I have been emailing my ass off trying to find a league to skate with here in Michigan. I got pretty darn spoiled skating with CNY Roller Derby, so I have a laundry list of things I am looking for. Last night I skated with a local league for the first time.....
I skated with Bath City Roller Derby, it was about a 40 minute drive from my house, so I hydrated, took some anxiety herbs and headed out. Naturally things weren't as easy as they should have been, getting there, on the way, not even 2 blocks from my house some guy hit my truck and then got out and proceeded to come at me in a threatening way. He calmed down a bit when I got out and he saw that I am pretty big, no dainty cutie here. He swore at me, blamed me, then drove off. I went home and calmed down a minute before driving, safety first.
After all the insanity trying to get there, I finally arrived. Thank you valerian root for calming my anxiety enough to walk in alone and start gearing up. Almost instantly I was greeted by the skater I had been exchanging emails with, and I knew almost immediately that this is my new home. Everyone was super friendly, asking me questions about NY and just trying to feel me out. Someone even asked me how I like their floor, its cement with some rough patches...I just laughed and explained that my other league skated on slippery as ice cement for the longest and I was well versed in the crappy floor!
It was really refreshing to skate with another small friendly league, but at the same time I felt a tremendous amount of homesick. Judging by the open arms I received, these ladies will soon have a space in my derby heart.
Sadly I have to miss a practice each week because of my crummy minimum wage job, I am going to call and see if I can switch up my schedule......SKATING > WORK!