 2013 ACDG Hollywood Scarlets vs. Tampa, Houston, & Brew City @Angel City(closed bout)
April 20, 2013 ACDG Rocket Queens @ Battle for the Coast Ventura, CA
April 21, 2013 ACDG Rocket Queens @ Battle for the Coast Ventura, CA
April 28, 2013 ACDG Hollywood Scarlets vs. Rose City Rollers @Angel City(closed bout)
May 3, 2013 ACDG Hollywood Scarlets vs. Jet City, Rat City, & Slaughter County Everett, WA
May 4, 2013 ACDG Hollywood Scarlets vs. Jet City, Rat City, & Slaughter County Everett, WA
May 5, 2013 ACDG Hollywood Scarlets vs. Jet City, Rat City, & Slaughter County Everett, WA
June 8, 2013 ACDG Rocket Queens vs. Central California Area Derby – Atomic Assault Fresno, CA
June 15, 2013 ACDG Hollywood Scarlets vs. Sin City @Angel City – double header
June 15, 2013 ACDG Rocket Queens vs. Inland Empire – Inland Heat @Angel City – double header
August 17, 2013 ACDG Road Ragers vs. Peninsula Rollergirls @Angel City – double header
August 17, 2013 ACDG Hollywood Scarlets vs. LADD Riettes @Angel City – double header
September 7, 2013 ACDG Road Ragers vs. West Coast Derby Knockouts Ventura, CA
September 7, 2013 ACDG Rocket Queens vs. West Coast Derby Knockouts Ventura, CA
September 21, 2013 ACDG Rocket Queens vs. Mission City Brawlin’ Betties @Angel City(includes showcase bout)
October 12, 2013 ACDG Road Ragers vs. Rollin Roulettes Derby Girls @Angel City – double header
October 12, 2013 ACDG Rocket Queens vs. Unforgiven Rollergirls @Angel City – double header
November 16, 2013 ACDG Rocket Queens vs. Hidden City Derby Girls @Angel City – double header
November 16, 2013 ACDG Road Ragers vs. San Fernando Valley C Team @Angel City – double header
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Yes I am super proud of my husband. He is so inspiring…just don’t tell him I said that…I still need him to take out the trash! Don’t want him to get a big head. His new project is a radio show…Take a listen.

Cartoonist Darrell Fusaro is an artist with a knack for being in the right place at the right time.  He follows his hunches, steps out boldly, and stumbles, like Mister Magoo, from one miraculous situation to the next.  And he’s really stepped in it this time  ending up on the air with his good friend Edward Biagiotti.  
Funniest Thing! with Darrell and Ed airs weekly on Unity Online Radio.  Each week Darrell and Ed share real-life stories of how surrendering to Divine Order leads to better-than-expected outcomes. These unlikely saints administer a refreshing dose of laughter and love that will inspire you to step out boldly and experience the funniest things.
Click here to listen to episodes online.  You can also download the free app Stitcher to listen to all your favorite programs anytime anywhere on your mobile device.  And you may subscribe to them on iTunes as well.  Join in the conversation and the fun!

Yep, I have a new favorite restaurant. LYFE Kitchen. They have a little bit of everything. And it’s shocking…healthy food that actually tastes great. Great patio too.

RANKINGS RELEASE! Your Angel City charter, the Hollywood Scarlets aren’t messing around this season! ACDG has moved from #18 to #7 out 155 ranked leagues worldwide! We are so proud, keep it up Scarlets! POP POP!!!

ekvalleyWe just got back from E K Valley Mexican Restaurant. Had the best grilled chicken torta. The right mix of spicy heat and flavor,Fresh tomatoes, lettuce peppers & rich creamy crema.

located on Washington Blvd. in the Gallery district in Culver City. Small  spot Big flavor.Stop in for lunch or dinner.

If I close my eyes I can still see him clearly. Huge smile. Gorgeous face. Giant blockhead. Painted like a cow with beautiful blue gray spots. His name was Rocky and he was such a happy pup. Full of life. Bouncing around his kennel, taking treats gently out of volunteer Ryoko Matsui’s hand. I fell in love the minute I saw his photo. He even liked cats and other dogs. He was a stray that ended up at the shelter. Everything was in place to bring him home except one thing. We really weren’t ready for a second dog. We already had Gabby plus 3 cats. No room at the Fusaro Inn.

I put him out of my mind- for a while anyway- but I found myself going back to his adoption page. Finally I couldn’t stand it and begged the husband to just let me meet him. And let’s face it, meeting him meant I was going to bring him home. The husband reluctantly agreed and I made the call to the shelter. I was put on hold for what seemed like forever. Finally, the shelter volunteer came back on the line. “I’m sorry,” she said, Rocky is no longer here. He was put down yesterday.” I felt like I had been punched in the stomach. Tears welled in my eyes and a lump immediately formed in my throat. Devastated, I hung up the phone.

I still feel guilty about Rocky. If only I had made my decision one day earlier. Twenty-four hours too late. A single day. I cried as I watched his video one last time. Since Rocky, there have been others. It’s one of the horrible realities of working with rescues. I try not to think about the ones who never made it. And when they do pop into my head, the sadness overwhelms me.

There was beautiful Sky, a husky that was so malnourished and covered with mange she didn’t even look like a dog. The scabs were thick and she had almost no hair. Danielle Rollibard, founder of I.C.A.R.E Rescue saved her from her from the shelter.

“Sky was the sweetest thing ever – every part of her body had scabs and sores on it,” remembers Danielle. “The shirt I wore to pick her up from the shelter was covered in blood from her poor little body.”

Sky had never known love and all she wanted to do was be held in Danielle’s arms. I had made plans to photograph her for the I.C.A.R.E website. Just like Rocky, I never got to meet her. Danielle tried her best to save Sky. At least she died knowing she was loved.

There are so many others that don’t. They die alone in shelters. In backyards. In trash cans. Yes, there are people out there that do unspeakable things to animals and when they are done with them, throw them away like garbage. No dignity. No respect. Never having been loved. Never feeling safe. It’s these lost ones that I want to remember.

Paula Hsien volunteers at a local shelter and makes it her business to valiantly work to save as many dogs as she can. She remembers each and every one.

“During their stay at the shelter, they brightened our days with their beautiful smiles and unconditional love. They made us laugh with their silliness and playfulness. Even though they are no longer with us, they will be remembered, for they have left their paw prints on our hearts forever.”

“Vixen was quite a social butterfly. When we’d go out for walks she would greet everybody. She’d follow me around or would just sit next to me.

Manouka was a happy girl and a big ball of love. My heart was torn into pieces when I found out that she was euthanized because the shelter lacked space.

Mali came in as a stray. She gave me little kisses on the hand. The fact that she was willing to give me a chance tells me that she still had lots of love in her heart.

Honey was a sweet girl who won the hearts of many volunteers. She was super playful and full of energy.

Rayna was such a good girl. She’d sit and wait for me patiently when I passed out treats. She loved to give kisses.

Dolly was dumped at the shelter because she was too old. A lifetime of giving love and she died alone in a shelter without her family.

Brittle loved to be around people and was just a sweet boy with kind, soulful eyes.” The list could go on forever.

Without people like Hsien, Rollibard and Matsui these dogs would never know human kindness. I don’t know how they do it, but I’m glad they do. And so it’s time I remember Rocky and Georgie and Jazz- three dogs that touched my life and left way too soon. And I thank the selfless men and women that can’t turn their backs on their plight. Memories like these need to be remembered. These loving creatures that were here for just a moment, but made a lasting impression- their short lives do matter.