April 20, 2002
nervous when it came time to drive the roadster from Berwyn to downtown
Chicago. Pretty soon I had butterflies the size of vultures.
Did the only thing I knew to do: I called Gracie (4-year old grand
daughter) and I said, "I'm supposed to drive Seno into downtown Chicago....do
you think I can do it?" and in her typical 4-year old way, she said:
"Yeah." So I got in the car and did it.
Hat Society convention is being held here at the Westin Michigan Avenue
across the street from the John Handcock building and I can see a sandy
beach and Lake Michigan out my 21st story window. It is freezing
cold and blowing a gale, but quite honestly I prefer that over the 90 degreee
weather they've had the last few days. You can be neck deep in a
mud hole and still die in a duststorm here. It snowed Easter!!
Then the heat, now this.
Tribune is here, Senior Style TV, Modern Maturity and
they said People Magazine too. Anyway I've been photographed
more in the last 24 hours than in my whole life all together! Makes
me still wish I had stock in Kodak. It is such a shock to see
a huge banquet room full of RED HATS! Because each one is on a different
head the visual effect is like looking at the surface of the each--a sea
of red hats--and the undulating and waving of net, flowers, bows, feathers,
rhinestones, satin, lace and even birds, lights and things you never thought
possible on a hat--it is very much a SEA of red!
stand up comedy routine this morning: THE WAR BRIDE. I do a
character who reports on the war zone of American life--Battle of the Bulge,
War Between Men & Women, etc. Gosh, went over great! They
are such a responsive audience--laugh at all the right times and are just
generally crazy, happy people. Businessmen staying here at the hotel
have remarked that the Red Hat Society is the happiest group of people
they've ever seen--everybody always smiling--and they say, "Go, girls!"
the banquet speaker this evening and then pack up and leave tomorrow morning
about 6:30 am. Off to South Bend and Notre Dame swap meet!
Now that ought to be interesting! Think I'll go shop at Marshall
Fields while I've got 2 hours before I turn into Alyce Cornyn-Selby the
speaker-person. (Some of the ladies swear they are going to send
photos to this web site--hope they do!)