By Lila Felix
"The place was packed and even if you weren't familiar with derby you could tell the amateurs from the pros. One girl who looked more clown than skater, lost her footing and did a backwards flapper dance before landing on her butt right in front of me. I reached out to help her up but she waved me away and said, "I think I'm just gonna stay here for a minute." And then she laid her head down, schooled by eight wheels."