|A trip to Rhode Island!|
|Our first time skating together! A small group went to a clinic put on by the Providence Roller Derby League. To stop, back then, we just ran into the wall. No joke!|
|So, 9 months ago, we were just heading into Spring...with no place to skate!|
Except outdoors...or, waaaay off Cape.
|Every open, paved area was fair game for skating, as far as we were concerned!|
This was back in our days of knee high and tutu shopping...that is what derby was for us... back then...before we had regular skating to keep us occupied.
|We needed a way to let people know this thing was happening!|
|We got our first big chance at exposure, when we wandered around the Chili Cook-Off in Hyannis.|
Then, in April, we found ourselves on a real rink floor! The melted ice rink of the Hyannis Youth & Community Center.
|Our first home, in Hyannis...when we had a lot of confused looks and had a hard time skating in a line. It amazes me how far we have come from those days!|
This is where we learned the basics. This is where we really began to bond as a team. This is where we were faced with our first injuries. We had birthdays, a bout watching party, after practice drinks, organized our first fundraiser, had several reporters and photographers stop by, and we even got to present one of our girls with a great big surprise for her wedding!
|Short Fuse totally cried when we gave her a handful of money to buy new skates, as a wedding gift!|
|Our debut in the Cape Cod Times. This article not only put a lot of focus on us, helping to get word our about us and our fundraiser, but also launched a lasting friendship with our official Number One Fan, Rob Conery.|
I know I will never forget my first live bout, either!
A trip to Ohio, for my father-in-law's 80th birthday, was made even more special for me when he agreed to let us take him to see a local bout! So much fun!
|Birthday gift for father-in-law...'just because' gift for me!|
We have come so far as a team. I have definitely changed, for the better, as a person. I have a long way to go, but the way I push myself is surprising to me, each time I go through a practice.
Don't worry...I'll post soon with another installment of 'our journey down memory lane'...this is just memories of 'phase one'!