I’m overly excited about my new shoe horn, an amenity from the Ritz Carlton last month. Perhaps I wasn’t supposed to take it home. I sincerely thought the hotel provides these for us like soap. I always take the soaps. I know my career is healthy when I don’t have to buy soap all year. With a shoe horn I’m ballin like P-Diddy. BUT-what if this shoe horn wasn’t fresh and had been forced down a businessman’s wingtips prior to my arrival? Whatevs. I have 3 pairs of hight tops and this will save me minutes putting them on. MINUTES that I can devote to my servitude to the blogosphere. I signed on to some ‘blog everyday for a month campaign’, a big leap from my anemic quasi- weekly entries.
Still lots of catching up to do before I’m even put to the test of getting into issues outside of my navel. And I got lots of pictures to share. Beats reading. In these pictures, taken over the last two weeks in June I’m sporting the innards of an 18 inch travelpro carry-on that I packed to one square inch of the life of it’s zipper. My girlfriend could not fathom it. She needs a suitcase for her shoes.
I needed only one pair of shoes, wore them onto the plane with my one pair of plaid pants and all my jackets worn at once- like I get that chilly on the plane. This is a space saving technique I learned from a hassidic dude who boarded the plane wearing four hats stacked on his head. In the carry-on I stuffed flip flops, two pairs of shorts, a few shirts, underwear and socks that I handwashed in hotels so I could stay minty fresh. That’s what I got by on besides my costume for “..Iced Latina” one more pair of jeans, loafers and dress shirt. Okay technically I had two pairs of pants but the jeans didn’t count since they could only to be worn during my Off Broadway show- even after I stained my plaid pants with fuschia magic marker. I am an expert light traveller. I’m still high maintenance- I somehow manage to pack plenty of make-up (I’m an actress y’know) a travel pillow and white noise machine into that poor little bag, everything in it spring loaded. I had suitable looks for emceeing Pride events in Boston and NYC, playing Off Broadway, going out in NYC (dives) and walking around the pool in San Juan.
My Off- Broadway gig was a partnership between Teatrostagefest and Puerto Rican Traveling Theatre. How fantastico is it that they presented a queer Latina in NYC. I know I’m universal but … And it’s the second time I’ve worked for both producers. First time maybe they didn’t know I was gay.