Wednesday, March 18, 2009

Turning 29.

By Friday morning, I will have entered my last year of my twenties. One more year and I move into the realm of no longer being able to say I'm twenty-something. Although I hear your thirties are much better, I must say I'm already dreading turning another year older. August, my son, gets thrilled at the thought of birthdays and he absolutely cannot wait for mine to come and go so that we can celebrate his. He knows that once mine is over it means his will be next; he will be turning four on April 11th. It's my intention to throw him a big birthday with all our friends and family. I am looking forward to giving him a wonderful day and watching him enjoy having all the attention on him.

Thursday, tomorrow, will be our first practice back after our win against the Sirens of the L.A. Derby Dolls. It's team practice night and it's time for the Betties to regroup and get focused on our upcoming bout against one of our home teams, The Lost Girls on April 4th. I am excited for practice tomorrow, celebrating my birthday with my league, playing with the Betties and getting to eat yummy cupcakes made by Roxy Scarmichael.

Here's to another birthday *CHEERS*. Ladies, put one down for me this Friday.

*Photo Credit: Kelly Castro

Another SCRG Blogger...really?

I have been thinking many months about starting a blog about my experiences playing roller derby. I have admired Raven Von Kaos and how she was the first one to blog about our league. Her blog Raven n Rollin is a joy to read, it's not always about derby, some times just random stories of what's going on in her life. I think it's wonderful the attention she was able to bring to the league through blogging. I love how she was also taking the time to feature different roller girls from our league. I hope she finds the time to resume this aspect of her blog.

So tonight, I was checking out Killer Vee's blog, Northern California Derby, and making a comment about her featuring our YouTube site there and I saw a good friend of the league Nocklebeast following her blog. I love this guy. He is a devoted photographer who has taken it upon himself to be present at every one of our home bouts taking photos. He gives attention to all aspects of the game and you can see how each game his photos improve more and more. While adding him as a friend, I came across the fact that he was following a blog called Lulu Lockjaw...The Real Deal. I had no idea that Lulu had even started a blog. I immediately clicked over and started reading and loving it.

These two women, leaguemates and just badass derby girls have inspired me to move forward with starting my blog tonight. I love and adore them not only for the way they play the sport but who they are as people. I hope to continue to be inspired by them in life and in derby. I had a moment of, "Do we really need another blogger for SCRG?" My initial reaction was, "No," but the more I thought about it, it became clear to me that it was needed. Every girl sees derby in her own way on the track and off. She brings a different outside experience to it, thus creating a unique league. The connections I have with my friends and family and the values I was raised with are in my own way different than everyone else's. I bring this to the league every day be it at practice, at bouts, at get-togethers, on the forum, on the phone, wherever derby crosses our lives, and trust me it's everywhere. I love that all of us women, with different lives, stories, troubles, loves, what have you come together for one common purpose, derby. I would not be who I am today without everything that has occurred in my life, good and bad, but I sure as hell would not be the woman I am today without derby. Santa Cruz Rollergirls is not just another roller derby league, it's a passion and the women who have created what it is today have given me an experience I will never forget.