IF I WERE A DRAG QUEEN
I was talking to a friend Aaron the other day, reminiscing about some good times (times when we rocked this world working on music specials and award shows for MTV, and people gave us free stuff just because they thought we were cool). Oh wait. That still happens. Neither one of us works for MTV anymore, but you can’t erase our knack for fooling people into thinking we’re “cool.” I’m sure Aaron gets cool things like free address stickers and stuff mailed to him too, because he’s doing uber cool fashion shows for Tech-Week these days. And me? Well, YOU KNOW me.
But hey, over the years our priorities have shifted. Swear.to.god. Free address stickers and boxes of chocolates are just as cool as singing karaoke with celebrities or having access to box suites at the Kentucky Derby, the Super Bowl or other fun events.
Seriously though, he really is one of the coolest guys I know. Aaron is the guy who hired me on my first real-life television gig and regardless of the laughter and silliness, he is still one of the most highly respected men in the business. He’s legendary. He and I always joke that we should have a radio show because our hilarious telephone banter would be an immediate hit. I’m sure we’re just drunk with our own merriment, but it feels good to muse about.
The other day was no exception. Aaron was telling me one of the many funny stories from his days as a CBS paige when he was first starting out. I’ve heard most of these stories at one time or another, but I can’t be responsible to remember these things, and he has a knack for reeling me in with a new twist. Here’s how it went:
“Lisa, I worked on the lot next to where the show Solid Gold was shot. Remember Solid Gold?”
Oh my god. Yes! Too funny.
“I’ll never forget when the solid gold dancers would come filing out of their studio door.
LISA, they had a choreographer who had the best name for a drag queen. Her name was almost as good as Ms. Cheevious.”
Ms. Cheevious is NOT a drag queen name, Aaron!!!!!
“No, but think about it! It would be perfect.”
Dammit, you’re right!
“But you know what her name was? Have I told you this before?”
Probably, but I can’t remember.
“Say that out loud, Lisa.”
From CBS paige to drag queen names.
Ms. Cheevious’ name being enviable to drag queens.
These are the topics of life, people. These are the twists and turns in a conversation only possible between people like Aaron and I.
This is what I love about my life. People like Aaron.
But let me clarify this, ladies and gentlemen. If I were a drag queen…well… ANITA MANN.
I would want that to be my name.
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You just crack me up!!! LOL
Ms. Cheevious says
ッ xo Wak!
Elyse Salpeter says
LOL – that is funny – that guy sounded like a character and what a fun place to have worked. Great post!
He is a character Elyse… fun times! thanx
Onisha Ellis says
That is the kind of conversation that occurs among people who “get” each other but also trust one another. One can laugh through an emotional crisis with a friend like that.
yup Onisha. True! xx
Lisa Jey Davis says
Yep Aaron rocks!
Charles Dougherty says
That’s a great story. It reminded of a woman that I once worked with whose name was Anita Cuelho. She became Anita Quaalude anytime she was paged…
OMG that is good too Charles. Thanks for commenting! LOL
Bob Nailor says
Loved the story – too funny. I worked in DC and one of the ladies who rode the train to/from work with me worked at The Library of Congress where she helped direct questions and gave out information. As she stated, she was lousy at the job, usually giving the wrong information. Jokingly, we named her Ms Information – since that was her job and then we realized the pun we’d created since she was always giving misinformation.
now THAT is awesome Bob!!! LOVE it!!!