Happy Ten Year Anniversary Coleen!!

So Coleen, being a person who blogs way more often than I do, totally wrote a happy anniversary blog before I got to.  I had uploaded the pictures that I wanted like on Friday, but because of work and whatnot, had not gotten to write anything about them.  Then come Saturday, Coleen’s all with the 2000 happy anniversary posts! The nerve!!  ;^.)  

(totally, totally kidding!!)

In all seriousness, thank you Coleen!!! I LOVED the posts!!!  The pictures!! And the songs!!! And you!!! I think we have the best life soundtrack ever!!!

Here’s my favorite pictures of us.  Of course, some of these pictures are totally the same as yours, but ya know, great minds think alike!

Here’s us down in Seaside (AKA The Jersey Shore) for my 20th birthday.  We went down there in the dead of winter, with everything covered in snow and all the guidos hibernating up north, and rented a hotel room with a bunch of our friends to party!  It was one of the craziest nights of my life.

This is the two of us in Epcot watching GOOD DAY NY being filmed.  They had the members of The Fifth Dimension on (they sang that song “Age of Aquarius” in the 70’s) and the lead singer Florence LaRue totally borrowed Coleen’s pink leopard print Mickey Mouse ears to do her segment.  It was awesome! 

That’s Coleen, Amanda, Tiffany, and me!!  Yes, The Tiffany of  “I Think We’re Alone Now” fame.  SO HONORED!!!!!  We met her at The Culture Club in the city.  Which is a really fun club that plays 80’s music only.  What’s more, is you tend to get hit on there by really geeky guys.  Which means, as a girl, you get bought a lot of free beer.  BUT you have to excuse yourself to go hide in the bathroom a lot.  Double-edged sword, but oh so awesome!!!

This one is me and Coleen riding through the dirrrty south in our rented convertable!! (How we got our filthy hands on a convertable, I’ll never know).  We were headed to Graceland coming from old Miss and New Orleans.  What a crazy time that was, omg… my memories include bikers, street urchins, psychics, crocodile mating calls, hookers with sharp teeth, and pitchers of beer that only cost a penny!!

Here we are in Graceland at the HeartBreak Hotel.  Some how we managed to arrive there exactly on Elvis’ birthday!  So there was some hot shot impersonator there signing autographs and taking pictures.  We didn’t realize we had totally bypassed a line of now-pissed-at-us middle aged southern women for a picture with faux-Elvis.  It was only after our eyes unglazed from his pleather shininess that we realized there was a queue full of dagger eyes!  We beat it outta there fast…We’ve seen what kinda damage riled up middle-aged women can do when they got their dander up! We been to a Rod Stewart concert!

This was in the city for St Patty’s Day.  I don’t know about other states, but in NYC/NJ you are expected to do St Patty’s day up right.  That means starting drinking at 7am and taking obscene amounts of liquor on the PATH train so you can be completely sloshed for the NYC parade at 11am!  Of course, a hundred of us went, took the PATH, got to the city and ALL HUNDRED of us had to pee, along with every other reveler in town, so I think we waited on line at the Manhattan Mall for like 3 hours, missed the entire parade, and went to this bar instead:

Here’s me and Coleen at our, like, 20th annual summer Poison concert!!! Don’t need nothin but a good time!!!! Right Sam and Frank??

Coleen and her old cat Mitten.  They were such a cute pair!!

This is the two of us meeting Janet Weiss, the drummer, from my favorite band of all time Sleater-Kinney. Unfortunately, we managed to piss her off.  We couldn’t figured out how to stand for the picture and kept wheeling around until we sensed a murderous rage from her and then we just cut the shit and posed. 

Notice Coleen’s studious piece of literature she’s got there…

So those are most of my favorite pictures.  I know there’s more, (and more recent ones), but I’d have to scour flickr for them.  Which maybe I’ll do sometime soon.  But for now, those are some of my fondest pictures of the two of us.  I’m sure the next ten years will produce some more craziness to capture on film!! 

Thank you Coleen for the best years of my life!!!  I love you!!!

To end, here’s my favorite song that makes me think of Coleen…It reminds me of back in the day when we would do the goth dance at Aldo’s and smile at each other :^.)

Dear Diary,

So I been looking thru my old diaries and some of the stuff I wrote was so crazy.  We were all such maniacs back in the day.  I thought it might be fun to post some of my entries.  I mean, I’m sure it’ll only be funny to me and the people involved, but whatever.  At the very least, I’m tickled and that’s all that matters!  I also didn’t pretty it up. I left it in the same garbled language and run on sentences it was originally written in.  So you’ll have to excuse me if it comes off like Whitney Houston or Bobby Brown wrote it.

8/30/01

Dear Diary…. 

We went to Coleen’s campground in Upstate NY again this month for a week.  The first night it was me, Bernice, Coleen, Lauren, Mike, Phil, and Valerie.  We got drunk. Everyone (all the couples) went to bed early so me and Coleen decided to go for a walk.  (Bernice wouldn’t come cause she was scared and needed to tend to the fire.  However, she wound up melting off the top of the metal poker from drunkenly “tending” too much).  We walked up to “The Crazy Room”, which is a scary game room with an ugly green/blue swirly carpet, a pool table, a stone fireplace, and some old arcade games.  Its real creepy in there.  Then all of a sudden, as we were poking around, the racing car game’s wheel started to turn by itself!!!  And it made scary rusty creaking noises.  So we hightailed it outta there!  We figured out later that it had to have happened at the stroke of midnight based on what time it was when we got back.

The next night Phil and Valerie left and we got wasted playing “Asshole” and drinking vodka fruit punch test tube shots.  Me, Bernice, Coleen, and Mike went out on the boat. Which is a very small paddle boat not meant to exceed like 300lbs.  That was so cool cos it was so dark and misty.

 

~Mike and Lauren out on the boat~

During the daytime there we’d swim at the pool, row the boat, eat, go to the supermarket, and drink.

~Lauren, Christian, Amanda of the Wild Frontier, and me, Kristyn Bunyan~

The next night Sam came up.  I think we played “asshole” again and did 1,000 more test tube shots and took a walk to try and break into The Crazy Room to see if the wheel was truly possessed or if it just turns all the time.  But it was locked!

Monday Sam left, and Mike and Lauren left. Christine and Sandra came up.  Later on, Lauren came back with Christian.  We got rip roarin drunk.  We tried to break into The Crazy Room again, but to no avail.  Christian even angrily pegged a beer can at a window.  Sometime later in the night Amanda made her way up there.  I passed out once she got there though.  In the day we all went swimming.  We discussed our superhero names and theme songs (of course)…

Name                                Superhero Name                     Theme Song
Me                                      Pussyface Scorsone             Backa backa baw wow
boo balka bow…
Coleen                              Mean Streets Buberella        “Ragdoll” by Aerosmith
Christian                         Pumpkin Head                        Dum Dum Da Da! Boom!
Hass hay hee ho!
Lauren                             The Maniac                        “Crazy Train” by Ozzy
Christine                         Mitchell                             “The Growing Pains” theme song
Sandra                            Seargent Shotgun          “The Star Spangled Banner”
Bernice                           The Punisher                     “Ain’t Nothin But a G Thing”
Amanda                         De Palminator                 “The Jeffersons” theme song or
“B.O.B.” by Outkast

Then there was some locals like “The Lifeguaaaaarrrddd” who was this lifeguard guy they thought was cute.  Bernice asked him if he could get us into The Crazy Room.   When he replied, “No”, Bernice was like, “Well, what exactly DO you have access to??”      He said, “The uhh, pool.”

There was also the campground shopkeeper we called “The Informer”. We figured she might hold the keys to The Crazy Room.  So we decided we were going to drug her and steal the keys off her belt.  If we had to we’d strangle her too. Ya know.

The next night was much the same as the last. Spent drunk, poking around The Crazy Room and the bathrooms near it.  We discovered a hole in the wall of the boys’ bathroom that peeks into the girls’ showers.  On the walk back we played a made up version of “Blair Witch” and got startled somehow and we all took off running.  Me and Christian tumbled like crazy over a flattened fence and I must’ve swung my arm as I was falling and punched him right in the face.  His mouth was bleeding and he got a fat lip.   Later, a skunk tried to attack us but Bernice saved the day (sarcasm) by throwing a cheese doodle and a beer can at it.  

~Coleen, me, and Bernice in the boat floating
along the Neversink River

 

~Me and Coleen~

 

~Coleen dancing in the field~

~The aftermath ~

Lady Gaga Flash Mob

Coleen and I at the Pink Party about to do a Flash Mob dance

So I talked about Flash Mob in my blog about the GLAAD Media Awards.  They are this dance group made up of literally anyone who wants to join and they perform at events or just in random places.  They did an awesome dance at the GLAAD Media Awards and it looked like a crapload of fun so we decided why cant us fools join too?

Now, lemme say this, I can’t dance.  I am uncoordinated, I am always off beat, and forever turning in the wrong direction.  When I go to weddings, it takes me like 75% of the song before I catch on to the electric slide.  It doesn’t matter that I’ve done the electric slide about a 1,000 times now.  I’m always a mess in aerobics classes and I can’t even follow a simple yoga workout video.   I mean, lets put it this way, I always liked going to goth clubs cos people just sway and look dramatic and that is about all I can handle.  So learning a fast dance, full of quick of hand and feet work, was going to be a huge challenge for me.

All you have to do to join Flash Mob is sign up for their emails.  Then they let you know when there is an event in your area and send you videos showing you how to do the dance.  They keep the location top secret though, cause its all about the element of surprise at these events.  No one knows that like 100 people are going to spontaneously bust into a dance together.  Its supposed to catch people off guard and be funny and entertaining.

So we joined up and got told there would be a Lady GaGa flash mob in the LA area on May 14th.  Coleen and I were super excited!  Then they sent us the videos teaching the moves and I got soooo intimidated! I was home from work and I was watching them and thinking that there is no way in hell I would be able to learn the dance!  I was pretty much going to tell Coleen that I would have to quit.  But then I forced myself to just give it a try at least. 

Well, I wound up spending all freakin day learning that dance and I actually had an awesome time doing it!  I actually learned the moves pretty easily and it wasn’t as bad as I thought.  For someone who thinks the chicken dance is a challenge (wait, do I flap my arms now or is this when we clap a lot?), this was a huge break through for me!

Here I am doing the dance after practicing all day.  I totally mess up at the end, but whatever.  You can hear Coleen, of course, giggling the whole time too…haha…

We wound up doing the dance as part of Gay Pride Weekend for an event called The Pink Party in Long Beach. It was a lot of fun. It was an outdoors street party with a DJ and a drag show! We wound up doing a dance in front of the stage while this Lady GaGa drag queen performed.  I found a good video someone took of it on youtube. So here it is, the fruits of our labor!  You can sometimes catch a glimpse of Coleen and I.   I have a pink bandana on and we are like a few rows back on the left side.  There’s this girl with a huge pink Divine-looking head-dress on.  We are a little to the left and a few people back behind her…

Honestly, I was sooo nervous before we did it!  I was afraid of messing up, because we didnt get a chance to practice all day before going there.  And you know, I totally did mess up at least twice during the dance, but it was fine!  Who cares? I had a blast and I’d do it again! 

Here’s a couple other pics from the night:

Coleen at Johnny Rockets afterwards

 

Yours truly feeling foot loose and fancy free


And here is a bonus video of a go-go boy dancing to the beat in his pretty little head:

Video of the Day

The Jets. Back in the 80’s my sister used to have this album and I looooved it! Here’s my favorite song of there’s. I’m sure you’ll share my love for it. Like how I know you secretely love Menudo and Kriss Kross…

Now that I watched that, I think I’ll go out to my backyard and make up my own dance to it. Maybe I’ll see if my friends want to have a dance contest or something…Oh, I think I hear the ice cream man!

Flash Mob America

Another cool thing that we saw at the GLAAD Media Awards was a flash mob!  A “flash mob” is when a group of people start randomly dancing in sync in unexpected places. Like say you are hanging out in Times Square and for some odd reason one person starts dancing and then all of a sudden 50 people are all dancing around you. Flash Mob’s website describes it as:

Flash Mob America is an organization whose sole purpose is to create Joy thru Surprise. Flash Mobs are spontaneous public events, such as mass choreographed dances, that can begin with one person and grow to hundreds, then quickly disappear. By surprising an unsuspecting audience and capturing it all on camera, we celebrate, honor, and bring awareness to artists, charities, and social causes. By creating a joyful community, we hope to inspire the world to come together as one.

So at the GLAAD Awards we were in the back of the ballroom, watching the show, as Wilson Cruz and Candace Kane broke into song.  All of a sudden, out of nowhere, all these random people just stood up in different sections of the room and started dancing in sync to all these crazy songs!  It was so surprising and funny!  Coleen and I loved it! 

I found a video of it on Flash Mob’s YouTube site:

They kept bustin out their moves at the after party too. It was hilarious!  Coleen shot some video of it. Unfortunately, it’s a bit dark, but you can totally hear us squealing in delight and giggling like crazy 😉 So awesome!! We wanna join so bad!!