First Day Of Derby!! Among Other Wonders.
This weekend had a whole lot of wonderful going on, and I am nowhere near recovered enough from it to do a proper post, but the bit that was most wonderful for me was the Skating. Specifically: Roller Derby. With Real Roller Derby Girls.
In this first picture, you can't SEE that I have skates on, but I can tell you, yes, I do. I am thinking Charlie's Angel's. This was the First Skating Ever, in the parking lot in front of House on the Rock, which as first places to skate ever, is not a bad place to begin.
This is Joan of Dark on the right, and Kerrie on the left.
Safety is important when skating Derby, I am learning. And having people who actually CAN skate, NOT in skates holding your hands, is a good way to start. This will be helpful for both you, and the innocents around you.
If you survive Day 1 at HOTR, you may be lucky enough to move onto Day 2. At a proper Roller Rink, where you can skate AFTER the real practice. After watching the real practice for a couple of hours, you know, beyond any shadow of a doubt, that you are not yet ready for that. Your goals become your own. Mine were simply: Get the skates on, and skate without holding an Rollers Girls hands. (May have been working against myself on that one.)
Got the gear on and am feeling pretty tough. Yeah, I do do this all the time. (That's Jane Ire on the left.
It's important to Plan stratagy. And rest. Often. Becuase your calves are going to be screaming calves of doom. They will hurt. A lot. It is Derby, and there will be pain. Best to understand this up front. I didn't much get hipchecked, skated upon, run over, punched or hit. Just skated around. Painful enough.
Here's Madison's Allie Gator showing me how when you think you are going to FALL on your, say ASS, crouch down and get LOW. Oddly enough, this works. And you feel really cool doing it.
I love this. I want to skate. I grew up a figure skater. I can learn this. I can get FIT enough to do this.
(No, literally, get it???)
Almost as Magic as Derby was this: My Boss brought Me, Joan of Dark, Danguy, Pat Rothfuss and Tom with him on the Carousal at House on the Rock.
Which is not something anyone will ever forget. Are we smiling like the phrase "from ear to ear" was just invented?
Why yes, we are.
Love and Derby,