Name: Krab Appel
Number: 4 3
What do you do for the league?
I’m co-captain of Pulp.
What is your skating position?
Where did you grow up?
Near Sacramento, in a town known for its wild chicken population.
What do you do for a living?
I teach part-time for some colleges and work – not with the animals - at a zoo.
What are your favorite hobbies (besides derby)?
Watching The Simpsons, yelling at movies, reading books, writing stuff, recycling, making bread.
What are your pre-derby sports, if any?
I played a few sports before high school. Season record in softball: most foul hits. In basketball, I just liked getting in people’s way, so when I started derby, it was a revelation.
Did you have any skating experience before joining derby?
What is a fun fact about you?
I was in The Simpsons 20th Anniversary Special – In 3-D! On Ice! for a few seconds.
Favorite feminist science fiction author?
Ooh, tough choice. Ursula le Guin, but there are many to love. Tell me yours.
If you had a secret power, what would it be?
Making people have empathy.
How and why did you get involved in roller derby?
I took a Women in Sports class and went to a San Diego Derby Dolls bout for extra credit, and I thought, “Whoa. I want to do that.” I wrote a paper on the league, and so many skaters were extra-awesome and completed interviews for me. I joined as a referee shortly thereafter because I didn’t have health insurance.
How long have you been involved with derby?
Since 2007. OCRD is my fourth league. I started with SDDD, then skated with Gold Coast Derby Grrls in Fort Lauderdale, then Pikes Peak Derby Dames. I’ve been lucky!
What’s the story behind your derby name? How did you pick yours?
I was thinking about being Hans Sprungfeld, but luckily settled on a more obvious reference ;)
What's the meaning behind your number?
There’s a dinner scene with Principal Skinner in which Edna talks about usually eating alone: “Usually it’s just soup for one, salad for one, wine for three, ha!” When we still had words in our numbers, I skated as wine 4 3.
What is your favorite derby story so far?
I’m paralyzed by how many I can pick from.
In what ways has roller derby changed your life?
I wish I’d come out of the womb and been put on a team. Derby helped show me what good relationships look like, what trust and confidence are, how teaching should be. It’s given me a new home through many moves and life changes, and friends that blow me away with their wonderful amazingness. And it’s always funny when someone says about derby, “You?” Yes. Me.
What advice do you have for someone new to derby?
Wear your gear all the time forever everywhere, especially your kneepads. When you get hurt, take the time to recover. Go to practice. We’re not all prodigies. It took me years to do an effective transition. Keep asking new people for guidance. One piece of advice got me to skate backwards; who knows how many it will take for me to learn to do a good hockey stop. Make derby friends. Love them. Let them love you back.