I played hooky from school to skateboard, and went on to play roller derby as James Bondage, 007, The Spy Who Shoved You™.
Chesapeake Roller Derby had our first full game at Sportsman’s Hall on Sunday. It’s such a pleasure to play on a wood floor. I was a prep, and Greaser Punks beat us by 2 points: 55/53. Our friends from NOVA roller derby and the Freedom Belles filled out the benches. It was a great, clean, close game. Next game is October 21st.
Charlie Don’t Skate and Bloody.
And as a most wonderful bonus, Jabber and Lord Brawltimore gave me a pair of vintage Riedell skates. That fit! They are so handsome. And I’m also wearing some Reeboks from FitBloggin, which are lighter than a pencil.
I gave an Ignite talk Friday night at Fitbloggin called Derby Little Secrets [slides]. I was surprised at how emotional it was. I think some new derby boys and girls were born that night – I hope so, anyway.
I talked about my girls discovered roller derby. We reached out to several local leagues seeking junior league information. My big girl got sick and Chesapeake Roller Derby visited us. Leezle and I attended a few games and I wondered, secretly, if I could learn to play roller derby. I bought some gear, figured out who my alter ego is and jumped in. I learned the rules, some basic workouts and key derby skills. It’s the most fun I’ve had in years – even for a guy with a trick knee. I’ve learned that moms, dads, PhDs, teachers, retail clerks, dental hygienists, florists, gay people, straight people, transgender people, black people, white people, atheists, believers – everyone can do this. It’s open to all who want to be involved.
Early Saturday morning, after the opening at School33, I met some of my teammates at the top of Reisterstown Road for the Reisterstown Fall Parade. Sadly, I was so busy skating that I only got a few pictures (and the second one below isn’t mine). There’s something really cool about rollerskating on streets that one drives on all the time. People seemed really excited that there is local roller derby, and it made me realize how much more marketing work we have to do.
We’ve been practicing at Sportsman’s Hall for about a month now, and it’s sooooo nice to skate on wood (instead of fecal stained grooved concrete). Here’s the flier for our upcoming game.
We had our first bout against another league last weekend – we (the Mutiny, CRD’s “A” team) played Penn Jersey Roller Derby on a hot Saturday evening. It was a very close, exciting game. We won 45-40 and it was great to play as a united team. Again, I learned a great deal. This has been a fantastic month for roller derby!