Tilted Thunder Rail Birds — Seattle All-Female Non-Profit Banked Track Roller Derby

Shanimal

Number: 
miR-260

Position: 
Blocker/Pivot

How did you come up with your derby name and number?
Whiskey Ginger came up with it when I was starting Flight School as a play on my real name; I loved it and thought it suited me well. MIR Code 260 is Seattle Police Code for Dangerous Animal. "miR" also stands for miRNA, which is an endogenous gene regulatory mechanism, and I sell miRNA. "miR260" is a specific miRNA for C. elegans, so it's a regulatory element of a WORM, a common drill in Roller Derby. Yes, I'm a biology nerd.
Why did you join TTRB?
I’ve been a roller derby fan since 2005, but didn’t think I could do it due to 3 surgeries on my left ankle. After watching the first two TTRB banked track bouts, I was hooked, and Whiskey Ginger urged me to give it a try with the first ever TTRB Flight School. I also really like the roller derby culture, which reminds me of my college faux sorority, the Sponges: empowered women with a sense of camaraderie who work hard and play hard.
How long have you been skating?
If you exclude birthday parties as a kid, I went to Lynnwood Bowl & Skate 4 or 5 times before starting Flight School in mid-January 2011.
What derby related injuries, if any, have you had?
I'm always covered in bruises, but the worst so far has been a bruised sternum.
How has derby improved your life?
Most notably, I’ve made some awesome friends and I’ve gotten in the best shape I’ve been in since high school—a happy side effect of several practices/week.
What do you do with your time, other than derby?
I’m a serial hobbyist: cheesemaking, stained glass, woodworking, gardening, cooking, and hosting epic derby parties.
What is your biggest fear?
I fear getting attacked by butterflies while trapped underwater, under a sheet of ice. Thankfully aquatic butterflies have not yet been discovered, so they must be rare. Realistically though: I fear becoming a completely awful person, and being oblivious to it.
What makes you happy?
Manimal (aka El Rudo)—my hubby of 12 years, my puppies, good friends, good food & beverage, and being successful at trying new things.
What is your favorite color?
PURPLE! Specifically the eggplant-y shade. And neon animal print.
What is your beverage of choice?
Beer, and nothing beats a good bourbon barrel aged stout.