Well, the BHEA event was *very* fun. What a neat group of ladies. It was a real blessing to be a part of things and I was so thankful my friends Angie and Pam were able to come and help lead a round table discussion. PLUS I got to see my fabulous friend, Phyllis, who I’ve not seen since Florida. And it was exciting to meet Linda Hobar. She’s a cool lady; I hope I didn’t scare her. I’m such a groupie. Her Mystery of History books are just SO fabulous.
Ok, I have some interesting news. I’ll start from the beginning and give you the whole chain of events.
And I only mention that because I’m guessing that’s why I dreamed about Laurie Bluedorn last week – they also have a barn dance every year, except for some inexplicable reason they have their barn dance all the way up in Hudson IL, which is about nine hours away from us. I know, it makes NO sense.
Anyways, I dreamed that I was in some convention hall with Laurie, and I said, “Hey, if you have a dance this year I really want to come” and she told me, “Um, uh, er, uh, …sorry, but we only allow locals to attend”.
So naturally, when I woke up, I let her know how offended I was. And then she let me know that they are having a barn dance again this year and that we should drive up for it. But she didn’t just leave it at that… she THEN hinted (challenged?) about having another Dance-Off (two years ago she and Harvey MOPPED up Geoff and me in a Virginia Reel show down – actually, that’s not true, I still maintain the whole thing was rigged) and if that wasn’t enough, she says that Harvey Bluedorn will be playing the electric guitar.
Seriously… what’s a girl to do under that sort of provocation? So we are going. We’re driving up to make the third annual Bluedorn Ball on Nov 7th, and we cannot WAIT! Plus, they have a CHEVYS Fresh Mex up there! Oh my heavens. I really cannot wait.
And now, if there are any of you out there who are as compulsive as we are – and I know there is! – I’m extending the invitation. This party is open to all locals and non-locals alike. HERE are the details. Do try and make it! It is going to be so fun.
And now… the following is an open letter of appeal to the John and Julie Austin family:
Dear Julie Austin,
I am saddened and grieved and otherwise particularly unsatisfied with your recent decision. I appeal to you, publicly, and ask that you reconsider your decision and say YES you WILL indeed meet us in IL and referee the 2nd Bluedorn / Igarashi Dance-Off Challenge. If *we* can drive up to IL, then *you* certainly can, too. Be compulsive like us and throw caution to the wind. Sure, gas is pricey, but there are ways to compensate. Have a bake sale, or put some of your chickens up on Ebay.
Listen, Julie… here are 5 reasons why you should come up to the Bloomington Barn Dance
#5) It’s gonna be the funnest event *ever* in the whole history of 2008. #4) The fund raiser is for a *very* super excellent cause #3) Bobo cordially expresses his compliments and requests Mrs. Austin to be his partner in the Virginia Reel. #2) Laurie got a picture of her iphone tattooed on her right bicep. She said she’d only show it to me if I could get you to come up, too. Isn’t that right, Laurie? Tell her it’s true so she’ll come.
And , the #1 reason why you should come) Laurie and Harvey drove ALL the way down to come to YOUR barn dance, it’s only right that you drive up to theirs. It’s the Christian thing to do.
I’m serious, Julie, you just have to make it. You just HAVE to. I’ll bring cookies. Just think about it, and then say “yes”. Or don’t think about it and then say “yes” — that’s what we did, and just look how happy we are. And don’t read the Thinking Toolbox. My logic is sound. Trust me.
In other news – and this really is news – my Blog Truant Daughter #1 actually posted again. Unbelievable.