and I went to Modesto on Saturday for their coronation. We like Emperor Art and Empress Debbie, and Art had asked K to sing "O Canada" as part of the presentation of colors.
We got up early enough in the morning to make it to the Howard Johnson Express Inn in Ceres
, turn in the protocol list and catch up with people in hospitality. We were pleasantly surprised to run into Empress XV Darlene (of Dar's Hideaway); the candidate for Emperor was a good friend of hers. There was a bit of chaos with protocol, Regent Emperor Emmanuel had faxed some updates to the hotel, but they swore that nothing came in. Not surprisingly, after Emmanuel re-faxed his updates they found the other copy.
We did a bit of shopping at the dollar stores (the strip mall at Hatch & Herndon in Ceres has 2 dollar stores and a Big Lots!
), a bit of lunch at Jenny's Family Dining (a delightfully strange and excellent restaurant) and a bit of wasting time (Nickelodeon was running a Danny Phantom
marathon) before heading to the coronation.
Art & Debbie's theme for this coronation was "Myths and Legends of Centuries Past" and they did a pretty good job with the decor. K ended up singing both "The Star Spangled Banner" and "O Canada" and then our responsibilities were done. K reprised his "Atlas" costume from the SCCLA show, but in iridescent metallic; it was very popular. I bid on a lot of Tom of Finland Foundation
items (5 posters, 2 prints and 2 statuettes) and got it. "Big Daddy Mac" Sandy's candidate number was a rendition of She Thinks My Tractor's Sexy
with her mobi dolled up like a tractor for her entrance.
There were a few stumbles. They hadn't really rehearsed Art and Debbie's entrance robes being removed, and it was a bit trickier than expected. Art was signing certificates for award recipients as he was giving them on the dais. That was about it, though.
We did a quick run to The Brave Bull
. It was hopping, but it was loud, so we headed back to the hotel.
Sunday morning was a quick pack and victory brunch. The food was atrocious, but the presentations were very nice, and Mac's "acceptance speech" was absolutely hysterical. Afterwards we headed back (with a stop in Livermore for a wine-club pickup), and just faded out.