My friend, Chelsea, is cool. Like, really cool. She is one of those people who does the things that scare her, and does so with flare. She's a volunteer EMT, rides a Harley and sells Mary Kay.
Her latest pursuit? Roller derby.
When the movie Whip It came out in 2009, I fell in love. Roller derby was a sport created before I was born, but it wasn't until I saw this movie that I began to understand how empowering derby can be. I mean, how great is a contact sport with punk rock attitude?
Over the weekend, hubby preached, we attended a wedding, celebrated a friend's birthday, and we sweated through our first roller derby match. Literally. We bought tickets for Saturday's event at the Summit County Fairgrounds in Tallmadge, Ohio. Tallmadge is smaller than Medina, includes a sizable traffic circle and a place called Wally's Waffles.
It was a double-header: Audio Assault vs. the Little Steel Derby Girls and the Rock N Roller Girls vs. the Mid Michigan Derby Girls. The temperature was in the upper-80s and the humidity was so bad they had to delay the bout by an hour, so a dozen arena workers could dry the track.
This gave us plenty of time for crowd watching. I don't want to sound mean, but the fans.. well.. how do I put this? It was not a classy joint. It reminded me of a cross between a small town biker bar and the beer garden at a Meat Loaf concert.
The girls themselves were a sight to see in their short shorts and fishnets.. and those names! Some of my favorites of the night were: Dirty Mary, Monty PipeBomb, Tat2 BarB, E-Rase Her (and a couple of others I can't say out loud).
As for me? I now have every major derby team in the area bookmarked in my computer, and want to join a recreational league.. some day. Who's with me?