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Archive for April, 2013

File under: Impossible advice. This morning, I horned in on a Twitter conversation about Rose City’s upcoming home team draft. Draft was for me, without an instant of doubt, the most stressful event of my roller derby career. Worse than tryouts. Worse than getting skates stolen. Worse than any championship game. I have the feeling […]

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I’ve seen a lot of manatee videos, but this one made me yelp at about 30 seconds or so. OMG BABY MANATEE. You’re killing me. I don’t condone the patting of manatees, but most people say it’s fine to give them an open-handed pat with one hand. If the manatee really wants to hang out […]

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Shaolin Spocker isn’t just a badass on the track, skating with Rose City’s High Rollers. She also runs her own photography and design business. Spocker was kind enough to take the time to tell us about her company and about re-designing the Rose City Rollers website. Frisky: Tell us a little about your company and […]

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There’s been a lot of chatter on the internet about the sausage this week. I don’t care for the sausage*. It sucks to watch in large doses. Do I think we need a rule change to get rid of it? Probably, but not definitely. Until that time, though, what are skaters supposed to counter this […]

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This week’s Manatee Monday also happens to be Earth Day, so we thought we’d bring you a brief environmental message.   Manatee enjoys nature, of course – especially eating it. However, we had to have a little environmental lesson for Earth Day, because all he really knew about conservation was “don’t pollute water” and “be […]

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Or, why are you messing around with all that backwards stuff? Not too long ago, blocking while facing the opposite direction was a kind of special skill that super-cool blockers would pull out every once in a while to dazzle the fans. In the last year or two, it’s become more and more popular, and […]

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The WFTDA just released a new set of minimum skills requirements. Notable changes: The 25 laps in 5 minutes requirement is now 27 laps in 5 minutes. (Hey, didn’t we just talk about this?) Skaters now must be able to skate one lap in 13 seconds, starting from a standstill. The falling section is now […]

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My husband isn’t the only musical one in this house. Unfortunately, most instruments are designed to be played by humans with arms and fingers, but that doesn’t stop Manatee from trying.   Hmm. The xylophone is kind of tough when you’re working with flippers. And when you sit on the xylophone, it muffles the sound […]

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A couple of weeks ago, when I asked you what you’d like to read about, one commenter had a sad story to tell: I just broke my ankle last weekend. Freak skating accident, essentially my wheels were too grippy for the floor. Wheels gripped and ankle snapped while on a duck run. Once I build […]

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The biggest roadblock for a lot of new skaters trying to pass the WFTDA minimum skills requirement is the dreaded 25 in 5.  You need to be able to skate 25 [EDIT: now 27 in 5] laps on a regulation WFTDA track in five minutes, with other people on the track with you. With time, […]

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