Last weekend my knee was still giving me trouble so I stayed quiet until Sunday. Tequila Mockingbird was hosting a part for the new Doo Dah queen at the Vine Bar in Hollyweird and I had to make an appearance. It was a nice gathering and the queen is quite pleasant. You can learn more about Queen Skittles at http://www.julieklima.com/
Monday was a bad news day. My doctor was concerned about my knee and had me go to radiology for some imaging. Luckily, it appears there is no major damage, but I have orders not to dance for the next few weeks and to try to take it a little easier. Yeah, my doctor knows how busy I am!!
Tuesday I met with local rockers The Disrepair for an interview to preview their upcoming show at the Key Club. You'll be able to read it in a couple of weeks at http://www.sgvn.com/. Until then, visit www.myspace.com/thedisrepair for a peek at the band.
My friend Louise went with me Wednesday night to hang up some of Robert "The G-Man" Shields' art. As you may recall, he was a friend of mine, who was quite talented. He passed away in August. Ben McGinty of McGinty's Gallery at the End of the World graciously gave me a wall to use as a memorial for my friend during his big Art Bender Weekend Show, which is now through Sunday. I went to the artists' reception last night and it was great-- interesting art, groovin' tunes and nice food and conversation.
Tonight is the big event. There will be performances by Wreck N Sow, Almase Arabesque (Zaynah is going to dance while I cheer her on) and Ric Sarabia. I'll also be at the gallery on Sunday afternoon. Visit http://www.galleryattheendoftheworld.com/ for all the details.
Thursday was an extraordinary day. It started out innocently enough. I was assigned to go to Knott's for a tour of its holiday events. Everything went well (be sure to check out the ice skating show if you go- it rocked and I'm not much of an ice skating fan) until we went backstage to see the parade preparations. The entertainment director discovered that they were going to be short a Snow Queen for their float. She took one look at my long red hair and next thing I was being outfitted with a sparkly blue robe with a fur-edged hood and esorted to a float. I went down the streets of Knott's waving and saying "Happy Holidays" to the crowd as part of the parade!
Aside from my time at the gallery, I have only a little excitement this week. Today I am going to interview Keanu Reeves briefly about his upcoming film, "The Day the Earth Stood Still." (Do you think I could snag a date? lol!) Then I have band practice... I will be singing in a band comprised of my co-workers for my company holiday party on Thursday. This is going to be fun!!
Oh yeah, one last thing-- check out this cool Web site and see if you recognize anyone:
In rotation this week: "If I Were a Carpenter" compilation, HorrorPops, Beat Union, Joe Walla, the Randies, Led Zeppelin and Brides of Destruction.
Photos we got 'em: I hope you enjoy these fun animal photos and an interesting photo of my friend Angela and the "bat phone" in her newsroom.
Thought of the week: Expect the unexpected. I sure as heck didn't expect to be a Snow Queen yesterday, but what a great adventure! The funny thing is that this is how my life often turns out. Joy is where you don't always look, although there's plenty of happiness in little things.
I'll admit that I'm one of those people who dread the holidays, as it is a very depressing time for me. This means that I have to work extra hard to be happy, which is weird because I'm normally a cheerful and optimistic person. This year, when I feel down, I'm going to remember the surprises in my life and instead be thankful for the wonderful life I have.
Keep on rockin'