Jeremie Collins

My optimism wears heavy boots and is loud


Nothing new really.. Switched cell phone providers to US Cellular and managed to get an Iphone 7 plus. So far I’m loving this phone.

Also, Derby-wise expect to spend 500 bucks on this hobby to get started.

Skates – 140-200 bucks – entry level skates
Pads – 150 bucks for good quality pads (Don’t skimp, this is your body after all)
Insurance – WFTDA or MRDA insurance runs typically 75 bucks

Workwise, I’m going to be looking for another 2nd job. I love my primary job just need some extra cash.. so the adventure of 2 jobs will continue ugh.

And below is a new picture of my ugly mug 🙂




Derby for Big Dudes

Ok big’s the skinny.
I’m working on a economy package or a slightly better then economy package for Derby for Refereeing

  • Skates

Riedell R3 Derby Plus Skates – A bit pricey but they arent the entry level skate and are a bit more beefy. At a later time I can swap the wheels and bearings as needed

  • Pads
    Smith Scabs XXL and Atom Supreme Knee gaurds – If you have legs like I do which is to say 20-23″ in diameter.
    Smith Scabs XL Elbow Pads and Smith Scab large Wrist Gaurds – These are about the right sizes if you have big hands and meaty sized arms. 

Roller Derby

So, I joined Roller Derby..quit Job 2 and back down to my primary gig.

Skates at entry level are basically 140-200 bucks
Pads are another 100 bucks.

Also, I really want a Surly Wednesday Fatbike..only 1600 bucks.

I got hit by the struggle bus. 

So, currently I’m working 2 jobs to make ends meet. That is to say I have 2 large bills I want paid off before December and then I’d like to purchase a fat tire bicycle for the spring. 

On top of that..I’m chunky I want to lose weight. I don’t eat a lot and when I do it’s not always bad or even a lot. It’s just at irregular times. 

My current schedule is 

Sunday 5-10, Monday 8am-10pm, Tuesday 8am-10pm, Wednesday 8am – 10pm, Thursday 8am- 10pm Friday 8am till 4:30pm. 

65 hours a week basically.

I need to hit the gym for what I’ve figured in my head to be about an hour each day/night. 

Both jobs are mentally demanding and when I’m done I’m just so wiped I want to curl on the couch and watch a tv show or two and get some sleep. 

I don’t have time to meal prep, study for a computer certification, or even process normal things. 

Ugh, this adulting is nonsense. 

Facebook Freedom. 

I’m writing this on a Sunday afternoon from an undisclosed location. 

It has been 48 hours since I’ve broken the chains to my Facebook masters…aren’t I allowed to have some sort of superficial social media outlet to declare my small and inconsequential victory yet? It feels like I should have a 2nd Facebook account to keep folks informed how long I’ve bee Facebook free. 

No less then 50 times (or what is more likely a slight exaggeration) I’ve navigated to my phone to open the Facebook page. 

You an iPhone user I could simply have the app on my phone but the tech nerd /slash minimalist in me and removed the app. 

Perhaps in hindsight this was truly the first move towards ridding myself of the plague. 

And now, Safari you are relegated to being just a browser to look up uninteresting facts or times for movies and food. 

Perhaps a more eloquent ending to this post is needed some emoji or declarative statement about the social restrictions we’ve faced by incorpating it into our every day lives but sadly..I need to go buy groceries at Sam’s Club 

Signing off for now,