Friday, May 16, 2014

Just an update...

 May seems to be crazy derby month.  We've finished assessments for the majority of our skaters, so we are now split into scrimmagable groups (cleared to scrimmage with outside leagues OR cleared only to scrimmage within our league).  Our ref friends over in Taunton (Mass Attack Roller Derby...MARD) have been visiting us on Fridays to help us get the feel for game play...playing clean and listening for any penalties we may commit.  It's quite a leap forward for us, but our training thus far seems to have been preparing us quite nicely! I'm super proud of these ladies just getting right to it and playing like they mean it!
Unfortunately, we are cancelling our last 3 practices for the month, but that doesn't mean we aren't skating!  On the contrary...many of our skaters will be attending the roller derby convention in Providence over Memorial Day weekend!  Our first convention!!  I won't be skating, as I was not sure of my abilities and was in my 'trainer' mode when I registered.  It's going to give us a better idea of the non-skating side of this business, though, so I'm super psyched!  Not only that, but I can't wait to watch our girls skate!!
Yes, I got Hubby a pass, too...for the after parties!
But that's NEXT weekend!! This weekend, we are busy, too!  I didn't mention that, in addition to going all out with Friday night scrimmage practice, we've extended our practices...which means, I get home closer to 10:30pm...and then I'm up for work at 3:30 the next morning.  That part sucks!  But, I'm gonna power through, because after work tomorrow, we're headed to Boston!!  (well, not all of us, but a handful)
Oh, Yeah!
Boston Derby Dames skater, Flyin King, was out in our neck of the woods a few weeks ago, to show us a thing or two. They're playing the Bronx team...which our friend from this winter, Vera Toss, plays for.  The opening bout is going to be our friends the Mass Attack All-Stars!!!  It's a family affair!!  Two late nights plus two early mornings in a row...and an unconventional practice the following Monday night, where our new training committee will get coached on coaching!  I asked my boss for Saturdays off...I think after this weekend, and seeing my state, she may change her answer from 'maybe we can swing it in July?' to 'OMG, you're so bitchy and useless!'  We'll see.

Stuff's in the works...Hyannis Youth & Community Center skating time is coming soon...more skater profiles are in your future, too.
For now...that's all I got!  
If you're in Boston tomorrow night, go check out some roller derby!

Tuesday, May 13, 2014

Meet the Skaters of CCRD: Part 7

You want some more??
Well, here you go...
Get to know
ALISSA!
(this girl is a force to be reckoned with!)
Bandita, looking fierce, alright!!
(photo credit: Joseph Medolo; Get Skool'd skating seminar)
(in her own words...I'll leave out the questions, and just give you the answers)
My real name is Alissa but on the track I'm Bandita #138. Bandita because I hope to swoop in like a bandit and steal points as a jammer, but I would also like to be a pretty fierce blocker. Basically I just want to play roller derby well! And 138 because I'm a Misfits fan and it just seemed appropriate
I moved to Cape Cod from Boston December of 2012 for my husband's job. I knew no one, so in February when I heard rumors of derby I HAD to join and meet girls that were hopefully like minded and awesome. It worked and I can say that I now have 30 plus friends here on the cape! Besides making friends I've always been interested in derby. I used to be a Luchadora (female masked wrestler) so I'm familiar with tough female exhibition sports. I love learning new skills and when it clicks and I become proficient at it, well, there's nothing quite like that feeling! I used to roller skate growing up at the roller rink with my mom and sisters. I remember my mom getting pretty good at backwards skating, it's exciting to be able to do that now and MORE! In real life, off of the track, I am a postpartum doula, lactation counselor and nanny. But I also started a bag company using recycled craft beer grain sacks and I'm happy to say it's growing. (Green-Sew Bags, found on Etsy, in case you want to check them out!) **click the link to see her awesome bags...she made me a custom bag that is just the coolest thing ever!** Some more about me... I love to travel and have been all over Russia, even Siberia. I was born and raised in California, I have lived in Seattle and Boston before moving to the cape. I have always loved living in cities and found Cape Cod to be very different! I can honestly say CCRD saved my sanity, without it I would have been lost for the past year. I am completely in love with roller derby! ⚓️
*another side note: I WISH I had a pic of her in her Luchadora get-up, but she didn't give me one...(hint hint, Bandita!)*

More? MORE???
You got it!
Heeeerree's
KENDRA!
(cute as a button, takes no shit)
There are, of course, more derby-focused pics of A Rd Nek, but this one really sums up her personality, so i couldn't resist! (photo credit: Lynne Duquette Perera; Salty Derby Christmas Bash)

 1. name//derby name & number// what position you'd like to play (if you know or have a preference yet)
Kendra //derby name: A Rd Nek wd40 
Ultimately I think I'll be a blocker but jamming once in a while is fun 2. how did you hear about CCRD...and when did you get involved 
I saw some lovely ladies in CCRD shirts at the chili challenge including miss Steph Woz (we go way back and she keeps popping up in my life!). I had already been thinking about roller derby and this was perfect timing. So I went to the first open skate, and I've been hooked ever since!  
3. your favorite part of derby (why you keep coming back) 
My favorite parts are definitely that I get to be active, I get to be competitive, and I'm surrounded by a group of strong and awesome ladies.  
4. have you skated before//when was the last time you skated (before CCRD, of course) 
I roller-bladed for a good while in the late 90's and early 00's but I hadn't been on quad skates in close to 20 years lol  
5. family life//day job...kids? profession? pets? that sort of thing...
I work at an after school program, I have a cat, dog, fish, and boyfriend (lol), and someday when I grow up I hope to be an art teacher.  
6. tell us something interesting/amusing/odd/unexpected about yourself...OR, what's your favorite book/color/breed of horse/flavor of ice cream...OR, your ultimate goal as a roller derby player...
I'm a huge geeky nerd (Disney, Harry Potter, Doctor Who, cosplay, and much more) and I crochet different characters that I sell at comic book conventions where I get to meet crazy cool celebrities and hang out with my convention family!
**Seriously...isn't she just the cutest little thing (that you should totally be terrified of!)??**

Wanna meet another super new Freshie??
Introducing...
GRACE!!
(hater of eggs, giver of shoes)
So, remember our last fundraiser...when this cool pic was the door prize?  Well, Grace won that prize!! And now she skates with us!!  Derby Magic, People!! 
1. name//derby name & number// what position you'd like to play (if you know or have a preference yet):
My name is Grace. I don’t have a derby name or number yet. I don’t have a favorite position yet either. I want to do everything!
2. how did you hear about CCRD...and when did you get involved
I knew a couple of ladies who were in the league and I had seen a few things on The Facebook, but I never really thought about getting involved, myself, until my friend had signed up to do the skills clinic and I sort of invited myself along because it sounded like fun and it was something I had never done.
3. your favorite part of derby (why you keep coming back)
I like challenging myself. I have Rheumatoid Arthritis so my body has kind of failed me in the past few years. I went from being someone who never doubted what I could do physically, to someone who could barely move. I guess I started derby to prove that I was actually still in charge of my body and what it was capable of. Now that its been a few months I keep coming back because its FUN! Every week I learn something new, I get better at something I was woking on and I’m constantly challenged. Plus, these ladies and the entire atmosphere around them is awesome. It's welcoming and fun and I’ve never heard any of them be anything but encouraging and supportive. I've been on the track struggling with some drill or basic skill that I haven’t figured out yet and someone will skate by and say “ you’re doing great!" Or "try it this way it might help!” as someone who has never been on a team or played any sort of sport its really an amazing feeling.
4. have you skated before//when was the last time you skated (before CCRD, of course)
I tooled around on skateboards in high school, I had a longboard, and I roller-bladed as a kid, but Quad Skates?? I honestly don’t remember the last time I was on them.
5. family life//day job...kids? profession? pets? that sort of thing…
Ive been married for almost 5 years, we have a 7 year old girl and a 3 year old girl who are the most amazing, hilarious, brilliant children I’ve ever known. We own a house in Brewster. It's a work in progress and someday we may actually finish it. I work as a landscaper/gardener, and I have never loved a job as much as I love doing this. We technically have two cats, neither of which I get along with (which is bizarre because I LOVE cats) but the neighbors giant black cat decided to adopt us last year so he comes over every other day and eats the cat food and naps on the couch and is generally pretty awesome. We re-named him Handsome and he’s my favorite cat ever.
6. tell us something interesting/amusing/odd/unexpected about yourself...OR, what's your favorite book/color/breed of horse/flavor of ice cream...OR, your ultimate goal as a roller derby player…
Um…I taught myself how to read before kindergarten but didn’t tell my parents, I’m a terrible speller, I went to three different schools in fifth grade, I like grilled cheese and peanut butter sandwiches, I Don’t like chicken and I hate eggs so so much and it makes going out to breakfast and baking really hard which is sad because I eat cake for breakfast, A LOT. (As long as I don’t see the eggs go into the batter I can pretend it isn’t in there…. usually.) I’ve never owned a dog. I have at least 6 different craft projects going on at any time. I rarely finish any of them. I don’t have an ultimate derby goal. Derby is the goal, and I’m doing it, and its awesome.
**Grace gave me a pair of running shoes...my feet are forever in her debt.**

I'm hoping you see a pattern here...whether a skater has been around since day one, or she's fresh out of our skills clinic...they're freaking awesome! 
Support your local Roller Derby League!!

Friday, May 9, 2014

Meet the skaters of CCRD: Part 6...SIX!!

No time for fan-fare, today...
Just sit back, relax, and enjoy the littlest peek into the lives of two more amazing women.
First up:
JENNIFER
(yes, another one!)
1. Name// Derby Name & Number// What position would you’d like to play (if you know or have a preference yet):My name is Jennifer Plusch and I skate under the name Boom Boom Kitty #1986. (No that is not the year I was born but it’s sweet of you to think so.) I want to do it all. Being on skates is amazing. Being on skates and playing a sport just blows my mind. When first starting out and learning how derby is played I didn’t think I would have what it takes to be a jammer and thought I would block and let the glory of jamming be left to someone else. But now, a little voice in my head says that maybe, just maybe I can do it and be okay at it. Maybe. But in reality I just want to be on the track so anywhere I’m needed I will happily be there.2.How did you hear about CCRD...and when did you get involved:After skating in circles in my basement for a while I finally found the courage and the time to fit into my work schedule to go to the freshmeat new recruit night at MARD, the roller derby league in Taunton. It was a far drive but I thought, now or never if it’s something I really want to try. Time to not be afraid. That was in March of 2013. After the first night I was hooked on derby. After a couple of weeks I heard about a derby league starting up on the Cape so I followed their Facebook page and when they started having open skates I asked if I could go. The practical thing happened and I transferred to the league where I live. I liked that we were all starting from the same place, scratch. I liked that I could now really be part of the group because I wasn’t hours away from everyone else. I loved how everyone was and is so jazzed about getting this little group of ladies rolling. Plus they are all awesome. If I didn’t muster the courage to go that first time to MARD, all by myself, I would never have found these gals when I did- who have become a little family to me-  let alone had the guts to join them. So long story short I joined CCRD in May of 2013.3.Your favorite part of derby (why you keep coming back):Being on skates. I love the glide and speed of it. Even when I’m chomping and flailing I feel much more graceful then in normal life. Off skates I always feel like a big goon or clodhopper but not in my skates. Plus I have been informed that I’m a tad competitive and can’t stand losing. Agree to disagree but said person is totally incorrect. I’ve always enjoyed playing sports and being active and it’s been fun to have that back in my life. Plus I have met so many incredible people. It boggles my mind to think that if I didn’t join derby I would never know most of these gals. That would be truly sad. My year in derby skates has been a big boost to my confidence that has spilled into all aspects of my life. My acceptance of failing has let me try, do and say things I’ve always wanted but my anxiety would never let me. I’m by no means a social butterfly but I’ve seen a dramatic change for the good in my perspective about me, my mind and my body. You know, good stuff and when all else fails I have four hours a week of blocking, hitting, sprinting and falling to make everything better all while laughing with some incredible friends.4. Have you skated before// When was the last time you skated (before CCRD, of course)Being little in New York we always went to the roller rink, not that I had any special talent for it. Then it just wasn’t a thing to do anymore and when My Mom and I moved up to the Cape there weren’t any and still aren’t any roller rinks (someone might want to change that). Fast forward many, many years and to a few years ago to when I kept bugging my husband for skates and how much fun I would have skating. Though always supportive he did express his concern over my general clumsiness and was worried I would hurt myself but gave in and surprised me one Christmas with new roller skates and a cleaned and emptied out basement for me to skate in. I had to promise to be super careful and off I rolled, starting me on my journey to find this amazing group and this amazing sport. Thanks Adam!5. Family life// day job…kids? Professions? Pets? That sort of thing:My husband Adam & I have been married for 10 years. We met and starting dating about 15 years ago when we were both living in Philadelphia. We moved to the Cape shortly after we got married because I feel claustrophobic when I can’t see the ocean on a daily basis. We have three weird dogs, Newton, Franklin and Larry. I work in the kennel of the Animal Hospital of Orleans. I went to school for photojournalism and occasionally have some work in shows here and there. No kids now, no kids ever. They just want to replace us anyway.6. Tell us something interesting/amusing/odd/unexpected about yourself…OR, what’s your favorite book/color/breed of horse/flavor of ice cream…OR, your ultimate goal as a roller derby player:Most people know I’m quiet until I’m not and then good luck trying to watch that movie while I’m yammering in your ear. I try to add humor to most situations, not always successfully. If I didn’t work with dogs I would want to work with elephants and want to visit and volunteer at the elephant sanctuary in Tennessee one day. I love the ocean and would like to grow up to be an old timey lobster boat captain. I would like to run my own apple orchard/rescue dog sanctuary or a book store in an old train station with a roller rink in the basement. Or a farmer. I want to do all of these things and have the time to photograph it. My favorite colors are avocado green, orange and brown. My favorite dog breeds are beagles, old english sheepdogs or good old fashioned mutts. I have been trying to teach myself Japanese for about 5 years now and it’s not going well. My pants were stolen once in Canada (not the ones I was wearing but I still hold a little grudge to our northern neighbor) My family has a feud with Gavin MacLeod but I don’t think he is aware of it. My first car was a 1973 orange semi automatic super beetle. It was both amazing and sucked. I am an avid lover, and baker, of bread and think I ate more of it in 6 weeks in Germany than any person physically should. I want to learn to play the bagpipes. I was once a NY state hoop baton champion. I was eight. I love canning jams. I have been told that I, more than once, have mentioned that I make incredible fried rice and that I think I would have been really good a rationing during world war II. I generally never know what to say to people. I try to always stand when on public transportation because I’m afraid I won’t get to the door in time. I collect mixing bowls and besides being madly in love with my husband, I am madly in love with Bill Murray. I hope he will one day visit us at practice and becomes our biggest fan and maybe we will be best friends. That’s all you need to know about me, goodbye.
**Jen was recently elected to be part of the league's Training Committee!!**

That's the real Boom Boom Kitty! (photo credit: Lynne Duquette Perera)

Due to limited space (because Boom Boom apparently has so much to say!), I'll give you just one more today...
SUSIE!
(the bad ass)
(I couldn't help it!  I HAD to include the pic of her on her bike!!  She's hard core!)

1. Name// Derby Name & Number// What position would you’d like to play (if you know or have a preference yet):
Susie Frost...a.k.a. Smack Frost... # 32* (umm...it's 32 [degrees] but i don't know how to type that little character...that's not in my skill set.  I'm just transposing her notes here.)
2.How did you hear about CCRD...and when did you get involved:
I saw a CCRD sticker on the door of a coffee shop.  After looking it up on facebook, I signed up for the clinic in October 2013.  I went, borrowed some skates, and skated for the first time in 30 years.  It was a little scary and challenging to just stand up on wheels, but I knew instantly that I wanted to be a part of it.
3.Your favorite part of derby (why you keep coming back):
The best part, for me, is being a part of the team.  It's a first for me.
4. Family life// day job…kids? Professions? Pets? That sort of thing:
I am married to my high school sweetheart, for 23 years.  We don't have any 2-legged kids, but we have 2 dogs and a cat.  We enjoy being favorite Aunt & Uncle to all of our nieces and nephews.  I am a potter, with my own small business: WINK Pottery. 
5. Tell us something interesting/amusing/odd/unexpected about yourself…OR, what’s your favorite book/color/breed of horse/flavor of ice cream…OR, your ultimate goal as a roller derby player:
I am a master whoopie pie maker, proud Leukemia survivor of 10 years, motorcycle rider, yoga lover, and now roller derby addict.  At 45, I am happy to have a great excuse to wear crazy tights and booty shorts.
**Susie is also part of our league's Advisory Committee!!**

So, here are a few things I need to add:
1. You are all lucky to have gotten so much out of Boom Boom!!  She's usually much more reserved!
2. (This one's for Jen...) I'm pretty sure Gavin Macleod has a house in Orleans...
3. Frost is my hero for being so bad ass and so sweet all at the same time.
4. Our current skills clinic is the first one to get men involved (for reffing)...and Smack Frost's hubby is one of them!
(and here they are skating together)

And that's that.

Just a coupe public service announcements:
***May 10 (Saturday) is another bout day for Mass Attack Roller Derby of Taunton. It's going to be a fun-filled evening, with the men playing in the second half of this double header!
Go HERE for more info!

***Can't make it to Taunton this weekend...mark your calendars for next Saturday,May 17 for the Boston Derby Dames!  
Boston vs. the Bronx in Cambridge.  Added bonus: MARD All-Stars are playing the Boston B Party to start off the night!  A 'can'tmiss', really.
Go HERE for more info!


Tuesday, May 6, 2014

Meet the skaters of CCRD: Part 5

It's time for another installment of Meat the Skaterrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrs!!!
Be sure to read all the way through to the bottom for links to past segments!!
First up today...
MEGAN!
(our awesome clinic coach...she's the one you get to know the most when you sign up for one of our Derby 101 clinics!)

Mighty Medge getting free laces at the Get Skool'd clinic. (photo credit: Joseph Medolo)
1.Tell us your derby name and number, and if there is a specific position you play or would like to play.
Mighty Medge, #27. This is a random nickname given to me by a friend in high school. Until now there was a grand total of maybe 5 people who still called me Medge. Now, it’s me again! And 27 is just my birthday. I kind of enjoy defensive blocking so figure I would probably see myself as part of the pack, however I do okay sometimes when I jam and jamming is terrifying, so maybe that is good too. I suppose it’s best to diversify anyway. I am currently masquerading as the Skills Clinic Trainer and really enjoy teaching basics to “new” skaters who come out for an intro to roller derby. Their excitement is palpable and delicious. 2.How did you hear about CCRD...when did you get involved in the league? I was an acquaintance of Talia’s on Facebook, having known her casually for years through the various retail locations where either one of us had worked/patronized, and someone made a crack about wanting a roller rink on Cape and I responed in kind. Next thing I knew I had an invite to a group page and a first meeting was being set up back in March 2013. 3.What's your favorite thing about derby...what keeps you coming back for more? I LOVE roller skating. I feel stronger and enjoy getting better at the littlest things. It’s those “few seconds of greatness” that keep you hooked on a personal level. I’m NOT one of those skaters that gets annoyed at repetitive drills. I LOVE them. I truely believe that even if you think you’ve “got” something down, you need to practice it, and modify it, and see how others do it - constantly. You are never “done” learning. And I’m impressed that I’ve stuck with it considering my 2 week attention span that typically makes me wander off from stuff. 4.Had you skated before? When was the last time you skated (before ccrd, of course)? I was a skating junkie as a kid and have always, ALWAYS had a pair of skates. I’ve always made sure that my kids had skates, too. We skated in parking lots and basketball courts. I sold the skates that I had to Raya at the first CCRD meeting so she had something to start with and I got new ones that fit better. 5. Tell us about your family life and day job...kids? profession? pets? that sort of thing... I have been a retail manager at a local, family owned gift store for, like, 200 years. I don’t work as many hours as I used to since I have a now almost 2 1/2 year old son named Desmond with my husband of 4 years Jeremy. I also have two spectacular step kids - Anna, who is almost 12, and Aiden who is 8. I keep Anna and Aiden in skates and Desmond has inherited Aiden’s old plastic Spider-Man skates. We have 2 cats: a white, freakish bicolor eyed, double pawed deaf mutant named Jackson and a handsome black bat cat named Samuel. That’s right. Samuel Jackson. 6. Now for the fun stuff! Tell us something interesting/amusing/odd/unexpected about yourself...OR, what's your favorite book/color/breed of horse/flavor of ice cream...OR, your ultimate goal as a roller derby player... I love chocolate. And pickles. And ketchup. I love to read and have been suffering from a lack of bookishness since SOMEONE was born. I have brachydactyly type D thumbs (clubbed thumbs). They are entirely proportionate to my hand but appear as if they’re short. “It’s an illusion, Michael!” I’ve been to Germany, Ireland, Canada (that counts!) and New Zealand. Um....I had forest green hair for YEARS. I struggle with feeling like I don’t spend enough time with my littlest due to work and well, life. I used to literally cry from guilt when leaving the house on my way to practice. I don’t know that I have an ultimate derby goal. I’m not good at making goals because I feel like grandiose goals set you up for failure. I tend to be guarded and have low expectations, not in a sad way but in a keeping it simple way - I guess that’s what makes derby such an excellent challenge! Nonetheless, I am proud of myself for working hard, for being social and for doing things that scare me.

Next up...
JENNIFER
(another one of 'the four')
1.Tell us your derby name and number, and if there is a specific position you play or would like to play. 
Jennifer Morgan, DreamReaver, #44
i would really like to be a pivot. i am great at always keeping track of people, and giving direction to the girls i am steering, mama-hening. 2.How did you hear about CCRD...when did you get involved in the league?
Dan Gallagher! i got started in july 2013
3.What's your favorite thing about derby...what keeps you coming back for more?
it's an amazing work out, tons of fun, and it helps me push myself. (and obviously hitting people legally makes me happy) 4.Had you skated before? When was the last time you skated (before ccrd, of course)? 
i haven't skated since Xanadu was in the theaters.
5. Tell us about your family life and day job...kids? profession? pets? that sort of thing... 
full time artist. i have a long time boyfriend, who is a vet, that i met through his work. i have a rescue dog, a blue heeler, who changed my life. my dog, friday, is everything to me.
6. Now for the fun stuff! Tell us something interesting/amusing/odd/unexpected about yourself...OR, what's your favorite book/color/breed of horse/flavor of ice cream...OR, your ultimate goal as a roller derby player... 
i have a green/eco-friendly live/work studio in harwich. i built it with a small group of sub-contractors, an architectural kit and my dog. i was the general contractor on it. 800' live space, 800' studio space. totally energy efficient. and it's all metal and concrete.... perfect bunker for the zombie apocalypse.

Last, but not least, for this segment of 'Meet the Skaters'...
ERICA!
(adorable and kick ass, all at the same effing time!!)
Wanton with her man, Chi...their first date was a night at a roller derby bout!! How cute is that!?
1. name//derby name & number// what position you'd like to play (if you know or have a preference yet):
My name’s Erica and my derby name is Brokeback Wanton – a tribute to one of my favorite movies, probably my favorite short story, by my all-time favorite author (Annie Proulx). My number is 415, which is the area code for San Francisco, where I lived for 8 years, and a tribute to all the fabulous gays I left behind (one in particular).
 2. how did you hear about ccrd...and when did you get involved:
I went to an open skate at the Youth Center in Hyannis, I think in the summer time, but didn’t join until October at Lobster Roll’s encouragement.
 3. your favorite part of derby (why you keep coming back):
I love skating and I always wanted to play football for the contact aspect. Roller derby is the perfect combination, plus I get to wear booty shorts and fishnets!
 4. have you skated before//when was the last time you skated (before ccrd, of course):
As a kid I skated a lot. A brief stint with rollerblading in high school, but that was short-lived.
 5. family life//day job...kids? profession? pets? that sort of thing...
I’m a freelance writer and editor. I’ve done all sorts of writing but most of my jobs now are ghostwriting projects, which means I write books for people who are too busy to do it themselves. I have a novel of my own I’m currently shopping around for an agent, but no takers yet! I have two kids and a kitty who made the journey from California back to the Cape with me.
 6. tell us something interesting/amusing/odd/unexpected about yourself...OR, what's your favorite book/color/breed of horse/flavor of ice cream...OR, your ultimate goal as a roller derby player...
I love jumping! On trampolines, pogosticks, roller skates . . . I rode horses competitively for a while and cross country jumping was my favorite event.


There you have it, folks!  Three more amazing women, getting ready to dazzle your eyeballs and brains with their skating magic.

If you missed, or wanted to re-visit, any of the last posts, here are the links:
Part One...the co-founders, and me... ONE
Part Two... Raya and Jen Dussault...TWO
Part Three...Renee and Tara...THREE
Part Four...Kristy, Meryl, and Sarah...FOUR (a little update: Congrats to Meryl who has just been elected to serve on our Training committee -along with another Jen and Laura, whose mini bios will be coming up soon, I'm sure.)

This is fun, getting to know a little about these ladies!!  Hope you all are enjoying it as much as I am.



Friday, May 2, 2014

Meet the skaters of CCRD: Part...um, 4!

Well, I think you all know the drill by now. I'm about to drop some more knowledge about the secret lives of Cape Cod Derby girls. I'm a 'cut/copy & paste' kinda girl so you are getting these ladies unedited and in their own words. Since this is my 4th installment, I'm gonna skip the formality of adding the questions back in...
Ladies and gentlemen...
Kristy!!
(our adorable Fresh Meat Coach!)
Gusty with some teammates and a guest...gettin' it done! (photo credit: Luke Simpson, Cape Cod Magazine)
It's Kristy, aka Gutsy Flora #22! Because I have low bone density, I'm on the long-term derby practice plan with no immediate goals of actually bouting. So until my bones grow back, my focus is on coaching and volunteering as an NSO or perhaps even reffing...maybe...
I heard about CCRD where everyone hears about everything these days, on Facebook! My friend Lynne (LuLu!) had commented on (or posted? I'm foggy on the details) what appeared to be a sort of off-the-cuff mention of starting a derby team (not even knowing that you really have to start a league before you have a team) and I responded without knowing a single thing about derby besides it involving roller skates. I just knew I wanted to hang out with everyone else who responded!
There is so much to love about CCRD that it's hard to pick one thing. For starters, I would not have met all these amazing women on the Cape if it weren't for this league. I have never played team sports before and now I understand why people do. I love that we are shaping and forming this league on the Cape for the whole region to enjoy for years to come. The physical challenge of learning to skate at derby capacity really can't be beat. I suddenly have a butt! There is really just nowhere I would rather be two nights a week, everything else fades to the background when I'm on the track.
As a kid, my dad would take us to Skatetown USA in Whitman MA on the weekends. And I rollerbladed for years just for fitness. I was fast and confident, but never very agile. Being able to actually skate makes me feel cool.
When I'm not being Gutsy, I'm a home care pediatric nurse. Been married for 8 years to a dude who's band I used to go party to and we have 2 little kids who both have skates! On our fourth rescue dog now who's derby name is Snax Attax because she eats everything, including broken glass and our couch.
My derby sisters know this, but maybe the stupidest thing about me is that I have Crohn's disease. For the uninitiated, that means my body spends the day attacking itself and any food I put in it. But it inspired a pretty cool derby name at least. I can't whistle. I don't shave, not because it's a feminist social statement but because I'm lazy and cheap. And when it comes to driving, I prefer my knees to my hands. My ultimate derby goal would be to actually bout! Prognosis for my bones is good and I should have a full recovery, but it will take a couple years at least. Consider yourselves warned.
Okay...get ready for...
Meryl...
(if you were wondering, her name says it all...she's hardcore!)
bad ass getting skool'd at a derby clinic this winter (photo credit: Joseph Medolo)
1. name//derby name & number// what position you'd like to play (if you know or have a preference yet)
Meryl Vujs, Nan Suckit 6873, most probably a blocker 2. how did you hear about ccrd...and when did you get involved I heard about CCRD back in April of 2013 through mention of it on Facebook. I immediately started stalking the page, which frustratingly seemed to NEVER get updated with new news of when people could come join! The very first open skate I believe I was unable to go, and was very disappointed. But I made to all of them after that. I kept badgering the ladies to let me come on the real practice nights until they finally let me! So I basically forced my way in. 3. your favorite part of derby (why you keep coming back) There are so many positive things about derby that keep me coming back, not just one favorite. I love the physical-ness of it. I get a great workout every time I go to practice and I am getting super strong because of that. I love the friends. I have never in my life had so many close female friends as I do right now. I love learning a new sport. I was never what you would call a sports person, never really did well playing any and really never liked watching any either. This is totally different for some reason. I want to play, I want to watch. It has taken over my life, in a good way! 4. have you skated before//when was the last time you skated (before ccrd, of course) I have not skated since junior high school when we used to have our birthday parties at the roller rink. I’m not even sure I ever had my own pair of rad skates, but I did enjoy it! 5. family life//day job...kids? profession? pets? that sort of thing... I’m a single mom of 2 human boys (ages 10 and 13) and 2 girl cats. I found derby when I was going through my divorce. You hear the phrase “derby saved my soul” a lot. It is definitely true for me. Saved me from getting too depressed, kept me going, made me stronger, and best of all made me believe in myself. Made me believe that I COULD do this on my own. I have owned my own business for 11 years: Meryl’s Music and Arts Centers. Me and my team of teachers offer early childhood music education to Cape Cod families in 5 locations year round. It’s pretty fulfilling bringing the joy of family music to people. 6. tell us something interesting/amusing/odd/unexpected about yourself...OR, what's your favorite book/color/breed of horse/flavor of ice cream...OR, your ultimate goal as a roller derby player... Tough one. I am a metal head at heart and like to sing classic metal songs while playing my ukulele. I am finally getting tattoo’d as much as I always wanted to but was afraid of what my mom would say. (Actually, I’m 40 years old and I’m still nervous of what my mom is going to say when she sees my half sleeve!) I recently found out I could “shoot the duck” while on my skates. Neat trick but not very useful for derby. I have been a video store clerk, gas station attendant, house painter, security guard, master control operator for multiple cable channels (A&E, History, Discovery, Learning Channel, and more), mom and kids music teacher among other things. I have read every Stephen King book he has ever written. I like to eat the rind when eating lemon slices.
And, you know life is funny.
This next skater is new. She just passed through our last skater clinic this winter (hard to say spring considering the weather, but i think technically is was Spring...). It is funny to me that our paths have not crossed before derby. I knew her husband for many years as 'Coyote Man'...the animal control guy that frequented the bagel shop I worked at. Not only that, but my husband worked with her sister at a gift shop in Chatham for years (when her sister was still in high school)! Crazy world...but, without further ado...
SARAH!
(one of our freshies!!)
sorry, but if i'm gonna steal a pic off a facebook page, you better believe it's gonna be the one with THE HULK!! (two degrees of separation from Mark Ruffalo!!)  OH! That's Sarah in the white shirt.
1. name//derby name & number// what position you'd like to play (if you know or have a preference yet)

  • Sarah Colvin Nelson / Sandy CRUSH 76 / no clue on position yet! 2. how did you hear about ccrd...and when did you get involved I heard about CCRD last summer when skating began at the Hyannis Youth and Community Center. That’s when I bought my skates, but they stayed boxed up because I was too chicken to come out to practice. This winter, I saw the Fresh Meat Skills Clinic post and knew I couldn’t pass up the opportunity to give it a try. And I’m so glad I did! 3. your favorite part of derby (why you keep coming back) I love the challenge of learning a new skill. That, and everyone on the team is amazing and it’s fun to get creative with derby wear. 4. have you skated before//when was the last time you skated (before ccrd, of course) Roller skating was my favorite activity as a child. I remember spending countless hours roller skating in my basement with the boom box blasting. I stopped at around age 12 and didn’t strap on quad skates again until this past February. 5. family life//day job...kids? profession? pets? that sort of thing... I live in Hyannis with my awesome husband and our three crazy dogs. I host a television show for the Town of Barnstable called “Barnstable This Morning”. I also am in charge of WKKL 90.7, Cape Cod Community College’s radio station. It’s insane but a lot of fun. 6. tell us something interesting/amusing/odd/unexpected about yourself...OR, what's your favorite book/color/breed of horse/flavor of ice cream...OR, your ultimate goal as a roller derby player... Hmmm….I don’t think I have an “ultimate goal” as a derby player quite yet, but I will say that my current goal is to get better, get stronger, and skate like a bad ass!!

All right, all right. I admit that i was super lazy with this one...but, this time you get THREE awesome ladies to learn about!! Plus, eye candy (if i had met Mr. Ruffalo, I'd have run my fingers through his hair! i guess that's kind of off topic...don't worry, my husband doesn't read my blog....)
so, again...you know what to do next...
go see,like,follow us on facebook. Read all the past skater spotlight posts. And, stay tuned for the next bunch!!