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Yesterday was my best day in recent memory, hands down ♥

I don't know if I ever mentioned it here, but my friends and I were planning to go see Rent in Chicago (with Anthony Rapp and Adam Pascal!!!), but through distressing cash circumstances ($70+ tickets) and general mishap, we ended up deciding not to. BUT THEN, the college announced a Rent trip! $15! And yesterday was that trip! It was me, Haitlin-san, Big Red, and Dr. Goose (plus a busload of other students, but who cares about them!) and the trip down, Dr. G and I discussed pretty much everything because we hardly see each other anymore :( But we got there, hungry, and I remembered that there was a Potbelly's around the block from the theatre, so we headed over there and had a deliciousss lunch (so good!). Big Red wanted to wander a bit more, but the rest of the company cried BORDERS! and thus it was. The Dr. and I wandered together through the glorious three-story Borders of Chicago, drooling over Watchmen books, and heading upstairs to poke at writing books. We ended up snagging a prime sunny window sill to read on, and what better way to spend two hours than in a bookstore?

Headed back to the theatre, where we climbed lots and lots of stairs to wait for the doors to open, and then more stairs to get to our seats. Fourth row from the top, fuck yeah XD But seriously, the show was phenomenal. The staging was really inventive--very minimal (as is Rent-like), and on a lot of different levels. Lots of jumping around, some dancing, cool lights, and OH YEAH original Mark&Roger (my extra special favorites<333). It was just...really surreal. I've never seen a production with people who I know from the CD/movie/etc in it and it was so so cool. I was just sitting there like...they're here. I've heard them on the album and I saw them in the movie, and now they're here and I'm hearing them live. They did fantastic jobs (as is expected) as did the rest of the cast. There were a lot of cute moments...I'm particularly remembering Mimi's sly crotch rub with her knee during Light My Candle and Mark doing a brief (and adorkable) bootydance during Tango Maureen. I couldn't really see anybody's face because, lol, fourth row from the top, but whatever, you don't really have to see things clearly in a musical (though it would have been nice XD). The audience was also really good...there's was cheering when a new character came on, lots of laughs, just really excited :) I bought a t-shirt and a poster, which I was ROBBED for, theatre merch is so expensive :(( but they're awesome, so whatever. Dozed listening to the Hushies and some FOB with the Dr. on the way back, and had chicken mcnuggets when we stopped at the Oasis, since we missed food service.

Was that the end of my fabulous day? It was not! Because what was on campus that evening? DRAG SHOW! I can't believe I was considering not going because I was tired from the day of travel. It was fucking amazingggg. There were...six queens, I think? They did a Q&A beforehand, where one of the queens answered the question "Where do you put it?" with "I put mine in a little box...he's waiting for me when I'm done with the show" and in the downtime while they were getting the speaker system set up they just fucked around, including "How many of you have been a drag show before? How many of you have had a fantasy about being with a transsexual queen? ...Myspace meeee" And the actual show was awesome...we sat right next to the speaker so it was crazy loud. Each of the queens performed two(?) songs and they were just so cool. Everyone was encouraged to give them singles, and you'd usually get a lapdance out of it if you did (and if you didn't), and they'd take them from your mouth or your top if you tried it and...idk, it just made me want to be a man so I could be a drag queen too :( Also, made me want a lot of music. There was a lot of Lady GaGa inspired outfits, and they performed Pokerface and Love Game. Womanizer, Single Ladies, a lot of songs that I didn't know but were fun XD

So, all in all...awesome day of awesomeness :)

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Date: 2009-04-05 04:36 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] aceles.livejournal.com
What a bummer for me! I live in the area, I would have tried to find a way to get down there and meet up with you. Props for finding a way to get into town so cheap though, lucky you!

UGH I AM SO JEALOUS ABOUT YOUR DRAG SHOW EXPERIENCE. I've always wanted to go to one. I'm thinking about begging my mom to take me to one for my birthday, or something. I must see one before I die and Boys Town is like, queen central.

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Date: 2009-04-05 04:39 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] mwestbelle.livejournal.com
Aww, suck! That would have been fun :( I'll let you know next time I'm Chicagoland bound, we'll see what we can do :)

IT WAS AWESOOOOME :D My school hosts one every year with a group of Chicago queens, if you can't find one near you, you should totally come up for it next year

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Date: 2009-04-05 04:40 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] aceles.livejournal.com
*high fives*

JSKLFASDF That is amazing. I am so jealous. Where are you located, roughly, in distance from the city? Like, minutes wise, I guess. XD

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Date: 2009-04-05 04:41 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] aceles.livejournal.com
Lol I just checked your profile NEVERMIND. That's not bad at all.

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Date: 2009-04-05 04:43 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] mwestbelle.livejournal.com
Lol, yeah XD And I'm actually at school in Beloit, which is riiiiiight at the end of the state, so it's even less far \o/ Plus, the drag show here is free :D

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Date: 2009-04-05 04:44 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] aceles.livejournal.com
Count me in, motherfucker, holy god. I will bring my whole piggy bank and get many drag queen lapdances.

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Date: 2009-04-05 04:47 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] mwestbelle.livejournal.com
I was SO SAD I didn't have any money with me, it was tragic. They were some pretty fine lapdances. And if you're in the front row, you can probably get one without money depending on the queen XD

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Date: 2009-04-05 04:48 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] aceles.livejournal.com
I will bring whole sacks full of monopoly money and cigarettes and glitter makeup to barter for lapdances. Oh, how I love drag queens. XD

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Date: 2009-04-05 06:00 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] folkballad.livejournal.com
I'm still glowing with happiness from yesterday. It was FANTASTIC!!! <3 <3 <3

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Date: 2009-04-05 08:06 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] mwestbelle.livejournal.com
Wasn't it just? :D

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Date: 2009-04-05 08:40 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] fleurdeliser.livejournal.com
Whee! I am SO GLAD you had a good day, bb!

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Date: 2009-04-06 06:05 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] mwestbelle.livejournal.com
:D Thanks! It was fabbb

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Date: 2009-04-05 10:02 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] eyes--so-deep.livejournal.com
Dude, that sounds amazing!!!! BC is the best at cheap tickets--remember Second City for $5?!?!

Isn't the drag show amazing!?! Amazing?! I obviously wasn't there, but I went last year and it was so sweet. Anika got a lap dance with my single and I ended up getting straddled by a queen who then leaned over and molested Brandon's head. Which I think may have been the most terrifying experience of his life.

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Date: 2009-04-06 06:06 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] mwestbelle.livejournal.com
Lol, poor Brandon XD Next year I'm definitely getting there earlier so I can get a seat in front!

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Date: 2009-04-05 11:51 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] thelemic.livejournal.com
brb stealing your life. ♥_♥ seriously, drag show, so cool. And Rent! I finally saw the end of the movie version the other day and omg ;___♥

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Date: 2009-04-06 06:06 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] mwestbelle.livejournal.com
It was so fabulous~*~ Rentttt, ikr? So sad! but so beautifulll

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Date: 2009-04-06 05:06 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] anothersadsong.livejournal.com
haha. it sounds truly ... awesome. :0D

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Date: 2009-04-06 06:07 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] mwestbelle.livejournal.com
it was! :D

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Date: 2009-04-06 05:32 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] delendas.livejournal.com
\o/ what a great day :D

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Date: 2009-04-06 06:07 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] mwestbelle.livejournal.com
It really was! \o/

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Date: 2009-04-06 05:53 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] idktbh.livejournal.com
eeeeeeee! IM SO GLAD YOU HAD SO MUCH FUN BB :DDD
seriously omg drag show! UGH WANT.

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Date: 2009-04-06 06:07 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] mwestbelle.livejournal.com
I loooove drag queens! They're amazing :DDD

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