dp’s. soapbox.

May 2, 2007

One of my daily stops: The UniWatch Blog, by Paul Lukas (have I ever mentioned that I once asked Paul to adopt me? He laughed. But, he didn’t say no?)

Today’s topic: New WNBA uniforms.

I’m liking the Mystics unis, with inspiration from the old Bullets design, but most of the others are a little too flowery for my taste. I am a fan of the women’s cut though. (This goes back to my whole theory of women’s specific clothing – I don’t need my bike jerseys to have butterflies on them, I just want the men’s version but cut for women – is that too much to ask for?)

As most of you know, I’m quite the sports fan and obviously a big proponent for anything elevating women’s issues. So it really drives me nuts when people knock on the WNBA as a subpar, butch, unpopular, worthless, etc. sports league. There has been some great discussion today on the boards, and a good part of it pro-female (and excellent responses to those who are not). Here’s some of the highlights.

[quote] I hate the wnba. It would have folded a long time ago if it was not heavily subsidized by the NBA. And I love how most arenas put black drapes covering the second decks of the arenas, and only show certain camera angles to make you think the place is packed, when in reality there are 4-5K there. Come to think of it, the NCAA does the same thing with the women’s b-ball tournament, except for the final four. [/quote]

Yeah, and men’s college baseball, and men’s pro lacrosse, and . . . any “men’s” sport other than the big four. (source)
Obviously you have never attended a game at a top-notch women’s basketball school. Until the past few years it was the women’s teams at schools like Tennessee, Texas and Texas Tech that sold out the arenas. Not the men’s programs. (source)
Case in point. I’m a die hard Louisville men’s basketball fan and went to watch them play at Tennessee a few years back (pre-Bruce Pearl). Our seats were at the top of the arena right in front of a big, black curtain. I peeled it back a little to reveal another 10 rows of seats. I asked the person next to me what that was all about and they said they only open up those seats for women’s games. (source)

[quote] Sue Bird is ok. (She is, however, great looking – for a WNBA player)
I’d much rather look at the women of the LPGA, WTA, or women’s beach volleyball tour. [/quote]

Just because I don’t find Steve Nash attractive, doesn’t mean I can’t enjoy a Sun’s game. I’m not a fan of the double standard that female athletes need to be hot (and athletic) in order for a sport to be popular. (source)

Let’s start with the WNBA unis. I do watch the WNBA, and thank you, dpnation, for pointing out that pulchritude is not a prerequisite for playing ability. I like watching women’s sports when I can (no cable). (source)

And from yesterday’s comments:

[dp’s comment] here’s the link to the new WNBA unis:

And before any smartaleck remarks, please remember there ARE some people who actually appreciate womens sports.[/dp’s comment]

agreed… and appreciate sue bird, swin cash, becky hammon… (source)Loving the fact that I’m not the only one who thinks this way..
— /end quotes

Loving the fact that I’m not the only one who thinks this way..

calling all school peeps

January 9, 2007

as many of you know, I’m quite the tshirt design girl. Unfortunately, my archiving skills are not quite up to par, and I’m looking for some that have gone astray – specifically because I’m putting together my portfolio, like this week.

Does anyone remember what designs I’ve done? 9T9 frosh chorus, South Carolina Spring Breaker, etc.

I’m missing:
Jr/Sr from 1998
Junior Carnival 1997

Also I can’t remember which rowing shirts I did either, so if anyone one remembers please give a shout.


survey. says.

October 31, 2006

Proust Questionnaire

Your most marked characteristic?
hair/headwear – eg pineapple head!

The quality you most like in a man?
simplicity, drive, good hygiene

The quality you most like in a woman?
self sufficiency

What do you most value in your friends?
dependency, perception

Your favorite virtue?

What is your principle defect?
impatient, anal

What is your favorite occupation?
pro athlete/quasi celebrity

What is your dream of happiness?
some beach, somewhere.. rolling in piles of money

What to your mind would be the greatest of misfortunes?
being an underachiever

What would you like to be?
the first notable alum mentioned at alma maters

In what country would you like to live?
USA! USA! USA! (possibly italia or new zealand, or in the clouds with the carebears)

What is your favorite color?
carolina blue

What is your favorite flower?

What is your favorite bird?

Who are your favorite prose writers?
chaucer – anyone else requires cliffs notes

Who are your favorite poets?
shel silverstein, sylvia plath

Who is your favorite hero of fiction?
legolas, luke skywalker, batman (mostly for utility belt and cool gadgets)

Who are your favorite heroines of fiction?
wonder woman, sydney bristow

Who are your favorite composers?
shubert, beethoven

Who are your favorite musicians?
howie day, michelle branch, something corporate, keith urban, martina mcbride

Who are your favorite painters?
picasso, van gogh, ed hopper, escher

Who are your heroes in real life?
grammy and gramps, julia reed

What was the last book you read?
the world is flat – friedman

What is it you most dislike?
disorder, bugs, being cold, uncomfortable silence

Your favorite food and drink?
chicken nuggets, mac & cheese and diet coke

Your favorite names?
cole, grace, kip

Your pet aversion?
liars, jerks

What natural gift would you most like to possess?
good luck/intuition

What is your most treasured possession?

On what occasion do you lie?
when the truth hurts

When and where were you happiest?
madeira senior year, villanova spring break 2003, sienna w/ my mom

How would you like to die?
not tragically and not anytime soon

What is your present state of mind?

To what faults do you feel most indulgent?
overeating, shopping, manicures, my new bike

What is your motto?
it’s more than a look, it’s a lifestyle

permanent. prep.

October 10, 2006

jep4s (3:55:51 PM): hahhaaha
Auto Response from SPOON10 (3:55:52 PM): “you always look like you came in from the golf course or sailing.” -coworker
jep4s (3:55:52 PM): nice
jep4s (3:56:06 PM): thats a good villanova/madeira girl

send. money.

October 9, 2006

Recent email sent out from the good ole alma mater..

Madeira Girls Have Something to Say
The Madeira Board of Directors Riding Task Force is at work on many new initiatives. Read the Riding Facilities Planning Project Update to learn more about the progress and status of Madeira’s riding program.

Seriously, I’ll give them a Madeira girl with something to say – how about spending millions of dollars on renovating dorm rooms instead of horse stalls? Or better yet, buy a SENIOR DOOR!
I wonder if I’ve been banned from campus yet..

madeira. matters?

August 28, 2006

wafers14: did you read the madeira matters from this summer?
wafers14: cause betsys bullshit about senior door is ridic
wafers14: “There are no more “senior doors” since restricted access and segregated entries run counter to the School’s commitment to acces to education for all girls”
wafers14: seriously? a door? keeps us away from learning??
wafers14: walk the extra 20 ft.. maybe they could use the time to think
wafers14: and it says we learned how to identify every country in hte globe
wafers14: ummm not true???
wafers14: europe maybe

Related: http://dpnation.blogspot.com/2006/08/suffrage-is-for-suckers.html

"suffrage is for suckers"

August 24, 2006

This is what happens when you go to an all-girls private school..

First, from el Presidente:

———- Forwarded message ———-
From: Christian
Date: Aug 24, 2006 2:23 PM
Subject: Re: oh, madeira.. riiight.
To: DP

Seriously, this is overkill. What the shit?!

Suffrage is for suckers.

also response from Lizzie: (which I should note also is a government worker)

———- Forwarded message ———-
From: Elizabeth
Date: Aug 24, 2006 2:25 PM
Subject: Re: oh, madeira..
To: DP
Madeira makes my head hurt.

yes, I’m serving suffratinis.

The email:
On 8/24/06, DP wrote:

you know it’s gonna be a good email when the first sentence kicks off with “For those of us looking forward to celebrating the 75th anniversary of women’s suffrage tomorrow…”


i’ve got my suffrage party already planned, how bout you?

———- Forwarded message ———-
From: Alumnae Office
Date: Aug 24, 2006 2:19 PM
Subject: Celebrating the 86th Anniversary of the 19th Amendment
To: DP
Reprinted from The Washington Post, 8.25.95
Elisabeth G

For those of us looking forward to celebrating the 75th anniversary of women’s suffrage tomorrow, the nationwide hoopla over the observance is a little ironic, because the original event, while momentous, wasn’t exactly the stuff of historical tableaux.

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