What’s the significance of your derby name and number? (Fighty Almighty #KO)
[FA] – I was the original Ruby Bruiseday but my love of Greek mythology out won my love of the Stones. I settled on Fighty Aphrodite but an original Texas Roller Derby skater already laid claim to Mighty Aphrodite. Since we don’t duplicate names in the community, the Almighty was suggested and it suites my general tongue-in-cheek arrogance to a T.
How did you get started playing roller derby?
[FA] – When I gave up stage acting back in 2005 I needed another physically grueling hobby that would suck up all of my time and energy and offer zero pay. Enter, stage left: Modern-Day Roller Derby. My vagabond ways have seen me skate for the San Diego Derby Dolls, the B.ay A.rea D.erby Girls, the LA Derby Dolls and the Angel City Derby Girls. But I’m in Seattle for good now.
What is your favorite thing about Rat City?
[FA] – The commitment, energy and drive of each and every single member’s involvement. Roller derby isn’t just a hobby; it’s a lifestyle and Rat City Rollergirls is the living, breathing embodiment of true dedication, true athleticism and true grit. I am humbled and grateful on the daily to be part of this league.
What was the last thing you ate?
[FA] – A dry sourdough English muffin and about a gallon of Monday morning jet-fuel – French roast.
What is your favorite off-skates workout?
[FA] – My trainer, Nevrize Aydogan of Nev Fitness is five feet of Turkish delight…and torture. She has tailored my workouts with her for optimal performance on the track. And she’s easy on the eyes.
At noon, a train leaves Seattle for Portland while another train leaves Portland for Seattle. It takes one train 4 hours and the other 7 hours to make the trip. Both maintain constant speeds and travel along parallel tracks. If you were on one of those trains, what kind of refreshing beverage would you be drinking in the dining car?
[FA] – If I were on the Portland-bound train, I’d be enjoying a pint of Manny’s Pale Ale, of course! If returning to Seattle, I’m sure it’d be something from Full Sail. Yum! (Don’t tell Nev about my love of the hops, though. She’d kill me…)