It was February, 2012, only shortly after my 28th birthday. With the weariness befitting only those who've seen enough of an Australian summer already, we made our way to the Melbourne Showgrounds in Victoria one Saturday afternoon.
It was the VRDL season opener for 2012. My partner, bless her cotton socks, had phoned up those raucous buffoons Leaping Larry L and Stew Farrell from 3RRRFM's All Over The Shop one Thursday and won a double-pass to the roller derby event.
I knew, of course, everything about roller derby thanks to having seen Whip It *cough*. But to be honest, I hadn't really thought about the sport since I'd seen the film. It was a case of free tickets, so why the hell not.
I didn't really know what I was getting myself in for at all.