Wicked Monkey, #409

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Name: Wicked Monkey
Number: 409
Age: 47

What do you do for the league?
I make awards (that apparently have a cult following now).

What is your skating position?
Blocker – usually in the center

Where did you grow up?
North Long Beach and Buena Park

What do you do for a living?
Paralegal but I’m really an attorney babysitter/wrangler

What are your favorite hobbies (besides derby)?
Sewing and creating weird things. Throwing themed parties and going to see plays and musicals.

What are your pre-derby sports, if any?
I played soccer as a kid and had lots of dance classes, mostly jazz and ballet. In high school I was on the swim team, on the wrestling team, and a cheerleader for a brief spell.

Did you have any skating experience before joining derby?
Only going to Skate Depot or Skateland, however, I learned to skate with those crazy metal wheel roller skates so I have some incredible knee scars from childhood.

What is a fun fact about you?
I don’t know if it is fun or funny but when I was in like 4th grade I wanted to run Green Peace and save all the grey whales and I wanted to be Leonardo DiVinci. Apparently I was a weird 4th grader.

Favorite food?
My go to favorite food is mashed potatoes but I like all food. I always say you can call me anything just don’t call me late to dinner.

If you had a secret power, what would it be?
To open my craft closet and have the exact items needed without going to the store.

How and why did you get involved in roller derby?
I have a friend who shared warehouse space with the LA Derby Dolls and when I would go to his work space I would see all of the Derby Dolls’ trophies and pictures and I would say that looks so fun I want to do that. Living in OC I looked up roller derby and looked at the schedule and it didn’t work for me, but I book marked it and kept going to the site and seeing when the orientations were. This went on for like 3 years. Then my schedule dramatically changed and I signed up for the orientation and I have been part of OCRD ever since.

How long have you been involved with derby?
18 months

What’s the story behind your derby name? How did you pick yours?
I love the Wizard of Oz and the book Wicked and the Flying monkeys are my favorite so I combined all my favorites.

What's the meaning behind your number?
There are 409 pages in Wicked.

What is your favorite derby story so far?
I guess it would have to be my own story. I broke my ankle during the last practice before my first skills test. I was devastated but I was determined to stay connected. So the whole time I was broken and healing I came to every scrimmage and continued to volunteer for everything. When I was cleared to come back I made a point to go to every practice and I was able to pass the phase 1 & 2 tests in 12 weeks.

In what ways has roller derby changed your life?
Roller derby has given me a ton of confidence in myself. It has also introduced me to a challenging sport. I make a lot of jokes when I’m tired and say I need to go home and rethink my life choices but in all honesty joining OCRD was one of my best life choices.

What advice do you have for someone new to derby?
Show up! Ask a million questions. I still ask a million questions.