Happy New Year! It’s been a minute since I’ve posted so once I settled into my offices for a weekend of catching up, I’m doing just that. Well, later that same day. (cue laugh track) Nah, seriously it’s all good. We’ve stayed steady about town through the holidays. To mine eyes I didn’t see much drop in tourism to speak of. Now with the new year we head into opportunity and chance to do and see more than ever before. Do you see the optimism in my words?! Yes, I’m The One. Keep reading…
I just retuned from a two-day stint in Long Beach where I judged two of the Miss Gay California USofA pageants held at Executive Suite Nightclub on Pacific Coast Highway. I had one ki-ki of a good-ass time. Yes, Gawd! Alongside drag icon Tommie Ross, fellow Brother in Shine Xavier Valentino, my new Good Judy Andrew T. Michael and Miss Gay California USofA Newcomer promoter Alyssa Nicole Whitney, I assisted in crowning our new title holders: Flame Monroe – Miss Gay California USofA ’16 and The Legendary Misty Knight – Miss Gay California USofA Classic ’16. I was thrilled to be included among these judges and trusted for what I had to say and think. Thank you to fabulous promoter Randee for having me!
After arriving to Long Beach a bit early, I was unable to check into my motel (yes, Pageant Papi on the budget!) so I twirled up to the beach a bit and stepped my bare feet out into the sand and ocean for a few breaths of saltwater air. Plus, I love a hot surfer dude climbing into (or out of) wetsuit. Flirting ensued before I pressed it to the club for Interviews with the contestants which went very well. Back that evening at the club we judged the three contestants in Talent and Fashion (better known as Evening Gown). I even gyrated through a Justin Bieber ditty and collected a few coins in-between categories. I never thought I’d be performing a Bieber song. I would have called you crazy, but “Where Are U Now” is everything. Flame Monroe was victorious becoming Miss Gay California USofA ’16 with Crystal and Kamryn reigning as her court.
The next morning I grabbed something to nosh on at the Super 8 “Superstart” Breakfast buffet. It, as the entire motel, needed an overhaul. I felt like I was in a time warp. However, it was clean and the reviews on Trip Advisor were good. ALWAYS CHECK FIRST! The staff was pleasant, as well. Plus the price was very fair and the location a hop, skip and forward roll to the venue. Done and done. I’d actually stay there again because I have a thing for motels. Not sure what that’s about. From The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas to Super 8 on PCH, Steven Michael takes you there!
I decided to drive into Hollywood for an hour or two before I needed to be back in Long Beach for the contest. I swung by and grabbed my good buddy Brian for a whip around L.A. and up through the Hills to see the Hollywood Sign closer than we’ve visually ever gotten before. A couple of selfies and we were good! How do you get there?! Well… Go up Beachwood Canyon as far as you can go and keep going left past the signs that say “No Hollywood Sign Access” until you reach the signs that encourage “Scenic Views —>” Finally you will curve around and will see people out of their cars doing what you’re doing. There’s a spot to pull over and park but we literally stopped the car jumped out and snap, snap. The other cars will go around you.
Back in Long Beach unfortunately only one contestant showed up and felt strong enough to carry the responsibility of representing California at the national Miss Gay USofA Classic pageant. Thankfully, Misty Knight has been in the business for decades and is an amazing representative of what being classic is all about. Both queens Flame and Misty will both go to nationals and be amazing representing our Golden State. With having only one lady show up to claim the crown, it was an early evening in and out. I was able to get back to the room and pack up things for a quick getaway in the morning back to Palm Springs.
I really had a great time! USofA is like a family and the camaraderie is thick with laughter and genuine with compassionate people. I’m glad to be a part of it. Until you’re in the position of being part of it all the words to describe it don’t scratch the surface of what it means to those there. And anyone reading this that is there understands perfectly what I mean. Thanks to Miss Gay USofA ’15 Mokha Montrese for the laughs and making me feel welcomed. She, alongside the fabulous Justice Paige Counce, emceed the hell out of those pageants. Miss Gay USofA Classic’15 Roxie Hart with many of California’s best entertainers, including the kicking and splitting talents of Delorian Chase, tore the stage up both nights. And if you missed this one, see you next year!