Bleary eyed from last night's wedding shenanigans, the girls from Montreal and I get up early to go for food and to check out the registration line. There are two lines. One for registration and the other for insurance. The wait in each line average about 40 minutes each.
Still sleepy in the trapezoidal elevator ride to the forth floor
The registration volunteers of RollerCon 2009
This years RollerCon sponsor... "Whip It" the movie.
Happy to be going for food.
After going through the one registration line the girls decide to get food and then return to go back for the insurance. We end up at Chipotle and Panda Express. While eating a chicken burrito and going over the schedules, Tommy and I notice a guy pull down his pants right behind the girls.
He takes out napkins, wipes his butt, and carefully disposes the folded, used, napkins into the waste bin. None of the Montreal girls seem to notice and for some reason seeing this action did not deter me from finishing off the Chicken burrito.
Food and schedules
The fat chicken burrito
The guy post napkin usage
I waited until the guy pulled up his pants to take the photo. A photograph to remind me what went down so to speak while keeping the identity anonymous. One has to wonder if he resorted to using the outside garbage can because perhaps he wasn't allowed to use a washroom.
Nerd Rage in the insurance line
Back on the forth floor while photographing the line, the skaters, the volunteers, I bump into Nerd Rage in mid twitter (see NerdRage42 on Twitter).
A broken arm but a neat cast
Anita Martini waits for the elevator
Nerd Rage goes through luggage to get organized
From the Imperial Palace (our hotel) we take a shuttle bus to the sports center. This is a new venue that we didn't have access to last year. It's big. The vendors have been moved here from last year's Dynasty room. There's a large arena to skate and there's food.
Classic Joker at the Sports Center
The Sports Center derby floor
Nerd Rage in mid-twitter
After doing a quick survey of the sports center we make our way back to the Imperial Palace to catch another shuttle to Fremont street.
Man-O-Pause shows video to some of the other skaters
The Chicago roller girls
Diane on the upper level of the bus
Ducking the ceiling
Trash shows that the $1 water bottle has a place to write your name.
Look way up there...
...it's a ride that has you hanging over the side.
"Is that building over there supposed to be like that?"
Off the bus to the Fremont experience...
...and the derby challenges
Volunteers make the track using blue tape.
Moose Ondaluce of the Derby News Network
Star Trek VS Star Wars
Nerd Rage warms up
Over the next three days there are challenge bouts on Fremont. They have various themes and the teams are made up of skaters from all over. The first themed 30 minute bout on Fremont being Star Trek VS Star Wars. Geeky girls on skates equals sexy.
Team Star Wars won in the end and is it surprising? Team Star Trek were a bunch of red shirts after all.
Note: The Deathstar helmet
Nerd Rage skates through the Trek Pack
Strychnine, jammer, flys by another Star Wars skater
Nerd Rage (aka Andican Skyblock'her)
Using the Force
Red shirts defeated
Team Sexy VS Team Awesome
Justice Feelgood Marshall leads Team SeXY to the track
Justice Feelgood Marshall
"There's a ref on my feet"
Quadzilla of Team SeXY skates through the pack, inches in front of the Team Awesome jammer.
Justice breaks through the pack
More Arse than Class VS CHI or DIE
jammer VS Valerie of the Dolls (in white)
Queefer Sutherland, lead jammer
Cookie Cutter flies through the air
Queefer Sutherland jams against Isabelle Ringer
Cookie cutter gives a booty block
Moll E. Hatchet, jammer
The team photo
Waiting for the bus
On the bus
RC09 Opening Reception and Banquet
Buying tickets for Tequila
By the time the fremont matches were over is was 7:00pm, the same time the opening reception started. By the time I got back to the hotel and dropped off my gear I had arrived at the reception with Tommy Toxic at 8:30pm. We bought tickets for the Tequila Mockingbird draw, a fund raiser for a downed Derby Doll (click to read more and to make a donation). It took me a good 20 minutes to fill in all the tickets with my name and phone number. Yeesh.
The TORD girls
The welcome banquet
By the time Tommy and I entered the room they started taking food away off one table to consolidate the food onto another. All the Montreal girls were gone by this point but we were invited by Joker to sit with the London, Ontario girls.
The London girls
Eventually they left to go do some derby stuff leving Tommy and myself sitting at a table where our utensils and plates were being whisked away when we went to find water to get some other food. Eventually we were the only ones left and when looking behind us noticed all the other tables being rolled away.
While none of the workers told us to hurry up and finish eating one couldn't help but scarf down the food so people could clean up and go home. I inhaled by dessert cupcake thing, took a swig of water and left still a bit hungry.
the left overs
From the dinner I got on a bus to go to the Sports Center to see what was going on. It was during this bus trip that I found out a bit about wheels (thanks to Quadzilla). What treads do, and grippy VS not so grippy wheels.
Quadzilla on the way to the sports center
Gearing up on the bus to scrimmage at the sports center
Hambone and Ginger Snap "the boozer" (It was her first drink).
Anita Martini, Anya Face, Classic Joker
victim of a solid hit from Trish the Dish
The Elvis helmet (with Trish the Dish)
Then back to the hotel's second floor where Hurt Reynolds of the Derby News Network could be found on the Karaoke microphone singing to the derby girls.
Hurt Reynolds sings for the ladies
Strychnine and B-Train of Wicked Skatewear
(note the new shiny blue and silver fanny packs)
Swede with a hula hoop