Sunday, August 17, 2008

Famous Sounding Words Make Your Head Feel Light

Here is a photo of a wave. I miss the beach one whole helluva lot right now. Just so you know.

Okay. Here's the deal. I'm feeling kind of overwhelmed since I've been back from vacation. I have tons of emails to answer, I have blog links to update, and lots of practical shit to take care of. I apologize, if you are any of the people I've been lame about contacting. It's not that I don't want to contact you, it's more that first I was unpacking and returning things and trying to do 1,758 loads of laundry, and then get everything ready for my kids to go to school tomorrow (how is Summer over already anyway?) and paying bills and a whole bunch of other crap that nobody else really cares about but me. Anyway, I will try really hard to get things taken care of this week, but if I say "fuck it all" one night and watch a really stupid movie, it's just to calm me down for a bit, so's I don't actually have that nervous break-down I've been threatening for years now.

But have no fear, one thing I won't lame out on tonight, is coming up with the word. I was tagged by Evil-E to pick next week's Saturday Scavenger Hunt word. I think I'll go with animal. Have we done that one yet? Let me know.

So, having said that, I did give myself a little break on Saturday. The girls went to their dad's by six and I did some serious putzing around my house for several hours and it felt really, really good. I got this crazy idea in my head, that I'd just stay home and watch movies and revel in my aloneness. Then I got a call from my friend Brooke reminding me of her housewarming party. I thought it was just a BBQ thing and that I'd already missed it, but Brooke assured me that it was all a bunch of metalheads who don't leave until the keg is dry. Then as I was getting ready, my friend D. texted me that she and J. were heading downtown. Since I had exactly five dollars, I figured I'd go to Brooke's first and drink the free, really good wheat beer they had in their keg and see all those whacky guys first and then run downtown and buy a beer with my girly friends.

Brooke's shindig was very much fun. There weren't tons of people there, but everyone was really cool. I met a guy who I've seen around town for years. He was just a year younger than me, which was refreshing. He was also gay, and he told me how hot he thought I was. He said he remembered seeing me at the Deadwood twenty years ago, and then seeing me running around town lately and thinking, "Damn. She still looks good." Then when I met my friends at Joe's Place, another gay man about my age, told me how he remembered me from when I used to model for art classes in the eighties. He told me that I was the first woman he had ever seen naked and even now when he sees me running, he's impressed. Don't get me wrong, it was all nice to hear. It would be even better, however, if a guy who might actually want to date me, expressed an attraction to me. Instead, it left me wondering if I had somehow become Iowa City's answer to Judy Garland. Would the drag shows in town start featuring guys wearing curly wigs and purposely klutzing around stages, tripping over everything and speaking too loudly in bad seventies and eighties pop song lyrics, trying to pay homage to me? Shudder to think.


bocephus said...

I remember when I worked at Bruegger's on Iowa Ave. checking you out in the 80's. Cute with a great body.

Poptart said...

Ok, THAT would be hilarious if there were Churlita tribute performers. I love it! They'd have to get the dancing and the rock hands perfect, though...

Remiman said...

I remember when I wished I could take an art class that had nude models.

evilesb138 said...

Thanks, good word that has not been used yet.

I almost fell off my chair with that last visual you supplied. Funny stuff....You are becoming a hit in "alternative lifestyle scene" indeed.

AlienCG said...

Ladies and Gentlemen, please welcome Judy "Churlita" Garland. Good chosen word for the week.

Mrs. Hairy Woman said...

That last bit would be funny to watch.. Great word choice for this week..
And you know that you need to pace yourself.. otherwise you will need another vacation sooner..

Tara said...

"Animal" can be used many different ways. We have not used that yet! Good word! I love that wave photo. Makes me want to leap right into it. Out of the way, sharks and jellyfish!

girl crush said...

yes! now i have a new goal - a career as a churlita impersonator!

A said...

You have written posts each day and shared your whole vacation - I think you need to give yourself a break on the getting things done beat yourself up session!
Thank heavens for gay men saying out loud what everybody knows - you just need to hear it
A - the texas A

NoRegrets said...

Aw, come on. Who doesn't want to be paid homage to??

Susan said...

If they start that show, let me know. I'll make a trip to Iowa.

Not Fainthearted said...

OMG. I've got to know someone who knows someone who works in the drag shows in Iowa City. I've got to get them to do this. Totally awesome, dude.

Mr Atrocity said...

You ought to take as many breaks as you want and you should get as many compliments as you need; if one person says it, others are thinking it.

laura b. said...

Ooohhh, good word!
And I think men, gay or straight, can't help getting all ecstatic over a beautiful bod. Good for you, Churlita!

Miss Sassy Pants said...

We all need brakes now and then. I am always amazed at those of you that can seem to still find time every day to do a blog.

Animal is a good one!

MrManuel said...

Oops, that should be my comment above!

Churlita said...


Thanks, but you left out the part where I had horrible bangs and wore argyle sweater vests. Ouch.


I bet the drag queens would have a total blast at my expense...Which is exactly how it should be.


It would be refreshing to be hit in some scene at least.


I feel like I should start singing, "Meet me in St Louis" or something.


I need another vacation right now.


I know. I'd gladly deal with sharks and jelly fish for a trip to the beach.

Girl Crush,

You would be so dramatic and hilarious at it. I gave Seaghan that pic of you ripping his shirt open and he totally loved it.


Can you come back and visit while I'm home now, if I promise no one in your family will end up in the hospital? I need some A. time.


It would be great if if I wasn't such a dork and the homage wouldn't be so comical...


If I thought it would really bring you here, I'd have them do it tomorrow.


If you asked any drag queen in town, they'd probably just laugh.


Thank you. You are good for a girls ego.


Thanks. It will be interesting to see what everyone does with animal.

Mr Manuel,

To both of your personalities, thanks.

Anonymous said...

You KNOW you're hot when the gay men say so!! You're a hottie with a body, and a fanbase! Now go milk it!