July 2010 - Belle Tolls

What’s the significance of your derby name and number?
[BT] – It’s based on the title of a Hemingway novel about the inescapability of death and the strengths (and weaknesses) of the human spirit in the face of tremendous negative odds.

Do you have any bout-day rituals, habits, or superstitions? If so, what are they?
[BT] – I like to get up late, eat a cheeseburger and fries, take a bath, and then sip an herbal iced tea with my teammates while we do an off-skates warmup. i also like to win.

What was the last thing you ate?
[BT] – A bowl of chicken pho and a banh mi sandwich on Alki beach. with an avocado smoothie. (don’t judge me!)

What is your favorite thing about Roller Derby?
[BT] – The intense, focused chaos. it makes me feel right at home.

What is your favorite off-skates workout?
[BT] – Hiking to waterfalls with my teammates. Rock climbing. Yoga.

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?
[BT] – Absinthe and rye. With a twist of existentialist, hyperbolic melodrama.