Laura Goes to the Roller Disco

"Whether you're a brother
or whether you're a mother
you're stayin' alive, stayin' alive
Feel the city breakin
and everybody shakin'
and were stayin' alive, stayin' alive
Ah, ha, ha, ha, stayin' alive, stayin' alive
Ah, ha, ha, ha, stayin' alive"

-Bee Gees

Was takin' a look at TimeOut New York on Friday when I came across an advert for a Roller Disco put on by Down and Derby (http://www.downandderby.org/). Well, I had just so happened to have watched "Whip It" earlier in the week and was dying to go roller skating...and discoing?? COME ON! Who wouldn't want to go discoing?! And the dress code: Be Creative.
So we prepared for the unexpected, maybe not even getting in, or getting skates. But we found the uber-ritzy hotel and hurried into the basement before anyone would see us in our roller disco garb. Luckily, we made it in line before most of the crowd arrived, and we were STOKED!! 
There was actually a lot of security there, so it made us feel like we were at an ultra exclusive party. They made us sign a waiver so we wouldn't sue them if we broke our necks. I didn't mind. I didn't plan on breaking my neck.
Anyway. We got in and got our skates and hit the rink! Not as gracefully as I would have hoped, but hey, I didn't even fall! For someone who has roller skated maybe one other time in her life, this really wasn't too terrible. The disco tunes were blazin' and we were having a ball skating and semi-dancing as so not to throw our balance. It was awesome though!
I couldn't believe some of the amazing roller skating talent that was there!! How, why and where does someone learn to skate/dance like that?! They were twirling and whipping in and out and around people without missing a beat. And yes, there were some questionable old lone rangers who apparently just loved to roller disco on a Friday night. It was fun to just sit on the sidelines for a time and people watch. After a couple hours the place got pretty packed and the rink got full of skateless folk just there to party. This was our signal to jet. We retrieved our (beer drenched) shoes that we had hidden in various places in the lounge and headed out.
It was most definitely a night well spent! I hope it won't be too long until my next roller disco!


  1. I haven't been to a roller rink since I was in Jr high! I bet you guys had a blast! The bee gees album staying alive was my first record I bought with my own money!

  2. thats so funny! you guys look awesome!

  3. Sorry to hear about your shoes...what a waste of good beer!