Monday , June 4, 2012
From hot pants on Miss USA to a watermelon salad ... it’s time for your Monday Morning Musings.
-I’m not a pageant fan* (story to follow), but I did watch the opening parade of contestants on the Miss USA pageant last night. OK. Where to start. First, I’m not sure what has happened, but now every single pageant contestant has exactly the same hairdo. They were always very similar, but now, they all look exactly the same. So does their makeup, So they’re virtually impossible to tell apart.
Then, instead of each state’s winner coming out in an evening gown, each was assigned a category – a “collection,” and they had to dress accordingly. These included Silver and Gold (um, silver and gold dresses), High Fashion (I guess they were high fashion dresses – I couldn’t tell), Champagne (frilly, frothy nude numbers), Debutante (oddly bright dresses with cape-type things and long gloves) and one called Rock ‘n’ Roll. Oh, those poor states assigned Rock ‘n’ Roll.
These poor women have spent much of their childhood and all of their adult life dreaming of the moment they walk onstage in the Miss USA pageant. And that moment comes – only to see them wearing leather jackets with chains and sequined hot pants. This can’t be how they dreamed it would come to pass.
Minutes after they paraded out, the contestants were cut to the top 16. So for those 35 other women who didn’t escape the axe, their one and only moment on the Miss USA stage involved them looking like extras from “Rock of Ages.”
-*My Pageant Memory: I certainly was never in a pageant, but I have seen my fair share of them. I had a friend in college who went to the Miss Tennessee pageant, and we all went to see her compete. I implore you: if you have not been to a statewide pageant, you must do yourself this favor and find one to attend. It could be the best form of entertainment I’ve ever been witness to. Drama, makeup, wigs, bronzer, fake smiles, spray glue, bad singing, worse dancing, emotional distress … it’s basically a real life version of reality television.
-This weekend my husband picked up some salads from one of our favorite places, Findlay Market for lunch. Our favorite was one called “Southern Veranda Salad” from Fresh Table. It’s watermelon, feta cheese, red grapes and mint. And it is delicious.
-Thanks to all of you whom we met at the Redlegs Run this weekend. It was a great day, and a great race. I consider it great because I finished. That’s enough for me. But then I got all masochistic and checked who finished before I did. I’m pretty sure about 45 kids under the age of 10 beat me. Makes me savor that post-race goetta slider even more.
From Today’s Show:
-McGraw Gives Away Home: Tim McGraw is adding to his reputation as a super nice guy: he’s giving away a home to deserving veteran in every city he appears during his concert tour this summer. This, of course, includes Cincinnati – he and Kenny Chesney perform here July 1 st.
- World Choir Games: We’re now one month away from the World Choir Games, and Channel 9 is a proud sponsor – check out everything you need to know here .
Today’s Distracting Link:
There was a time my daughter was so obsessed with Tom and Jerry, that she was Tom for Halloween and I searched for weeks for a Tom and Jerry t-shirt online until I finally found one. Now they’re everywhere. And now here’s an online game. I guess she’s just ahead of her time.
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