Monday, November 1, 2010

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.

Watch me:

(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,


At 21:49 Blogger Dragonsally said...

Wheeeee. You are having FUN.

Your ice skating skills should transfer over to roller skating really well shouldn't they?

Took me a while, but I finally spotted you on the carousel. My Fods, that is an awesome thing.

I'm glad you had such a wonderful weekend.

At 21:50 Blogger Cecily said...

Looks absolutely delightful. I tried skating last year sometime, and was just dreadful at it. I used to do it as a child and never got the hang of it. But as a teenager I got blades, and did that quite regularly. So at the rink, I upgraded to the blades and very quickly became the queen of the rink. I love my some roller blading. Skating...not so much. But it is nice to see you have such a lovely time!

At 22:30 Blogger Na said...

and here i worried that HotR would be all work and no play for you.

enjoy skating again!

i discovered last weekend that ice skates are way more affordable than i imagined, and so think perhaps this is the winter we find more ways to be outdoors. the city has a lake, after all, on which everyone can skate, and most neighborhoods have outdoor rinks. i would expect the monsters to be literally skating circles around me in no time.

At 22:37 Blogger Beez said...

Awesome! Looks like a great weekend, even if much work.

My bunch that went to HoTR have LOTS of pictures, some of you and Boss and the gang on the carousel. Your faces are all lit up like little kids.

I'm still suffering a case of the sads from not being able to go. A bunch of my crew were flying out of Minneapolis today, so at least I got to see them last night- and feed some of them breakfast today.

At 23:22 Blogger Cecily said...

Never! And hopefully it will be one I can make this time! :-)

At 01:03 Blogger spacedlaw said...

I saw you doing this ASS manouver!
That carrousel looks enormous. I am pretty sure it is magic too (not just something you read in a book).

At 01:54 Blogger Marjorie said...

I love the video of the carousel, with everyone's inner child unable to beieve it's true!

At 02:09 Blogger Na said...

i still need to watch the videos. but my 'puter is not friendly to such endeavours lately.

pumpkin hour long past. 'night-morning, all.

At 07:25 Blogger EmilyOliveP said...

That roller derby looks like INCREDIBLE fun!

At 08:16 Blogger Maura Janelle said...

Turning around is a huge feat, you should be really proud. Great Job, Lorraiane!

At 09:51 Blogger FabulousLorraine said...

Wait, Maurna, I met you this weekend, didn't I??? I kept trying to figure out where I knew that NAME!

Hit me over the head with it next time, I wanted to hang out some!!!!

Sad morning here, all the guests are gone and what is left is work and chaos.

At 10:06 Blogger Jess said...

Woo! Nice ass manoeuver! Go, Derby Girl! Go! \o/

I wondered whether it was all done on skate-skates or roller blades. I can handle four wheels per foot. I think. I haven't actually done it since I was twelve. Was never very fancy on them, or fast, but I could stay up, and go round and round the rink. Stopping was a problem. Generally I'd just head for a wall or a pillar, with my arms out.

At 11:24 Anonymous Anonymous said...

This is full of so much awesome. Those roller derby girls kick ass. (Also, LOVE the pink striped socks.) One of my good friends from college is a roller derby girl in PA/NJ. If you're ever around the area, let me know.

And OMG, that might be the coolest carousel EVER. Yay for having such a great time. :-)

At 13:18 Blogger EmilyOliveP said...

Yes, the carousel was AMAZINGLY orange. This I can see despite not being there. I mean that is a HELL of an orange carousel. Whoa.

At 13:27 Blogger FabulousLorraine said...

Not orange. RED.

At 15:06 Blogger Vinity said...

OMG!! You got to ride the Carousel!! It's so beautiful. I would have spent the entire time just staring at it. It's so amazing.

You were kicking ass on the skates! I'm so impressed. I would be on my ass the entire time.

At 18:22 Blogger Hellie said...

What Sally says, wheeeeeee! Wow you are a fast learner, looks like you're getting to grips with skating already!

Yay you did get to ride the carousel - it looks amazing, just as magical as I pictured it! HOTR is definitely on my road trip itinerary (one of these days....)

I did another ghost tour this weekend. Not as fun as the Dublin Ghost Bus, of course :o)

At 19:24 Blogger dabbler said...

I bubbled my way back through Minneapolis and home again. Think I told everyone (flight attendant, concierge at hotel, waitresses) I met they need to go to HOTR. Most of them had never heard of it. Of course, if won't be the very-special-once-in-a-lifetime-event when they go, but....still.

MeDeadly, those skates look easy when you do it. I know that ain't so!

At 20:00 Blogger EmilyOliveP said...

Oops, sorry. RED carousel.

Waiting waiting waiting waiting for election results! GO CHAFEE GO!

At 20:20 Blogger DataGoddess said...

Wheeee!!! Ms. MeDeadly on wheels!!

At 20:46 Blogger FabulousLorraine said...

Ain't easy AT ALL, this Roller Skating. Rather very hard in fact. Going again on Friday.

I brought Kitty to ZUMBA tonight. A Steph class, figured she may as well start hard and fast. I think she liked it. AT any rate she had energy to cook dinner for us when we got home.

I didn't.

Did I tell you I did flying lead changes on Monday? I did. VERY cool. You do them on a horse, and sort of, well change leads while cantering.

And on a horse as big as BIG AL, you get really powerful cantering straight.

Good to be home.

Missing my Joan of Dark and Jane Ire, and Karrie and Dill tho. They all went home today.

I may be sleep typing here.

At 21:36 Blogger Ms T said...

I was grinning from ear to ear just reading that! :)

At 21:37 Blogger EmilyOliveP said...

This election has me in a certain degree of pain. [O_O]

At 21:44 Blogger FabulousLorraine said...

I am noodle now. Just hottubbed with Kitty. That hot tub has so saved me. Again. And Again. And again.

At 21:49 Blogger EmilyOliveP said...

We have no hot tub but ... I layer my shirts at night to stay warm ... and ... nah, that ain't gonna compare ...

My gubernatorial guy won! WHOOT.

At 22:07 Blogger Jess said...

My guy didn't, but at least it means he'll still be County Executive. Which he's good at. But how long I can actually maintain a generally sunny outlook remains to be seen. Oh, look! There it goes now.

I could do with some hot tub right about now. My feet are cold.

At 08:48 Blogger Phiala said...

Slowly catching up on the world.

Or not.

Glad you all had such fun!

At 12:37 Blogger Jane said...

Skating - yay!

Well, I missed HOTR due to a week long hospital stay. But I'm home and recovering, so that is all good. But still sad to have missed it. And given $$ to the airlines :-(

At 13:10 Blogger EmilyOliveP said...

Oh no! What happened? Sorry, I clearly have catching up to do.

At 15:51 Blogger Jane said...

Bad case of Clostridium difficile infection.

At 19:53 Blogger Pi R Squared said...

Quiche! On skates...awesome! It brought me back to my teenage years and the local rink and the speed team. I had sooo wanted to be in Derby, but by the time I was old enough its popularity had fizzled out. Boo! You'll pick it up quick enough...become one with your skates and the next thing you know you'll be flying round the floor doing circles around the others! (I so love watching you try/learn new things.)
PS: That carousel is magical and divine!

At 19:53 Blogger dabbler said...

Yowzers, Jane, that's really nasty stuff. Glad you are okay.

At 00:32 Anonymous Wendy Withers said...

Jane- Get better!

Some good and bad stuff going on in New Orleans.

1. Dresden Dolls Show coming UP!!!!! I'm pretty much rolling around on the ground from the excitement.

It is confirmed that I will be teaching at least one class next semester.

I am registered for my classes for next semester.

I am going to see if I can get into a writing workshop in Scotland this summer.

My mouth hurts. I'm not sure how much longer I can ignore the fact that one of my wisdom teeth is crumbling away, but I cannot afford to have it taken care of. I'm going to have to look into my options. Lame.

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At 09:38 Blogger vampi said...

oh, and nice twirl on skates

At 10:08 Blogger FabulousLorraine said...

Good Morning!!!!

That's it for me. Late-ish for work. I mean, I have BEEN working, but I need t be AT work.

Apporopos of nothing: It is FREEZING here.

At 11:35 Blogger dabbler said...

Morning! Raining buckets here, all day, they say. Doesn't matter, cause I get to be in the office for 11 hours, with a couple of breaks....

Worth it to have had the days off for HOTR and Minneapolis, though.

At 13:20 Blogger Chantrelle said...

We got home last night. What a wonderful week. I'm still in a bit of a daze about it. That is the first time I've seen Kitty, Quiche and Boss together. I didn't think it was possible. I made Ben's teacher insanely jealous this morning by first describing HOTR to her then telling her there were also derby girls there (she just had to retire her skates due to knee injury).

I just uploaded my pics from the week. Lots of dark, blurry, red-lit pictures but i love them nonetheless.

Back to "normal" life now here too. '

It was good to see you, however briefly, Lorraine!!!

At 15:02 Blogger Chantrelle said...

Oops, ticky tick

At 16:16 Blogger Dragonsally said...

Great photos...and I have to ask, has Ben had a growth spurt? He seems bigger.

At 16:24 Blogger Chantrelle said...

Ben is growing like a weed. He's 4' tall now. It's crazy. According to those calculator dealies, he'll be 6'3" when fully grown. (my cousins are 6'4" and 6'5" so it runs in my family)

At 17:47 Blogger Dragonsally said...

I'm glad my eyes weren't deceiving me. He's looking good!

At 20:30 Blogger One Sock Short said...

I feel like such a prodigal fiend. Been away too long. Uberwhelmed, I guess.

That first photo really shows off your FIT Lorraine! Fantastic!

At 21:23 Blogger FabulousLorraine said...

Thanks, OSS!

New post is UP! For the WIN...

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