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Adventures in Portland: Port Authorities vs. Rhode Island Riveters April 29, 2008

Posted by indigobunting in Uncategorized.

How lucky were we? We were in Portland for its roller derby team’s season opener. We bought tickets and assured friends we’d meet them in the beer garden.

The beer garden turned out to be a roped-off section of bleachers where you could drink. You needed an ID to enter, no matter your age. We actually had to wave to some 50-somethings we knew across the way who had not bothered to carry any.

I began to talk with a woman in front of me, a friend of a friend. She’s an artist, but more recently had begun an energy-work practice. Oh, and she’s a medium and works on past-life regressions. She looked at Tim and me and told me we’d been together in twelve lifetimes, and once we owned an 84-acre farm together. I told her that the number 84 actually has a couple of meanings for me, and perhaps this 84-acre farm was part of why I’ve been having trouble letting go of a PO box with that number that has outlived its convenience.

The derby was awesome. There were 1,100 fans there and a lot of noise. Rumor has it that our gals were not expecting to win, but they held their own, kept a slight lead, and won 75–64. I tried to keep up with the scoring, tried to understand it enough to be right when it was tallied after each jam, but it’s clear I have a ways to go.

Still, this the first sport I ever watched while wishing it could be me out there. I guess lots of people have that experience, but having been sports challenged (and mocked) as a kid, it never occurred to me that I could feel that way. There’s a part of me that allows me to think, If I’d started young, maybe I could have gotten good enough to be able to do that. Now, I’d pretty much get crushed.

And this tidbit for Deloney: Afterward, Lois Blow was awarded MVP.


1. Cedar Waxwing - April 29, 2008

I’ve never seen roller derby but I don’t think I’d want to participate in the rollering. I’m not always able to stand upright on my own feet, much less feet with wheels attached.

From what I’ve read of your blogs, it is hard to believe you were ever sports challenged. I picture you as an athlete.

2. indigobunting - April 29, 2008

CW: I am a disciplined exerciser, but that only happened after I discovered aerobics (in Elgin!) and realized I could exercise without anyone depending on/yelling at me!

3. Craig (Maito Sewa Yoleme) - April 29, 2008

I was surprised and delighted to learn that one of my extended circle of friends (more than an acquaintance, not quite an actual friend) is a part-time roller derby dame.

I was even more surprised to discover that she is also a part-time stripper.

I have half a mind to walk into her place of business one evening, just for the shock value, but the angels of my better nature tell me she’d never be able to look me in the eye again, so I won’t.

Maybe I’ll just go to one of her derby days instead.

4. indigo bunting - April 29, 2008

SW: I’d start with the derby. Although I’d be tempted…

5. Deloney - April 30, 2008

God bless Lois Blow!

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