Archive for October, 2007

November 2 Birthday & Down Loading

Wednesday, October 31st, 2007


(Queen Patty looking royal. Click)

While I was writing a draft of November’s birthdays post, I  looked for images of the birthday Queens.  I had so much stuff to sort through, re-size and change to thumbnails and pages. I am embarrassed to say my photo software is a wreck with scattered folders. I have many files with just one lone, pitiful  image and I can’t figure out how to merge them.  

When Queen Becky C told me she had not figured out how to print and download the cute pics I had sent her, I breathed a sigh of relief.  When you are as techno-challenged as I am, it can be an isolating feeling and to hear someone admit their computer challenges is reassuring.   I travel slowly around that dangerously sharp learning curve of the digital cyber-highway.  I don’t know about you, but I can’t afford to have an e-crash at   Would the geek squad rescue me with the jaws of life?   I can’t figure out why my digital camera won’t work ever since I bought a new memory card that allows for more images. What do I do now? Put in the old memory card.  Problem with that is I lost the darn thing, so I resorted to 35mm film for a family birthday party.  So I vow that I am going to teach Becky how to retrieve images I send her and I will ask Queen Carolyn to teach me how to use an ipod.  It’s humbling. My problems with technology go on and on. I won’t bore you with the rest. Just be patient with me and with this site.

May I Kiss the Ring

Friday, October 12th, 2007

ES yelling(click for bigger scream)

Have you ever been introduced to someone that seems utterly annoyed by the minimal effort it will take to say “Hello. Nice to see you”? They hold out a limp wristed hand and grasp your fingers as though they might be risking some bodily fluid contamination.  Then the charmer gives you a look as if some odious fragance is wafting by them, and you, my dear are the culprit.  I  had such an unpleasant and frankly confusing moment recently. 

I admit that I have my own challenges with social introductions.  I think most of us do.  When I meet new people I immediately forget their names and must ask them again, but I try to smile cheerfuly and give them a firm handshake with the ritual greeting, “Nice to meet you” or “Lovely to see you”.   Some well-meaning men that I have met, will crush my fingers  into my ring and I believe the pulsing pain is to blame for my absent mindedly forgetting who they are.  When I catch my breath, I ask for their name, again.  

So this is the situation. At a recent gathering, a friend met me and my husband with a sweet “Hey. How-you?” and then with gandioise sweep of hand toward her friend , “I am sure ya’ll have met Mitzey. Ya’ll know Mitzey Smith?” To whom, I offered smile and outstretched hand.  “I am sure we have met at some party.  So good to see you. “  Then whammm. Let the snobbery begin. She gave me a look-down-her-nose aloof, pompous expression paired with the floppy, limp handshake. “Good to see you,” was forced from a sneer. She promptly turned on her heel and walked away. Later, I actually asked my husband if he had been shown the same lifeless, hauty greeting.  I wondered outloud if it was at all possible if we could have done something to offend this person.  He felt that our offense was merely taking up some of her airspace and occupying the same patch of carpet as she.  Maybe a larger person would not have been bothered. I can’t do it.  I would be fake and insincere to say I wasn’t angry. Honey, I was madder than a bee in a bonnet.  Plus I know I would have had a different experience had I genuflected more effectively. “Smith?  Is that The Smith’s of Savannah Canned Peach fame?  Oh my gracious!  It is so nice to finally meet you!  May I please kiss your ring?”

In Letitia Baldrige’s Complete Guide to a Great Social Life, the author plainly advises, “Be nice to everyone you meet, not just people you have heard described as important.” It is the wise thing to do.  However Vanity Fair author William Makepeace Thackeray admitted that “It is impossible, in our conditon of Society, not to be sometimes a Snob. “  I agree with both points.  I have the ability to be a snoot, but during a common introduction and unprovoked,  I hope not. The “Be nice/Play nice” edict that millions of mothers have taught their children to apply in the playground is pretty easy to use.  

I can imagine someting like this.  Some poor soul introduces her friend to me at a party.  “Erica, let me introduce you to Crystalle.  Crystalle is my third husband’s baby mama.  She and the baby been staying with me ever since her boyfriend got busted at a meth lab that was in the trailer next door. You know that sorry ex of mine don’t give her no money for the baby, so she’s working night shift at the Circle K.   Crystalle ’s helping me pay for that flat screen I just got at Bes’ Buy.”   

Would I turn up my nose in horror?  No. I’d probably say something like this. “Crystalle,  I am so glad to meet you.  Sounds like you’re having quite a time. Honey, if you need a good attorney, I bet I could find one to help you get some child support.  Do you work at that Circle K on White Bluff?  They got the best Blue Raspberry Icee in town. Oh, and I am curious. Which do you like better, plasma or high-def?”

Junior Achievement Fun & Save the Date

Wednesday, October 10th, 2007

Queen Dottie and Lady Carolyn HQueen Pat

(Queen Dottie, Lady Carolyn H. and Queen Pat- click)

Queen Pat, Queen Dottie, Queen Mary, and Queen Melissa and I had fun at the Junior Achievement Hall of Fame last evening at the convention center. The event was so well attended.  From what I heard, 450 folks came out to see Helen Downing, Herb Traub and Curtis Copper’s wife accept awards recognizing their commitiment to Savannah’s business community.   Now on to Royal matters.

Queen Dottie said she had found a vintage dress at a shop on Tybee Island.  She is wisely planning for the next coronation and had it altered from a size 12 to her petite size 2 frame.   When she was at the dressmaker’s for a fitting, a stranger asked if she was a Mint Julep Queen.  I guess the green dress gave away her identity.  The sweet lady continued on about how she wanted to be an MJQ and please tell her how she could join. Darling Dottie got the girl’s address and phone number and told her that if we had a party that included friends, we would send her an invitation, if we had openings.  We will have Coronation VII on November 30th,  which is St. Andrew’s Day.   The St. Andrew’s Society will keep some of the consorts busy.  How lovely and how convenient for them to have a little something to do with themselves as we go flounce. 

October Birthdays- 6th and 10th

Monday, October 1st, 2007


(Click) Friend of Queens, Kelsey, Lee Anne, and Queen Rhonda at the Mansion for Coronation. Queen Stacy at Alligator Soul for Cocktails and Fun.

Queen Stacy and Queen Rhonda have October birthdays!  Stacy celebrates on the 6th and Rhonda on the 10th.  You could give them a call and wish them all the Fun, Fabulous times Royalty deserves.  Drop them a card or cute little something.  Reign On and Happy, Happy birthday.