On the Horizon: A Car [Nerd in Transition] Nov03

On the Horizon: A Car [Nerd in Transition]

Just over a year ago my 1993 Volvo kicked the bucket. I wasn’t terribly sad. I hated that car from day one. Apparently it hated me right back. The first month I had it the radiator blew cracking a gasket head and doing 3 grand in damage. For the next three years that car spent more time...

Stand and Occupy LA [Nerd in Transition] Oct06

Stand and Occupy LA [Nerd in Transition]

It’s 10am and I’m standing in the glare of California’s unforgiving sun. My delicate epidermis glistens as it cooks to a cancerous brown. The lamp post supporting my back displays a Metro sign informing would be riders that the 78, 79 & 378 buses all stop here. There is no...

Night Mother – Getting What I Need [Nerd in Transition]

Last weekend, Night Mother opened, bringing seven months of work to light. This weekend those seven months came to a quiet end with the closing of the show. It was a great experience, invaluable lessons learned and all that business. While it wasn’t exactly what I wanted, it was exactly...

Oh My, We’re Opening! [Nerd in Transition] Sep08

Oh My, We’re Opening! [Nerd in Transition]

Night Mother has made it to opening week. While this is a relief, I am certainly not stress free. My shoulders are tight bundles of knots serving to immobilize my neck.  Food has become more of the frenemy it always was; I have a fridge full of fruits & vegetables yet my trash can is full...

Lessons in Producing Theatre [Nerd in Transition]

Just where has Nerd in Transition been? She has been commuting from downtown Los Angeles to downtown Long Beach five days a week, traveling two hours each way on our cities brilliantly engineered mass transit system. The reason for this oft repeated time suck? Free rehearsal space in Long...

Nerd in Transition: On the Wagon (Again-Again) [BEST OF FaN]

Originally published 02/24/11 I’m back on the wagon. That’s right I fell off again. I spent December through most of February stoned. It started slowly with me trying to control my smoking only to quickly spiral down into my full on addiction again. Thankfully I had set up some safety traps...

My Working Weekend [Nerd in Transition] Jun16

My Working Weekend [Nerd in Transition]

Looking back on it, last year felt like I went through a divorce from the Derby Dolls. My reasons for retiring were simple; let my body heal from 6 years of solid physical abuse and really attack my acting career. Well I did heal, I also gained 50pds, and I started making career moves such as...

My Best Birthday in Eight Years [Nerd in Transition] May19

My Best Birthday in Eight Years [Nerd in Transition]

This past week I turned 33. As an actress living in LA announcing my age should be a big no-no, but there are certain insecurities I refuse to give in to. My age has never bothered me, it’s the recognition of the day that bothers me. My life is comprised of many a bad birthday party, or lack...

Alright. Now what? [Nerd in Transition] May05

Alright. Now what? [Nerd in Transition]

You may have noticed that Nerd in Transition has been missing the last couple weeks. There are two reasons for this, both entirely my fault thereby within my control. 1. Though this blogumn uses the word transition in the title, when I get into a comfy routine I am very slow to change, so...

The Ride of a Life (Coach) Time [Nerd in Transition] Apr07

The Ride of a Life (Coach) Time [Nerd in Transition]

Oh but I do love riding my bike around the town. It took a little work to make the bike comfortable, but now that the basics have been handled I’ve been discovering LA outside the car. With the help of two big wheels, a few shifting gears and a camera in my phone I’ve managed to experience...

Learning to Love Again [Nerd in Transition] Mar10

Learning to Love Again [Nerd in Transition]

I am learning to love my bicycle. I really have no other choice. The reality of getting a car just gets more and more distant, so I have been putting a little time and money into my cheap craigslist purchase. Not much, yet, just something to make it easier to ride. And ride I have! The first...

Nerd in Transition: Our Knees Are the First to Go Feb10

Nerd in Transition: Our Knees Are the First to Go

Not too long ago I posted pictures of myself at 213 pds. in shorts and a tank top. It wasn’t pretty. It’s also not something I would do again any time soon. I’d like to tell you that I have been good and patient with my daily diet and exercise regime. I’d like to say I came through the...

Nerd in Transition: Time, Time, Time… Jan27

Nerd in Transition: Time, Time, Time…

It’s 6:30 Thursday morning, the day my blogumn comes out. I’m just sitting down to write it. This is an old habit of mine going back to middle school, writing then turning in written assignments at the last moment. This complete lack of planning and disrespect of time touches every aspect of...

Nerd in Transition: A Christmas Without God Dec16

Nerd in Transition: A Christmas Without God

Christmas is fast approaching and I am eager for it’s arrival. Actually I am eager to get on a plane back to the frozen Michigan tundra. I wasn’t able to go home for the last two Christmases and spent my holiday in the open tomb that is an empty Los Angeles. While traffic may be great this...

Nerd In Transition: Seriously, Don’t Metro Nov18

Nerd In Transition: Seriously, Don’t Metro

A couple months ago my car stopped running right as I reached my home. Since that time I have been walking, biking and busing my way around LA. While this is not the first time I have been without wheels in this sprawling city, this was the time when I was most optimistic about our metro...

Nerd in Transition: Trifecta Needs You Nov04

Nerd in Transition: Trifecta Needs You

Nothing can kill the feel good buzz of a day spent in productive activity like not being able to sleep. That bliss of heading to bed tired, almost exhausted, smiling at all you’ve accomplished, excited about getting the solid 8 that will ensure you wake well-rested and dream-fed to face the...

Nerd In Transition: I Effed Up Oct07

Nerd In Transition: I Effed Up

I have been trying very hard to change my life. To accomplish the depth of transformation I seek it means I have to change myself including, but not limited to, my behaviors, habits, thoughts, friends, and even appearance. That’s huge. Think about that, if you really set about reinventing and...

Nerd in Transition: My Metaphor Blog Sep23

Nerd in Transition: My Metaphor Blog

About a week and a half ago my car stopped running. It just stopped. There was no sputtering, no gradual slow down, no shaking, the car made it to the top of the mountain that I park it on and stopped right in the middle of the road blocking the only exit and entrance for the entire...

Nerd in Transition: Red Dress Impress Sep09

Nerd in Transition: Red Dress Impress

Though NiT goes back beyond my retirement from roller derby it often feels like I didn’t actually begin the process of change until the Monday after the Tough Cookies Saturday night championship win. It was when I woke up sore and hungover with Monday morning coming down that I realized I...