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CAMPING AROUND TOWN
Well, this will be a short version of ?Camping Out,? as it is the Sunday after the Zoey Awards and this girl is quite ?hung? and I don?t mean that in a good way! For those of you who missed this first-ever awards benefit, you must mark your calendars to attend next year. Zoe Kelly and her committee did a wonderful presentation at the Athenaeum. We were met at the grand entrance by none other than the incomparable Flo and Channing LaRue interviewing on the red carpet, with the Flo Cam projecting our image bigger than life on the screen onstage. The other guests in my party tried to scurry around the hubbub, but yours truly, being the ham that I am, graciously answered every question out of Flo?s mouth.
Inside the beautifully restored ballroom, everyone was dressed to the nines, from tuxedos to formal ball gowns. I must commend the committee again for allowing the LGBT community the opportunity to show that we can dress up in something besides Levis and T-shirts. I was not able to wear shoes because of a broken toe, so I chose a more casual approach to dressing with slacks and sandals. I hope Zoe Kelly will forgive me.
Well, no sooner had we taken our places at the table and ordered the first of many cocktails, than the show began with a number from Zoe. She followed with the presentation of a well-deserved lifetime achievement award for our very own Melinda Ryder. Zoe let her emotions show on several occasions during the evening, and this was one of them. Then the awards began, and first under the gun was an award for best publication. And guess who won? None other than Camp. We were so elated and posing for pictures when they announced best columnist, and guess who won? Miracle of miracles, it was me! Now I never expected to win this award because I was up against a very accomplished and much more experienced writer, Chuck Tackett from KC Exposures. Chuck, I still think you should have won. I want to thank all my loyal readers who took the time to vote for me. Next time you see me out and about, come on up and I will give you a big hug.
Three of the presenters, Mandy, Onyx and Aillisa, brought down the house as they presented in the category of best restaurant while eating chicken from a KFC bucket. Here is a picture of the soon-to-be-retiring trio passing around the bucket (see photo). Another first-class entertainer, Victoria DePaula, wowed the crowd with a song from the musical Wicked.
The evening progressed with awards and entertainers interspersed throughout. One suggestion to the committee for next year would be to possibly cut down on the awards and entertainment so as to finish up about an hour earlier. The attention span of some of these old queens starts to break down after the third hour. One other comment before I move on and that would be to make all of the nominees aware that they are up for an award. Too many of the winners did not show up, either because they didn?t know they were nominated, or they couldn?t take the time from their jobs. I know that many of the bar managers who attended had to leave early, as Saturday night is the biggest night of the week for them. For the first effort, I give the Zoey Awards a grade of ?A? and look forward to next year?s presentation.
As I write this column, Jeff and the boys are floating down the Niangua River for the annual Pridefloat event held near Bennett Spring State Park in Lebanon, Mo. I don?t know if they precipitated the article that appeared over the weekend in the Kansas City Star comparing the ?Wild West Waterway? to the rowdy parties at Party Cove in the Lake of the Ozarks. I am sure that the 350 attendees of the float trip behaved with utmost decorum as they partied on the river. I am hoping to be among the revelers next year.
CHANGES AROUND TOWN
The only major change that I have heard about is in regards to Bell Street Mama?s Restaurant moving to the old location of Nichols Lunch next to Missie B?s and changing its name to 39th Street Mama?s. I had the pleasure of meeting Ira and Jan (Mama and Papa) at the Zoey Awards and they are really looking forward to the larger space and close proximity to Missie?s. They will be offering some special dishes just for staving off the munchies. Of course the other major change is that there will be a new show director at Sidekicks Saloon as Mandy, Onyx and Aillisa are turning in their wigs after their July 27 farewell show. I want to wish them the best and hope they will return for many guest appearances and, of course, at the Sept. 14-16 MGRA Rodeo. There is a great new nightclub in Joplin called ?Fantasy? and they?re hosting their Grand Opening party on August 4. They are listed on the Miller Lite bar page next to this column.
Again, I want to congratulate Zoe Kelly and all those who participated in the first and, I hope, annual Zoey Awards. I agree with my fellow columnist Taylor Pero in applauding this monumental first effort at something that has been tried before, but never successfully until now. I, for one, was humbled by my ?Zoey? because a community vote, not politics, determined who won. This award will have a special place on my mantel and in my heart. Until next time ? love ya.
After the last 2 years of dealing with the pandemic and packing on those COVID pounds here are some motivational quotes that can be the spark plugs to our wellness engines. You can have a full tank of gas, a clean carburetor, all the fluids topped off, and 300 horsepower of Detroit’s finest under the hood, but you’re going nowhere without that initial spark. In your quest for well-being, you need a catalyst to move you from idle to ideal. Here are some motivational jolts to inspire you to get your health and fitness vehicle moving.
Make time for exercise each dayPhoto by Victor Freitas on Unsplash
Thomas Paine said, “The harder the conflict, the more glorious the triumph.” You will have conflicts with making time for exercise each day. The treadmill will conflict with your enjoyment of the living-room couch and its fluffy pillows. Your body will engage in conflict with dumbbells and exercise balls as it seeks better health. Embrace these conflicts with excitement, and walk through the smoke and fire. Triumph is waiting on the other side.
Marathon runnersPhoto by Miguel A. Amutio on Unsplash
John F. Kennedy said, “Things do not happen. Things are made to happen.” The firefighter’s 55-pound weight loss did not just happen one day on a call. The computer programmer’s success in the Chicago Marathon did not just happen on a Sunday in October. The 4th grade teacher’s significant drop in cholesterol level did not just happen the day before spring break. These people made things happen…and it took time.
Ralph Marston of The Daily Motivator website, wrote, “What you do today can improve all your tomorrows.” Let today be the first day in 28 years without a cigarette. Stay an extra five minutes on the recumbent bike at the gym today. Start training today for the three-day breast cancer walk that is scheduled for the fall. Tomorrow is always waiting to see what you put in your piggy bank today. Invest wisely and watch the dividends grow.
Full MoonPhoto by CHUTTERSNAP on Unsplash
Jill McLemore once said, “Shoot for the moon. Even if you miss, you will land amongst the stars.” Set that goal to trim 75 pounds from your body. Only losing 42 pounds puts you way out there with the North Star. Aim to run 750 miles this year. Coming up 68 miles short will still put you past that former planet Pluto and on your way to the Orion constellation. Dropping eight waist sizes by Christmas instead of the projected 10 will let you glow with the luminescence of several brilliant wonders in the sky. By the way, I think there’s a full moon tonight!
Zig Ziglar stated, “You don’t have to be great to start, but you have to start to be great.” Tom Cruise was another aspiring pretty face in Hollywood about 30 years ago before starting to audition for parts in TV shows. Jared Fogle was a morbidly obese college student at Indiana University in the 1990s before beginning his Subway diet. Mark Zuckerberg was just another starry-eyed Ivy Leaguer until he began to implement a social network idea. They all have that common bond: They started something.
These motivational quotes should help get your wellness engine running and once your car is started there’s no telling where your health and fitness can go. Don't forget to end me a postcard when you get there!
This health and fitness article is brought to you by that guy who’s sneaky like a black hole and bright like a nebula. My name is Ron Blake and I can be found playing with my telescope at email@example.com.
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“I wish I could work out, too, but I just don’t have the motivation!”
Give me a dollar for every time I’ve heard that and I’d be in Cabo San Lucas with an umbrella drink right now. Let’s identify a few of your motivations to get you on the right path. They are there … you just need to realize them so you can make it a great 2022.
How about getting healthy so you can be at that Christmas celebration in 30 years with all the family gathered around and exchanging presents? There will be nieces, nephews, brothers, sisters, children and maybe some grandchildren, all enjoying the sounds and sights of the season. That would be amazing!
How about being healthy so you can watch the first man land on Mars in 2030? You hear all the talk about preparing for a mission to Mars, but it will be a long time in coming. Just think if you were alive and well to see it happen!
How about being healthy so you can attend that 60-year class reunion? It might even be nice to walk into the function with a spring in your step and a glow of health about you! Many of your classmates will have walked past St. Peter and those pearly gates by that time, but you can give yourself a chance to stay here with some proactive measures.
How about being healthy so you can spend more time being relaxed and retired? It would be awesome to just not have to do anything you didn’t want to do! Get up every day and use that watch they gave you as a fashion accessory only. With a healthy body, you can spend ample time in the lap of leisure well into your 90s.
How about being healthy so you can walk your dog with your grandkids or great-nephews after that Thanksgiving meal many years down the road? It will be so cool to have that turkey dinner with all the relatives, but it’ll be even more fun to be able to move around without having to catch your breath between steps.
How about being healthy so you can continue to enjoy vibrant sunsets, thrilling football games, colorful leaves in the fall, summer barbecues, or birthday cards in the mail?
Everyone can find the motivation to work out! You just have to identify which motivation will get you to your starting line each day and which will help you get to your daily finish line.
There are plenty of great things to enjoy in life. Find your motivation and start earning your frequent flyer miles for your healthy life. Then soar into the future with excitement about what will be!
This article of motivation is brought to you by a guy who knows a good thing when he sees it. That guy of good vision is Ron Blake, and he can be spotted on that bright horizon at firstname.lastname@example.org.