La Mad Adora # 5150
Interview by Meat Candy
MC: Describe your first taste of derby as if it were a snack food.
MAD: My first taste of derby as a snack food would be something of a sweet and salty mix. Like chocolate covered nuts. Once I got a taste of the sweet goodness, mixed in with the crunchy saltiness… well I was hooked. I even go through withdrawal symptoms if I haven’t been able to have it for a while due to whatever circumstances. Simply put, I’m addicted to derby’s sweet salty nuts.
MC: Tell me about La Mad Adora within. Where does she come from?
MAD: La Mad Adora comes from a few sides of me. It originally spawned from the creation of my jello wrestling character. I wanted to incorporate my Spanish roots/culture and channel that theatrical and fierce production that goes along with bullfighting. I’ve always admired matadors…the elaborate and gorgeous costumes, the graceful movements of their fight, their courage, and the beautiful art of human vs beast to the climax of death. After jello wresting, I realized just how “right” it felt, so I finally decided that this should be my derby name (after about 8 months of indecision and trying on other names lol). Matadora literally means female killer in Spanish (from “matar” which means to kill). In fact, it has only been in recent times that they have allowed women to bullfight around the world. I broke it down to make a name Using “La” like a title, “Mad” to incorporate my sometimes short fused temper or rather crazy side – we all go a little mad sometimes , also my love of the Mad hatter from Alice in Wonderland. Finally, the Adora part to complete the “matadora” sound….also one of my favorite childhood characters: Adora, Princess of Power aka She-ra! My derby number 5150 is the California (my birthplace) police code for crazy one on the loose, danger to property, danger to others, and danger to themselves. It’s also the title of a Van Halen album…gotta have a little rock ‘n roll connection too! Every part of my derby name and number has a piece of me in it
MC: You have real life and derby life. How you juggle it all?
MAD: Managing real life and derby has been and continues to be an interesting and exciting journey. Derby came along in my life when I needed it most. It has actually shaped my real life by igniting my passions, my career, amazing life long friendships, and it has even brought love into my life again. So there definitely has been crossover, maybe even more so than the average derby girl. I would have not been introduced back in radio and working at KLOO if it weren’t for derby. I also would not have met all of the incredible people that I now can’t picture my life without, including my wives, boyfriend and other friends. Derby has changed my life. Granted it’s not always easy. I’m having to juggle being a single parent, jobs (yes, more than one), limited finances, and other responsibilities on top of derby. However, despite all of the challenges and everything that I have to balance, I can honestly say that I’ve never been happier or felt so blessed. I know derby doesn’t always have this kind of impact on everyone, but I for one will always be grateful for what it has brought into my life…opportunity, friendships, and love.
MC: You have so many derby wives! What’s that connection all about?
MAD: Ha! Yeah, I guess I do have a lot of wives. I love them all so hard….Cruel, Slam, Krush, Asster, and Rocket. I guess the connecting factor is our strong spirits and love of derby. We’re warriors, each in our own way, and have bonded into a tribe of women that would do anything for each other. I’m sure we were a force in another life as well. It’s hard to explain how the evolution of what the wives group is today came into being….it’s a great legend that entails adventure, crisis, sacrifice, loyalty, love, and numerous derby after parties. I’m just incredibly grateful to have them in my life. With Rocket in Portland now, it’s hard to sometimes all get together at once, but we do make wife time throughout the year. I’m super excited to have Cruel and Slam skating again, and looking forward to Krush and Asster returning someday when they’re ready.
MC: Your derby future looks like…..
MAD: My derby future looks like a big pile of….glitter! I have a lot of sparkles in my derby future – big goals, great support, and motivation to be the best I can be. I’ve encountered many obstacles that have made my derby growth a little slower than others’ (like injuries), but I don’t give up easy at all. I will work hard, keep at it, keep going, and eventually, I know I will shine and sparkle.
MC: What is the best derby advice you have ever received?
MAD: I’ve received lots of great advice, so its hard to pick one. First thing that comes to mind… STAY LOW. It’s something that helps on so many different levels, and it just may save your ass. Also, as I discovered recently, strengthen your core. Really, just strengthen your entire body….and stay low.