Good afternoon, peeps - hope you've been doing great this summer and that you've had a good one ... or, if you haven't, that it gets better soon.
This Wednesday night, August 5 will be our last Bingo for the summer - and actually for some time although I have no idea when I might resurface. Here's the story - as you remember, a year and a half ago, I closed down the weekly show when my day job was too stressful and involved for me to continue to emcee and produce and promote. It was a glorious end to an amazing 9 year part of my life.
But, this winter, things slowed down enough that I did three shows in March and then came up with the idea to do ten shows this summer. I may have bitten off a little more than I could chew to be honest although we've had a lot of fun this summer (I'll post the entire summer's worth of pics in one big photo dump). :)
Anyway, with this weeks show, not only am I coming to the end of the summer run but I'm also celebrating 20 years as a performer/producer... and what an incredible 20 years it's been - 48 movies, 13 Bad Boys parties on the west coast, 10 on the east coast, 140 Cocktails with the Stars at Micky's,469 P*rno Bingo nights and of course hundreds of strip shows, one man shows, contests, articles on line and in prints. I estimate that I've made roughly 1500 appearances over the past 20 years.
That's a lot of mileage for a pale skinny redhead from Wisconsin who turned to porn as a kind of lark, really. I thought that I'd make a little money to keep my writing going ... and then 20 years later, I have all of .. well, this. I can't even begin to recount what it's meant to me, at least not today. But suffice to say, it's been fucking amazing and I'm grateful for everything.
You know, early on, I thought that getting awards was what would mark my achievements - and I was hungry to get recognized and bummed when I didn't. By the time I did, I had amassed tons of emails from friends and fans who enjoyed the work that I had done by then, and those became what mattered to me. Then a few awards came my way, and while appreciative, they ceased to have the same meaning that I had initially assigned to them. And that's probably how it should be, right?
So we'll raise a glass this Wednesday night and give a toast and then I'll complete the show and the summer run. What's next is as much a mystery to me as it is to you. I'm fairly sure that there'll be some more Bingo nights in the future but no promises when or really even if. However, I'm at the point where I can't do put the show together alone any longer. To return, I'll have to hire a producer of some sort. Not sure how to find someone with the right sensibility but I figure if I just put it out to the universe, someone will show up (as a side note, that hasn't really worked out well for my seemingly endless search for a great boyfriend, but hey, whatever).
Anyway, but whatever comes next, I know that you're with me. That means more than I can probably put into words here.
See you this Wednesday night, August 5 at Uncle Charlies. Click here for the Facebook listing.