General Tso Fine
What is your derby name?
General Tso Fine
How did your derby name come about?
Misfortune Cookie (my sister) and I were hungry…
How did you find out about roller derby?
I used to drive Cookie to practice when she first joined Penn Jersey and just wait around while she skated. Classy Chassis, who was the rookie coach at the time, got me on skates after about a week of this.
What league do you skate for?
Penn Jersey Roller Derby in Philadelphia, PA
What is your favorite position to play?
I have utter disregard for my body bits…so I jam.
Do you have a pre-practice ritual?
1.) Grab a quick dinner after work. 2.) Realize all my workout clothes are dirty. 3.) Pick some clean-ish things to throw in my bag. 4.) Don’t be late. 5.) Crap. I remembered by skates, right?
Do you have a game day ritual?
Usually just carbs the night before!
Who is or are your derby heroes?
I have such respect for all of the old school banked track skaters but especially for PJRD’s former coaches: Judy Sowinski, Skip Schoen, and Little Richard Brown. PJRD wouldn’t be doing what we’re doing now without them, and I don’t think the sport as a whole today would be the same if the old school skaters hadn’t kept things going in the 50s, 60s, and 70s. So thank you!
What is your favorite thing to do off of the track?
Going on adventures!
If you could go back in time - what would you tell yourself during the first week of practice?
I would probably just observe Past Tso Fine, but I would wear a disguise so he wouldn’t know that I’m actually Future Tso Fine. I love working with the starry-eyed rookies who come through PJRD’s program. Everything is new and wonderful to them, so I’d love to see what Rookie Tso Fine looked like! Also, time travel is tricky. I wouldn’t want to come back and find out that I have to learn a whole new list of presidents. Best not to mess with anything…because causality!
How do you make the work, life, roller derby balance happen?
My boring job pays the bills so I can skate and do other fun stuff. If you figure out that life part, please let me know!
Anything else that you’d like to tell the roller derby world?
Roller derby world, I like you. Let’s be friends!
Photo Credit: David Carter Photography