Jess

Home Sweet Friendship

We’ve all had that moment. You know what we’re talking about…that moment where you suddenly come to the realization that Lansing is your “home sweet home.” We here at the Lansing Collective want to know what makes our capitol city your “home sweet home” and when you realized it- so we are embarking upon a series where Lansingites share their aha moment with us! Submit your stories to HomeSweetHome@lansingcollective.com and we may just publish it on the blog! Read on to learn about this week’s featured story.

I grew up in Kalamazoo. I went to Plainwell High School, had good friends, and did silly things. Until a few years ago, saying “I’m headed home” meant I was going to Kalamazoo. My transition to Lansingite was a slow one. Lansing didn’t become my home because of time spent here, or buying a house. I knew Lansing was home when I met Betsy Weber and Robin Miner-Swartz.

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Jess

This ain’t your grandma’s derby…

The Vixens proudly repping Lansing in the 2011 Michigan Pride Parade! Photo by Ryan Knott

Hi there. I’m Jess. This is my first post for the Lansing Collective. I’m an instructional designer, a 2010 Lansing Chamber of Commerce Ten Over the Next Ten recipient, a TEDxLansing organizer, and several times a week I beat the living heck out of my friends in the name of sportsmanship.  Perhaps I should rephrase that first sentence. Hi there. I’m Addie Mortem, #93 of the Lansing Derby Vixens.

Here’s the thing about roller derby: it’s more than a sport. Don’t even know what derby is? Watch this video to get the gist. What you don’t realize is this: when you’re asking me

Not giggling during photo shoots is the biggest challenge in roller derby. Photo by Jena McShane

whether I punch girls in the face, or if I’ve broken any bones, I’m happy to talk about it. But what I really want to be telling you about is what a positive force in the community my teammates and friends are. I want to tell you about the thousands of dollars we’ve been able to raise for charities like EVE, Gateway Community Services and the Capital Area Humane Society. I want to tell you how much fun my derby sisters, brothers and I have had this summer volunteering for events like Be a Tourist in Your Own Town, the Hawk Island Triathlon, Ele’s Race, Max’s Race, Potter Park Zoo’s Wild One Run and Relay for Life. I want you, in your encounters with the Lansing Derby Vixens, to feel the heart-swelling joy we feel when we hear not only “Great win, ladies” but also “Hey! Wow, you guys have really been volunteering all over this summer!”

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