the Karan á GoGo
EDITOR’S NOTE: Welcome to the debut episode of ‘The Karan á GoGo Show,’ titled ‘How We Roll,’ featuring the daily adventures and encounters of Karan Ireland of Charleston, W.Va., one of the semi-upstanding charter citizens of the Commonwealth of WestVirginiaVille. The show is an experiment of sorts in hyperlocal webcasting. Let us know what you think. Now, a few words from our show host.
By Karan Ireland | So, I have this blog called Karan a GoGo. When I started it, the idea was to sort of “vlog” my way through my days because I was always going somewhere and doing something. I was lucky to find myself having interesting experiences and conversations a lot of the time. But, because I was always so busy, I eventually forgot about my little blog.
Internet stardom has continued to elude me. Until now. Maybe.
In the spirit of my idol, Madonna, and her iconic film “Truth or Dare,” I’ve decided that – really – if I’m not obsessively documenting my life, then I’m not really living. So, I’m going to pick up my tiny video camera again. That way, anyone who wants to can see me get my ass handed to me in roller derby, can watch as I mingle with the glitterati in my hometown of Charleston, West Virginia. They may even get to catch a glimpse of my beautiful, sweet children transforming into surly, know-it-all tweenagers. Surely my complete ineptitude as a parent is good for a laugh or two…
I hope that you’ll give my little show a chance. This first episode is similar to other pilot episodes in that the producer, director, videographer, and cast (me, me, me, and me) – with some advice and Final Cut Express video mojo from WestVirginiaVille elder-in-chief Douglas Imbrogno – are just getting a feel for this thing. Bear with us (me) as we grow into ‘The Karan á GoGo Show.”
Episode 1: NOTES
This episode was recorded at the end of practice for the Chemical Valley Roller Girls one night. I mentioned to Genevieve (my daughter and director of photography) that the roller derby I remembered from TV was different because it was “flashy… with a bunch of knocking people down”. Well, it’s true that the derby that I remember seeing on TV as a girl was different. But, the knocking people down stuff – there’s a ton of that in modern roller derby. Also, when you see some of the ’boutfits’ that rollergirls wear, you might agree that there is still plenty of “flash.” [EDITOR'S NOTE: Roller derby matches are not called matches, but 'bouts.']
Also, I want to mention that when Genevieve was secretly recording us skating, we were actually staying late after a three-hour practice. (three HOURS!) Some of the veteran skaters agreed to stay and help some of us fresh meat work on our pace lines. Dedication and generosity?
That’s just how we… roll.
And, lastly, I want to mention that I looked super-cute at the yard sale, but somehow didn’t record my entire outfit which consisted of over-the-knee Social Distortion socks and pink, suede platform shoes.
Oh, well… I’ll remember next time!