As a skinny little tomboy, I grew up skating on metal roller skates that attached to my shoes with a key. Hurtling myself down the steep hill in front of my house, there was no stopping. You either negotiated the corner at the bottom and slowed in the straight-away, or you were pitched into the street. In Derby, the stop was the hardest thing for me to learn. Once I started to scrimmage, I volunteered to be an official, cause I needed to know more about the game. Never the popular girl, imagine my surprise to find myself accepted and embraced by this totally cool ass group of Refs and NSOs who work for SFVRD. Today, I am overly fond of them all and thank them all for their friendship and sick sense of humor. I do want to give a special shout out to a few of the women: Glitch, Ruby, Psycho, Sharkey, Hardnlow, Penguin, Hollywood, Roswell and Mini, because they broke the mold. If you haven’t worked with the Ref Necks…what the hell are you waiting for? You need to learn more about the game! Also, I’m gonna take this space to say, I’ve decided to begin training as a Skating Ref with this talented crew. So, watch out ya’ll!