22 June 2011 ~ 1 Comment

Birthday Bananza In Asheville

I can’t believe that it’s been over a month since I’ve written anything in my joy log.  I must say, May was an extremely busy month of birthday celebrations and other fun stuff.

May 4th was my birthday and I just happened to have two complimentary hotel rooms given to me for some modeling work that I had done for a sales video. The word model does not really compute with my being, but whatever the case, I had these rooms to use.

Since the comped rooms were for a hotel here in town, I invited my three crazy girlfriends down from Boone to stay overnight. The four of us stayed in two rooms at the hotel which was right around the corner from my house.  It felt a bit strange packing suitcases to go two blocks.

Between the four of us, we had two coolers, two bags of wigs, a multitude of suitcases and bags of incidentals, incidentals?  From the moment they arrived at 11:00am we were pretty much out of control. We moved into our rooms, set up the bar and got out our wigs.

We headed downtown adorned with our new hairpieces to our first stop which was the costume shop. I bought some kind of purple antennae with bows, one friend bought a blonde and black wig, one girl bought a pirates hat with fur and the other friend bought some kind of  kitten ears -don’t even ask.

Off we went gallivanting through the streets of Asheville singing “Pour some sugar on me” by Def Leppard.  That was our theme song for the entire day and evening.

We stopped to sing with a street performer who was playing the mandolin. He graciously sang happy birthday to me and then proceeded to sing a theme song that correlated to the different headgear that me and my friends were wearing. At one point this guy was lying on the ground and my friend was yanking on his legs. It was a scream! We have all of this on video to prove how truly nuts we are. Like we need a reminder.

We headed back to the hotel room where we celebrated some more, changed wigs, stood on the windowsill and flashed the traffic below, watched the sunset, ate cake, watched American Idol, created characters for each of us in our new wigs and headed down the elevator singing “Pour some sugar on maaaaay”.

Our next stop was the Grove Arcade. This is a historic beautifully refurbished building made into small shopping kiosks. We were lucky enough to run into the Security Guard. Since the camera was rolling, I immediately went up to him, stuck my wrist’s out in front of his face and asked him to handcuff me and drag me across the floor.  I told him this was going to be on the History channel, the history of my life, and this crazy stuff is “what we do”. He wasn’t too amused but I could see a little smile starting to emerge from the corners of his mouth. No luck, he wouldn’t drag me.

We continued on our journey that evening to the elegant Champagne Bar where we blew into the place like a hurricane. We ran into my husband and his friend there and immediately piled on top of them sprawled across the couch  for a photo opportunity.  Like I said, “it’s what we do”.

The final stop was Mo Daddy’s. The band was jammin out some jazz and we bebopped to the music. One of the girls had to announce that it was my birthday, so of course I had to go up to the stage wearing my purple antennae to be humiliated. We were definitely the oldest people in the bar, looking the most juvenile for sure.

We walked back to the hotel after a wonderful day and night of nothing but nonsense, joy and laughter. It felt so good. We got in the hotel elevator, the doors opened and two men were standing there. We broke into our theme song “Pour some sugar on maaaaay” and we all laughed hysterically. I think they got it.

Experience Joy And Pass It On!


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