And for my next trick… Made with 1 000 photographs & 24 Hyperlapse clips, here’s a little bit of magic.
It’s been a while, and I’m really sorry for being a shit blogger. I’ll be better in 2015 – at least that is what I keep telling myself every year.
It’s been a fast-paced year, the kind that hasn’t stopped or slowed down. Many things have happened in the year but I feel like this year has possibly been the most challenging, exhausting, and emotionally taxing, but with all those things it has been the most rewarding. I’ve met some great people, I’ve said goodbye to others, I’ve dealt with loss, and in the chaos of it all, I have also had the chance to get to know myself a little better. What I can deal with, that it’s okay to say no, it’s okay to not go, it’s okay to stay in and be a granny but it’s also okay to go out and remember that I’m only twenty-four and that I don’t need to be responsible ALL the time. Just majority of the time.
We had this hilarious conversation this morning on planning the logistics of our camping trip this coming weekend. Things like who will be driving, who is taking who, split of gas cash, food, tents, skottels, braai material etc and this is a summary of what went down and what to expect of the road trip to the camp site. Nothing short of amazing!
Growing Up With OCS- My Story
I have been awfully scarce of late, but due to time constantly fleeting in the onward direction at a pace that is almost triple that of my own, I have found it to be a rather challenging last two months. But as they say “Onward & Upward” and on to the next.
I was having a Whatsapp conversation with a friend of mine in California. As you can imagine, being in South Africa my body clock is not accustomed to Cali’s ungodly hours and so it makes having a long distance conversation even more tricky. I entertain the conversation because this friend of mine is in dire need of uplift and so I manage to juggle the seriousness of the topic with trying to get my daily errands done and of course “work”.
Now I’m not publicizing that my friend is a nutcase, just that it’s made things all that more complicated because the girl she’s been having an altercation with is my sister. Not blood related but might as well be considering I’ve known her for a long period of time and what she means to me. The issue is that a friend to all is a friend to none and I am a firm believer in loyalty. I know where my friendship lies with my sister and what it means to the both of us. Now my friend in Cali, whom I’ve never had the pleasure of ACTUALLY meeting has become a really good ‘Whatsapp Mate’ and I enjoy our conversations but at the same time I know her transgressions even though she plays her cards close to her heart.
“Let’s All Play Nicely” as my mum would say. I’m an only child and I suppose my mum always felt compelled to tell me that when I was being a bit of a snotty toddler with OCS (Only Child Syndrome). For those brats you see at your child’s birthday party, family functions or social gatherings that throw an absolute haffy attack, cry blue murder and are forever demanding little demons. Well… I must have been the exception when growing up because I was ONLY HALF of the struggle. I was a social kid surprisingly enough. My mum kept me in top form but it wasn’t until I got to Primary School at Sharonlea in the Northern Suburbs of Johannesburg that I began to really shut down. To this day I refuse to look at it as “Bullying” because not getting my way shaped me and allowed me to grow. I was able to find out who I was and what my limitations were when dealing with prissy little girls with blonde hair, blue eyes and most of whom got pregnant before they turned twenty.
I was that underdog who got on with everyone, not a teacher’s pet and witty. Witt, guess that’s the one thing I can give my pops credit for besides my olive skin.
Moral of the story? A friend to all is a friend to none. If there’s one thing that OCS gave me, it’s that I learned that NOT having siblings worked to my benefit. I may not have ever had the privilege of knowing what it’s like to have a brother to look out for me or a sister to guide me but I’m all the more stranger and independent for it. The two friends that I thought would be the least influential in my life turned out to be the best mates I could have ever asked for. They’re not just my friends, they’ve become my sisters. I was an only child by design. And I’m all the better for it today.
So thank you. Those sluts, slags, slappers and chavs who never saw passed the tip of their nose because they were either too short-sighted or literally cross-eyed (In Which Case I Apologise), you all contributed to who I am today. Never lost my sense of humour and never gave in to pressure. I salute you!!
2012 ISF XIII Women’s World Fastpitch
Championship July 13-22
Follow @SoftballSA on twitter now and show your support!!
I feel as though, we in South Africa don’t give our National Softball and Baseball Squads and even local teams enough exposure and appreciation. So I feel it’s necessary to take this on and hopefully people will see through this that they’re worth all the fuss I’m about to make over them. The squad, made up of exceptionally talented ladies raised all their own funds through events, supported by their friends and families because they don’t get the national exposure they deserve through South African Sports. I feel that many people don’t find the game very exciting because they don’t understand it. They don’t want to understand it either. Rugby, Cricket and Soccer on the hand don’t need to ask for sponsors because they have sponsors kneeling before them with bags, kit, cash, products, commercials and I’m sure they even have their arses wiped for them. The difference between these girls and those guys, is that it’s never been about the money. Come hell or high water, they were going to be in Whitehorse, Yukon Canada for the games. Welcome to The Pepsi Softball Centre;-
So here is some handy info if you plan on watching the games and you’re the interactive type. These 4 tips will keep you informed for the duration of the event. For the most part I can’t tell you who to watch out for or who you should be supporting but I have my two key players from The South African National Squad and I hope you’ll give them a shout out while you’re watching the games.
4 Key Tips For Following The ISF XIII Fastpitch Champs:
LIKE Women’s World Fastpitch 2012 on Facebook.
@2012Fastpitch on Twitter
Webstream ALL 16 Countries play ALL 66 games LIVE via SportsCanada.TV or watch them once they’re archived for your convenience. (S.A Might find it tedious at 3a.m to be fair)
Know your teams Schedule
Our ladies were the 1st to arrive in Whitehorse on Sunday and a smart move to have arrived a head of schedule. Being in the softball circles for a large part of my life, I’m familiar with the players and what to expect from them. In the S.A team I’d urge you to keep an eye out for Candice Stephens which I suppose is a tiny bit biased cos she is one of my best mates, but her experience in the sport comes from her inability to sit still and remain in one place for more than 6 months at a time. She brings energy to the game and is bound to surprise you with some exceptional hits. Currently living in Canada, Candice will still be representing the S.A squad as she has been doing since the age of 16. She’s now 25 and still going strong.
Another little wonder, at the tender age of 21 is, Shannon Daubermann. She has such a unique passion for the game that raising her money for the ISF XII in Venezuela in 2010 was not a problem. Not to say it wasn’t easy but that which is worthwhile in life, never is handed out with no expectation of returning the favour. At 19 she was finally selected to represent S.A at the Champs. This little kid has a fire in her BELLEH and is determined to show it. She shows ample promise and the more game time she gets the better she performs. With her age comes her agility, and she’ll be ripping the diamond to pieces when she gets her shot. With great mentors in the squad, Shannon has an amazing amount of potential and with the right advice and nurturing she’ll be GREAT!! I know I’m proud of Shannon so I assume her mum, Miss Borrill is even more so.
Dear Little Shan, you’re mum asked if she could add this note for you and for the girls. So of course I said yes ♠
As a proud mom of Shannon Daubermann I would like to give a little background on her. Shannon started playing baseball at the age of 3, she was awarded her provincial colors for u10 at the age of 7, after that each year she made the provincial team. When Shannon got to u16 ,the club she was playing for closed down and there were very few clubs available in Gauteng that still played baseball but that never stopped Shannon, she then started playing softball and there too made the provincial team every year from u16 till now. Shannon never missed a practice or game, her life revolved around the game that she plays with so much heart and passion. Shannon currently plays 3rd base and outfield but put her anywhere on that diamond and she will perform because of her PASSION for the game. Her dream was to play for her country which she got to live in 2010 at the age of 19 when she went to Venezuela for the World Series and now again this year in Canada. Her next dream is to play overseas permanently, to perhaps make a career of it but unfortunately in S.A. you get no exposure unless you are playing rugby, soccer or cricket. I know and believe Shannon can go far in Softball if she has the correct coaching so please keep your eye out for her at the World Series from 13th July.
These ladies had to raise their funds themselves to get to the World Series by having fundraisers, getting donations and even standing at the robot with a cardboard asking for donations. These ladies were determined to go represent their country so they found ways of raising funds as they got no help from the S.A. Sport Association and it’s sad because it is the S.A. Flag they are going to fly.
To the S.A Team, we are proud of you, fly our flag high!!!
(A huge thank you to Miss Borrill, Shannon’s mum back home in Joburg.)
I’ve been fortunate enough to play alongside both of them, and they’re in league’s of their own. So for now, ladies… Best of luck. No breaking legs, Candice (I don’t mean that literally).
The 16 Countries Participating Are;-
The Reigning Champs, USA are defending their title once again but I’m sure Japan is out for vengeance. Their last meeting in Venezuela put them inches away from claiming the ISF XII Winner’s Title. Although, Canada with a Bronze placement are bound to be coming out in full force this year to defend their home turf. The games are expected to be high on octane and so the ISF have made a superb selection of Umpire’s. I supposed one could say that they are possibly “The Best”. Both the squads and Blue’s will be expected to be on top form and I have high hopes for the S.A girls. It won’t be easy but I look forward to seeing them take the diamond with a sense of pride and great achievement. I can speak on behalf of all of us that know you and support you, that we’ll be watching and are bloating with all this pride!!
No matter what, you’ll come home as champions. Candice, mate- don’t bother coming home unless you plan on staying (I’ll even settle for a maple leaf or syrup).
LET THE GAMES BEGIN!!!!
Friday Night Lights:
Robyn Flashes For Money
With FFM Photography
In this hilarious series of photographs, I asked Robyn, my best mate, to help me out one evening as a practice shoot in preparation for the Matric Dance Makeup Photo Shoot the very next day. I basically convinced her into thinking it would be a small affair. Instead she had other plans. I simply asked if I could do her portrait based on the fact that I needed to see how and where I needed to place lights and a backdrop using only lamps and lights around the house because I was working on a budget. Next thing I knew she had washed her hair (Once a week that is), and done her makeup. From what I had initially thought was going to be like creating a dodgy makeshift back alley studio to a proper thought out mini studio with lights, camera and loads of laughing action. So… Here is a little editorial on Friday Night Lights
…We then began to realize that in fact we had a good chance to make whatever this was ACTUALLY work out with some amazing results…
With setting we had (Robyn’s bedroom), we started having fun with the idea and things got a little side tracked but eventually we were able to pull off some exquisite B&W Portraits. Robyn, has an amazing natural smile and so her and Coco Chanel (My Camera) started to work in harmony until we found that one PERFECT shot, where you get that spring of genius and say AHA!! That moment was soon to arrive…
…And then Finally!! We had that AHA moment…
Now, to you it may not seem like much. But at 10pm on a Friday night after a killer long week and being ill- this was as close to perfection as we were going to get. So with that being said, you can find the full gallery on the FFM Photography Page.