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I glanced at the program for the Derby Dolls and saw nicknames like "D. Stroir," "Gail Force," "WMDee," "Dirty Harriet," "P.T. Bruiser," and "Bea Witched."

I talked with Karma Electra, who I'd met at a previous party. She also invited me to her wedding, which made the news. It was held at the Casbah. I asked Electra what type of padding was used for protection. "We have knee pads, elbow pads, wrist guards, mouth guards, and a helmet." She told me that she also used to play dodgeball with teammate Lizzy Thrasher before they got into roller derby.

Electra said that her grandparents come to every bout. I don't know what surprised me more, that the grandparents were there or that she used the word "bout."

I talked with one of the women who run the team. She said that they are in need of sponsors. She explained that there was no men's league and that if people wanted to watch roller derby, they should go to Skate World in Linda Vista.

As I was heading out the door, someone said to me, "Hey, you crash parties. Well, these girls do some serious crashing. There's blockers, jammers... You should try it. You'll see how hard it is to get through the pack and lap the rink."

"I had a hard enough time circling the lot looking for a parking spot," I responded.

Crash your party? Call 619-235-3000 x421 and leave an invitation for Josh Board.

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