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And *finally* some SKATING content (mostly frustrated rambling)

Posted by Gina on Monday, September 1, 2008

I created this blog with the intent of giving ample amount of space to both skating and knitting.  This obviously hasn’t been the case, heh.  The very valid, yet mindnumbingly mundane reason is… I haven’t been skating.  I’ve gone skating maybe four times this year?  All four times were at the skating rink during open skate sessions.  Wooo!  Don’t get me wrong, it was fun.  But, do you really want to read about it?  “Today, I skated in circles over and over again while bad music played over the speakers.  I took the occasional break during rink games, such as ‘the limbo’, ‘hokey pokey’, and ‘four corners’.”  Okay, okay, I know I could have blogged about techniques I worked on.  I could have blogged about falling on my azz and making a complete fool of myself.  I could have complained about the rental skate quality (or lack there-of).  But, honestly, my skating sessions were so inconsistent that it really wasn’t worth blogging about.  This will soon change!  (There.  You have it in writing.  Now it has to change soon!)

I’m motivated (again) by the upcoming Kansas City Roller Warriors tryouts.  I don’t have the time to devote to being a full fledged team member, but I am seriously interested in becoming a ref (less of a time commitment, and less out of pocket expenses).  I considered this option last year.  I almost did it, too.  But, I couldn’t get over the “all or nothing” mindset I’ve had since the very first time I got the roller derby idea in my head (and then failed miserably at the 2007 tryouts).  This time around, I will go to the skating clinic this fall.  I need the experience.  I need the motivation.  At that time, I will discuss with the necessary person/people what I need to do to become a ref.  Between now and then, I will make it a point to skate whenever and wherever I can (but not at the expense of my family).  These are the goals I am promising to myself.  I need this (well, not roller derby specifically, but something similar).  I need the social outlet that knitting (my only “real” hobby) has yet to provide.  I need the aggression outlet (not that I’m aggressive, but still… some people jog to literally run off steam.  Some people drive.  Some people lift weights, do yoga, jump rope, etc…  Whatever it takes to get them out of the house for their “me” time).  That’s what I need.  An outlet away from home.  If it turns out the roller derby isn’t in the cards for me, even as a ref, then I’ll come up with a plan b.  For now, this is what I’m going to focus on.

This weekend, I’ll dust off my skates and go to the skating rink.  Or maybe the park, if I can find my outdoor wheels.


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Hell on Wheels screening in St. Louis

Posted by Gina on Friday, April 25, 2008

Hosted by the Arch Rival Roller Girls:

Webster University Film Series, Moore Auditorium
470 E. Lockwood – Webster Hall
Webster Groves, MO 63119

May 16, 17, and 18 at 8pm

$6 general admission
$5 senior citizens, students (of Webster University?), and derby girls (in a league/team jersey and/or shorts)

For more information, visit or

If ony I had time and money for a road trip. St. Louis is so close, yet so far. :-( It sounds like a lot of fun. If anyone from KC is going, let me know. I plan to live vicariously through you!

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Let the roller derby season begin!

Posted by Gina on Tuesday, January 29, 2008

Is anyone else excited? The Kansas City Roller Warriors kick off the season at 7pm on March 9th. I’ll be watching from the sidelines again this year. I didn’t try out after-all, but I am (finally) at peace with being just a spectator. The practice schedule doesn’t fit into my life right now, and because I have two very little ones at home, I’m not about to start rearranging things for any sport. Some day, though… Until then, I’ll be frequenting the open skate sessions at the skating rinks, and enjoying roller derby bouts comfortably seated far away form the hard hits.

In somewhat related news ramblings, I’ve been thinking that this city needs a speed skating club. Anyone interested in forming one (in a year or two)?

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Roller Derby – Tryouts? And some videos..

Posted by Gina on Monday, November 19, 2007

It was requested that I post more about roller derby. This one’s for you. ;)

It’s old news, but I’m still thrilled about it. Congrats to the Kansas City Roller Warriors for winning the 2007 WFTDA National Championship!

Tryouts for KCRW are coming up quickly. The closer they get, the less enthusiastic I feel. I haven’t had much time to practice and get in shape. I’m seriously considering not trying out this year. Part of me wants to, even though I ‘know’ I won’t make it. It’ll be a learning experience, right? And it’ll show that I’m interested and maybe help me score some brownie points for when I am ready. I did try out last year, and what I gained from that experience has been carried with me thus far (just need time to practice!). How much more can I learn *without being accepted* this time around? Another lesson in humility? Sounds oh so tempting /sarcasm. Maybe it will be worth it. Another option I’ve been considering is becoming a ref. Refs don’t need as much skating ability (and some refs don’t skate at all). It would be a good way for me to get some skating experience, while learning the ins and outs of roller derby in preparation for the 2009 tryouts.

Decisions and self doubt. They don’t go hand in hand. While I’m trying to make up my mind, here are some videos of KCRW – the 2007 champions – in action. The second video is of my absolute favorite skater – Snotrocket. She’s awesome! The videos pale in comparison to watching KCRW and Snotrocket live, but they’re still fun:

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