Friday, July 16, 2010

What I Did on My Summer Vacation

Written by Mary Pat Provost

Roller derby is like those cautionary horror stories they told us about drugs when we were kids. How we should never try them- even once!- because you could get hooked the VERY FIRST TIME! (Actually, like the horror stories they told us about sex, too- don’t do it- even once!- because you could get pregnant the VERY FIRST TIME!)

In any case, I started practice a couple of months ago and it happened… I became a roller derby junkie. (Yes, the VERY FIRST TIME!) All of a sudden, everything was derby. Practice three nights a week. Meeting other new girls at the rink on our nights off. Signing up for league-related events. Obsessively checking my Gmail account (exclusively for derby correspondance!). Carrying around a notepad 24-7 to make sure I could record potential derby-name ideas whenever they might come to mind. Shopping for tights and knee socks and underwear (to be worn as outerwear). And, of course, nightly bruise inventory. You know how annoying it is when one of your friends is in a new relationship and every subject- somehow- elicits a reference to the bright shiny new Significant Other? Yeah. I’m that girl. Except it’s my skates I’m snuggling with. (Not really. Okay, just that one time.)

Every moment of my derby life so far seems thrilling and exclamation-point worthy. I went out for a beer after practice! Bought my first pair of fishnets! Went to my first bout and sold raffle tickets! In my skates! And fell down in front of everyone! Got to scrimmage! Got to jam! Left my gear in the car on a hot day! With the windows up! Almost passed out when I got back in! And then… break. The season ended and practice was done for a whole month. Yes, there was still plenty of Google group chatter, and the new girls still got together to skate. There were even invites to practice with the guys’ team and attend speed skating classes. Unfortunately, I was forced to go away on vacation for three whole weeks. And my skates wouldn’t fit in my carry-on.

In Seattle, my BFF and her hubby became a fresh audience for my new passion (haha, “captive”) . They were endlessly indulgent and supportive. He quickly jumped on the derby-name bandwagon, coming up with some worthy submissions to The List. She bragged to her friends about me, watched Whip It, and promised to come visit as soon as I get rostered to bout. (She did, however, express some reservations about my new fashion sensibilities while we were shopping: “What is this new obsession with everything being so SHORT??”) In Utah, I hiked miles and miles through some of the most incredible desert landscapes imaginable, all the while telling myself that at least I was getting a little bit of a workout to make up for the lack of skating. And checking my Gmail whenever I hit a spot with cell service. In the airport during my layover on the way home, I bought a new pair of knee socks.

What did I do on my summer vacation? Jonesed for derby. Of course.

An Ode to Roller Girls

In honor of I Love Roller Derby Day, a poem by our very own Liz Soranno!

An Ode to Roller Girls

Hardcore disco dolly
"nobody puts Baby in a corner"
punk rock athlete.

Life of the party
will take you out with the flick of her hip
warrior on wheels.

Wears her heart on her tattooed sleeve
Trash talkin', fishnet wearin'
single, girlfriend, (derby) wife.

Short-skirt, mega-flirt
red lipstick-stained
professional, manager, coordinator, director.

Glittered up, Derby Skinzed
Ready to do battle
sister, student, pinup.

Blink and you'll miss her
Crowd pleasin'
Bad ass daughter.

Ass-kickin', tells it like it is
Tough as they come
can't judge a book by its cover girl.

Alter-egoed, super hero
femme fatale
foul-mouthed (Earth) mother rebel.

To all the derby girls everywhere -- Happy I Love Roller Derby Day.

Wednesday, July 14, 2010

Come See Us Whack Some Balls

Ever want to see a rollergirl off her skates? Here's your chance!

This Thursday (7/15) the ladies and gents of AASRD are taking on The Bozos in a Pick-up Softball game! The game will be held at Lincoln Park in Albany - the field nearest to the pool and down from the bath house. Game starts at 6pm and goes until 9pm.

Free admission! Bring a lawn chair and some refreshments!

Retro Night!

Do you live in Cobleskill or anywhere nearby? Like to head out into the countryside for some pie and coffee? Then come to the Cobleskill Diner on Wednesdays to see our very own Misty and Casey dressed in retro attire and their skates.

So if you want some great diner grub served up with a side of sass...head on over!

Thursday, July 1, 2010

Wow, We're Everywhere!

Although it's the off-season right now, there's still a bunch of interesting stuff going on with our team members.

Men's derby saw a handful of guys at tryouts last Sunday. If you think you may be interested, they are still looking for more teammates.

Joan of Arkham (Andrea Becker) was interviewed by the Troy Record.

EST was filmed by Greg Wilson at the final bout for a short film called "Nice and Sugared Up." (Dottie really likes to use the F-word by the way.)