For Christmas, my friends Mary Kate and Ryan got me Down and Derby: The Insider’s Guide to Roller Derby by Kasey Bomber and Axles of Evil. (Ryan, incidentally, hooked us up with our contact to do the holiday bout drives supporting Bread for the City.) They gave it to me on Saturday (and insisted I open it immediately-I made the token protest that soothes my sense of guilt at opening presents before Christmas that my dad deliberately instilled in me, and have been reading it in fits and starts since then, finishing it this evening as dad and I sat in the sun room with our respective reading material (he’s reading a werewolf romance-when he came home and I saw it, I told him I was judging him for his reading material and he laughed and praised me for it, since he wants me to read higher quality werewolf porn 😉 heh.) There were a ton of moments in the book where I was nodding and smiling at what I read, happy that my experience with derby is similar to these veteran skaters’ experiences. Also, they don’t talk about a lot of the volunteer positions, like merch and tickets and bouncers, but they do talk about NSOs, refs, announcers…all the stuff I don’t really know about. So that was cool, too. At the end, the list a number of films that feature roller derby and of course they include Whip It (of course both because it’s how most people know about modern derby and because they worked on it!) and they list the best derby moment in the film (as they did for all the movies and tv shows listed.) “When Bliss tries to describe why she derbies to her disapproving mother, she declares that she’s fallen in love…with the sport of derby. She is so passionate that legions of understanding derby girls will quickly reach for a tissue.” So true, and I haven’t even skated! I know so many of the volunteers are just the same, whether they have ambitions to skate or not. You don’t know if you’re a Derby Person until you see it, but you know right away once you do! I really enjoyed the book, though I knew a lot of the tips they share from volunteering, there are a lot of tidbits in here I had no idea about, either because I’m not on a team or not really skating yet (when I can barely t-stop, I can’t really call myself a skater, can I!) I definitely want to lend this out to everyone in my life who asks “why would you want to do that?!” as the gospel according to Derby 😉
I got a Christmas card with a letter enclosed from a very dear friend and former co-worker earlier this week, encouraging me and congratulating me both on being basically finished with my masters and talking here about derby and depression that made me feel like a superstar (instead of the narcissistic freak I really am 😉 ) I don’t think I’ve really done all that much, though I’m sure that will change in a few months once tryouts are imminent, but I feel the way I suspect Pamie, AKA May Q. Holla felt when, upon learning of her retirement, I asked if I could use her number. I’m just doing this stuff because, well, like Bliss, I’m in love with derby. But I’m not just having fun, I’m making a difference to someone! I seriously teared up reading the letter, and the only reason I haven’t told her this directly yet is that I thought I’d do so in a snail-mail letter. But I couldn’t wait to talk about this here, so here this post is. She’ll get a less general response in the mail soon, though 🙂
Also, I haven’t been working out with the vids, but though I won’t say what I was doing, my glutes are way sore 😉
Today’s New Years goal: Get low and learn to turn so I can actually skate in a circle before the end of January.