Tuesday, March 18, 2014

Bloggerpalooza Afterglow

Group photo of 2014 Bloggerpalooza attendees 

Yes folks, the banner photo on top of this blog is new, taken yesterday after the "Last Blast" (I hope so) snowstorm of Sunday.  Yes, MORE SNOW.  AND COLD.  AND WIND.  Will this winter ever end?  One thing for sure, I am sick to death of this winter.  Even as I type this entry, the wind is howling outside my little bedroom converted into a home office window.  And to think just last week I had Miguel, my landscaper, lay mulch around all my flower beds in anticipation of all the spring flowers just ready to burst into bloom.  

The Inn At Canal Square, Lewes, DE - site of the Bloggerpalooza event - sans snow

So folks, here we are in the afterglow of the second annual Bloggerpalooza.  I've already checked out some of the photos posted by some of the attendees on their blogs.  We have some great photos, including those of me dressed in drag which I greatly regret having done.  

Everyone is keeping their distance from the old "Madame" and I don't blame them


WHAT.WAS.I.THINKING?  First time in drag for me since I was ten years old and went out trick or treating Halloween 1952.  I'm going to blame my lack of judgement on Dr. Spo.  When I saw him go for the silk and plumes I thought I could get away with it too.  But as you see from the results, I'm just sad whereas Dr. Spo provided a whimsical fancy departure from his usual butch appearance.

Gorgeous Dr. Spo with his signature red bow tie
I'm still recovering from running this event.  The day after the event, I slept straight through for 11 hours, solid.  When I woke up I felt like I was rising from the dead.  I'm still a bit wiped out.  It will probably take me a week to fully recover. 



But I am glad to say that last week's Bloggerpalooza was successful.  Lots of smiles and only a few glitches, like that round-about way I lead everyone to the Mexican restaurant on Friday night.  I was trying to do three things at the same time; directing Pat (who was driving), texting Mark H. so he wouldn't arrive at the wrong restaurant and answer all of Randy's questions (who was riding in the back of the car).  Next thing I knew Pat made a wrong turn and was traveling down the wrong street, in the dark.  Then when we arrived at La Quetzalteca

La Quetzalteca Restaurant - Millsboro, DE


the restaurant had not reserved our tables (as I had requested two nights before, maybe something was lost in translation) and then, the place was packed with families and a squalling baby (why of why do parents bring their BABIES to restaurants)? But that is a subject for another whole blog posting.  

"Where's our table?"

That was Friday night.  Saturday night went more smoothly.  More later, much more.

Watch out when these two are hatching something up

22 comments:

  1. Don't worry about the roundabout way to the Mexican restaurant. No one was harmed so no problem. Besides, you should have seen the little misadventure Jay, Randy and I had getting back from Dogfish Head to Lewes. Man, what did they put in that beer there? lolz

    And don't have any regrets Ron about being a "fancy gal". Life's too short to regret. Just embrace it!! XOX

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    1. Thanks Denise. You're right on both counts. I felt sorry for poor Pat. He was unfamiliar with the area and it was night and I wasn't watching out for him, concerned as I was that Mark H. didn't end up at the OTHER La Quetzalteca in Millsboro. And yes, I don't feel so bad about being a "fancy gal" now. I was afraid Pat would lose all interest in me after that get up. Once things for sure though, I won't do it again. Once is enough.

      Ron

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  2. And a fine time was had by one and all.
    A bit worried that, when I eventually DO make it, is it a condition that everyone has to, at some time, put on a dress? Having never done so I'm concerned about what emotional trauma might arise from it.
    And, by the way, I was wondering if that was you or a mannikin in that fetching floral outfit - though I do believe you might have put on too thick a layer of foundation cream. ;-)

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    1. Ray,
      Yes, a good time was had by all. I felt sorry for those who weren't able to attend the event. Unfortunately this is probably the last time I'll host the event. If there is a next time, I would just like to be an attendee. Time to give someone else the opportunity to throw the party.
      Ron

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  3. Ron,
    I don't think you give yourself enough credit, you were adorable and blue is your color. With a slender physique you could pull it off. The hat topped the look off (no pun intended) and rather than a tired and well worn madam to me you looked like a Minnie Pearl sister (again the hat). I can't believe you got socked with another snow storm. This time we managed to miss the snow, just rain but a cold cold wind blown rain. Glad the storm waited until the event was over. I hope everyone driving made it home safely.
    On another note, do you remember Harlow, a blonde beauty that used to hang out in Philly back in the day. I don't remember if she was in drag or trans gender.
    Get some rest, you deserve it.
    Jack

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    1. Jack,

      Years ago, one summer when I vacationed in Provincetown I was given the opportunity to wear one of those white silk Jean Harlow (the real Harlow) type gowns. I protested that I didn't have the right heels and didn't want to shave off my beard. But I was told that was just the point, that to keep the beard and the combat boots while wearing the slinky, white silk gown. Everyone was dressing for a T-Dance costume party that afternoon and the antique shop owner of the gown though I had the perfectly slender body to properly fill out that gown, hairy chest and all. I thought about it for a moment (or two) but was so caught up in my own butch image and afraid that no one would take me seriously as a catch, that I demurred I've often regretted that decision lo these many years. This past week I had a chance to make good on that missed opportunity but I was now in the Minnie Pearl stage of my life, too old and too late. And yes,I do remember "Harlow" back in the day. Did you know that she used to work the counter in Wanamaker's? She was actually very attractive. Those were the days weren't they Jack?
      Ron

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    2. Ron,
      Yes those were the days. I didn't know "Harlow" worked Wanamaker's, I found her fascinating and yes very attractive. Too bad that some of Philadelphia's past jewels like Wanamaker's is no longer there. I'll bet you can ask anybody who worked or shopped downtown (center city) Philly who didn't meet someone under the eagle. I worked at 15th & Walnut for some years and especially loved Wanamaker's at Christmas the pipe organ recitals and the toy department. Some things should never change.
      Jack

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    3. Jack,
      I think I went into Wanamakers almost everyday at lunchtime. I hate to think of the amount of money I spent in that store the 30 years I worked in Center City. All good fun times though. Last year I visited Macy's, which took over Wanamakers. The Eagle is still there as is the pipe organ but it isn't the same store. I realized an era has passed. Just like me, I'll pass someday too.
      Thanks for reinvigorating those old Philadelphia memories Jack.
      Ron

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  4. Congratulations on organizing such a successful event. I can fully understand the post-Bloggerpalooza exhaustion you must feel, but it was worth it. You managed to bring sunshine and warmth to a lot of people in the midst of a seemingly endless winter.

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    1. Jon,
      Yes, I was an am still exhausted. I think a couple more days and I'll be back to normal. But you hit the nail on the head, if I managed to bring some sunshine and smiles and warmth to a few folks, then it was all worth it. And as I type this the cold winds continue to blow outside my windows and snow continues to cover the ground. Cannot wait for this winter to end.
      Ron

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  5. we were lucky in that we received 1 inch (of snow), and it had melted by the end of monday.

    you outdid yourself, ron, as always. and for that we are ALL GRATEFUL. the blogger meetup is a wonderful event; SO MUCH better than your family reunions, yes?

    I showed some pix to my office crew today; they LOVED the viking horns.

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    1. Anne Marie,
      The Viking horns become you my dear. Good choice!
      Ron

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  6. It was fabulous, "glitches" and all! Wouldn't have been an adventure without some unexpected excitement!

    Peace <3
    Jay

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    1. Jay,
      Expect the unexpected. My problem is that I am such a perfectionist that I get seriously bent out of shape when things don't go as planned, especially after I so carefully planned certain events. The one thing I wasn't sure about was the Old Time Photo. They don't open until next month. The owner and operators are still in Florida. I had to do some major pleading to get them to open special for us and I still wasn't sure anyone would be there until we got there in the morning. I thought the restaurant reservation at La Quetzalteca was a no brainer because Pat and I were there earlier in the week and I had made the reservation for a group of 12 at 7 pm. Something must have been lost in the translation but we got to eat anyway.
      Ron

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    2. I hear you. I gave up the perfectionist stuff for Lent a lot of years ago. There are things that I want to always go perfectly, and yeah, I do get upset if they don't. But when for a gathering such as this, it was ALL IN GOOD FUN! And I am GLAD the girls showed up to do the photo! Send me the owner's address, I'd like to write a note of thanks! Maybe that will help next year, too. The food was good, and we waited, what, 5 minutes while they played dominoes with the tables. It all worked out well.
      Peace <3
      Jay

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    3. Thanks Jay! You're right, it was all good fun and that's what this past weekend was all about. The manager of the Old Time Photo is Ann Haislett and her e-mail address is annihaislett@gmail.com. I'm sure she would appreciate hearing from you. She is always so accommodating for me. She's a sweetheart.

      Ron

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  7. Ron

    I know that each and every one of us is most thankful to you for the huge effort you put in to this event. I realize things just seem to flow - but the arrangement for the hypnotist, the catering - and all those gifts. And the pressure of trying to spend quality time with folks when you are still busy setting up for what's to come. Not to mention your generously bringing much of your own liquor to the dinner that nite. Hey - it was a bit of a wait at the Mexican restaurant - but everyone seemed relaxed about it. However, I understand what it's like for you when you feel responsible somehow (which you weren't) for the delay. You are a terrific host Ron - thanks for a wonderful time and lots of memories.

    Pat

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    1. Pat,
      Thank you for making the long (12 hour) trip from Toronto to our little shindig. You along with Randy from Nebraska, Dr. Spo from Phoenix and Doug Taron from Chicago made the long and expensive trek. For that I thank you. And no complaints! Thank you again!

      Next year we're having a change of venue. Philly right now seems to be the top of the list. I can't wait. And I know how much you like Philly. It should be a good time. Lots to do in the City of Brotherly Love.

      Ron

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  8. fabulous photos: fabulous fun! Fabulous Ron T!

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    1. Dr. Spo,
      Thanks to you for letting me rope you into the prize giving.
      Ron

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  9. Ron, thanks so much for hosting a fabulous event. It was great fun and I really enjoyed seeing everyone. Hat tip and big hug to you!

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    1. Thank you Doug for attending. I know this is a big trip for you and Dr. Spo. Glad you were able to attend.

      Ron

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