Monday, April 23, 2012

Order Of The Garter...ahem...Belt!

I had this whole post outlined in my mind.

It was supposed to be all about a secret social sorority with a very exclusive membership that exists only during the Greatest Show On Dirt.  How big a membership you might ask?  I'm not at liberty to say...that's confidential info that would result in me having to kill ya if I told ya.  It's a secret society...remember?  I will say names have been known to change to preserve reputations and protect the innocent.

(L to R, front row...Chickie Baby, Bear, Pool Hall Mama, Plucky Maiden, Moi, Runaway Playboy Bride, SP. Second row...Some fool that shows up in every photo AKA Mullet Man and Long Tall Sally!)

I was going to give y'all all the 411, complete with the cryptic handshake that really isn't a handshake at all, but more like a...well...T.C.B. pose.  I was going to include the knowledge one must possess to give a big ol' two-arm hug while simultaneously smiling out loud and a willingness to acquire ownership of a pair of grungy grocery store feet while trudging through field after field in the hot Texas sun.  Being willing to show 'em is not just's mandatory.  These little nuggets of information are what really allow admittance to THE table.

I was going to share with y'all the carefully guarded  ritual of 3-5 members consuming one homemade Ding Dong with only one fork among 'em, passing from sister to sister, sealing our friendship...with a lick and a promise.  The fact we willingly share ooey-gooey melted ganache with one another shows the depth of our time honored traditions and our sisterhood!

Instead of lapel pins or tasseled fezzes...we clutch our Zapp Hall emblazoned tea glasses to our chests, protecting our said free-refillable plastic cups from interlopers who would try to infiltrate our junque clique with their crystal stemware.

It was going to be filled with mystic tales recited at that table.  Legendary fables that would curl your eyelashes.  Stories of the mystery vendors who sold all their wares while unloading or elusive Yeti sightings whilst sitting on a the dead of an undisclosed location.  Spellbinding narratives of a sofa bed that refuses to open...even with a hearty yank and an "Open Says Me!".

Our call to order commencing with a pop of a cork rather than a gavel, proceeding to the minutes of previous meetings of the O-GaB being read and always starting with the phrase "crusty old dude" and ending with "you paid what?".  Meetings, where all voices take the floor at the same time, talking over each other, resulting in creative chaos. Meetings that conclude with our secret toast comprised of many, many ha-a-a-awt, salty tears...topped off with a "dap it" "I Lu-u-uv Yew!", and "I'll see you in six months!".

(Yes...I shamelessly lifted these photos. If you are the owner of any of these, let me know and I'll credit you on my next post! And yes...there's that dude again!)

It was also going to include the initiation rites, complete with delivering pimento cheese sandwiches from the Happy Belly,  Weikel's famous cinnamon rolls and the occasional Shiner to the Grand Hiss-Poo-Bah of

Dancing in the dark, laughing for no reason, speaking in a language only we comprehend, telling...and keeping...secrets with newly acquired Texas drawls...all this I had planned on sharing with y'all.

Yeah...that was the plan all right, but then a coupla things happened before I got to the keyboard.

I watched a movie on cable and I went to the mailbox.

To be continued.


Anne Lorys - Fiona and Twig said...

I saw you for two seconds at the blog party, but it was a GOOD two seconds!!!

I finally got to meet my longtime blog buddy Sue of VRS, which reminds me that I need to apply my "vintage" tattoo. :-)

See you next time!

Low Tide High Style said...

Phew, I was worried you were gonna say there was a Grand Poobah and that you were "going to need considerably bigger buns"! ;-)


Theresa said...

love all of the photos and love that you just made me smile with them! your braids and that fantastic studded jewelry is just perfection! staying tuned... t.xoxooxo

The Feathered Nest said...

You are one amazin' girl sweet Deb!!!! I love all that you love and wish so dadgum bad I lived in Texas so I could see you and Cat Daddy on a regular basis!!! Please, I love ALL you Texas folks....and miss you terribly ~ hugs and love, Dawn

Sue (Vintage Rescue) said...

Damn, I'm experiencing withdrawals (and withDRAWLS).

damn damn DAMN did we have fun! I miss y'all horribly. And it IS a secret society of a sistahood.

Can't wait to see y'all again! XOXOX

Lisa said...

I was going to comment about how honored I was when I was rushed 2 shows ago, how I cried when awarded with the Cat Daddy coozie & didn't even mind the hazing that included walking barefoot thru a path of smoldering lace.
But instead I watched Toddlers & Tiara's decided to give Lily an up-do.

DogsMom said...

I won't tell anyone you "lifted" the photos. Otherwise I would not have been able to see them, so you made me very happy.

Lisa Love Harris said...

Dear of my best moments ever was delivering a hug from Ms. Plucky last year at Zapp. What an incredible sistahood to be a proud member of. Peace, love, and keep on junkin', sweet friend! xxoos

A Cottage Muse said...

Love seeing kindred spirits having some good vintage fun!!!

Pam @ Frippery said...

Looks like a fabulous time was had by all. I am pouting a bit here in Ohio. I will get down your way again someday. I am working on my drawl so I can be on the fringe so to speak. You and those darlin' braids!
LYttH, Pam

time worn interiors said...

How in the world did I miss all the fun?

Debra @ Common Ground said...

Pooh, some of us just have to watch from the sidelines! Love hearing about all the fun, and that is one serious ding dong!

Dixie said...

Deb... one things for sure... girl... you ARE the party!

hugs. Dixie

LuLu Kellogg said...

I miss Texas (can it be almost a year since I was there?) but I miss you the mostest!!

Love you Deb!

lisa Moran, Bilancia Designs said...

Looks like an incredibly FUN time...not to mention lots of wonderful memories made there.
You look SO adorable with braids--what a great picture!
I'm seriously thinking of a trip to this amazing state this Fall. Far too many friends have said once you get there you will hate to leave -- I can see why.
Have a wonderful week, Deb. xo

Nancy's Notes said...

Oh, I missed a great party, what a bummer! I am going to make it one day, I'll have to see what all the fun really is about! I think you must be the star of the show!!

red.neck chic said...

Oh lawd... I'm laughing so hard I'm crying...