The Washington Post
Skater balances fierceness and glass houses
In D.C. Dream Day, we ask our favorite people in the area to tell us how they would spend a perfect day in the District.
Most days, Jennifer Lindstrom works in the resident life office at the University of Maryland, matching students with the right housing setup. But on game days with D.C. Rollergirls, she’s known by a different name: Slam Grier. Actress Pam Grier has been an inspiration for Lindstrom, who joined the team in 2011.
“I’m one of the shortest members of the league at 4-foot-11, so I wanted a name that felt big and powerful,” says Lindstrom, 42, who is also the president of D.C. Rollergirls. “I’m one of those people that people would never think play roller derby. But I can be pretty fierce.”
The Hyattsville, Md., resident plays as a jammer, which means it’s her job to race around the track scoring points. Should you want to see her off the track, the Rollergirls serve as carhops — skates and all — at the Union Market Drive-In movie series, which is monthly through November. Speaking of movies, Slam has some specific guidelines for a movie night on her ideal day. — as told to Lori McCue
I would probably start out by having a long cup of coffee. I live just down the street from Vigilante Coffee Company [in Hyattsville], so when I have some free time I love to go there to linger over a cup of coffee and maybe have an acai bowl. It feels like dessert for breakfast. It’s a nice place to just sit and read. I always go with a drip coffee.
I’m an artist. I make glass art. I usually work out of the Washington Glass School, so I’d make my way down Rhode Island Avenue and maybe do some work there for a while. Lately, I’ve been focusing on combining found wood pieces and glass. I cast glass into the form of houses, and I use the houses to tell stories within the wood that I found. It started when a friend had two pieces of random wood in her car when she was cleaning out, so I threw them on my porch for a while. Eventually, I started seeing sculptures coming out of them. It’s something I don’t always make time for, between work and derby.
I think I would find somewhere to eat outside, to gather with some friends who also have the day off. We’ll just have a long brunch. I’d like to go to a restaurant with a nice patio and some beer on tap. The key is to have an excellent BLT with avocado. I enjoy Shaw’s Tavern: I’d like to have a nice beer and a BLT there. Next, I think I might head to
Thompson Boat Center, down by Georgetown, and rent a kayak. It’s something I’ve done occasionally — it’s one of those things that every time I do it, I wonder why I don’t do it more. That would be my exercise for the day after my BLT and beers. I’m making time for some relaxing stuff in my day — as long as the tide stays in my favor. I’d probably go outside to Lauriol Plaza. I haven’t been there in a long time — I don’t even know if it’s hip anymore. I’ve been here for 17 years, and that was always the place where all the birthdays happened. I love their margaritas. I’d sit outside, because it’s going to be a perfect day. I’m a huge movie fan. Uptown
Theater [AMC Loews Uptown 1] is my absolute favorite movie theater to go to in the whole area. So I would cap off my day with a movie at the Uptown. I like to see movies by myself because I like to focus. So I try to go at times when there’s as few people as possible. Maybe today, my friends and I will have the theater to ourselves.