Stop, Drop, and Roll

Do they even teach kids to “stop, drop, and roll” anymore? Surely there’s a newfangled and modern way to put yourself out if you’re on fire, right? They probably teach kids to use the “extinguish me” app on their iphones now.


Years ago, when my BFF Courtney was freshly engaged and struggling with the wedding plans, a soon-to-be-classic joke was born. In an effort to reassure her that everything would work out, our other BFF, Ashley, informed Courtney that of all the things she had to worry about, she shouldn’t worry about us. Her BFFs could be activated for the wedding in a heartbeat. Or, as Ashley put it, “Kate and I are always ready to stop, drop, and bridesmaid.”

Now we say this all the time. In Portland it was, “I need you to stop, drop and hold this baby.” If I’m feeling stressed about work I know I need to, “Stop, drop, and practice.” And as soon as I get done writing this post it’s going to be time to, “stop, drop, and finish painting the bathroom trim.”


I bring this up because lately the phrase, “Stop, drop, and cheer for the Sabres” has been in my head.  I think this is an important time to stay focused as fans. The Sabres are good, and we should embrace the opportunity to stop, drop, and roll around in it, especially since the stakes are still relatively low. The Sabres have a pretty good grip on the NE division lead. The games aren’t stressful at all right now- they’re just plain fun.

At the beginning of the year we were too cynical to fully enjoy the wins, and the end of the season we’ll be too emotionally ramped up (regardless of where the Sabres end up in the standings). Now is the time to stop, drop, and enjoy the ride.

It’s waaaaay too early to count our chickens, but it’s not a bad idea to brush-up on the safety procedures in case of a Sabres-related explosion of joy.

In a few months, this town might be on fire.


8 Responses to “Stop, Drop, and Roll”

  1. 1 Grrrreg January 21, 2010 at 2:41 pm

    I love reading you these days, Kate. Life seems blissful for Sabres fans right now!

  2. 2 Katebits January 21, 2010 at 3:00 pm

    Aw, thanks Grrrreg! It’s a fun time for Sabres fans for sure!

  3. 3 Matt January 21, 2010 at 4:36 pm

    In a few months, this town might be on fire.

    Are you suggesting that Buffalo is like Detroit after a Piston’s win? Cause if unbelievable things happen, you’ll see me running down the streets, hair on fire, screaming hallelujah and rioting like there’s no tomorrow. =)

  4. 4 Katebits January 21, 2010 at 4:52 pm

    Heh. Well, I was trying to refer to a much more general city-wide Sabres enthusiasm, but the hair-on-fire thing works too, Matt. (And yeah, we’re tearing the town down if it ever happens.)

  5. 5 Frostee January 21, 2010 at 5:58 pm

    We spent an entire day each year on stop, drop, and roll in elementary school. I am 100% ready to finally use this skill.

  6. 6 SueInVirginia January 21, 2010 at 8:48 pm

    Stop, drop and Holy Mother of Lindy Ruff! My new exclamation. :D

  7. 7 Courtney S.F. January 30, 2010 at 12:05 pm

    Awww…now I’m ready to stop, drop, and get on a plane.

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