Lady Rizo

` ` `So I head to the Seattle Airport last night and right as I am checking in, a familiar face walks by me. “Oh my god, is that ….. Lady Rizo from the show on Saturday?” I think to myself? I do a super-mega-obvious double take and if I’m not mistaken, she does the same. Not that she would recognize me; the only time she would have seen me was while I was getting drinks with my parents before the show. Hahha, at the show I was in my wig, a white shirt, my new high-waisted jeans that I got in Korea, but at the airport I had my hair down, a blue beret, a pair of high heeled booties, and a nice jacket. (Hehehe, actually, I’ll say that’s probably the best dressed I’ve ever been at an airport. For goodness sake, I was in heels!!!)
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` ` `So, this person who might be Lady Rizo walks off and I have to finish checking in. I then heads towards security and cross my fingers that I might pass her. Ta-da! There she was waiting in the security line. I asked her if she was Lady Rizo, she said yes, I told her I loved the show, and she thanked me. I then asked her if she wanted to jump to the front of the security line with me, she asked me how I was going to do that, I said I was a Gold Member (I’m a Gold Medallion Member….not one of Austin Power’s vixens) and she came with me. We chatted all the way through security and until she got on her plane. In fact, I was supposed to be on that plane, but last minute I had changed my flight so that I was going through Cincinnati instead of JFK (there was a storm coming).
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` ` `Gaaah! That was so cool. It’s fun to be starstruck! It was also pretty awesome hearing another artist who has a successful story to tell. πŸ˜€

Oh yeah, and the dress she wore was a Marchesa. In the last video in this post, she’s wearing my dream dress. Freak-an-A, I can’t find a bloody photo of it though!

Ok, to the important stuff….her personality, voice, and performance! Here’s the song that changed it all for me:

She has lots of great songs that you can youtube. Here are some of my favorites:

Haha, pay attention to her backup singers. Clearly they know they’ve got their hands full. I adore her sense of humor. NOT work appropriate.

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This one is a little racy and probably not work appropriate πŸ˜€

Double rainbow!!

Hahahah, a new classic. πŸ˜€ F**k You

The dress!!!

Travel Days

What an impressive set of Travel Days I have had in the last two and a half weeks!

Here’s the run down on what it takes to be me (*tooting my horn):

May 17, Monday: 9:25am flight from Berlin to JFK. Arrive into Pittsburgh at 6:30pm.
Finally coming home from Europe! Can’t freaking wait! I’m basically coming home so I can rehearse for Camp Jitterbug and do some laundry.

May 20, Thursday: 7:00pm flight from Pittsburgh to Minneapolis. Arrive into Seattle at 11:30pm.
The idea was that I’d have time to spend with my family. Instead, I run errands for the next few days all over town.

May 24, Monday: 2:30pm flight to Orange County. Arrive 5:30pm.
Man, I love direct flights! They rarely seem to happen. It’s also fun to run into people I know, like Ben Morris. I want to rehearse with The Atomic Cherry Bombs before our performance on Friday night. Nikki was kind enough to let me work with the girls for about 2.5 hrs. We do a full dress rehearsal. I try to scare and motivate the girls πŸ˜€

May 25, Tuesday: 12:00pm flight to Seattle. Arrive 2:45pm.
Direct flights are fabulous! I rehearsed again before I left for Seattle. I continue to run errands until the day of the show.

May 28, Friday: JUMP SESSION SHOW 7:30pm
ROCKED IT. I was so very, very pleased with my ladies and myself. Sharon’s Bell Boy Routine went well and so did Stratosphere.

June 1, Tuesday: 5:00pm flight to Los Angeles. 10:30pm flight to Sydney, Australia.

June 3, Thursday: 6:30am arrival into Sydney. 9:15am flight to Perth. Arrive at 11:25am.
It’s glorious in Perth at the moment. Oh how I’ve missed the sun shining. I have class to teach from 8-10pm that night.

And there you have it. A rather crazy 2 weeks, wouldn’t you say?

What have I gleaned from my last two weeks?

  • It’s important to get your frequent flyer miles.
  • With those miles you don’t have to worry as much about over-weight luggage.
  • It’s important to pack layers.
  • Just because it’s “Spring” on the calendar doesn’t mean Mother Nature is going to play along.
  • Having gloves on you is never a bad thing.
  • “Days Off” are really just days to do all the chores I wasn’t able to do previously (translations: not really days off)
  • I must remember to schedule “Lazy Days” where I am just sitting around doing nothing. My scheduled “Days Off” aren’t working out the way I had hoped.
  • If you’re planning on performing something with a group of people, it’s worth the money, time, and effort for YOU to travel and go see them. It would have been a terrible idea to have not seen the Cherry Bombs before the show.
  • Never underestimate the power of a cupcake, especially when your best friend brings you one “just because.”
  • It’s important to run things full out. This means costume and body movement. Doing that the hour before the show does not mean you are well prepared. Remember, your building muscle memory when you’re rehearsing, so make it count AND you’d want to know if your who-ha was going to be showing before you got on stage.
  • (Ladies) Every performer should own false eyelashes and glue, bobby pins that match their hair color, hand mirror and fabulously bright lipstick.
  • Be gracious and understanding. It goes a long way.
  • Keep pushing. You’ll get to rest eventually.
  • Claire Pedroza might be a Vintage Hair Genius. She did my hair for CJ and it was in great shape until I left for Oz. Tons of compliments. She rocks.
  • Empty flights are a godsend.
  • Getting to sleep horizontally is awesome.
  • Too many bobby pins set off security alarms.
  • Nick Williams travels more than I do.

And there you have it! Two more things I think it’s important for you to know: how to pack for 10 Days in a Carry-On and What Happens to you crap after you’ve left if on a plane. Great reads, so check them out πŸ˜€

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Check-in Early

You might think it’s silly to check in early if you are going to check your bags (since you’ll still need to go to the kiosk), but it’s not stupid. It’s smart.

For one reason or the other, I decided that I didn’t need to check-in for my flight to Korea the night before. Because of that, I was assigned a sucky seat for a 13.5 hour flight from Los Angeles to Korea. Luckily for me, I have status so I ended up getting a window seat, but because the flight was full, I was on the verge of being shafted, and I would have had no one to blame but myself.

So! Aspiring International Lindy Instructors: if an organizer has booked your flight for you, make sure to tell them to choose either a window or aisle seat for you ahead of time so you don’t show up to the airport without a seat. If you forget to do that, or the organizer can’t manage, make sure you check in online the night before and do this yourself. Don’t forget your mileage number! Often times that can help out.

Thank you for tuning in to “Quick Life Lessons.” πŸ™‚

Travel Update

Ok, so now that I am in Terminal 5 (the new wing) at London, Heathrow Airport, I am actually having a rather good time. Kev and I have spent some time looking around at clothing, jewelery, shoes, and cars that we cannot afford, which was a tad depressing, so we decided to cheer ourselves up with a snack.

We headed to the pub at the end of the terminal near the A gates, and I had a “proper” British tea. I had tea (of course), a scone with clotted cream and jam, 3 finger sandwiches, and a little slice of cake. Yum Yum!! And only for 10 euro!!! More expensive than I would have liked, but considering I was in England and that tea at Harrod’s is about U$40, it was fine.

So the travel arrangements weren’t as bad as I had made them out to be. And flying British Airways was rather nice. The seats were big and they served food. Wow – service!

Trying to get Home

It’s the Monday following the 4th of July and I am still in Seattle. Not that that is a bad thing; however, I was supposed to be heading home at about 8am and here now my flight is not until 1:30pm.

I woke up at 7:15am, showered, wolfed down some breakfast and headed to the airport. My mom and I left early because we’d be driving at prime traffic time, and it’s Cruise Season, so most likely there was going to be a bunch of traffic this morning, yet there was not. So i arrive at about 8am and as I am looking at the monitor to figure out what gate I am departing from, I don’t see my flight up there. I went to the touch screen thingy and typed in my info and my flight had been moved to 11:45am. That kinda sucks because I was there so early, but it sucked even more because then I would only have 25 minutes to catch my next flight.

I head up to the Premier Desk (I didn’t belong there, but there was no one in line) and asked what time I’d get into SFO and then gave Carol my boarding passes and asked whether or not I could make my flight. All signs pointed to no. But just as luck would have it, I could be booked on another flight leaving at 11:30am and then transfer in Denver, which would get me home around midnight. Good news: I am still getting home
“today”. Bad news: it’s super later and I have a flight leaving for Sweden tomorrow at 1:15pm. I inquired to whether or not there were any other options and was then booked on the 1:45pm flight. Man, life is good.

So now my mum and I are paling around, running errands, and nibbling on tasty treats. We stopped by Tully’s to grab some coffee and I grabbed a Red Velvet cupcake at Cupcake Royal next door. Tasty goodness!! We headed home and I picked up the place while mummsy check the garage (apparently it had been broken into). What a morning!

Now we are at her office and I am blogging. I wanted to do some painting this weekend, but it will have to be another time.

Hopefully I’ll get home, grab more stuff for Herrang, run some errand, and then catch my next flight. What a life, eh?