What is your name? Your derby name?
Flaming Hips or Hips for short.
When did you join KDG?
The beginning of time.
What is your role in the league (skater, ref, NSO, volunteer, etc.)?
I skate, NSO, volunteer, and in 2013 was a proud co-captain of the Rogue Warriors (with my derby wife, Kimminent Danger).
What committee(s) are you on?
In addition to my captain duties, I organized guest coaches on the Training Committee for the 2013 season. I’m on the set-up crew for our bouts as an extension of the Events Committee. And I’m a member of the Mutual Aid Collective, which aims to make derby accessible for players and fans. In the past, I’ve been a Conduct Committee rep and Chair, and I was the Chair of Promotions, Media and Sponsorship (PMS) for the first three years of the league’s existence. I’ve also been a First Aid rep, but I gave that up because I panic a little during a crisis (e.g. Don’t ever choke around me – I might slap you as a first response).
What do you love most about derby?
I love pushing myself, taking risks, feeling powerful, and being competitive. I love strategy. I love progressing and watching other skaters improve. But my favourite moments are laughing hysterically during practice with friends.
What do you do in your “real life” (for fun, for pay, for others… tell us a bit about you!)?
I have the best “real life” ever. I am a Program Director and Media Arts teacher at an arts-based school for adults with developmental challenges. I’m a sometimes-single mama of an amazing 8 year old boy, named Scooby Doom, who enthusiastically calls penalties louder than me when we watch derby together. I’m also a failed gardener, vinyl collector, vegan cook (today’s soup is curried lentil with sweet potato!), drive-in movie lover, retired philosopher, and queer. Suddenly, I feel like I’m writing a dating profile. (Note: I like pina coladas but getting caught in the rain is less than desirable.)
What are your derby and/or real life goals for the next year?
In real life and in derby, I want to have more fun. Not just run-of-the-mill, it-was-worth-a-giggle fun, but I-nearly-peed-my-pants fun, especially with my kid. I’d also like to skate 30 laps in 5 minutes (almost there!) and improve my footwork. I’d like to do some kick-a** blocking (no one said these goals have to be measurable, right?). And finally, I’d like to realize that life goes fast – it’s hard to make the good things last – you realize the sun doesn’t go down – it’s just an illusion caused by the world spinning round.
What’s a fun fact about you?
Umm… I play derby! That’s fun. And it’s a fact. Too cheeky? Okay. How about these: I trekked through the jungle in Thailand at night with no flashlight, in a flimsy skirt, tank top, and broken flip flops. I was in a major earthquake (7.3) in Taiwan and experienced what we affectionately termed “The Ninth Floor Boogie” (which was more frightening than funky). In the 1990s, I traveled far and wide, through two continents and many countries, to see bands play (name a punk/metal/hip hop/indie rock band – I bet I’ve seen ‘em). And I have been jumped on skates by Quadzilla more times than I can count!