Tuesday, March 31, 2015 – Post Big A** Hat Contest
Two Thetas and an Alpha Chi Omega meet up in Jackson, Mississippi for lunch on Friday, March 27, 2015. But first,
Holly W., and Kim M., you both had my heart, but my bracket had Maryland and Notre Dame. My women’s final four predictions were correct. And here’s to the Dayton Flyers for giving UConn a gut check. It was so worth it to see Geno’s face and fumbling for words at half time when you were leading. Go Flyers!
Now onward through the sequins and the glitter.
We did not win the prize for the best Big A** Hat at Sal and Mookey’s (correct spelling this time). However, The Little Bay Sea Queens from Rockport-Fulton, Texas, making their first trip to the SPQ Zippity Do Dah Parade took home the trophy. There is nothing like a beauty queen from Texas and no man can resist that many at one time. The judge drowned in their beauty. So congrats to The Little Bay Sea Queens for making all Texas Sweet Potato Queens proud.
Prior to the evening festivities we decided we were in definite need of a refreshing nap. It could have needed due to being on the road at 6:15 AM that morning to reach Jackson in time for the Big A** Hat Luncheon. Note to Baylor Thetas Alums – I swear N1 was up and ready with the bling a blanging at that hour. Oh, I’m sorry. I forgot it is Baylor and you don’t swear. I promise N1 was up at that hour.
However, the need for a nap could have been the bloody Mary that followed the lemon tini. I thought the Thetas ordered lemon tea, being from Baylor and all, so I said the same for me. What a pleasant surprise arrived at the table and I think it is illegal in Mississippi to waste alcohol.
Nevertheless, a nap was in order. But prior to our nap, we decided to take a quick visit to the SPQ store back at The Hilton. It was there we met some lovely people and learned several essential factoids about your first parade. You are a virgin and a SPQ Wannabe. One should note this by holding two fingers like the V for Victory or the peace sign in every picture. This avoids confusion in subsequent years. And as they say, whoever “They is,” You always remember your first. This also allows you to meet up with other virgin queen wannabes to compare notes.
Then we learned one must choose a queenly name. I immediately thought of the second song from the musical Cats.
“The Naming of Cats is a difficult matter,
It isn’t just one of your holiday games;
You may think at first I’m as mad as a hatter
When I tell you, a cat must have THREE DIFFERENT NAMES.”
Names that never belong to more than one cat.
But above and beyond there’s still one name left over,
And that is the name that you never will guess;
The name that no human research can discover –
But THE CAT HIMSELF KNOWS, and will never confess. ―
T.S. Eliot, Old Possum’s Book of Practical Cats and Cats
And suddenly I was transformed into Sweet Potato Queen Wannabe Leslie Gore Tex.
After our refreshing nap and a glass of champagne, we all prepared for the evening event – The “Pearls and PJ’s and Pelo Grande – Oversized Hair dos – as always, Size Does Matter!”
Given that I live in the shadow of the George H. W. Bush Library, the pearls I chose for this event were my Barbara Bush look alike pearls from The Dollar Store. My pjs were my only one shade of gray sweat pants, designed by Nike – the ones that make my butt look good. Thank you, KQ! The evening ensemble was complimented by a faded, maroon, long-sleeved Texas A&M T-shirt from the Junior League garage sale last weekend.
HRH Jill Conner Browne and Leslie Gore Tex
Here are a few pics from the Pelo Grande
Here are a couple from the PJ’s and Pearls dance.
Chris Gill & the Sole Shakers! – “You know I’m all about that bass, ’bout that bass, no treble.” Once again thank you, KQ. I looked so good shaking it because it all stayed in one place. And when it was shaking there wasn’t a whole lot of shaking going on all over the place like Jell-O. “I got that boom boom that all the boys chase. All the right junk in all the right places.”
Leslie Gore Tex and The Twins – Do tell! I do not know which one of you Tarleton twins is the most handsome!
Well, that seems to be all of the pictures I have from the dance. Until the other pictures come in, I shall deny everything else. I do hope the professional photographer captured me and woman doing the full blown Tina Turner dance, including head shakes to Rolling on the River. Thanks again, KQ for those strong legs.
As we were leaving, we caught a couple of The Fifty-Shades of Hay Queens. Wouldn’t Martha Jean’s Fifty Shades of Grey Goose hat look fabulous with these ensembles?
We were keenly disappointed to learn from them that we had missed the award winning Little Bay Sea Queens from Rockport-Fulton, Texas doing a fully choreographed number to Abba’s Dancing Queen in the karaoke room.
But it was time to hit the hay because Saturday was the Zippity Do Dah Parade. So until tomorrow.