By Justice of the Peach
There are very few times in life where you are able to experience transcendence, a moment where you are lifted out of the gerbil wheel of your own life and can see the vast expanse of the universe and appreciate all the subtle intricacies. If you’re interested in feeling this without taking the time for a yogic retreat or near death experience, try getting the cheese curds at The Old Fashioned in the heart of Madison, Wisconsin across from the capital building. Like the fried, fluffy clouds of high cholesterol heaven, the deep-fried cheese melts away in your mouth, neither stringy nor tough. Lactose afflicted despair, gird your loins and take a bite. The cramps will be worth it.
For this season’s away games, Rocky Mountain Rollergirls A & B teams traveled to Madison the first weekend of April to take part in the second annual Madison Roller Derby, Udder Chaos tournament. We lost no time in immersing ourselves into the local culture, including multiple field studies on the integrity of the local dining establishments’ cheesy appetizers.
Held inside the Hartmeyer Ice Arena, a concrete floored building with high wooden stands for the spectators, several lockers rooms with tomb like acoustic qualities, and a fine array of vendors, Udder Chaos was a highly enjoyable away experience for RMRG (minus the fact that despite the clemently overcast weather, the elevated humidity led to swamp like conditions after the first day inside the building).
Several of the Fight Club players exhibited their beast mode powers by playing back to back games all weekend, skating in their own bouts, and then stepping in to help fill the Contenders roster. Skating against Ann Arbor, Madison and Naptown, Rocky came away with one hard earned win for Fight Club and some very close loses for the Contenders.
RMRG was happy to travel to this tournament (some even commemorating the event with tiny cheese tattoos) and even commented on what a nice place to live Madison would be-then someone remembered it gets to minus 40 in the winter and we all promptly hustled back onto the airplane home.
For more tournament action remember to check RMRG’s upcoming tournament, Besterns, the weekend of June 7th. E-ville Roller Derby, Happy Valley Derby Darlins, Houston Derby, and Madison Roller Derby will be in attendance. Check out our Facebook for details!
Photo credits: Assaultin’ Pepa, Chi Chi Chong, Justice of the Peach, and Harper Bizarre