After exhausting what I think are the final options for any type of old school building, lodge or space I decided to let go of that idea for today. My fingers are crossed for a space through the City that we could skate in and we’ll know by the end of the week. Today is a tough day to stay on track.
The day is bittersweet and my heart is with the Tilted Thunder Rail Birds as they mourn the passing of one of their own; sweet Nicole Clementi age 22.
Nicole fell two weeks ago from a 3rd story building and didn’t recover from that; yesterday was the end of the hopes that they held for her.
I remember practicing with her the very first time I saw her. She was STRUGGLING to do crossovers and I went behind her, held her hips and worked with her for quite awhile that day. She ALWAYS had a smile and always gave it her all at practice. She made an awesome trophy for the rail bird of the month in the summer and I was blown away at the talent that she had.
I had fun teasing Nicole as her skills improved about the early crossover days and she turned into quite a badass little skater. Her derby name started off as Harry Slaughter, then she changed it at some point to Beaver something… I called her Harry Beaver. I heard someone call her Harry Situation and don’t know if that was the one she wound up with or not.
Today I miss my Birds more than ever and wish I were there with them, but I’m not. I’m here looking for a new place to skate and it’s a hard path but I know it is the right one.
It’s with the spirit of community that I keep going to get the rec league going and Harry, now I get to bring you with me…
I think I’ll sit here for a moment, listen to the Seattle rain and send you some love. Rest in peace little Bird and fly on to the next place.
You left way too soon.