Dressed up for the Dame Saturday night.
Dealing with Seattle traffic on a Friday afternoon is no fun at all, so instead of a lot of last-minute stress it was decided that Josh and I would meet Christopher at the show downtown Friday night instead of meeting halfway.
This was just fine by me–I had already taken the day off work, the sun was shining and the weather was un-seasonably warm. I had all day to exercise myself and the pets, clean up the house a little more, go purchase a new phone with Josh (the first iphone that I’ve had to pay for, thanks to Jerry), and then have PLENTY of time to get ready for the Dame.
In the end I went with almost the same exact outfit I wore to a R.A.W. art show back in 2011–the silver petticoat, a little sparkly tank top I’ve had since the raver years, Lurex cardigan and my Andy Warhol “I like boring things” pin.
I chose the purple wig, and instead of glitter tights and flat shoes I wore matte black stockings and my black suede wedges. I need height! I forgot to take pictures of Josh before we left (because I’m selfish), but he wore a lavender shirt, black slacks and his black Doc Martens.
I’m really happy I chose this outfit because not only did I feel adorable, but the feedback from the audience for Dame Edna was fantastic–in a sea of black and khaki I really stood out. I may have been the only audience member in a wig, can you imagine?
Traffic wasn’t nearly as bad as we expected and we were 45 minutes early to the show, but that worked out well because it was more time to spend with Kissy! He wore a sweater vest and wool pants and sweated like crazy up in the “Pauper” seats (as Edna referred to them). Luckily when the show started there were several rows in front of us that were empty, so we were able to move closer, and that seemed a little cooler. And I was worried about being too cold, ha!
We had plenty of time to sip coffee (there was a full bar, including a special “Possum” drink) and gab before the show. Everywhere I went I received compliments on my outfit–especially the silver petticoat! The spaceship is a real crowd-pleaser!
One lady came up to me and told me that she had recently been diagnosed with cancer, and she wanted to know where I purchased my wig because if her hair fell out, she wanted to cover it up with something fun! I encouraged her to get a wig in every color, and Christopher reassured her that she was going to beat cancer’s ass, and she looked happy when she walked away from us. Good vibes at the Dame Edna show!
Originally we weren’t able to purchase tickets to sit together in the same row, but some kind people let Christopher take their spot, and later on Christopher’s friends Sue and Jolie joined us.
The ceiling of the Moore Theatre is beautiful.
Right before the show started Christopher was fiddling around with his camera and an usher ran up to him and informed him that absolutely no photography was allowed during the show. He was a little perturbed, but I’m used to this so I didn’t push it. I didn’t even sneak a photo, just in case the flash randomly went off on the new phone. Not worth getting kicked out for! Later on during the gladiola dance the audience was encouraged to take photos, which I thought was great.
During intermission, Josh and I stayed in our seats and people-watched while Christopher and his friends went outside for a smoke. The crowd wasn’t particularly colorful at the show, but everyone was nice!
And what a show it was! We all laughed our asses off. There was a funny little montage at the beginning of the show a’la “National Enquirer” exposing the Dame’s naughty behavior, lots of hilarious jokes, singing and dancing, a lot of making fun of the audience (no one was spared), another video montage at the end spanning Edna’s 60 years of show business, and Barry Humphries out of drag came onstage dressed as himself and very humbly and sweetly thanked everyone for coming to the show. What a lovely final farewell. And Edna certainly has a lot of spring in her step for an 80-year-old!
After the show we stopped at the Dicks’s in Queen Anne–which has a sit-down restaurant, and feasted on cheeseburgers and shakes. Back at the house, Christopher put on the caftan that I had thoughtfully left out and we relaxed and chatted for a little while before bedtime.
Yesterday we stayed pretty busy all day long–the morning started with a fantastic breakfast of Monte Cristo casserole (which is just as decadent as it sounds), constructed by Christopher. I’m going to have to get that recipe. Mmmmmm.
After breakfast, Christopher and I drove to a beauty supply shop, where we used his beauty school discount to purchase hair products galore for Josh and I. I bought a liter of shampoo that would normally cost me over 30 dollars for 11 dollars! Score! We also stopped at Sally Beauty Supply for everything we didn’t buy at the beauty supply store, Pacific Fabrics for yarn, and lastly to the corner market for more eggs for round 2 of the Saturday feasting.
For the second meal, Christopher concocted a massive seafood frittata, with crab (okay, “krab”) and shrimp and gobs of cheese, spinach, mushrooms and onions. Delicious. He promised to cook and did not let us down.
His friend Sue is a manager at L’Occitane, and he let me play with all of the goodies she gave him. This hand scrub was really nice, as was the peach body wash.
Lily getting some hugs from Uncle Josh. She’s a lover!
I was a little disappointed that Bear Cub and Lily didn’t play as hard as they used to, but maybe now that Bear Cub is 6 she’s a little more reserved, or grumpy, or Bear Cub-ish than she used to be. Heigh ho. Lily received plenty of snuggles from Josh and I.
I’ve tried convincing Josh to color his hair previously with no success, but he made a deal with Christopher that if Christopher gave his hair a trim, he would let him color it. I was amazed he relented, but Josh has been coloring his beard with “Just for Men” (a little secret he let me in on at Christmas), so what’s the big deal? Anyway grey hair is BORING.
Good-bye grey, hello brown! If we didn’t have jobs where we were expected to be “professionals”, a fun color would always be…fun, but that ship has sailed. Now we have to have normal hair colors. Oh well! I’ll always have wigs!
Stay tuned for part 2–Josh reveals his new hair! Christopher gives me BIG HAIR, and much much more!