Well, Saturday was another
one of those days on this Adventure that I said, "I just can't believe
my life!" Had a rip-snortin' session on Teamwork and Team Sabotage
for the very participatory and very bright group attending the American
Escow Association conference. Seriously, we had 4 teams that scored
the MAXIMUM amount of points on my exercises. This is higher than
usual by a long shot. I appreciated them and it certainly appeared
mutual. I'd join them again at a conference any old time.
The rest of my Reno stay was
like something out of royal fantasyland. Portland diva and performer
extraordinaire POISON WATERS was doing a command performance at the Fire
and Ice Ball at the Reno Hilton. So I got togged up, waltzed into
the ballroom like I had right good sense. It was fantastic to see
so many familiar Oregon faces--made me feel like HOME couldn't be too far
away! Meesha Peru was doing the dropdead gorgeous blonde-in-white
number very effectively, Maria was already up on stage sharing the MC'ing,
The Retro Rose Emperor ShelleY was royally attired and then there was the
Sterling Rose Empress 44 Poison Marie Waters and I can't tell you what
she was wearing because she kept changing. Look for photos soon.
I had to get my film processed the very next day! There was also the guy
who looks a tad like Eddie Murphy and everybody assuming I was going to
"walk." What? Well, girlfriend, it's like this: you are
lesser royalty so you have to go first. Huh? The Portland contingent
gathered back stage and at the proper moment we were to walk the length
of the runway INDIVIDUALLY and be "presented" to Emperor Paul Anthony and
Empress Trixxxy at this, their coronation celebration. I'm new to
all this and in the dark (literally), Eddie Murphy says, "Just walk out
there like you're Miss Universe." Getting into the spirit of the
"well, girlfriend" thing I turned (just as they announced my title:
Empress of Ladd-Reingold) and said, "You mean I'm NOT?"
So I did the walk and did a
klutzy bow gesture and congradulated the royal pair--most sincerely since
they were like two ultimately gorgeous specimens of human, ah, development.
They gave me The Pin which is just slightly smaller than a drink coaster
and has glitzy things in it which I will cherish forever since this was
my first "walk." Sort of a dash plaque you can wear.
Protocol dictates that the
highest go last, so this, of course, meant Her Royal Highness in Abundant
Charisma Poison (that's just the title I gave her). How she got all
the looks cards, plus the extrovert cards, plus the funny cards, I'll never
know. But whatever she's got, I'm not the only one who responds to
it. The place lit up when Poison came out in her signature purple
formal and I'm serious, people lined up all along either side of the runway
just hoping some of the magic would sprinkle down on them too. (Out
in the hallway, Poison couldn't even walk 50 feet without kids begging
for photographs with her. She graciously obliged every request.)
I dropped a small fortune (well,
enough to have an engine overhauled anyway) on a necklace and earring set
and it was Poison who glued the heavy, drippy earrings to my head so I
wouldn't lose them on the parade walk. On my glitziest day I can't
hold a candle to these professional glitter queens. The most beautiful
crowns I've ever seen this side of England's Crown Jewels. No exaggeration.
Where do they SHOP? I must know. After six hours of presenting
courts from Tumwater to Tijuana, my blood sugar was in the basement around
midnight. Had to struggle on those spikey black heels thru the Hilton
casino to the front landing strip. Someone pointed at me and said,
"There's one of THEM."
Me? Now I've received
awards in my life but this one was a very special one. My head is
going to be so big I won't be able to get it back into my leather flying
helmet. I got a triple shot of rhinestones/big hair/busts and after
weeks of looking like wadded up road lint, I REALLY needed the Fire and
Ice Coronation. For more info on what this scene is all about, and
where you might be lucky enough to see Poison Waters next, go to:
and start making plans for
attending PEACOCK IN THE PARK at Portland's Washington Park amphitheatre
Sunday June 30th. The show starts at 2:30 but you need to get there
about two weeks in advance to get a good seat. If you're not in Oregon,
well, plan on dropping everything you're doing to see this spectacular
show ANYWAY. Isn't it about time you did a road trip of your own?
This is as good an excuse as you need.
Speaking of which, time for
me to get on the plane and fly back to Billings, Montana and pack up Seno
for the last portion of this journey. I am awfully glad now that
the weather did NOT permit me to drive the roadster to Reno. It was
the only road (the desert) that I wasn't looking forward to and the 90+
degree heat would have done me in permanently. So the Universe had
a MUCH better plan. Now I can take a more northerly route back to
Oregon. Plans are: leave Billings, Montana and head for Yellowstone
on Tuesday, June 18. Stay tuned.