Thursday, April 12, 2012
SKATERS GONNA SKATE… The Salinas City Council has had a run of rough luck as of late. There’s Gloria de la Rosa’s missing (and illegal) assault rifle, stolen from her house during a burglary. There’s the mysterious case of Steve McShane’s flying party guest – some schmuck who fell, or possibly jumped, from the roof of the councilman’s home after a long night of St. Patrick’s Day revelry and broke both legs. And now there’s Kimbley Craig, who when she’s not buying media (her day job) or fighting with fellow councilmembers (her part-time job), pulls on fishnets and skates under the moniker Mis Manners as a blocker on the Cannery Rollers derby team.
During a bout against the Steinwreckers, Craig took a blow to the sternum. Her body went one way, and her leg went another. As they say in orthopedic surgery parlance, it was a clean break of the tib-fib.
“I heard it snap. Everyone says I was stoic, but I was totally in shock,” says Craig, who’s recovering at home following her Easter Day surgery. She says league surgeon Dr. Peter Gerbino told her she can expect to be laid up for 12 weeks. “I played to the audience, though. I threw my helmet and was loaded into the ambulance.”
So how’s she feeling now? “It hurts like a mother,” she says. What’s even more painful? Is it reporters asking if she was on McShane’s roof when she broke her leg? Is it that her team went on to have two members ejected during the match? Or is that the Cannery Rollers lost by more than 100 points?
“If this doesn’t land me in Squid, I don’t know what will,” Craig says. And maybe that’s the most painful of all.
PROJECT GLASS… Squid doesn’t know whether to be appalled or titillated by Google’s “augmented-reality” glasses that, as techradar.com put it, “looks 50 percent like the future, and 50 percent like an alloy unibrow.” After the April 4 the unveiling of the concept online, bloggers spotted a prototype on the face of Google co-founder Sergey Brin. Luckily, Squid got Squid’s tentacles on another one – designed specifically for Squid’s basketball-sized eye.
But Squid’s still looking for a Google Glass app to solve new Carmel Mayor-Elect Jason Burnett’s sweater-vest conundrum. Word has it wife Mel forbade Jason from wearing his closet staple while Rick Santorum was still in the presidential race. But on Carmel’s Election Day, with Santorum safely out, the Packard heir was sporting a navy blue one under his tailored sport coat.
The style runs in the family. Squid suspects Mel cranked her Energy Star dryer up to high heat and tossed some of Jason’s sweater vests in, because suddenly baby Sebastian’s looking adorably political.