Saturday, June 26, 2010
Tomorrow night (Sunday) there will be tryouts for men's derby. Don't worry about skates because they will be available there. It's at 7pm at Rollerama.
Even if you are unsure, come down, ask questions, check it out.
Plus, sometimes the guys practice with the girls. This is a pretty decent incentive!
You can find all of the details here.
Wednesday, June 23, 2010
Dottie Damage as jammer. Photo courtesy of Walter Romero.
So far we have two photostreams of pictures from the final bout of the 2010 season.
Here are some from Walter Romero.
Here are some from the nice people at Albany Alive.
If we get more we will continue to post them.
Saturday, June 19, 2010
It is just on the edge of my consciousness, like a fish flashing silver as it jumps out of the sea. I turn away, but it keeps leaping up, teasing me, screaming look at me, look at me. But I can’t. Not yet.
Instead, I eat breakfast, nothing fancy; today’s not the day to try anything new. I hydrate, hydrate, hydrate. Something still hovers in my peripheral vision, but I’m not ready yet. It’s too soon. I try to find things to do, anything so I won’t think about what I’m getting ready to do tonight.
I wash my bearings, scrub my wheels, re-tape my skates. Sometimes, I even wash my pads, although there is a school of thought that the smellier they are, the better, in order to poison the opposing team. Any yet that sliver of thought, the game, my performance, skating, is constantly niggling me, but I have yet to look.
The day goes by agonizingly slow. The day goes by quickly. Finally, it’s time. I turn my head and look, allowing my thoughts to go to the night ahead. I imagine myself knocking over other skaters, dodging through the pack, my feet pumping, moving, my body a battering ram, an arrow.
At the Armory I gear up: Knee gaskets, pads, skates, helmet, mouth guard. I take one last breath then step onto the track. I am Jenny Rotten.
Wednesday, June 16, 2010
Good news-there are plenty of places to see your favorite derby girls this weekend.
On Friday there's the Cage Wars event at the Armory. No, the ladies won't be kickboxing with each other, but come by and say "hi" anyway.
There is also Art Night Schenectady. Our own Joan of Arkham will be showing some of her prints and watercolors at Proctors that night. Many ladies of the team will be there to show support and to remind you to:
ATTEND THE LAST BOUT OF THE SEASON!!!!
Check out the events page for all the specifics, but basically the first whistle blows at 7pm at the Armory, but we suggesting getting there early to see Slick Fitty. It's going to be amazing and you'll be sad if you miss it, because we won't have another bout at the Armory until January.
If you are a guy and you still need more derby action, you're in luck! A week from Sunday the men will be holding tryouts for the Sons of Sam men's roller derby team. So head out to some local skating rinks to brush up on your skills. Booty shorts are optional.
Monday, June 14, 2010
The ladies (and gent) who marched were: Audrey Deathburn, Dottie Damage, Fierce Brosnan, Isabella Bruisalini, Jenny Rotten, Joan of Arkham, Kelly Von Black, Outlaw Annie, Toil 'N' Trouble, Gina Deitz, Katie Dollard, Leslie Morris, and Sarah Sperry.
by: Liz S.
I won't lie, Whip It did have a little something to do with it. It ignited the spark. Watching my first bout fanned the flame. But the story goes back further than that.
Much like Bliss in the movie, I had somewhat of a Barbie roller skating phase. While my skates didn't actually have Barbies on them, I wore them a lot on Sunday afternoons skating in my basement. I was probably around 10 years old when I started skating. I would put my radio on top of the dryer and skate for hours on the concrete floor. This would be a ritual that would continue on and off for years. There would be roller skating parties at school, and we'd skate in the gym while rocking out to everything from Men at Work to Rick Springfield to Def Leppard.
And then the angst ridden teenage years moved in, and I left my skates behind. And then life just happened, and so it goes...
So yeah, I saw Whip It last year. I really liked it. I could identify with Bliss, and when Maggie Mayhem tells her to put on a pair of skates and be her own hero, I won't deny it, it chokes me up. But what really got my blood pumping was the skating and Mz. Juliet Lewis as Iron Maven. Although my outer dork sometimes overshadows my inner rock star, she's alive and well and in there.
On April 24, one day after my 39th birthday, I went to my first bout. My boyfriend suggested it, and it sounded like fun. As I sat in the stands, I knew I wanted to do that. I wanted to go to there. Recruitment day was announced, and my friend and I decided to go. During the period of time between watching my first bout, recruitment night and tryouts, I skated as much as I could -- for the first time in over 20 years. Some of it came back to me, much of it didn't -- like how to stop. I watched videos on You Tube of skaters doing some of the basics. When I'd go skating, I'd try to remember all the things they said. But there is no substitute for actually doing it.
I wasn't going to go to tryouts. I had only been practicing for about two weeks. Then I thought, what the hell, even if I didn't make it, at least I had the courage to try -- and that in itself is an accomplishment. As I sat in the parking lot, I was incredibly nervous. As I walked in the door, the feeling only intensified and I could feel my heart beating out of my chest. And as I looked around and saw many of the girls who I saw skate in the bout, I was admittedly a little star struck. Much like Bliss was with Maven. Right before Maven pushes her into the locker and slams the door!
We were asked to do some basic skating and stopping. My crossovers were very clumsy, especially after a nasty fall I had while practicing them the week before. With no equipment on. Stupid. I fell on my right knee and left arm and scraped my right elbow. Then we skated a while in derby stance. Derby stance is very much like going to the bathroom in a public toilet. After a while, my back was aching and my legs were shaking. Finally, we were told that we made it.
I made it?
I made it.
I think I was in shock. Too dumbfounded to even express how thrilled I was. For the first time in a while, I was pretty proud of myself.
The next day, I began to do some research. I put every movie about roller derby into my Netflix queue. The Rollergirls series. Blood on the Flat Track. Hell on Wheels. Even the Kansas City Bomber. I ordered books on Amazon. I connected with another newbie on Facebook who knew much more than I did and hit her up for information about equipment. I got a subscription to FiveonFive magazine. I started to read the rules. Then it dawned on me fully, this is a sport. I should explain something, I am not athletic. I never played a sport nor have I been on a team. I played piano when I was a kid. I was in band (and dropped out). So this is completely out of my element. All I know is that something has clicked in me, and I am tired of sitting. And the thought of growing stronger, mentally and physically, with the help and along side of other strong women is incredibly empowering.
Sunday, June 13, 2010
Saturday, June 12, 2010
Don't forget- tomorrow we will be marching in the Capital Pride Parade.
You know that we live by the motto: Go Big or Go Home! Well we are determined to win at least one category tomorrow, and we hope that you can come out and see us. Our costumes will be awesome, and there may even be a song and dance routine.
Here's the blurb about the parade from the CDGLCC site:
SUNDAY JUNE 13TH
Capital Pride Parade
Downtown Albany (State Street, Lark Street & Madison Avenue) • 11:45 am-SHARP • Free
Come celebrate the Capital District's Great LGBTQ community! This year we are celebrating 40 Years of Pride with the CDGLCC. The parade steps off at noon in Washington Park, at the intersection of State and Sprague Streets. There will be live music, exciting floats, and as always there are sure to be a few surprises! Come and enjoy the parade and then stay with is in Washington park for the annual Capital Pride Festival.