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Player Profile: Lady Mayhem

My derby name is Lady Mayhem, or to my children Mommy Mayhem, and my husband helped me pick out my derby number, which is 53 (since I’m a super tall 5’3). I am currently sitting track-side with my foot elevated while I recover from an ankle injury..but soon will be back playing for the Beauty School Dropouts, Dollinquents and training with the Dolly Rogers.

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After having my two kids I needed an outlet-something that let me exercise, meet people and get out a bit. A friend mentioned she was going to see a game so I tagged along and FELL in love…it was love at first site… I kept saying, “Yep, I need to do this.” I may have messaged my husband 15 or so times with things like, ‘must do this’ and ‘found out you start with a fresh meat training course’ and ‘one just started..Damnit… But wait maybe I can join late.’ I completed fresh meat and found that my skating background with ringette helped a bit and I slowly got the hang of derby.

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I love this sport because…it’s awesome! So much to learn…so much to try…so much personal growth space…and that moment when you have something click and/or work out better than you ever pictured…it’s just amazing!

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I am entering my third season of derby but I still don’t have a favourite personal moment. I had some fun jamming for my previous home team and some good times on the road with my old travel team. I made a switch to CCDD this year and have been blown away with the coaching help I’ve received. I am super bummed to not be skating at the moment, as I am missing valuable learning opportunities. In summary…I play because‎…it’s awesome!

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My Derby Story: Adrienne “Sugar & Spite” Sass

I moved to Ottawa in July of 2011 and knew absolutely no one. I needed to make some friends and fast. I contacted the Capital City Derby Dolls to inquire about their Fresh Meat Program, figuring it would be a good way to meet some like-minded people.

Quite honestly I was pretty freaked out about my first practice. I didn’t know anyone who was going—it’s not like I knew someone who knew someone whose cousin was going to be there. But I buried my nerves, packed up my gear and headed to the arena.

My fears melted as soon as I walked in.  Everyone was really nice and seemed truly excited to have new recruits there. There were skaters of every skill level: some who’d played hockey and were very steady on their skates and some who had literally never been on skates before. The girls who were coaching were so encouraging. You could tell that they actually enjoyed teaching.

I started attending practices weekly and then twice a week. The faces became familiar, I was slowly making friends and it was nice to feel like I had “somewhere to go” where people knew my name and were happy to see me.

Let me make sure that you understand something about me: I have never been a natural athlete. I have never successfully played a sport. I was not that girl in high school who was athletic, popular and perfect. The idea of joining a sports team was terrifying. I had seen video clips and a few derby games but until I started to play, I had no idea how difficult it was. I was comforted by the fact that no one starts playing derby knowing everything and the cold hard truth is that derby is crazy hard. It may have been a staged sport in the 1950s but today, there is nothing fake about it. It’s football, hockey, soccer and track all rolled into one tight little ball on eight wheels. You have to have the endurance of a long distance runner the strength and speed of a sprinter and the skill of a skater all while getting the crap knocked out of you.

What the heck was I thinking?!

I tried not to dwell on the difficulty of the sport and kept telling myself: “You will get knocked down. The question is, will you get back up?” and get up I did. Over and over and over again. I pushed myself. Go to practice. Learn the basics. Have fun doing it. And what fun it was. In July of last year, I played my first game.

A group of us who came through the Fresh Meat Program were given the opportunity to attend the Fresh and the Furious tournament in Toronto. It was a road trip, it was derby, it was a girls weekend, it was the most fun I’d had in really long time. I remember laughing so hard I cried on several occasions. We were all crazy excited and super terrified but most importantly we were all in this whirlwind derby experience together.

Somewhere along the way—and I can’t exactly pinpoint where or when—derby started to creep into all aspects of my life.  I was invited to join the scrimmage committee and started planning the league’s black and white scrimmages. I was asked to help coach the next round of Fresh Meat, I was elected to the league’s Executive Board, and I kept skating and training and falling and getting back up.

Soon it was time to tryout for teams. I wasn’t sure I’d make it. I wasn’t sure I was good enough. I wasn’t sure I was ready for the rejection. Truth be told, the fear of rejection was the biggest thing holding me back but I’d come this far and I wasn’t about to give up now. I worked my ass off for the next two months. I skated three days a week, I pushed myself to the point of puking, I embraced being a sweaty mess, I proudly displayed the multitude of bruises and battle scars, and for the first time in my life I stopped wanting to lose weight and was proud to have hips and thighs and a butt that could knock a girl off her skates (my greatest “ASSets”, as Coach Whips would say) and then… I made the team.

I didn’t think life could get better than that, but it did. I was voted team captain. I was in total shock. For the next three days, I kept pinching myself and asking if that had really just happened. I had spent so much of my life feeling like an outcast, like I didn’t belong, and being totally scarred by my high school years that I just couldn’t believe this was really happening. I was that kid who got knocked down on the playground, I was the girl who was always picked last in gym class. As much as we try to separate ourselves from those childhood experiences, we carry them with us as adults, something I was unaware of until faced with the possibility of reliving some of those experiences. I learned quickly that derby is different. Derby is a place where everyone belongs. Tall, short, skinny, fat, athletic, klutzy, smooth talking, socially awkward: you name it we’ve got it. When you’re here, the only person you have to be is yourself.

Today, I skate three times a week, I run three times a week, I talk to my derby team mates everyday, there’s always a derby girl just a text away, and I know that when I have a bad day or breakdown in sheer frustration with myself over learning a new skill or not “getting something” fast enough, I will have AT LEAST 15 amazing, encouraging, sweating, helmet-clad girls hugging me, supporting me, pushing to be the very best version of myself. I joined this league to find a friend. What I got was a family and a chance to be the person I’ve always wanted to be.

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To the best fans a league could ask for,

We started to see it last year. But this year…this year is pretty awesome.

Our crowd used to be full of supportive friends and family. Now, when we look at pictures of events, we see mostly strangers in the crowd. Sure, our parents and siblings and partners are still out there, but the strangers means that the appreciation for derby is starting to spread. We’ve been dying for this day…and here it is.

On the horizon of something so spectacular, we’ve been working really hard to provide quality events. We partnered with some pretty extraordinary sponsors this year, which gave us some much needed street cred. We were able to put on a roller derby extravaganza downtown that made national headlines. Altogether, this year’s been pretty amazing, which is why we feel pretty lousy about the bump in the road that was our August 10th bout.

First of all, to Port City: thank you so much for coming to Ottawa, for playing a game that truly exposed our amazing fans to such an elite level of roller derby. You helped highlight the tremendous growth the Dolly Rogers have undergone in the past few years and we can’t thank you enough. You were a class act on and off the track and we can’t wait to face you again in a month’s time. We look forward to many more games in years to come. 

We would however like to apologize to all the great people who came to the game and patiently waited in the stands for the second game to start. This year, we wanted to give our newest team the opportunity to play a game under the bright arena lights. Most of the women who play on the Dollinquents are new to the sport and have come such a long way since last October when many of them couldn’t even skate. To do what they did on Saturday night was an accomplishment worth celebrating. It was just such a shame that Peterborough Roller Derby double-booked themselves for the evening and didn’t share that information with us, resulting in them being an hour late to our event. Thanks to those who stuck it out and supported the Dollinquents. To those of you who left: we’re sorry and we’d like to make it up to you. Please email capitalcityderbydolls@gmail.com if you attended the game. (We’ll take you at your word.) We’ll give you a free ticket to our next game in Rockland, or a free ticket to our home opener next season. We’ve worked really hard to earn you and we’d hate to lose you over this.

Double headers are a lot of work, but when something goes wrong, it tends to be pretty epic. Our last double header unfolded beautifully; maybe our beginner’s luck ran out. For those of you who came to our event on August 10th but weren’t over-the-moon about the way things went, we’d like the chance to make up for it next time, if you’ll let us.

We appreciate feedback. If you have any comments, suggestions, ideas or general thoughts, please write us. Thanks for your support this season. We’d be nowhere without the people who come see us play.  

Sincerely,

Delicate Plower, on behalf of the Capital City Derby Dolls

capitalcitycityderbydolls@gmail.com

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Take a Bow

This past weekend was probably one of the busiest weekends our league has ever had. We made national headlines. No big deal.

Ok. Way big deal. Huge. Awesome. Roller derby touched more eyeballs than we ever expected. What started as an initiative by Ottawa mayor Jim Watson to make City Hall into a more fun place, led to CCDD taking over Marion Dewar Plaza (a beautiful slab of concrete) in front of City Hall and holding an all day derby extravaganza. We held mini bouts, black and white scrimmages, a free skate and skills competitions. We worked with Street Food Ottawa (Kathy Ferguson), and she brought out some amazing food trucks. Thank you to the Merry Dairy, Ad Mare, Angry Dragonz, LUNCH, Red Roaster, Mr. Churritos, and the Gonfu bao cart. You kept spectators and fans full and happy and a huge thanks to the City of Ottawa for letting us do it all in the first place.

You couldn't ask for a more spectacular setting for a day of roller derby.

You couldn’t ask for a more spectacular setting for a day of roller derby.

So much gratitude to all the leagues who sent people to Ottawa to play: Renfrew County Roller Derby, Cornwall’s Seaway Roller Derby Girls, Toronto Roller Derby, and Toronto Men’s Roller Derby. These players spent an entire day out in the sun and helped us out HUGE. They hopped onto short-handed rosters, they promoted the fun spirit of the day, and they were super fun to hang out with.

A very special thank you to our new friends at Book the Booth. What started off as Groupon that needed to get used has turned into an amazing league resource. They come to our games, armed with cameras and family and take stunning pictures. In fact, many of this year’s awesome pics are courtesy of Renée and Kevin Pellerine. On Derby Day, they pulled double duty. Not only did they set up their booth, they took pictures of all the action on the track. Check out the booth pictures here, and their shots of the day here.

Speaking of photographers, ErickOgrpahy also captured some spectacular shots throughout the day.

A huge thanks to CBC (Ottawa and National), CTV Ottawa, the Ottawa Citizen, THE CALGARY (friggin’) HERALD (what?!), the Ottawa Sun, the Kitchissippi Times, the Food Network, and @streetfoodOTT for their reports leading up to the day’s events, or the day itself. CCDD invaded homes around the country thanks to all this.

A very serious thanks to Deborah Kent, for keeping us all cool under the sun. She was on top of ensuring there was lots of water by the benches and kept us in cooling cloths to stop the sun from doing too much damage. Also, a huge thanks to our newest medic (our existing medic now has as permanent a partner as we can give him). She comes loaded with a ton of experience: medic for the Oil City Derby Girls (Edmonton) and she’s a military medical technician. We are super happy to have her on board.

Dear referees, I don’t know how you do it. You spent all day in the sun and you were all still laughing at the end of the day. You are magnificent creatures. Unicorn zebras.

Magical zebra unicorns

Magical zebra unicorns

Finally, every single member of CCDD, official and honourary, played a huge part in the day’s success. They worked tirelessly in the sun to make sure everything ran smoothly. They answered questions, played music, talked to people, worked tables, sold merchandise, promoted our next game, manned the gear room, brought supplies, cleaned up, made photocopies, put up posters, lay down a track, tore it up, picked up garbage, made wood cut outs, lent out extra gear or even their own skates, painted faces, taught people how to skate, explained the rules, talked to reporters, etc. The list is quite pretty endless. None of it, NONE OF IT, would have been possible without our Derby Day Committee heads, Jessica “Hot Mess Jess” W-S, and Carley “Snarlz” Rogers. They put crazy amounts of work into making sure the day went off without a hitch, AND STILL MANAGED TO PLAY, while making sure everything else went smoothly. We are so lucky to have you. Please, PLEASE don’t ever stop derbying.

AMAZING ORGANIZER

Snarlz: AMAZING ORGANIZER

Too busy to even stop for a pic!

Hot Mess Jess: Too busy to even stop for a pic!

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My Derby Story

Early in 2011, I’m not exactly sure when, I decided I wanted to play roller derby.  
I had recently seen a movie about it and immediately knew it was something I was meant to do. After that I couldn’t stop thinking about it and wondered if derby existed here in Ottawa, so I did some research and found that yes, there was indeed a league here. Great, I thought and immediately sent them an email hoping to get some info on how to join and start this amazing sport that I had just discovered. I waited and waited, but never got a response.

I didn’t pursue it, because—as it unfortunately happens way too often—life then got in the way of me pursuing it. That was the year my mother was diagnosed with cancer and passed away, all in a very short period of time. Taking care of her in those last few months, weeks, and days took a big toll on me, both emotionally and psychologically. I was completely and utterly spent. I just stopped caring after that, and I stopped taking care of myself. Already a little overweight, I was eating anything and everything, because I just didn’t care anymore and I didn’t want to make an effort. All these things, combined with the fact that I was in a very unhappy and stagnant relationship caused me gain even more weight. I wasn’t living anymore, I was just surviving. I was just waiting for my life to begin again. I was in a dark place and couldn’t find a way out. 

Sometime last summer, still grieving and at one of the lowest points I’d ever been in my life, I remembered roller derby. I told myself I needed to start pursuing this again. I couldn’t keep going the way I was going. There was no future for me where I was headed. I needed to do something. And yes, roller derby was that something for me. 

People start roller derby for many different reasons. Some do it to get in shape or to get active, some for the adrenaline it brings and some do it for the people they’ll meet. For me, it was all of those and more. I can’t explain it really, it just called to me. Something was pushing me towards this sport that I had never even seen in person. It didn’t matter that I was overweight, out of shape or that I didn’t have skates or protective gear. Heck, I couldn’t even SKATE. But there was absolutely no way I was going to let that stop me or slow me down. I told myself that no matter how long it was going to take me to reach my goal of playing roller derby, I was not going to give up. I could not. I had wasted and lost so much precious time not living the life I wanted, giving up on something I wanted to do was no longer an option for me. 

So off I went in search again and after some digging, I came upon another derby league in Ottawa—Capital City Derby Dolls—and saw their online poster for an open house they were having for their Fresh Meat program. I contacted them immediately to get details and got an answer right away. The very next day, I went out and bought everything I needed (except for the skates, which I was going to rent). I was ready. I was doing it. I wasn’t backing down. The open house couldn’t come soon enough. 

On September 23rd, 2012, I put on my very first pair of quad roller skates. Since I couldn’t skate, I needed someone to hold my hand (or both of them!) while I got my bearings and skated around a bit until I felt comfortable, which took a very long time, let me tell you! I felt clumsy and awkward, but not once did the coaches make me or anyone else feel incompetent or inadequate. They were supportive and offered encouragement the whole time. They first showed us how to stop and how to fall, but the moment that is clearest in my mind is when Bella (aka Delicate Plower), called some of the girls wearing CCDD green shirts over to go skate on the track and told us that those girls were last year’s fresh meat. That they were in the same spot we were when they started just the year before and that if CCDD could teach them to skate that way, then they could teach us too! I watched them skate (and they were good!) and told myself, “You can do this.” 

Fresh Meat started just a few weeks later and after that first training session, I was stiff and sore for the next three days. But I’d also never felt better. Now I didn’t pick up staking very easily, quite on the contrary. It took me weeks of training and practice to even skate without feeling like I was going to lose my balance all the time and fall. Some of the new girls seemed to pick things up very quickly and with little effort after trying things out just once. When you see that, it’s easy to get discouraged. But I knew that it would take me longer than most of them to learn these new skills, and that was okay. Every time I fell when trying something new, I kept repeating to myself: “It’s OK, keep going, you’ll get it, don’t give up.” I knew my limits and worked with them. So I wasn’t going to be the first girl to complete my minimum skills test. So what? Did that make me a loser? NO! Was I going to quit? Hell NO! I just looked at it as a way to get more practice and get better. I also remember something that was said (and I remember who said it) about completing our skills test: no matter how many times we needed to do the test before we passed, that they would keep working with us until we did, that we weren’t going to be left behind, that “you’re one of us. Always and forever.” 

I’m very happy to say that I passed my skills test on March 23rd, 2013, six months to the day that I put on that very first pair of quad skates. It took me months to get enough confidence to be able to say that I was good. I still think I have a long way to go before I am even close to the same level as those who have been doing this a while. Having recently made it onto a team, even as an alternate, validates all my efforts and hard work. I am proud of what I’ve achieved so far.

Which brings me to another thing I’m proud of. Shortly after joining the wonderful world of roller derby, I decided that in order for me to become an amazing derby girl, other things needed to change in my life. Some of these were that I needed to take better care of my health and of myself. So on top of my derby training, I started training 1-2 times a week (ah, lovely boot camp) and playing soccer once a week. I also started eating better and making better food choices. Though not always easy, this journey has been a reward unto itself because recently I reached a milestone. I’ve lost 50 pounds since October and I’m still losing. Yes, roller derby helped me lose weight. Yes, I have more energy now and feel great! But want to be clear on the fact that I didn’t join roller derby to be skinny (that will never happen by the way). I joined roller derby for the love of the sport. The weight loss and healthier lifestyle were just happy side-effects.

One more thing I must mention, which happens to also be the most important thing, is that this league that I am so proud to be a part of, is full of wonderful, AMAZING people. Every single one of them. They are there at every practice, encouraging us, telling us, “It’s ok to fall! It means you’re trying!” They’re always offering advice and support when we need it. These women (and guys!) who are so good at this sport, who are so generous with their time and teach us, share their knowledge eagerly so that we can be just as good as they are. Their skill level is what I aspire to achieve and what motivates me to keep going. When one of them tells you that you were good and applauds your achievement, you can’t help but want to do more and be even better. Not because it’s not good enough, but because you want to make them proud. These people came into my life at a time when I needed them the most and without doing anything differently and by just being themselves, made me a better person. There are no words that I can find to express how truly grateful I am for everything they’ve done and continue to do.

For those of you who are reading this and are thinking about joining roller derby, but are unsure about the sport or wondering if you can do it, remember this: I was overweight, out of shape and couldn’t skate. But in less than a year, six months to be exact, I learned to skate and play roller derby (and be good at it). And in the process, I also met a group of people unlike any other, one that I now consider family. There is no greater thing you can do for yourself. Stop waiting and do it already. It’s the best decision you will ever make. There’s a saying I’ve seen online a few times which I find most appropriate: Never give up on a dream just because of the time it will take to accomplish it. The time will pass anyway. 

One final note: since they say a picture is worth a thousand words, I’ve also attached a before and after shot. One from just yesterday and another from one year ago this month. There is absolutely nothing that can compare to the thrill you feel when you achieve something you set out to do. In my case, it was to play roller derby but also, without realizing it, I was finding myself. I also found someone else: her name is Knock’erDown DeeDee and she IS a derby girl. YARRRR!!

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 By: Andrea Lafleur, aka Knock’erDown DeeDee

 

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CCDD’s First Double Header

CCDD’s been steadily expanding in the last three years, but this past year represents our most intense spike in membership of well…ever. For us. As such, we have not just one, but two new teams. The thing about teams is that they like to play so the rest of our events this season will be double headers.  So, double the fun.

So first of all, let me introduce you to the:

Dollinquents

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Slaughter Squad

If you clicked on the links, you probably noticed that Slaughter Squad has a bunch of dudes on it. There’s a simple explanation for that: they’re dudes.  CCDD is helping these guys out until there are enough of them to be fully independent. Frankly, given what they do for us, it’s the least we can do. A lot of these guys coach, ref, volunteer at our games, or have lost a significant other to the sport and they’re coping by playing.

The Dollinquents had one game last year and are starting this season with an away game in Cornwall against the Seaway Roller Derby Girls’ Power Dames. You’ll be able to catch the Dollinquents in Ottawa on August 10 and September 7.

But don’t worry about waiting until August for derby action. CCDD’s first double header take place Saturday, July 6, 2013. The fun kicks off at 6:30 at Barbara Ann Scott Arena, featuring the Dolly Rogers against Kingston’s Disloyalists. Following a super quick intermission (a quick staff swap…players becoming refs, refs becoming players), the Slaughter Squad will be taking on Montreal’s Mont Royals. Tickets for this awesome, amazing, super fun event are $12 in advance. You can buy tickets online here because Shopify, our awesome sponsor, made this possible. If you wait to get them at the door, they’ll cost you $15. As usual, under 12ers get in free.

Some nitty gritty: bring ID. We’re sponsored by Beau’s.  There will be food. There will be awesome merch. If you wanna sit by the track, bring a camping chair and hang out. Make signs. Be prepared to be loud. You will have so much fun, it’ll hurt your face. In a good way.

Four teams, two games, so much derby, your face will hurt!

Four teams, two games, so much derby, your face will hurt!

See you there!

Plower

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Double C to the double D…we be rollin’ in the 613

CCDD is getting their third bouting season under way. We’ve grown so much over the past few years, and we’re incredibly excited about the future.

In addition to the Dolly Rogers and their plot for world domination, we’re announcing our newest team, the Dollinquents, who will be hitting the track in June for a few away games in the neighbourhood. They’ll be bouting at home in August and September, so make sure to check out our schedule.  You do not want to miss any of it.

CCDD's newest team! Welcome to the family!

CCDD’s newest team! Welcome to the family!

Shopify

We’ve also got a whole bunch of amazing new sponsors. Have you been to our website www.capitalcityderbydolls.com or our facebook page lately? Did you notice that you can now buy merch and bout tickets? That’s all because of Shopify. Have you seen the Dolly Rogers’ new S-One Lifer helmets? We’re taking our sponsor with us wherever we go!

Burbs Pub & Eatery

When we’re in Kanata, our favourite place to hang out is The Burbs on Hazeldean.  You can often find us hanging out there after practice, having a pint of local Beau’s Beer and some yummy snacks.  They’re also super at catering to the vegans in our league. If you want a salad wrap with guacamole, with a side salad, also with guacamole, they will do it for you. Because they’re just that awesome. You should give them a visit.  Tell ‘em we sent you!

FATBOYS

We’ve also just found a new hangout in the market. Fatboys Southern Smokehouse on Murray Street has great bbq and live music on Saturday nights. We’ll be bringing our after bout parties there in June and July, if you need a ringing endorsement.

Capital City Derby Dolls are still dedicated to developing new skaters and keeping an active house league program. We’ve got in-house scrimmages planned for June, August, and September. Keep an eye on our facebook page for an invitation to come and watch your favourite new skaters KABD.

We couldn’t have done it without our fans, our friends, our skaters and our sponsors. Sponsors like Michael Lewicki, Hedges Sutherland Law Firm, Boxall Heating (boxallheating.com), Bigger Beards for Brighter Tomorrows, and Neon Skates have been there for us since day 1 and we can’t find enough ways to say thank you to them.

We hope to see you at our home opener on Saturday at Jack Charron Arena in Kanata. You can buy tickets online at capitalcityderbydolls.com!

Carpe Beardem

Hedges and Sutherland

Michael Lewicki S-ONE

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Volunteering is Dirty Work

Bust’er (Beauty) and Plow’her (The Beast)

You may have seen (or heard) some of CCDD’s finest at Beau’s Oktoberfest in Vankleek Hill on Saturday, September 29th.  We were the ones in green, soaking wet from head to toe, and randomly yelling “inside line” for no apparent reason.

We ended up in that field, under a tent, an hour from home because our sponsors, Beau’s Beer, asked us to.  They have stood behind us for 2 years now and when they asked for 10 willing and able bodies for 6 hours on Saturday, of course we said yes!

We showed up having no idea what we were in for.  When we checked in at the “volunbeer” desk (how amazing is that!), we were told that we’d all be working the Eco Wash station.  I’m sure that everyone could see our faces fall when we learned that our fate was 6 hours of washing dishes. BUT, we reminded ourselves that at least we’d all be together.

It turned into the most fun you could have in a field, under a tent, elbow deep in sudsy water (or even worse if you were on the pre-wash station).  Our Beau’s co-ordinator, Lyndell, was amazing.  She assured us that we would be well cared for, that the beer would flow like dishwater, and that we would be well fed by the food vendors.

The things we’ll do for one another…

She was true to her word.   Flats of Lug Tread, Weis o’Lantern, and a delicious cider were delivered and devoured with incredible frequency.  Pretzels and tacos and chilli kept us warm and full.  We had fun.  The kind of fun you can only have when doing dirty work in the great outdoors with your friends and teammates.

We yelled and danced for no reason.  Occasionally, we might have been louder than the band.  Random strangers rolled up their sleeves and worked alongside us, not because we were short-handed, but because we looked like such incredible fun to be around.

I’d like to show you a whole bunch of pictures of our silly foolish dish washing madness, but our hands were too wet and dirty to take the photos.  Here are a few that we did manage to take before plunging back into the brackish depths.

 

Being awesome is hard work

My back is sore, my shins are bruised from tripping over buckets of dishes, and I have a welt on my backside where someone whacked me with a wet towel, but if Beau’s Beer asks us to come back next year, I’ll answer with a resounding YES!

Special thanks to Delicate Plow’her, Nina Nails, Hairy White, Numerat’er, Mel, Ha Lou Ween, Rick, Wry and Ginger, Elizabeth Berzerkley, and Ruby Wreckage for rolling up their sleeves and getting dirty at Oktoberfest with me.

They even had food for those crazy…vegans.

Taking a silly break.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Bust’er Up

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CCDD WANTS YOU

Give it a shot!

At my football game last night, I watched a girl knock a few bitches down. I shouted, “HEY! Wanna play roller derby?” at her and then rammed the CCDD email address into her hand. Do you knock bitches down? Do you wanna knock bitches down? Do you know girls who could knock bitches down or dudes who want to try men’s derby? THE TIME HAS COME. CCDD is recruiting. We’re looking for people, THAT’S RIGHT, PEOPLE, 18 years of age and up, who want to get involved in this crazy ride as players, referees or eager volunteers. Volunteers can be under 18.

But…but…I don’t know how to skate?

Whatever. We spend the off-season teaching you how to skate, then how to play.

I don’t have skates?

WAH! You can rent them from us. We hardly charge for rentals…just enough to keep the skates maintained.

But…um…I’m not sure I’m cut out for this.

That’s a fair comment. Which is why we’re having an Open House. Actually, we’re having two. On Sunday, September 23, 2012, and the following Sunday, September 30, 2012, from 6:00 p.m. until 9:00 p.m., at the Belltown Dome on 2915 Haughton Ave., so you can come and try it out and THEN decide if you could maybe, JUST MAYBE, play derby.

How does it work?

Well, you give us $15.00 ($10.00 if you have your own skates) and we put you through some basics. You’ll be introduced to the people who run the league and to all the amazing coaches who will be physically torturing you, while you have the time of your life. Derby’s a tough, full-contact sport so while we teach you skating fundamentals, we also “gradually” whip you into shape. AND, we offer competitive skating and non-competitive skating, so for those of you who are looking for something different to keep you moving but prefer a house league style of play, we’ve got you covered.

So what are you waiting for? Sign up. Right here: https://docs.google.com/spreadsheet/viewform?formkey=dDJBdTJXMm80M2NkWEJDWGNXcEtiQUE6MQ

Dig up your bike helmet, borrow some elbow and knee pads and steal some wrist guards. Fill a bottle of water. Pack your ID and health card. If you’ve got skates, you should bring those. If not…when you registered, you told us your shoes size and there will be skates waiting for you. Wear whatever you want…but if you wear shorts, get some leggings on so that you don’t risk rink rash.

IT’S JUST THAT EASY. No more delays. Bring a friend for moral support…we fully encourage spectators.

For those of you who are all like, “SCREW YOUR OPEN HOUSE! I JUST WANNA SIGN UP!” Well, go right ahead: https://docs.google.com/spreadsheet/viewform?formkey=dFZSak82Um5KU0I1MTN2bXk2Y21DOHc6MQ#gid=0

Questions? Email us at capitalcityderbydolls@gmail.com.

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Stop thinking…just click on the sign-up link. What’s the worst that can happen? You fall on your ass? Great. I spent all season doing that in front of spectators. So come one out. Have fun. Do something different. And be a part of something totally awesome.

xo

Delicate Plow’her

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