Sunday, December 5, 2010

Derby. I'm In.

I am home. And no longer a Derby Virgin. Nipped down to Indy this weekend to see Naptown bout the Chicago Outfit (yes, I can say things like this now) and went knowing I was going to love this, very excited to see my friends skate, and beyond anticipating how cool seeing live and up close was going to be.

I have to tell you honestly: It far exceeded my expectations.

To start, the girl about to unzip her shirt and photobomb me, I met earlier in a TJ Max while buying a purse, with another Derby Friend. Derby is like that. These things happen. You make friends fast. And hard. And truly. (Being no good with names, I can't name her. But she is my friend now)

I want to tell you everything, but there was far too much, and there aren't exactly words. The best I can say is that it's very like the first time I got Covered In Bees. You aren't the same person.

If you are lucky enough to attend a bout: Sit Suicide. This means you sit directly on the track, just out of bounds. I took this shot. Right there. No walls. No safe. You're there. Best place to be really.

I know a LOT more about Derby, it's rules and why what happens happens than I did. I want to know more.

Here's the first pic by amazing photographer Tom Klubins. I love him too and meant to adopt him as a brother and didin't formalize it, but we know. That's Joan of Dark warming up in a Lorraine a Malena Tee Shirt.

Derby relationships are like that. I now have a family there. It's fast, and it's hard. Much like Derby. I love every women on that team. Each of you. And will never forget the Afterparty, where you showed your love for me, all 20 of you. Thankyou, Joan of Dark, I will not forget that. Shady Lane my friend, you too, Amooze Boosche, and Cheerio who planned to make my evening perfect. And several others I will never forget.

(the bruises will fade and be assured, I will not be forgetting your birthdays)

Another photo by Tom Klubins here. These women can SKATE. It's like ballet, like poetry, like music. It's hard, fast and all consuming. It's giving everything and hitting hard. It's loving in the very most way I've ever seen in my entire life. It's passion and will taken: All. The. Way.

It's the coolest thing I have ever seen.

And yes. I most dangerous. I saw a skater go down, not in a general way, across the audience, from the stands, but 5 feet from me. She got hit, and not sure what happened, but she was down.

Saw her face.

Knew, and felt the bone break. Felt it happen to me. I was there, saw her face when it happened. Spent an entirnity, 5 seconds or so, experiencing that completely until the refs called it and every skater went down on a knee, stopping the bout.

Katya Lookin, met you earlier that day, thought we could be friends, know it now. You need anything, I've got your back.

But that is what Derby is tho. A whole lot of people, of family, that is THERE. Don't matter what. At least with this team, and the people I have met so far, that is what's going on. I may have been lucky, meeting the people I've met. But I know I'm lucky.

I've got Joan of Dark, Dill Hero, Jane Ire, Cheerio (Kerrie!) and everyone, all of you, I've met this weekend.

There are rules about after parties, and pictures, and telling stories, but I will stretch them now and leave you will this, and my Joan of Dark (whose fault this Derby and me thing is entirely)

Me: What was that shot you just did?

Her: Don't know. What's Patron?

Me: Oh dear...

Love, and love, Derby,
Quiche Medeadly


At 00:16 Blogger Dragonsally said...

Oh. Wow.

This sounds absolutely amazing - what a wonderful time you've had.

I really want to see a bout now, live. Experience the whole thing.

I just love the first photo of you, and the last one of Joan Of Dark - two cheeky, gorgeous gals.

At 00:18 Blogger spacedlaw said...

This sounds WILD. And dangerous in darkish yet funny ways.
Glad you had fun. Love that first picture of you.

At 00:20 Anonymous Wendy Withers said...

That Joan of Dark is hot. Think I might have to find some NOLA Roller Derby girls to groupify.

At 00:20 Anonymous Wendy Withers said...

Also, Sally sent me a koala in the mail!

At 00:24 Blogger Dragonsally said...

Well, you DID ask for a koala.

At 00:42 Anonymous Wendy Withers said...

:( The Big Easy Rollergirls are competing in the same league against the Tampa Derby Darlins. :( Who do I root for?

At 00:46 Blogger Marjorie said...

Love the photos, and LOVE that you had such a fantastic time and have found so many new friends.

At 02:52 Anonymous Anonymous said...

YAY! ONE OF US! ONE OF US! ONE OF US! Yeah, that's derby! It is really insane how hooked you get without even thinking about it. When I started I read all these blogs and heard people say things about how derby changes your life, and I was like WHATEVER. I was wrong. They were right. Enjoy the high, it never goes away :)

At 05:35 Blogger Beez said...


It sounds like just the Derby Trip you needed and it rocks that it was more than you ever expected.

Patrón eh? I'd say fondly that I remember those days, but "remember" would be really stretching it.

At 05:54 Blogger Phiala said...

It's always a good feeling to find Tribe, and one can never have too many places to belong.

At 06:23 Blogger Dan Guy said...

Looks so, so awesome.

At 06:26 Blogger EmilyOliveP said...

Something new to celebrate! What a great way to spend the holiday season. Very exciting. Keep going!!!!! (We know you will.)

At 07:17 Anonymous AmyK said...

I love your name, Quiche Medeadly :)

At 07:43 Blogger dabbler said...

What Phiala said! Never too many places to belong. So true.

Um. but what's the bee suit equivalent for Derby?

At 08:23 Blogger dabbler said...

Tick tick tick


At 09:03 Blogger vampi said...

eek, broken is bad, hope the girl recovers quickly

sounds like derby is awesome fun. i watched whip it this weekend.

At 09:19 Blogger FabulousLorraine said...

I hope she gets better too. I was at her house that morning, she rocked.

What does one wear for Derby? REALLY cool clothes, that's what one wears. Fortunately, very like what I already wear. I can just be myself, which is what happens in family.

I love this.

At 09:46 Blogger Cecily said...


*Drive by love and ticking.

At 10:21 Blogger One Sock Short said...

The faster I go, the behinder I get.


At 11:52 Blogger Jess said...

Yay! Happy for you. I also love that first pic.

At 12:09 Blogger Pi R Squared said...

Derby is awesome. Glad you had a great time Quiche...hope your friend feels better.

Love the hat in the final is magnificent!

At 17:12 Blogger Jenn said...

"Don't know. What's Patron?"

Oh, dear.

At 17:31 Blogger FabulousLorraine said...

Oh this has been one long long day and it never did stop. It's stopping NOW. And my bruised ASS is going to workout.

Then to the couch.

Now you know my plans.

At 17:54 Blogger DataGoddess said...



At 20:20 Blogger AletaMay said...

This looks and sounds like such a blast!

At 20:21 Blogger Chantrelle said...

Will catch up tomorrow..for now, ticky!

At 20:40 Blogger One Sock Short said...

I'm still confused about the Patron thing.

I met tigerinvaseline at the Dresden Dolls concert. She and I clearly had different definitions of "dangerous". I am a wimp. For me "didn't need EMTs" is *not* the baseline. But she was a wonderful person to meet. I'm glad you had such a great time and felt so at home.

I got to watch Quality Street, my favorite spinster flick, for the first time in a long time tonight! I have an impossible-to-replace VHS tape that I haven't wanted to trust to the aging VCR lately. But my friend found it on DVD. It features Katharine Hepburn, playing the very Phoebe for whom my cat is named.

At 20:45 Blogger Jane said...

tick and wow

At 22:07 Blogger vampi said...

these cthulhu playing cards were so fiendish i had to share it :)

At 22:31 Blogger Dragonsally said...

ohhh, I want this rather badly!

At 22:41 Anonymous Wendy Withers said...

What I learned on the night before my bad-ass final:

If I accidentally turn on the wrong burner of my stove, I will start set my bamboo cutting board on fire and have to put it out and clean a big-ass mess.

But, the spaghetti will taste pretty darned good.

At 23:04 Blogger Dragonsally said...

OMG Wendy, I did that once, except the board was a nylon/polyester or whatever the synthetic ones are made of...and it stunk the place out. Very embarrassing because my then flat mates sibling were there for a meal!

At 08:14 Blogger FabulousLorraine said...

Well hey good morning!

I made coffee but then opened my soy milk and it came out in curdled chunks as I'd left it in the car and it froze yesterday so I had to go in my jammies to the store for cream.

In the cold. Alone. But hey, you all have fun with your mornings.

At 08:40 Blogger dabbler said...

Awww. So sad! Hope you are back home warm and snug. And with uncurdled cream.

Morning here has been full of "oh no you aren't doing that" moments. Plans, what plans?

At 08:46 Blogger FabulousLorraine said...

Check this out!! Vid from the Bout last Sat. All my friends are all over it! I am so proud!

At 08:49 Blogger spacedlaw said...

Hey, instant tofu! Not teeribly unseful in tea of coffee but add some spinach curry and it's a meal.

At 09:18 Blogger Marjorie said...

Oh nes. Poor frozen Quiche.

I hope you are back hoem, warm and fully Tea-ed (or Coffeeeed, as may be)

I seem to be achieveing very little today. I keep trying to reutn phonecalls, to people who turn out to be unavailable, and then this evening I have to go to the dentist :-(

At 09:58 Blogger Jess said...

You will know you are a hard core coffee drinker when-- on that inevitable morning you discover once again that there's no useable cream or soy milk-- you say screw it and drink it black.

Hello. I am having leftover tom yum for breakfast, and there is nothing wrong with that. So there.

At 10:10 Blogger vampi said...

wow, you sure showed me...

also i say some quiche medeadly in the background of that video!!! awesomesauce

*twirls* i think i would like watching derby, but i am a big chicken when it comes to falling down. i really loved the girl in the video with big red hair that looked like a heart. i think that might have been unintentional, but i loved it anyway.

At 10:26 Blogger FabulousLorraine said...

Just wrote Chippawa Valley Roller Girls and asked about becoming Fresh Meat.

Pray for me, what have I done???

At 10:28 Blogger Chantrelle said...

I only just read that last comment! WOW! Go Q GO!!! :)

At 10:51 Blogger Chantrelle said...

Looking around etsy for long sleeved shirts for me and gifts for others. Found this, thought of you :)

At 11:39 Blogger Jess said...

Chantrelle, I love everything in that shop. Beauty!

Woo Q! \o/

At 20:14 Blogger FabulousLorraine said...

HELLO FIENDS! Where are you, my hungry children? I'm home now!!

And get this: I can do crunches with NO ONE HOLDING MY FEET!!!!

I feel so powerful like I could do ANYTHING!!!

I am going to crunch every day now like it was nothing!!!!!

I may stop while shopping and just drop for some crunches, just for the heck of it!!!!!!

There, that's my news. Wassup with you?

At 20:17 Blogger Chantrelle said...

Making dinner. Indian food: cabbage and chicken.

At 20:18 Blogger Beez said...

Um...not crunches as yet.


(if you do random "drop and give 'em ten", have someone taking video of reactions).

Chippewa Valley eh? Do they skate against Minnesota?

At 20:37 Blogger Cecily said...

Yay crunches! I used to have to 100 of those per jazz class, 80 of which were with my legs in the air. She was a task master but damned if she didn't get my flexibility HUGE.

As for me? I moving this weekend! Finally! Any fiends are of course welcome to help. :-) Though I know there aren't many of us in my immediate vicinity. ;-)

At 00:52 Blogger Marjorie said...

I think I was sleeping. It was two in the morning.

But I am VERY impressed with your crunching. Go Quiche!!

At 00:59 Blogger spacedlaw said...

Well, as far as I am concerned, crunches is the dry food I give to the kitties. I told my wee beasties that you could do crunches and they are now worshiping you (so now I may have to produce some of my own...)

At 01:17 Anonymous Wendy Withers said...

Today I took two long walks then went goth dancing in a hidden New Orleans bar, where you have to wander behind another bar, look for a sign, then walk up two flights of stairs to get in.

No fires tonight.

At 13:12 Blogger Jess said...

Jane Yolen has very kindly given us permission to include the poem that began it all on the Night Garden site:

In the Night Garden

I doubt she's reading this thread, but say thank you anyway, Fiends. And perhaps do a happy chair dance.

At 14:23 Blogger spacedlaw said...

Many thanks, dear Jane.

At 15:37 Blogger Marjorie said...

Hurrah! Good news indeed.

At 16:23 Blogger dabbler said...

Thank you, most gracious Lady. I am not surprised, though. She seems to be another wise and gentle authorial soul.

At 17:34 Blogger Chantrelle said...


At 19:58 Blogger FabulousLorraine said...

Working on a new post, so where ever you are, drop what you're doing and GET READY!!!!!!!!

At 20:09 Blogger dabbler said...

Waiting with worm on tongue....

At 20:25 Blogger FabulousLorraine said...

Doing ok there still Dabbler, with the worm and all? Typing as fast as I can..

At 20:29 Blogger dabbler said...

Yup! Bated breath, ya know....

At 20:34 Blogger Jess said...

Dabbler, <a href="</a>I see what you did there</a>.

At 20:36 Blogger dabbler said...

Actually Quiche, much as I love you, I will see the new post in the morning. My eyes are closing, whether I will them to or no...

Good night Fiends!

At 20:36 Blogger dabbler said...

And yes, Jess... ba-da-boom...or whatever! Night!

At 21:29 Blogger FabulousLorraine said...

No 'Night! Wake up!

New post is up and so am I!!!!!!

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