So without further ado, the winner is...HardKore Lena from Athens Ohio Roller Derby who submitted the name "Kitty Liquorbottom."
Congratulations! Have fun with your goodies!
|Craziness at the Black and Blue Ball|
This will be my 5th RollerCon in a row and I'm just as excited as my first one. I don't have any recommendations specifically relating to gear, so this is just general advice:
1. Keep your schedule loose! There is nothing worse than having your heart set on a specific class, only to find out that it already filled up, was cancelled, or you got drunk the night before and woke up too late to attend. If something like that happens, brush it off and don't give it another thought. There is so much going on at all times during the convention, you won't have trouble finding something else to occupy your time. Come on, it's Vegas!
2. Don't go crazy! It's amazing to be amongst so many fellow Roller Derby fanatics, and it can be quite overwhelming, but that doesn't mean you have to keep up drink-for-drink with your new buddy and wind up puking into the pool during the Black and Blue ball (yes, that supposedly happened.) It's okay (and expected) to have fun, but if you overdo it, you may not be able to put your skates on the next day or two due to a nasty hangover.
3) Have a battle buddy! This one comes from my time in the Army. A battle buddy is someone who is supposed to look out for you and keep you out of trouble, and you are to do the same for them. This may mean you take turns getting trashed, find a way to keep your buddy from going over their limit (booze, gambling, staying up late, etc.), or making sure they don't go back to some random person's hotel room when they may not be able to make the best decisions for themselves. If you pick the right battle buddy, they will not only keep you out of trouble, but also will encourage you to step out of your comfort zone and into situations you wouldn't have thought to get yourself info if you were alone.
If you follow those 3 rules, you should have no problem staying happy and out of trouble while experiencing new adventures. If you have an interesting story from a past RollerCon, whether it be a tale of woe, humor, or just plain strange, please feel free to share it with us in the comments. If you are heading to RollerCon next week and happen to see me, flash me the shocker...it will make my day.
Until we skate again!