Perhaps more fascinating than the bewildered and excited expressions of family and peers, when they discover I’m a derby girl, albeit a TXRG Rec-n-Roller Derby girl, is the wealth of talent and professionalism that comes from the pool of women I regularly go round-and-round with. Take Sinnerfold for instance…by day a devoted Mother and Wife and co-creator of her own design company Blase Design; by night a vicious and speedy derby contender.
She’s slaved over a few designs for Scrape Myrtle—my own snappy alter-ego that allows me to skate like the wind. I know my favorite design, but I defer to you(s). The challenge: channel the Texas state bush that I draw my name from, but make it easy to see (= simple) and even make it a lil fierce.
Exhibit (a): A Texas star incorporated into Crape Myrtle flower.
Folks, I have a new boyfriend. There. I said it. And we’re totally in love. We’ve DTR, yes we’re totally exclusive, and it’s kind of all I think about. I spend as much time as I can with my new lover, and my friends and family are starting to wonder if I’m co-dependent. Yes. Yes I am. But dern, skating makes me happy. Yes, skating. I yearn to lace up, don cute stockings, and skate like the dickens to make “us” work.
Last night we had a date. Two actually. Followed my usual Tuesday night speed skate class (think Apollo Ohno, but on quads) with an hour of STREET SKATING, hosted by the very awesome (and informative) Dilla. What an invigorating experience that was.Fellow skater Hannthrax succinctly summed it up, “It was FUN! And a little scary. People yelled WOO! at us. Can’t wait for next week!” Today’s blog is a nod, and a legal hip-check, to my very awesome new boyfriend “Skating…” whose love I rekindled through Derby—the best sport ever and ironically one that doesn’t allow boys!
Artist Matt Schwartz of SheHitPauseStudios… “This is an 11×14 Polaroid transfer of an awesome pair of classic roller skates. I was driving around with these for a while before I stopped aside a lake and hung them from a tree.” Sure hope he didn’t leave them there. These are so Xanadu, I can hardly stand it.
Matt Ruby’s “Going Nowhere” sculpture combines a roller-skate and armchair (hmmm, furniture AND a skate, he’s so talking Gadora’s language). He’s “exploring themes about old and young, and how these ideas create meaning, and contrast.” Gives me pause for thought, how long will skating and I make it? Here’s hoping….
With the monumental sadness of losing Peepers this week, and Harley running towards the last of his Nine Lives—please heal my snarly, cantankerous buddy—the wind is out of my sails. I am beat up. Ironically it is my semiweekly, sweat-inducing, quasi-dangerous encounters with the TX Roller Girls that always yield a smile, if not a few bruises too. It will be ok Steph. It. must. be. ok.
Our next and final Rec-n-Roller Derby(yes, that’s lil Scrape pictured in pink!) scrimmage for the spring 2010 season is upon us. I’ve missed two practices, one due to a long walk that left blisters on my tired feet and one due to losing My Precious Peeps… by Tuesday’s practice it may be time to get out of the house.
Our team has chosen a “Sailor” theme, and I’m strongly pushing “I’m on a Boat!” as our debut song. Imagine it, that tune rolling as we hot little sailor chicks salute the crowd while our skate names are announced… it’s H-O-T. Now, for my bout-fit. They run a tight ship, so it needs to be white, or mostly so. And remember, I HAVE to be able to get around the track in it, with no Janet Jackson wardrobe mishaps. So what shall it be? There’s a chance to VOTE at end of post (and I’m interested in seeing how this polling feature works, in case Gadora wants to whip it out later).
a. Vintage Sailor Tunic mini dress by Etsy seller: DeerHeartVintage. May prove a little big, but it’s darn saucy.
b. Adorable Nautical Shirt by Etsy seller: LeoLucaEscobar. Sadly, it’s in Berlin. But, I have a ridiculously short skirt and bright red woven raffia belt that would totally make it pop!