RollerCon was fucking amazing. I took classes and seminars from my favorite skaters, learned to Jam Skate, watched my heroes skate (Team USA!), got my ass kicked up and down the track by Razorslut of LADD, swam, drank, partied. Oh boy did I party. I don't really party. Sometimes months will go by and I haven't had any alcohol, but RollerCon is an exception. We rolled into Vegas at around 5:00 Wednesday morning, checked in, celebrated with some beers, and went to bed for about 4 hours before getting up and hitting registration. Then, we spent the rest of the day by the pool. That night, we went to karaoke at the Top of the Riv. Roller derby people take karaoke very seriously. As evidenced in the video below:
The road to Vegas at 2:45 am
5:20 am beers!
The registration line
Mimosas at the Peppermill!
Fireside lounge at the Peppermill. What a time warp, right? And that's INSIDE!
MBDD watching the Team Sexy vs. Chupacabras Peligrosas bout!
Team Sexy vs. Chupacabras Peligrosas
The pool on Wednesday night.
The karaoke crowd (and Eve L Twin)
Vix and Eve slow dancing
MBDD in line to get tickets to Quadzilla's jam skating class
Vix and I about had a heart attach when the aliens from Sesame Street showed up at the luau.
Oh yeah, and Surge, Jem, Beans (not pictured), and I met Coolio by the pool and gave him a piggy back ride. This is not a joke. It really is him. He's kind of a d-bag.
Friday night: all dressed up for fancy dinner at The Sugar Factory (at the Paris)
This was our 36 oz goblet of yummy goodness. It tasted like gummy worms and had gummy worms in it.
Sharing our drink. We couldn't even finish it all.
Quadzilla and Demanda Riot ready to leg wrestle at Pants Off, Dance Off
Fresh Step and I drinking our Coronaritas at the Peppermill on Saturday night.
Black and blue ball! I was actually wearing a dress. That lasted about 15 minutes until it was just too hot and we decided to get in the pool.
Sunday, mid day. Team USA played Philly (and won by a lot). This was the first time I'd gotten to see my hero, Suzy Hot Rod skate in person. She plays for Gotham in New York, so it was probably a once in a life time opportunity. And we were sitting right behind their bench. To say I was excited is an understatement.
Monday: the road home.
If you want to read about what I learned at RollerCon, check out my Jux. Does anyone else out there have one? I like it a lot. School starts on Wednesday, officially, but I had to go back to work for meetings and trainings and classroom work yesterday. I really, really don't want summer to be over, but I saw a ton of my students from last year today when I was at school (they're group leaders for the new 6th graders coming in) and it was so good to see them. Also, there's a slight chance I'll teach one section of 8th grade (if we hire this new guy who wants to teach ELD) and if that happens, I'll have some of my former students. SO excited, but trying not to get my hopes up. And now, I must blowdry my hair and get ready for bed. I'm not used to getting up early anymore. :(