One of the Skater Tots works at the med center and she sold me a fundraising ticket. The group is Vermont's first roller skating derby team. On the way to compete nationally.
I totally love their performing names. As a performing artist myself.
So I went to the event at Higher Ground tonight. Maybe only two on my flist will know about that: it's a huge dancefloor rock music club in town with two bars, 50-foot stage for bands, lots of lighting and open space, and tonight, the derby demonstrations.
All I knew about roller derby women came from Raquel Welch and the Kansas City Bombers, in a longago film. Tonight I was warned to back up off the track or get back into my tank.
These women are absolutely powerful and empowered and from all over VT [Chicago and Vegas, too] and they live up to their name: Hell on Hot Wheelz.
Courtney is the founder and brainchild of the group, she got pissed off that when she got to her middle thirties, she found no outlet for women like the ones that had given her so much physical / emotional satisfaction in school: soccer, lacrosse, even equestrian competition. So she started this up and they just got their Limited Liability Corporation certificate. Which means, among other things, they can raise tax-exempt money and get insurance.
I imagine that Twistpeach and Beagley had perhaps the same kind of brainchild-brainstorm when they took over our local HUGE downtown auditorium to put on Nightmare Vermont 2006, and later got involved in The Haunted Forest, both celebrations of October 31.
Closer to home: Kiota would have loved this. She would have put on fishnets and kneepads and taken both her cameras and maybe even applied to be a Skater Tot also: nevermind that she couldn't skate. [Once we got her in the club through Security, that is.] They'd teach her --- and on the rink, at her height she would be unstoppable. Tonight, she would have been excited by the women, who were totally friendly and outgoing. She would have filmed some interviews [which was happening all over the club floors] and made a documentary for college credit. Somehow I'm reminded of the time Sweetrush spent a day with her in Israel when they went out in the middle of the evening and hit the clubs. Not the same, but similar.
If there's anything the world needs more of, it's empowerment for women.
Even Skater Tots. My personal one is somebody I'd never want to meet in a dark alley. Tank or not. ... She carries her own light anyway, sun or not.
Well, maybe meet Atomic Muffin. Incredibly cute name. Fits her.
There's a raffle and one of the prizes is jumping out of an airplane to go skydiving. If I win, it's instant donation for her. [I'm up for watching from terra firma.] Hell, she probably could eat the plane for breakfast.